Rules of Contact

Rules of Contact

In the new Play-By-Play novel by the New York Times bestselling author of Unexpected Rush, a football player with all the right moves on the field needs a better game plan for his love life.    A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new rest...

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Title:Rules of Contact
Author:Jaci Burton
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ISBN:0698175271
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:347 pages

Rules of Contact Reviews

  • Nalla Reads
    Nov 18, 2016

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    FINALLY, Flynn Cassidy has his day! I will always love the Rileys but the Cassidys quickly won me over the minute Flynn showed up on the page. I have been anticipating his story and eager to see the kind of woman that would get this charming hero's heart. Flynn has shown up in past Play-By-Play novels as he was opening his restaurant, Ninety-Two. Rules of Contact focuses on Flynn as his project opens; fans flock

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    FINALLY, Flynn Cassidy has his day! I will always love the Rileys but the Cassidys quickly won me over the minute Flynn showed up on the page. I have been anticipating his story and eager to see the kind of woman that would get this charming hero's heart. Flynn has shown up in past Play-By-Play novels as he was opening his restaurant, Ninety-Two. Rules of Contact focuses on Flynn as his project opens; fans flock to his heartwarming homestead restaurant with a brilliant chef: Amelia Lawrence.

    Flynn struggles to find a woman who wants to be with him as a man and not attached to the hip of a star athlete. Amelia watches as women try their best with Flynn to win his heart only to strike out when the camera catches their eye more than the hunky football player. He's so down to earth and endearing to everyone that he tends to give everyone the benefit of the doubt; except not he field of course.

    I loved the fact that Amelia and Flynn had a playful friendship even though they were boss and head chef. The ease with which these two talked and sassed one another was reminisicent of the Cassidy and Riley families. And Flynn suddenly realizes the attraction he had to Amelia is more than friendship. Amelia is standoffish at first as her ex-husband broke her heart and gave her such distrust in finding love again.

    I also enjoyed the fact that this book focused more on the story and had less of the sideline action of the sports. Not that I ever minded in the previous Play-By-Play novels, mind you; they ARE sports themed! But this had a more contemporary feel as we saw more of Flynn as the chef and the family man: almost as if Burton wanted us to see him the way he wanted to be seen to his dream woman.

    I honestly thought the climax would be Amelia's resistance to an official relationship with Flynn. She struggled with accepting her feelings throughout the entire story, mores than Flynn ever had. Flynn believing that Amelia wanted the spotlight threw me for a huge loop! I was stunned at Flynn's reaction and was so nervous that this was it for these two.

    Can't wait to see who's next (MIA????)! Until next time...

    XOXO Nalla

    A defensive end for the San Francisco Sabers, Flynn Cassidy is used to being in the spotlight—he just doesn’t enjoy it. But if getting in front of the cameras will help his new restaurant succeed, he’s willing. Now if he could just meet a woman who loved him and not his fame…

    After her divorce, Amelia Lawrence is thrilled to start over as head chef at Ninety-Two. It’s just the opportunity she needs to heat up her career—if only she wasn’t wildly attracted to her sexy new boss. Their chemistry might be sizzling hot, but Amelia has no intention of being burned again.

    Amelia is genuine and fun and Flynn can’t get enough of her—and Amelia loves every second she spends with the tough but tender Flynn. But trust is a hard fought battle for both of them. Breaking the rules of contact and surrendering to their passion was easy, but are they willing to risk their hearts to win at the game of love?

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  • Karen Mc ~ *Bookalicious Babes Blog*
    Dec 08, 2016

    Love found me sweet and sexy sports story,

    , by Jaci Burton. The romance poured off the pages while the heat set them ablaze, both penetrating straight through me.

    I fell in ins

    Love found me sweet and sexy sports story,

    , by Jaci Burton. The romance poured off the pages while the heat set them ablaze, both penetrating straight through me.

    I fell in insta-love with Flynn Cassidy, Defensive End for the San Francisco Sabers, with his dark hair, blue eyes, tall and muscular body, tattoos, dirty mouth, and charming personality. Oh was he the perfect catch. ALL ALPHA. PURE PERFECTION! I LOVED Flynn, and his dirty words and big heart so much.

