Monday, March 19, 2012

Review: Taking a Shot by Jaci Burton

If you want to score, you have to get in the game...

The last thing Jenna Riley needs is more sports in her life. While her brothers are off being athletic superstars, she's stuck running the family's sports bar, whether she likes it or not. Then in walks pro hockey stud Tyler Anderson. As much as Jenna would like to go to the boards with him, she's vowed to never fall for a jock—even one as hot as Ty.

Ty, intrigued by the beautiful bar owner, becomes a regular. He senses that Jenna wants to do something more with her life. And as he gains her trust, the passion between them grows, as does Ty's insistence that Jenna should start living for herself. With his encouragement, Jenna starts to believe it, too...

But first, Jenna has to figure out what she wants, what she needs, who she loves, and if she has the passion and pride to take a shot at having it all—including Ty... 

Thanks to managing her family's bar and two older brothers, Jenna Riley hates sports -- all sports.  She wants to date someone normal, yet she cannot stop thinking about the chemistry she shares with hockey star Ty Anderson.  At first, his appearances at the bar are nice; he visits with fans and keeps them happy.  When he starts to push Jenna for a date, she denies her attraction and resolves to move on.  But Ty isn't going to take Jenna's wishy-washy "No" for her true answer.

While I liked the set-up for Taking a Shot, Jenna was a difficult heroine to cheer for.  She has her mind set on one thing -- not dating an athlete or someone knowledgeable about sports -- and she sticks to her guns.  After she and Ty have sex in an ill-fated attempt on her part to get him out of her system, Jenna still isn't happy, now because she cannot stop thinking about Ty.  It's only when she realizes that she can achieve the dreams she's put on hold for her family's sake and the guy she's crazy about does she become a smart, likeable heroine.

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