Author: Zuri Day
Reading Level: Adult
Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
Publisher: Dafina; Original edition (December 1, 2011)
“Okay, I’ll admit it. I find you attractive.” (Dominique)
“I’ll admit that about you too.” (Jake)
“And that there is definitely a spark between us.” (Dominique)
Jake stopped stirring and turned, “Is a spark all you feel?”
“With her curvaceous full figure and a mega-successful magazine career, Dominique Clark is finally large-and-in-charge of her life. The last thing she needs is romantic drama–especially in the form of her son’s football coach, Jake McDonald, a man who’s used to calling the shots. Yet when their instant attraction leads to a sizzling all-night sexual marathon, they agree that several rematches are in order just to get each other out of their systems. The loving is good, but their differences of opinion have Dominique’s head screaming time out. Her heart, however, wants to stay in the game…”
#3words2describe – Sexy, Funny, Big
Love in Play is a big story. It’s a story about big people, big personalities, and big-time lust.
Dominique is a divorced mother who is struggling with balancing motherhood and a time-consuming career as a magazine executive. Burned by a series of bad relationships (including her former marriage), Miss Dom decides to cling to the “single” in single mother and avoid relationships until her preteen son leaves for college. A noble, but lonely sacrifice. Enter Jake MacDonald, a retired football player, turned athletic director and football coach.
Sparks ignite when Dominique and Jake see each other in passing one night at a ceremony. Later, while at her son’s game, Dominique discovers that Jake is her son’s beloved football coach – much to her chagrin. Still, the attraction is undeniable. Game on! After playing some hard ball, Jake gets Dominique to agree to a one-time-only night of adult fun. Unfortunately, they both realize that the sparks have not been put out … they have intensified. This would be less of a problem if they got along outside of the bedroom. Both Dominique and Jake are used to being the person in control in their professional and personal lives. They are both large-and-in-charge. As they try to put out the flames of lust, they realize that being friends with benefits is complicated.
I found Dominique and Jake to be both funny and full of themselves. The love scenes are sexy, but not way over the top. I like the way Day weaves in being health conscious (Jake’s passion). Although at times, I thought that Jake came off heavy-handed. I felt like I was being lectured and found myself being annoyed along with Dominique. I like this novel and will read another by Zuri Day.
At its heart, Love in Play is a story about trying to deal with the cards life deals you, realizing that it can be better to have someone by your side, and actually letting that someone be by your side (when they are not how you pictured the one).
- Urban romance readers
- Romance readers
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I listened to the unabridged audiobook version of Love in Play from Griot (Recorded Books), narrated by Shari Peele. I highly recommend it; I liked her variety of character voices. The audiobook version recommended listening to the Here I Am audiobook by Rochelle Alers and narrated by Kevin R. Free, if I liked Love in Play.