    Beautiful, blonde, blue-eyed, and tall Amelia Lawrence is not looking for love or any relationship unless you count food or her love for cooking as a chef. Amelia is a chef whose owner of the restaurant she works at happens to be Flynn Cassidy, panty-melting player and football extraordinaire. Amelia can’t help but develop a crush on her oh-so-hot boss.

    Flynn and Amelia’s chemistry is electric like the buzz in the air during a sold-out football game. A slow burn sizzled through the story as the build-up brought on butterflies that fluttered with feels, my heart fluttering too. Flynn and Amelia’s passion pounded from the pages straight to me. The angst from that pent-up passion was an adrenaline-induced high…and oh did I FEEL THAT RUSH!

    Oh. My. SWOON. I burned as the smolder of Flynn’s words ignited a fire in me and melted to molten lava as the sweetness oozed off the pages straight to my heart.

    The intense attraction between Amelia and Flynn, employee and boss, is like the forbidden fruit. Amelia and Flynn must fight temptation and not mix business with pleasure. However, chemistry is a powerful force as strong as the most powerful offense where the defense may be powerless to stop the score.

    Flynn’s lethal dose of dirty and sweet words get Amelia hot and bothered. Temptation never looked so good, and oh did Flynn tempt me.

    As much as their attraction is off-the-charts hot, Amelia needs a delay in the game before she gets hurt like in the past. Her heart needs to be protected like a football, or Flynn will never score in this game of love.

  • Kim
    Nov 14, 2016

    2.5 stars

  • Danielle
    Nov 02, 2016

    Review originally posted on

  • ♥~♥Geri ~ the Racy Lit Reader ♥~♥
    Dec 04, 2016

    When I started getting active on Goodreads, Jaci Burton was one of the authors whose books I binged on. She was one of the few authors who are writing interconnected standalone sports romance series long before the category became what it is now. So I have a soft spot for her books.

    Unfortunately, this was a dud for me. I felt no connection to either Flynn or Amelia. I don't see any chemistry between them . Their romance felt forced, and I couldn't care less if they get togeth

    When I started getting active on Goodreads, Jaci Burton was one of the authors whose books I binged on. She was one of the few authors who are writing interconnected standalone sports romance series long before the category became what it is now. So I have a soft spot for her books.

    Unfortunately, this was a dud for me. I felt no connection to either Flynn or Amelia. I don't see any chemistry between them . Their romance felt forced, and I couldn't care less if they get together or not. But what really struck me about this book is the lack of genuine emotion in general. It's like romance by the numbers. It ticks off all the goal posts of what a romance novel should look like but none of the personality.

    As much as it pains me to DNF this, I really can't continue. I just didn't feel invested enough in the characters or their love story.

  • (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick
    Dec 07, 2016

    Originally posted at Smexybooks-

    C+

    Favorite Quote:

    “Tell me what you need.”

    “An orgasm would be nice.”

    The 12th installment in Jaci Burton’s best selling Play By Play series gives readers a sexy, sweet, and humorous romance between two people whose trust has been broken by those they cared about. More laid back than previous books in terms of conflict; food and family are the main ingredients that are used to create this spicy/sweet romance.

    Our protagonists,

    Originally posted at Smexybooks-

    C+

    Favorite Quote:

    “Tell me what you need.”

    “An orgasm would be nice.”

    The 12th installment in Jaci Burton’s best selling Play By Play series gives readers a sexy, sweet, and humorous romance between two people whose trust has been broken by those they cared about. More laid back than previous books in terms of conflict; food and family are the main ingredients that are used to create this spicy/sweet romance.

    Our protagonists, Flynn and Amelia, are extremely similar in their character makeup. Both are intelligent, loyal, and witty with a lack of the usual deep seated emotional baggage that often sparks tension and misunderstandings in these romances. Hard working and well liked, their personalities and humor mesh well together throughout the story, helping to push their blooming romance along at a smooth and steady pace. Flynn appreciates that Amelia seems to enjoy his company for him-not what his career can bring her. Amelia likes that Flynn respects her, trusts her, and doesn’t feel she needs changing.

    Dual points of view allow us insight into their thoughts and emotions concerning the developing romance. We learn more about Amelia’s divorce and how it affected her views on relationships. Burton doesn’t make it easy for Flynn to convince Amelia to trust him, which pushes him to bring in his secret weapon-his family.

