Title: All Wound Up by Jaci Burton
Play-By-Play Series Book Ten
Genre: Contemporary, Romance
Length: 336 pages
Book Rating: B
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In the latest Play-by-Play novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Quarterback Draw, a sexy baseball player is done striking out…
Tucker Cassidy is going through a slump—both with his curveball and in his dating life. After having a painful altercation involving his ex-girlfriend’s knee, the professional baseball player is convinced things couldn’t get worse…until a gorgeous doctor comes to the rescue at his most embarrassing moment.
As the daughter of the owner of the St. Louis Rivers major league baseball team, Dr. Aubry Ross has been around jocks all her life. She knows the ins and outs of all their games, and she isn’t interested in playing.
When Tucker repeatedly lands in the hospital where she’s working, Aubry starts to think he’s getting injured just to see her. Tucker is both funny and sexy, and Aubry is pleasantly surprised to discover he actually respects her job.
But when her father disapproves of their relationship, will Tucker let threats of a trade get in the way of a game-changing love?
All Wound Up by Jaci Burton is a sweet yet steamy addition to the Play-By-Play series. This installment pairs up baseball player Tucker Cassidy with Aubrey Ross, an ER resident and the team owner’s daughter. The sparks fly at their first (unorthodox but funny) meeting but neither has the time to date. Or so they keep telling themselves…
Tucker is a pitcher for the St. Louis Rivers and while he is having a stellar baseball season, his dating life is a different story. Since he spends so much time on the road, he is not particularly interested in anything but casual relationships and this decision is quickly reinforced when his latest fling comes to a very painful end. He is immediately drawn to Aubrey but he has his work cut out for him convincing her to go out with him. Tucker is quite charming and sexy and while he has plenty of confidence, he is not arrogant or overbearing.
Aubrey has been concentrating on her career for so long that she cannot remember the last time she went on a date. While she is instantly attracted to Tucker, she has no interest in dating a baseball player. Despite everyone’s encouragement to give him a chance, she steadfastly refuses to go out with him. But, after careful consideration, Aubrey decides it is time to make time for a little fun, so she finally agrees to go out with Tucker.
Tucker is very creative with his plans for their first official date and despite her initial hesitation, Aubrey is soon enjoying herself. Their attraction for one another is scorching hot and their sex scenes are incredibly sensual. While they do not define their relationship, Tucker and Aubrey spend most of their free time together. Despite a few bumps along the way, they settle fairly easily into their new relationship. Tucker and Aubrey quickly resolve most of their issues early on, but late in the story, lack of communication and outside interference threaten to derail their romance.
All Wound Up by Jaci Burton is a light-hearted and engaging romance. The plot is a little predictable but this does not lessen the overall enjoyment of the story. Tucker and Aubrey are mature and well-adjusted characters who know what they want out of life. They are a fun couple and it is absolutely delightful watching them fall in love.
Although this is tenth installment in the Play-By-Play series, All Wound Up can be read as a standalone.