Review: Broken Play (Book #1: Birmingham Rebels Series) by Samantha Kane

Birmingham #1

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Birmingham Rebels offensive linemen Beau Perez and Cass Zielinski are inseparable, on and off the field. Cass, the captain with the cowboy swagger, is a loose cannon. Beau, the veteran tight end, is cool under pressure. And ever since they were caught on tape in a steamy threesome, their exploits have fueled more than a few tabloid headlines—and naughty fantasies.

Marian Treadwell knows all about the video. And now that she’s the Rebels’ new assistant offensive coach, she can’t look at Beau and Cass without picturing their hard, naked bodies—with her pressed in between. Marian would like nothing more than to indulge those impulses, but she knows better than to get too close to her players, a bunch of adrenaline-fueled alpha males who don’t always follow the rules.

Just the thought of sharing the gorgeous yet guarded Marian drives Cass wild. At first, Beau isn’t sure she’s right for them . . . and lately, all he desires is a little alone time with Cass to explore their new intimacy. But it’s only a matter of time before Cass breaks through both of their defenses. Because when seduction is the game plan, he always plays to win.

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My Rating: 4½/5 stars

Everyone in the NFL, hell, the world, knows the Birmingham Rebels is the last stop before a player is done.  Birmingham is a new franchise with two terrible years behind them and a rag tag bunch of players who have done everything from offend the entire NFL to be arrested for a variety of offenses.  Yeah, these boys know they have one shot left and if they can’t get their shit together, even their last chance is going to be gone.

Everyone in the NFL knows where Cass Zielinski goes, Beau Perez goes.  Cass is a dominant man with a love of threesomes.  His preferred partners are Beau and a woman of their choosing.  Thanks to a leaked sex tape, the whole world knows their preferences which is just one of the reasons they have both ended up in Birmingham.  Though they now keep a lowish profile, Cass and Beau can’t deny their sexual desires and they’re both ready for something more permanent than a one-night stand.  Additionally, though neither is ready to admit it aloud, they also want more with one another. 

Birmingham is more than a last stop for players, it’s also the end of the road for some of the staff.  Marian Treadwell survived a near-gang rape early in her coaching career and since that night, she has denied her desires.  After all, it was her desire for a threesome that got her into trouble in the first place.  Marian sees Birmingham as a fresh start, but from the moment she meets them, Beau and Cass threaten her resolve.  They are both massive, strong men, who take their place on the team seriously, and their interest in her even more seriously.  Beau is the “softer” of the two men and often must rein Cass in where Marian is concerned.  It is Beau who breaks down Marian’s barriers and where Beau goes, Cass goes. 

Beau and Cass are clear in their intentions toward Marian, but they know she is keeping a huge secret that is keeping her from giving herself fully to them.  Additionally, Beau and Cass need to clear the air about their feelings and intentions toward one another.  For everyone to get what they want, extreme measures need to taken and Cass and Beau have just the right idea to help everyone (and a few select others!) involved.  It’s a wild idea, but it all goes well, at least three members of the Birmingham Rebels will have a bit more stability in their lives and that’s something the team desperately needs. 

The Bottom Line:  Holy Hannah was I surprised by this book!!  I loved this book and have no shame in saying so 😊  Broken Play has a little bit of everything: misfits, romance, some good kink, and a cast of supporting characters that is going to carry this series for a good long while.  Beau and Cass are solid characters with just enough darkness in their respective pasts to make them quite interesting.  Marian is much the same which makes her a good match for Beau and Cass.  The plot is infused with sex, sexual innuendo, and sexual tension, but it all makes sense to the plot.  The characters are fully-developed with backstories that are interesting and twisted which makes them all the more fun to read.  The dialogue is strong and carries the story and enhances each of the characters.  The plot moves swiftly which makes this a quick read.  The only small complaint I have about this read is how abruptly it ends, an issue I hope is worked out in future installments of the series.

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About the author and where to find her:

Samantha KaneReviewers have called Samantha Kane “an absolute marvel to read,” and “one of historical romance’s most erotic and sensuous authors.” Her books have been called “sinful,” “sensuous,” and “sizzling.”  She is published in several romance genres including historical, contemporary and science fiction. Her erotic Regency-set historical romances have won awards, including Best Historical from RWA’s erotic romance chapter Passionate Ink, and the Historical CAPA (best book) award from The Romance Studio.  Samantha Kane has a master’s degree in American History, and taught high school social studies for ten years before becoming a full time writer. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and three children. Ms Kane loves to hear from readers. Contact her or subscribe to her newsletter.

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