    The storyline is relatively straightforward and predictable. Burton’s smooth writing and engaging helps to balance the daily ins and outs of the restaurant and the football team with Flynn’s low-key courtship of Amelia. I never felt as if the story was being rushed or crammed with information. He wants Amelia to give them a chance and he spends his time teasing, cajoling, and subtly pushing his way into Amelia’s life and bed. Amelia isn’t sure she can trust him. Fear for her job and her heart if things go bad keeps her walls up. She slowly begins to open up to him; first in bed then in her heart.

    The love scenes were more playful and less scripted in this installment, though I’m still seeing a continuation of repetitive phrases during sex. Amelia’s dirty mouth was a pleasant shock as it strikes a nice contrast against her polite and reserved outer persona.

    “You’re very beautiful, Amelia.”

    “Thank you. Now fuck me.”

    Burton uses the family fueled atmosphere of the Sabers and the Cassidy’s to draw Amelia out and help Flynn press his suit. We get to spend time with previous couples along with Flynn’s siblings, significant others, and parents. They are a warm engaging group who embrace Amelia whole heartedly, giving her the sense of family and stability she’s been yearning for. The sibling’s bickering offers readers some amusement as does Amelia’s relationship with her bff-Laura.

    A misunderstanding towards the end pushes Flynn finally face his own issues but it was very melodramatic and seemed to come out of nowhere. The grovel is well done but again, the whole scene felt tossed in at the last moment and didn’t seem to mesh with what we had seen of Flynn or the story’s overall tone.

    Burton’s Play by Play series continues to offer amicable, low key escapism with sexy sports heroes and the woman who steal their hearts.

  • Julie
    Dec 05, 2016

    Playing for the San Francisco Sabers is a dream come true for Flynn Cassidy. He loves the action in the game, but doesn’t care for the attention he receives due to his ‘celebrity’ status. Now Flynn is branching out and showing his love of food by opening his own restaurant. With an amazing staff that keeps things going in his absence, Flynn just has to concentrate on making his business successful. That spotlight that he loathes so much is helping keep the face of his business in the media. The

    Playing for the San Francisco Sabers is a dream come true for Flynn Cassidy. He loves the action in the game, but doesn’t care for the attention he receives due to his ‘celebrity’ status. Now Flynn is branching out and showing his love of food by opening his own restaurant. With an amazing staff that keeps things going in his absence, Flynn just has to concentrate on making his business successful. That spotlight that he loathes so much is helping keep the face of his business in the media. The downside is the constant stream of female companionship that ends up fizzling out due to the desire of the spotlight from Flynn’s dates. A combination that has Flynn showing more than his fair share of ladies to the door.

    Ninety-Two has also opened doors for the head chef. Amelia Lawrence ended a bad marriage and wanted to seize the opportunity to start over. Flynn’s restaurant was just the ticket. With creativity at her fingertips each day, Amelia thrives in the kitchen at Ninety-Two. One thing that Amelia doesn’t plan on is her attraction to Flynn. With a shared interest in creating their craft, this duo finds there is more heat outside of the kitchen if they desire it.

    Determined to avoid a new relationship at any cost, Amelia is hesitant to jeopardize her future by dating the boss. However - Flynn pursues Amelia with the same focus that he is known for on the field. Driving them both to heat things up outside of the confines of Ninety-Two. The only problem….Flynn is looking for a commitment that Amelia just can’t offer. Will their battle of wills crash and burn before they ever find love?

    The latest book in the Play by Play series feature Flynn and his quest for romance. The rough and rugged football player doesn’t seem to have very much luck finding a female that is interested in him for who he really is. Flynn never imagined finding his love interest in the very restaurant that he created. Hot and steamy seductions will lead readers on this journey of finding the one person that complete your life. Even if its in the most unexpected of ways.

    I soak up each and every novel that Jaci writes!! Rules of Contact is no different. The combined interest that these two characters share adds just the right touch to this sexy romance!! Watch out…these two characters will add sizzle to more than their signature dishes!! Great addition to the series!

