Mini Review: Thrown By A Curve by Jaci Burton

March 14, 2013 Reviews 2

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Mini Review: Thrown By A Curve by Jaci Burton
Thrown By a Curve
by Jaci Burton
Series: Play by Play #5
Published by Berkley Trade
on March 5th, 2013
Genres: Adult, Romance
Pages: 340


Sports medicine specialist Alicia Riley has the job of her dreams, until she's assigned to star pitcher Garrett Scott. Undergoing shoulder rehab, it's make it or break it time for Garrett, and he needs to focus to get back on the mound in time for opening day. But close proximity and combustible chemistry is a dangerous combination, and both Alicia and Garrett have a lot to lose if this doesn't work.

I use the word “sex” A LOT.

 You have been warned.

 Now that we have that disclaimer out the way, ladies I want to introduce you to my fantasy version of Garrett Scott:

 Garrett 1

 I’m ridiculously behind on Revenge but this is the face I pictured the entire time I was reading Thrown by a Curve.


My number one remedy for a book hangover is a quick, simple, somewhat predictable and steamy read. No matter how bad the hangover is, these key things always work for me, and Thrown by a Curve was exactly what I was looking for, plus a little something extra.

Even though I knew exactly what I was getting, based on the blurb and cover I still found myself somewhat surprised by the realistic maturity level of our two main characters, Alicia and Garrett. They were RATIONAL adult characters and I can’t tell you how nice of a change it is to read about people who think along the same line as I do. For instance, Garrett would get aggravated and get snippy with Alicia; but instead of Alicia pondering for 6 chapters on why he got snippy, she just flat out asked.

This is what people do! If there is a problem you don’t ponder it relentlessly, you go get answers! This is what took this book from “meh” to “ok” for me. I love the idea of tangible characters and environments and nothing about Garrett and Alicia’s relationship/situation seemed far-fetched or came off as annoying.

If that wasn’t enough to take my mind off my book hangover I’m sure the incredibly hot sex scenes would have. I’m not talking about, “tie-me-up-and-screw-my-brains-out” kind of sex, but more like “I-want-to-take-my-time-exploring-your-body-and-enjoying-that-look-of-bliss-on-your-face” kind of sex.

 sexy pool

 Everything was so sensual even I got a little hot under the collar, and if you ever tell anyone I will deny it!

Denial, and hot collars aside, I truly enjoyed Thrown by a Curve. Yes the plot was extremely predictable, and the writing wasn’t some epiphany inducing masterpiece, but it was exactly what I needed at the time. Something that cleaned my palate, got my mind of my book hangover, and entertained me to a certain extent.


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2 Responses to “Mini Review: Thrown By A Curve by Jaci Burton”

  1. Christine D.

    Oh my gosh, Octavia. Your reviews are so funny, yet pertinent. I love your idea of a cure for a book hangover – a steamy read. I must admit, I have read one of them so far, and it was okay. Maybe I need to explore that genre more. Hehe. And lol, at the contrast of the type of sex in the book. I guess the “I-want-to-take-my-time-exploring-your-body-and-enjoying-that-look-of-bliss-on-your-face” kind of sex” is a result of the rational characters you mentioned. I enjoyed reading this!

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