Review – The Playbook by Kelly Elliott

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The Playbook by Kelly Elliott

Karen's Review

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Love is not something you go out and look for. Love finds you, and when it does, ready or not, it’ll be the best thing to ever happen to you.”

Love found me in the form of a sensational and swoon-filled sports story: The Playbook. Fast and furiously, The Playbook became my fix and my fascination. I was glued to this story with the intensity of watching my favorite team play football. The Playbook captivated me, caught me, and claimed me. I WAS ALL IN. The romance poured off the pages while the heat set them ablaze, both penetrating straight through me, The Playbook felt like a good old fashioned love story full of sweetness, swoon, and smolder, and oh did I fall in LOVE SO MUCH.

The Prologue wrapped itself around me tightly, sinking me into the story before it really started. That last line is love at first sight where I first swooned, one of so many swoons in this sweet and spellbinding story.

“Little did I know that one simple exchange would rock my entire world.”

Beautiful ESPN Analyst Aubrey ‘Bree’ Cain reports from the sidelines of college games but has dreamed about covering the NFL for years. Little did she know one hot coach, Brett Owens, would stir up her desire with one mere intense look from the sidelines one day.

 “It was no ordinary smile. It was one that you read in romance books where your knees get weak and your stomach does that stupid flip thing.”

I fell in insta- lust with Coach ‘Clincher of the Thighs’ Owens early in the story and it just grew to full on love by the end. Dark messy hair, ice blue eyes, a tall and muscular body, and one dirty mouth makes for one panty-melting player. I LOVED BRETT, AND HIS DIRTY WORDS AND BIG HEART SO MUCH!

The ladies’ man, Brett, can’t fathom why one woman who has ignited him with just a smile has him turned inside out. One woman who now has to accompany him, the best coach in college football, for a month for a big sports article for ESPN.

“We were dealt the same card, now we had to play it.”

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Bree may have one tough time not mixing business with pleasure as Brett’s dirty mouth gets her hot and bothered. Who could not succumb to those wanton-inducing words? 

“I know another thing that is coming up – my cock. You look sexy as f**k. By the way, I love the ponytail. Gives me something to hold on to when I take you from behind.”

That elevator…gah! My body heated from head to toe from Brett’s words alone.

“…I’m attracted to you, Brett. And the way you make me feel when I’m around you is unlike anything I’ve ever experienced before, and it has me shaken to the core.”

Bree tries her hardest to not mix business with pleasure. She must keep her head in the game and goal of the NFL. She can’t lose herself in Coach Panty-Melter no matter how dirty his mouth is and how much she wants it on hers. She can’t get played by the player.

Easier said than done. How could Bree not relent to Brett’s witty and wanton-inducing words?

“Smashing my lips to hers, it didn’t take long for her to open up to me…She tasted sweeter than honey…Instead of pulling back, I deepened the kiss while our tongues danced in perfect harmony.”

Their chemistry is electric like the buzz in the air during a sold-out football game; Bree and Brett’s passion pounded from the pages sraight to me.

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Bree doesn’t want to like the cocky player who turns her on while they are working together, but she can’t help what her traitorous body feels.

Her brain also can’t help but process every dirty word and look that makes her want to pounce on Brett like a cat in heat. Temptation never looked so good.

“I did the one thing I said I wasn’t going to do again. Let Brett Owens in.”

As much as their attraction is off-the-charts hot, neither Brett nor Bree want complications; both want to stay focused on their jobs and protect their hearts so no one gets hurt. Will one woman be enough to change this player’s Playbook for good?

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Oh my SWOON! My sexy thigh clenches turned into swoon-filled sighs. I SWOONED HARD, my soul soared high, and my heart was hit like a football over this unexpected story. The Playbook didn’t just smoke the story and me with heat; it hit my heart with a bigger impact than I imagined. One laced in lust where love threatened to seep through, a hijacking of my heart I did not see coming.

The Playbook played me in the best way!!! I did not think this story would soar right into my soul with the speed of a fast football. I did not think this football story about a player would play me in the best way. I did not think my heart would pound all over the pages fast and furiously. I did not think the feels would flow in the form of tears of happiness, swoon, and sorrow. I LOVED EVERY MINUTE of this sensational story and could not get enough.

Kelly Elliott dropped a tender and terrific touchdown of a romance with The Playbook – a spellbinding story that made me swoon and sweat. I swooned so hard that I’m crowning Kelly Elliott the new Queen of Swoon. This Southern gal fell head-over-heels in love with The Playbook in a Gone with the Wind Meets Sweet Alabama way. This is my new favorite story by Kelly Elliott and I need not just a book but a whole series like The Playbook because I’m not done swooning yet!


5 swoon-filled stars

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My life revolved around two things. Football and my cock. And not necessarily in that order.

Being the head football coach for a top university in Texas had its ups and its downs.

The ups? Endless women to f*ck.

The downs? The politics that came with the job.

From the moment Aubrey Cain walked into my office, she turned my world upside down. Being forced to have her follow me around for a month was going to be a pain in the ass. Especially since I couldn’t keep my eyes off of her.

The best I’d hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined she’d be the game changer.

Brett Owens was my assignment.

Head football coach for a top college, bad boy reputation, short temper, and handsome good looks should have scared me off. But I was tougher than that.

From the first words out of his obnoxious, dirty-talking mouth, I knew it was going to be a long month. It wasn’t five minutes after meeting him, he hit on me. If only I had known his blue eyes would haunt my dreams and awaken a desire inside of me I never knew existed.

This was business. There was no way I would be tempted by him no matter how good looking he was or how many things he whispered in my ear.

He was only supposed to be my assignment. Not the man who threatened to destroy both my heart and my career. I would follow along with his playbook for now. But who would end up winning was anyone’s guess.

The Playbook is a stand-alone novel.



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