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    Dec 06, 2016

    Amanda's review posted at

    First you start with a great looking cover. Knowing it’s a Jaci Burton story, you are pretty much guaranteed that there will be a lot of sex and very, very HOT. Add a sexy, handsome athlete looking for love and a woman recently burned from her divorce, and you have the latest in the Play by Play series. Rules of Contact is one great story. Add romance, a strong family connection, and a good story line and you have it all in one.

    The eldest o

    Amanda's review posted at

    First you start with a great looking cover. Knowing it’s a Jaci Burton story, you are pretty much guaranteed that there will be a lot of sex and very, very HOT. Add a sexy, handsome athlete looking for love and a woman recently burned from her divorce, and you have the latest in the Play by Play series. Rules of Contact is one great story. Add romance, a strong family connection, and a good story line and you have it all in one.

    The eldest of the Cassidy brothers is Flynn and he can’t seem to find the right woman to share his life with. He wants someone who wants him for him and not his fame. Amelia Lawrence has seen it happen time and time again. She’s the head chef at Flynn’s restaurant and feels an attraction for Flynn but isn’t going to go there and risk having her heart broken again. Flynn feels it as well and pursues Amelia with a slow seduction. It may have started slow but the passion ignites and the sex is off the chart. I love that about her stories is that she makes each scene steamy and you can feel the heat between the two lovers. Add in his family for some fun holiday time, and the story keeps getting better when you see them tease one another and enjoy each other’s company.

    Trust is the key issue in this story and it’s important for both characters to get it from their partner and have it respected. Flynn and Amelia forge a relationship that wasn’t easy in the beginning because she didn’t want to get hurt but when Flynn makes it too irresistible for her; she couldn’t help but fall for him. When he jumps to the wrong conclusion and breaks her heart, Flynn learns a valuable lesson. Thankfully it works out for them and they both get their happy ending. I just love this series and the recent addition of the Cassidy family has reignited my love for her stories. This is a wonderful family to get to know and fall in love with. The characters feel genuine and the issues they face are real. Rules of Contact is a wonderful story from Jaci Burton.

    ARC provided with no expectations.

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    Dec 07, 2016
  • Jessica
    Dec 24, 2016

    JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. Oh my goodness, I knew that this was going to be my next read when I saw that cover. While I haven't read every book in this series, I was excited to meet yet another athlete and watch him fall in love.

    Flynn Cassidy is used to having the press around, seeing as he's a defensive end for the Sabers. Unfortunately, he's also used to women using him for the cameras and fame and has yet to find someone worth settling down with. Amelia Lawrence does not want to trust a man ag

    JUST LOOK AT THAT COVER. Oh my goodness, I knew that this was going to be my next read when I saw that cover. While I haven't read every book in this series, I was excited to meet yet another athlete and watch him fall in love.

    Flynn Cassidy is used to having the press around, seeing as he's a defensive end for the Sabers. Unfortunately, he's also used to women using him for the cameras and fame and has yet to find someone worth settling down with. Amelia Lawrence does not want to trust a man again after her divorce and is focusing on her career and passion for cooking. As the head chef of Ninety-Two, Flynn's new restaurant, Amelia finds herself spending more time with Flynn. Both are having fun and when things heat up, neither one of them knows if they're ready to fully trust in the other person.

    For some reason, no book in this series has really swept me off my feet. These books hold so much promise with hot athletes and a sexy romance, but I really didn't connect with either Flynn or Amelia. Then, since it's the 12th book in the series, there were so many side couples mentioned that it got hard to keep everyone straight and I felt like it was unnecessary. I liked Flynn enough, but nothing about him screamed that I had to love him. As for Amelia, she was nice enough, but I wasn't invested in her character and didn't care about her. I think if a little bit more was explained and explored in her past, I would have connected with them more.

    I did enjoy how Amelia and Flynn weren't really into each other that way at the beginning of the book and only realized their attracted after spending more time together. It was cute how Amelia got to meet Flynn's family and how open and welcome they were to her. There were definitely some hot moments in this book, but sometimes I felt like it those moments were overdone and the story included more than necessary. I wanted more about the characters and less about their physical time together.

    Overall, this wasn't a bad addition to the series, but I didn't find myself really caring for the characters. I wish we got more of their background and a more emotional connection to them. As the 12th book in the series, this wasn't bad read but don't expect an amazing romance.