PLAY by Holly S. Roberts

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When Killian MacGregor, the hottest quarterback in the NFL, eyes the perfect pair of female legs, he spends an hour tracking the gorgeous woman in a room filled with rowdy teammates until one gets out of line.

Rebecca Cavanaugh, a long distance runner for the state team, intimidates boys and men with her quick wit and majestic height. The pre-season jock party isn’t her scene, but she’s roped into attending to provide her sister a sober ride home.

Hiding in the kitchen to avoid the athletic sex fest, a drunken thug forces Rebecca to her knees, and waves a giant ding-dong in her face. Before Rebecca can extricate herself from the hairy situation, an unknown champion saves the night. When Killian assists Rebecca off the floor, she’s stunned into silence while staring at the sexiest man alive.

Will Killian’s bad boy rep and Rebecca’s need for commitment, make this the most impossible “Play” of the season? Or, will Killian’s haunting past and need for victory destroy the most important game of his life?

“Play” is intended for readers 18+. Enjoy with caution… this book contains adult situations, erotic sex, and more balls than a girl knows what to do with.

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I dissolved into the seat of his amazing car. A low moan escaped my lips but Killian just showed his dimples and buckled me in. I wondered what he’d do if I pulled him tightly against me and sniffed… for an hour or two.

He opened his door and folded into the seat with absolute grace regardless of his size.

“Ah hell,” he muttered and turned my way. Unlatching my seatbelt, he pulled me in for the most mouthwatering kiss I’d ever had.

His lips, soft but firm, molded to mine. His tongue ran over my teeth, tasted, dipped deeper, and then plunged. He effortlessly slid out the elastic holding my hair before spreading his fingers to either side of my scalp. The kiss intensified and Killian made promises for the night ahead with his lips.

He tasted so damn good.

When he pulled back, I actually whimpered and smiled at the low rumbling growl that came from Killian’s throat. He took my lower lip between his teeth and pulled slightly before letting go. He put distance between us leaving me bereft.

“We’ll eat at my house.” He kissed my forehead, reached over, grabbed the seatbelt, and fastened me in again. My hands went to my hair as I looked around for the hair tie.

“Leave it.”

I stopped my search but couldn’t help running my fingers through the mussed tangles. Killian’s hand captured mine. “No.” He released my fingers just as fast as he verbalized the one word.

I wasn’t a pushover, didn’t have much experience with guys, but I had some. I should have argued, straightened my hair anyway, or even voiced some sort of displeasure. An electrically charged pulse shot straight to the junction of my thighs, and there I went and tried to stain his car’s upholstery.

I kept my mouth shut.

Tbird’s Review

Have you ever come across a book that just makes you feel comfortable?  Gives you a good feeling even though you see the characters struggling  to find their way, it still just makes you feel good?  Well that is what Play did for me.  The two main characters just opened their arms and invited me into their world and I never looked back.

Rebecca never had a chance to see her beauty.  Being the tallest in her class as a child, she found comfort in running.  Her ability to run gave her a college degree, but she still just blended in.  Never drawing attention from others, she put one foot in front of the other in life and accepted this was the best it was ever going to get.  She was average in college on the running team, she lived in an average apartment, she bought her clothes as cheaply as she could and she was ok with all of that.  Being at a party one night with her sister left her on her knees needing to be rescued by the handsome and outstanding Killian.

He was the star in football, had the looks, personality and was the top QB of the league and he became the knight  in shining armor for Rebecca that night.  After a month of no contact he surprised her with tickets to the football game.  At first he couldn’t explain why it took him a month to reach out to her, but later in the story she finds out and it melts her heart.  From there the journey for those two started.  Rebecca had to learn what it was like living with a football star and that wasn’t an easy task to take on.  Game days were the hardest, Killian was somber, quiet and in his own space.  The traveling and being apart was also an adjustment for her, but she kept herself busy with college, running and working.  Plus her two best friends, which I might add are adorable, kept her in check when her mind would go to the place of doubt.  What would Killian want with an average wall flower when he could have any woman he wanted? Killian wanted to use his money to buy her things, her pride wouldn’t allow that.  They went back and forth, but he usually won the battle.

As the story goes on we see what drives Killian to be perfect and why he beats himself up when he fails.  We also learn why he needs to protect Rebecca and take care of her.  It isn’t all ego on his part, it is a necessity for him.  If I hadn’t already loved Rebecca before, when his secret came out, she  handled it with such compassion, she became my hero. His secret was a twist that I didn’t see coming, but it made me love him more than I already did.  Yes there is angst and yes they split up for a time, but the author did such a great job at keeping the reader engaged, even their break ups still brought comfort to me, because I knew they were meant to be together.

I loved how the author had Rebecca grow from this shy average person, to someone who took the lead in Killian’s family.  She gained the confidence to fix what she could in his family and to teach Killian the world was not all about him.  She found the self-worth to demand more from him, while showing him the compassion and love to allow him to stumble as he made those changes.  Killian, while not the alpha male we read about more lately, was a confident take charge kind of man.  He was also a broken soul who allowed Rebecca to fix his cracks and found strength in himself to forgive his past mistakes.

This was just a feel good story that you could wrap yourself up in and enjoy.  I can hardly wait to read more from this author.  I highly recommend Play……….

Meet Holly

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Holly S. Roberts is the bestselling author of fourteen novels, and writes under three pen names. A romantic at heart, she fell in love at the age of twelve with a boy she saw across junior high school campus. Four years later, he took notice and she never let go.Her career in law enforcement gives her a reason to want romance, happy endings, and anything that takes her away from real life when she reads and writes. She can shoot a mean game of pool, toss back a straight shot of tequila, and recite the Gettysburg Address.Holly lives high in the mountains in the southwest United States with her husband, Rottweiler and Chihuahua.


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4 thoughts on “PLAY by Holly S. Roberts”

  1. hollysroberts said:

    Ahhhh, I’m still smiling over this review!!! Thank you for hosting “Play” on the blog tour 🙂

  2. I’m a Holly Hell Raiser 🙂
    Wonderful review! I love reading Holly Robert’s books. There IS something comfortable/feel-good about reading her stuff even though there is plenty of gut-wrenching conflict… and usually some good laughs too!

  3. Stephanie said:

    I am Holly Hell Raiser!! Awesome review!

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