The Playbook by Kelly Elliott #Review #Excerpt @author_kelly

Posted September 12, 2016 by Loredana in 2016, 4 stars, Blog Tour, Book Review, Contemporary Romance, Excerpt, Loredana, Our Review, Sport, Upcoming Release / 0 Comments

by Kelly Elliott
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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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 couldnÔÇÖt

keep my eyes off of her.

The best IÔÇÖd hoped to come out of this was a few nights with her in my bed. I never imagined sheÔÇÖd 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

wasnÔÇÖt 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 anyoneÔÇÖs


The Playbook is a stand-alone novel.


Title: The Playbook
Author: Kelly Elliott
Release Date: September 13, 2016

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Best way to sum up this story? ┬áA tale of two people who appear to be opposites but are really soul mates when you get down to the core of every issue. ┬áThey were brought together by football – she is a reporter for ESPN and he is a hot, young coach in Austin. ┬áHe’s never settled down, focusing on on his career and all of its perks. ┬áShe’s in the same boat; she wants to get out of college football and make her mark in the NFL reporting scene.

While they’re both amazing at what they do, it’s not enough once they finally accept they have fplaybook-teaser-5eelings for each other. ┬áIt’s a very interesting setup (or rather┬áplay) to see how both Brett and Aubrey are forced to re-evaluate their lives, decisions, and paths; are their projected paths enough for them or do they need to call a different play?

Brett reminded me of a misunderstood playboy.  While he was well-acquainted in a biblical sense with the fairer sex, what most people did not see that he was truly a good guy underneath the hanky-panky facade (just ask his assistant).  I really liked learning about his family and how Brett came to certain realizations with grace and pride.

Even though there is some drama (of course we need the angst factor), it all flows accordingly and enriches the story. ┬áYou’ll find that Aubrey is a mirror to Brett. ┬áHer personality, desires, and values are in line with his, even if she doesn’t realize it until later in the game. ┬áI admire her tenacity, strength, and drive to pursue her dreams. ┬áShe won’t be held back. ┬áThe beauty of all her decisions is that she isn’t held back by any of her decisions – she’s really following her heart.

It’s a sweet story, one you’ll enjoy. ┬áA good, healthy dose of romance and angst for a weekend read.playbook-teaser-3

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Reaching into my brief case, I took out my notebook that I had already filled with research on Brett and the university college program.

I flipped through the endless pages of notes until I found a blank page.

ÔÇ£So, IÔÇÖm assuming since itÔÇÖs spring training, IÔÇÖll be granted full access to the stadium.ÔÇØ Peeking up at Brett, I added, ÔÇ£That includes the locker rooms.ÔÇØ

His jaw muscles flexed and I couldnÔÇÖt help but smile. ÔÇ£IÔÇÖd like to really observe you, Mr. Owens, for the first week or two here at work. Really get an understanding of your work habits and ethics with the team and, of course, your habits away from the team as well.ÔÇØ

His lips parted to say something, but Mr. Stevenson coughed and Brett shut his mouth.

ÔÇ£This piece is going to be about getting to know Brett Owens. Three-time national championship winner. Youngest head football coach in college football, and rumored ladiesÔÇÖ man.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£What?ÔÇØ Brett gasped, nearly chocking on his own spit.

I shrugged and flipped through my notes where I found a reference to picture in People magazine.

ÔÇ£Yes, here it is. A picture of you with two women on your arms exiting a bar in downtown Austin. I believe it was on New YearÔÇÖs Eve.ÔÇØ I held it up for him to see.

His eyes narrowed and I swear they turned black. ÔÇ£What in the hell do you have written down in that book?ÔÇØ

I pointed to my notebook, while keeping my focus fixed on him. ÔÇ£This notebook?ÔÇØ

When his hand combed through his hair, I felt a tug in my lower stomach that I quickly pushed aside.

ÔÇ£Yes, that notebook, Aubrey! I donÔÇÖt see another notebook on the fucking table.ÔÇØ

My head drew back with raised eyebrows. I quickly flipped back to the empty page and wrote a note.

Curses like a damn sailor.

ÔÇ£Wh-what are you writing?ÔÇØ

I couldnÔÇÖt help but feel giddy knowing I was getting to him. ÔÇ£Just taking some notes, thatÔÇÖs all.ÔÇØ

Brett leaned closer to me as I covered the note with my hand. ÔÇ£What did you say? I saw sailor written down!ÔÇØ

I flashed him an evil smile which only irritated him more, causing him to curse more under his breath.

Mr. Stevenson sighed heavily next to me. Oh, for the love of God. The two of you are going to have to learn to play nice. Your boss, Ms. Cain, and the president of the university, want this thing to happen. Now I hope you will shine a more positive light on Mr. Owens and not focus on his on his um

Brett and I both looked at him, anxiously waiting for him to finish his sentence.

ÔÇ£On my what?ÔÇØ Brett questioned.

With a roll of his eyes, Mr. Stevenson answered, ÔÇ£On the colorful lifestyle you lead outside of work.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£That was gently put,ÔÇØ I mumbled.

ÔÇ£Ms. Cain,ÔÇØ Mr. playbook-teaser-1Stevenson started.

ÔÇ£Please, call me Aubrey.ÔÇØ

He nodded. ÔÇ£Aubrey, you will have full access so getting in places will not be an issue. I advise you to stick close to Brett until you learn your way around.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£Pat will be fine.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£Pat, it is.ÔÇØ

ÔÇ£Now, I believe, Brett, you have a staff meeting at noon.ÔÇØ

I swear it looked like Brett was sitting over there pouting. It probably killed him he had no safe-zone to hide in. I was going to be stuck to him like glue. Oh, this made me all kinds of happy right now.

ÔÇ£Yeah. ItÔÇÖs at noon.ÔÇØ

Pat stood. ÔÇ£Good, show Aubrey around and to the office sheÔÇÖll be using.ÔÇØ

My heart skipped a beat in my chest. ÔÇ£Thank you, Pat. That means a lot to me to have a place to work while IÔÇÖm here. ThatÔÇÖs very thoughtful of you.ÔÇØ

He looked at Brett and then me. ÔÇ£DonÔÇÖt thank me, thank Brett. It was his idea.ÔÇØ

My head snapped to the side as I looked at him. That was totally unexpected, and I couldnÔÇÖt hide the fact that it made my chest tighten some.


About Kelly Elliott

Kelly Elliott is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling contemporary romance author. Since finishing her bestselling Wanted series, Kelly continues to spread her wings while remaining true to her roots and giving readers stories rich with hot protective men, strong women and beautiful surroundings.

Her bestselling works include, Wanted, Broken, Without You, and Unconditional Love, to name just a few.

Kelly has been passionate about writing since she was fifteen. After years of filling journals with stories, she finally followed her dream and published her first novel, Wanted, in November of 2012.

Kelly lives in central Texas with her husband, daughter, and two pups. When she's not writing, Kelly enjoys reading and spending time with her family. She is down to earth and very in touch with her readers, both on social media and at signings.

To find out more about Kelly and her books, you can find her through her website.


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