Since I started my Play-by-Play series, I often get asked which one is my favorite.
Are you kidding? They all are. I’ve never had more fun writing a series than I have with this one. For one thing, I love sports, so being able to delve into a different sport with each book has been a blast. And writing about sports players? Now that’s fun.
I’ve built a fairly large cast of characters in my Play-by-Play series. The Riley family consists of Mick, Gavin, Jenna, and in future books, you’ll meet the Riley cousins. Of course there’s also the women and men they fall in love with.
Let me give you a little insight into each of them. I think you’ll see why it’s so hard to choose a favorite.
Mick from The Perfect Play was my first in this series, and I love him because of his strength mixed with his vulnerability. He has a secret in his past that he’s fought to hold onto. But falling in love with Tara means learning to trust someone with the demons of his past, and sharing everything with her, including the ugly parts of his life. It takes a lot of courage to be able to do that, and that’s one of the reasons I love him so much. With Tara, it’s her ability to put her child first above everything else, including her own needs, but also her warmth and compassion and her innate ability to love.
Gavin from Changing The Game was such a wild card, so sexy and dynamic, and it would take a strong man to tame a wild woman like Elizabeth. Gavin has it in him to love fiercely, and he sets out to show Liz that she’s deserving of it. Liz doesn’t make it easy for a man, but the one thing she has going for her is her all consuming love for Gavin, a secret she’s held for many years. She sees it as her Achilles Heel. She’s made a lot of mistakes, and she doesn’t want to make another one with the man who has her heart.
Jenna from Taking A Shot is a mass of contradictions. It’s not so much what she wants, but what she doesn’t want—or at least what she thinks she doesn’t want, and that’s a sports player. But Ty gets all up in her business, and she can’t think straight around him. The chemistry between them is smoking hot, but he’s also sweet and generous and helps to guide her career, so he confuses the hell out of her. I love that he surprises her. Ty is smoking hot and sexy, but he’s also generous, and when he pursues Jenna, it gets way more than physical. He wants to help her realize her dream, which surprises him as much as it surprises her. I love that about him.
And then there’s Cole and Alicia, the Riley cousins coming up in Playing to Win and Thrown by A Curve. I’ll wait to get into why I love them. (I know. I’m a big tease.)
So how could I possibly choose which character to love best? I’ve had so much fun creating these characters. They’re all larger than life, and yet very much every day people who fall in love, but have issues to resolve on the road to their happily ever after. I hope you come along for their journey, and that you enjoy the ride.
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