Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blog Tour & Review: The Playbook by Kelly Elliott

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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.   


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.

“So, I’m assuming since it’s spring training, I’ll be granted full access to the stadium.” Peeking up at Brett, I added, “That includes the locker rooms.”

His jaw muscles flexed and I couldn’t help but smile. “I’d 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.”

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

“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 ladies’ man.”

“What?” 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.

“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 Year’s Eve.” I held it up for him to see.

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

I pointed to my notebook, while keeping my focus fixed on him. “This notebook?”

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

“Yes, that notebook, Aubrey! I don’t see another notebook on the fucking table.”

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

Curses like a damn sailor.

“Wh-what are you writing?”

I couldn’t help but feel giddy knowing I was getting to him. “Just taking some notes, that’s all.”

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

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.

 “On my what?” Brett questioned.

With a roll of his eyes, Mr. Stevenson answered, “On the colorful lifestyle you lead outside of work.”

“That was gently put,” I mumbled.

“Ms. Cain,” Mr. Stevenson started.

“Please, call me Aubrey.”

He nodded. “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.”

“Thank you, Mr. Stevenson.”

“Pat will be fine.”

“Pat, it is.”

“Now, I believe, Brett, you have a staff meeting at noon.”

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.

“Yeah. It’s at noon.”

Pat stood. “Good, show Aubrey around and to the office she’ll be using.”

My heart skipped a beat in my chest. “Thank you, Pat. That means a lot to me to have a place to work while I’m here. That’s very thoughtful of you.”

He looked at Brett and then me. “Don’t thank me, thank Brett. It was his idea.”

My head snapped to the side as I looked at him. That was totally unexpected, and I couldn’t hide the fact that it made my chest tighten some. 

Kim's 4 Star Review

Brett Owens’s only cared about two things in his life, Football and finding his next one night stand. No woman got under his skin until he met Aubrey Cain.  To Aubrey Brett was just her next assignment that will bring her one step closer to her to her dream job. 
Just when these two thought they had the game figured out, it gets turned upside down.

Aubrey has always known where she wanted her career to go and the challenges she faces in a male dominated profession.  Her determination and stubbornness comes in handy not only at her workplace but when she is assigned to cover college football instead of the NFL it landed her directly in Brett Owens’s path.

A successful career in the NFL and three championship wins as the head football coach at the University of Austin Texas has given Brett everything he could ever want.  Women were always waiting around for him to flash a smile at him and take them home for a night.  He was loving his life until he was told that ESPN was sending Reporter Aubrey Cain to do an article on him and the university. Brett is the guy you want to hate but he’s just so damn charming. Many mistake him as just a jock but when you take him out of that environment the real Brett Owens comes out.  You can’t help but fall to the football playing cowboy. 

As a woman you have to give credit to Aubrey as she was working hard to prove herself in a field where men not only dominate but feel that a woman can’t do as good of a job as they can.  The tenacity that Aubrey shows when she sets out to prove to her boss that he made the wrong decision and put her covering College football instead of the NFL is amazing.  She knows what she wants and knows that she has to work harder than most to get is never stops her from reaching her goal.

When Brett and Aubrey are in the same room the tension is evident.  Aubrey is hell bent to keep things professional when Brett is looking to take her to his bed.  The one thing that is true for both of them is that as they fight the sexual attraction going on between them, it’s turning out to be so much more.

There are times when Kelly had me wanting to yell at Brett for being such a jerk but at the same time you want to tell Aubrey to just go for it. They both left me frustrated but hoping that they’d finally get it together and see what is in front of them. The chemistry these two have is unlike anything and you just know that they were put on this path so they could find each other. You really don’t get the sense of how stubborn Brett can be but he turns out to be just as stubborn as Aubrey.

I loved that Kelly had both characters working together to solve a problem but just when you think it over, these two take it a step further.  Aubrey proves that it’s not what you know but who you know or in Aubrey’s case who you’re related to.  The time Brett and Aubrey are force to spend together creates a bond that is hard to break.  This book is another wonderful story from Kelly you don’t want to miss. 


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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