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Peek Inside Skin in the Game

When injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds returns home to coach his old high school team, he’s not expecting the blond bombshell he brings back to his hotel to be the geeky girl who once gave him football pointers—or that she’s not about to let the hometown hero take her team away from her.

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When the competition’s this hot, someone’s bound to score.

Angela Peterson was always the quiet, shy kid growing up in Harper Falls, crushing on the high school quarterback and honing her football strategy skills. Now grown up and coaching the high school team, she’s shocked when that same sexy quarterback returns to Harper Falls asks her back to his hotel room. And then tries to steal her job.

Injured NFL quarterback Cade Reynolds is in Harper Falls to take over as interim head coach, and he never thought the tall, blond bombshell he propositioned would offer up any resistance. Not to a repeat of the amazingly wild night they shared and certainly not to his coaching position.

But the Harper Falls High Eagles are Angie’s team, and even the hometown hero won’t take that away from her, no matter how hot he is. As the two engage in a battle of wits and wills, this is one game neither is prepared to lose.


"This was a cute story about the golden boy of the football field coming home to find love with the girl that never stood out in high school. " --Cocktails and Books

"Skin in the Game had a sweet romance with enough spice to get your heart racing, and an ending that put a big fat smile on my face. This is my first read by Jackie Barbosa, but it won’t be my last!" --Rachel, Goodreads

"Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa was probably one of the sweetest and cutest steamy Brazen books Ive ever read to date! This book didn't just make me swoon for the romance, but it put a huge smile on my face. It was the perfect light and sexy read I needed." --Jessierae, Goodreads

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622667932
Series: Play Action, Book 1
Release Date: May 27, 2013
Page Count: 252
Imprint: brazen
Genre: contemporary, sports romance
Tropes: fling, opposites attract, revenge

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By • Lisa • September 22, 2013


"Maybe we can slip into something a little more comfortable? Like the bed."


Bring on the sexy, bring on the sweet yes you've guessed it, it's another Brazen treat. I'm convinced any book in this series will be right up my street, just my cuppa, perfect for me etc etc. I've now ...more

I have never read any other books by Jackie Barbosa, but I am a sucker for a good Sports Romance. When I saw that the hero of the book is a sexy football player, you better believe I was all over that. (What? Don't judge me! We all have our weakness.) Smiley

The story itself was cute. It was well writte ...more

By ♥Rachel♥ June 02, 2013

Unrequited love is one of my favorite types of romances, and this is what we have between Angie and Cade.

Cade Reynolds is a famous NFL star quarterback, sidelined since his shoulder injury. When his old high school football coach calls in a favor, he can't say no. This man was his mentor and a fath ...more

By Saly June 14, 2013

Really enjoyable book. Hero is a former NFL star who got injured a while back, doing a favour for his high school coach. Sees heroine, instant attraction, he doesn't recognize her from high school as the geeky girl. The heroine is tall, gorgeous, football fanatic, high school maths teacher and assis ...more

By Sunny May 16, 2013

A very strong 3.5 stars

This review is posted at http://loveaffairwithanereader.blogsp...

As a sports romance, this one is done well. The game of football is integrated into the story - not just on the sidelines. I also enjoyed the twist of having the game played out from the female perspective. She ...more

Slick‘s review posted on Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Review copy provided for an honest review.

4.5 Stars

Somehow this past year I’ve read a lot of books revolving around football player heroes and I’m not a big fan of football. However, I’ve enjoyed them all including Skin InThe Game. I love the str ...more

By Autumn Review June 01, 2013

I saw the cover, read the synopsis, and I was sold. Sexy athlete books just do it for me. What I liked about this one though was that there was a good story there too. While this wasn't a couple that was reunited, they did 'know' each other in high school. It was fun to watch them interact with each ...more

By Claudia May 19, 2013

This was a really well done sports romance. Sometimes there're sports romances where you wonder where the part about the sport is but not in this one. The author found a good balance between the romance and sports parts.

Angie, the heroine, is a reputable and modest high school teacher and an assist ...more

By Penny June 10, 2013

I don't like football, I don't love contemporary romance, but somehow this story worked for me. The heroine is a super smart-sports analysis gal, which is a very cool combination--I love smart and sporty together. The hero is a football star with an injury, who returns to his hometown to coach the h ...more

By Yvette May 07, 2013

Ever since I first read J. Lynn’s Tempting the Best Man, I have been hooked on Entangled’s Brazen series. I’ve read all nineteen (yes, I counted) of the colorfully-covered books, although Jackie Barbosa’s Skin in the Game (Play Action) is the first ARC I’ve received from the collection. Continuing i ...more

By Jessirae May 27, 2013

Skin in the Game by Jackie Barbosa was probably one of the sweetest and cutest steamy Brazen books I’ve ever read to date! This book didn’t just make me swoon for the romance, but it put a huge smile on my face. It was the perfect light and sexy read I needed.

I adored Cade! I thought he would be one ...more

By ✿ May 02, 2013

Who would have known that your high school crush would come back to your hometown after being the star quarterback in the NFL and try to steal your job? Well, that's EXACTLY what happens to Angela Peterson!!

I found the plot and characters of "Skin in the Game" nothing new but nonetheless still sexy ...more

By Kelly_Instalove May 28, 2013

Grade: A-

In fact, she doubted anything could make him less hot, short of a restraining order from an ex-girlfriend.

Heroine is a prickly math geek and football coach. Hero is an angsty athlete who can do the dirty talk. Author knows her football — and her dirty talk. Another one written JUST FOR ...more

By Teresa June 09, 2013

I very much enjoyed this, always like the alpha-hunk sports guys and this did not disappoint! ...more

By Jenn June 04, 2013

This book is a book that football lovers will appreciate. However, if you’re not much of a football fan you and just looking for a really good romance book, this is it too. Jackie did a great of job captivating me throughout the entire book that I was not able to put it down and it became a very qui ...more

By Monica June 16, 2013

Two characters that have one thing in common, football, can they choose the right path in order to be together.

I do have to say that I really am not a sports fan; I’m not one to sit down for Sunday football or Monday night football or any other sports. But I do have to say give me a story about a s ...more

By Vi (like the letter) June 02, 2013

I’m definitely not a sports person, especially when it comes to football. Sure, I do love a fit man in tight shorts, but I think that’s not the point of the game. With that being said, I liked the fact that Skin in the Game made me really appreciate the art of football and helped me understand a lit ...more

By Kristin April 30, 2013

There once was a time when a freshman laid into the high school's star quarterback about poor plays that would ultimately cost them their championship if he didn't change the way they were playing. Now, years later, that quarterback is none other than NFL quarterback, Cade Reynolds. He still remembe ...more

By Crystal May 25, 2013

My Rant: Skin in the Game was erotic and sensual. Cade was mouth watering hot. This man knew how to push your buttons in a good way. Cade was unadulterated sexy muscle build athlete that knows how to turn a woman into mush by the things he would say and the way he takes his time at doing the things ...more

By Jillian June 17, 2013

My review can also be found on my blog:

Skin in the Game is book #1 in Jackie Barbosa’s Play Action Series and this story definitely kicks the series of with a great start!

Angela Peterson can’t believe her eyes. Is that Cade Reynolds she sees sitting in her lit ...more

By Stephanie May 31, 2013

Cade is only back in town for a couple of weeks as a favor to his old high school coach and to give him time to finish healing from an injury. He's still hoping to get back to being the quarterback for an NFL team but owes the man who was a surrogate father to him the world. He's intrigued by a woma ...more

By Jaime May 02, 2013

3.5 stars!

In high school, Angela Peterson wasn't tall and gorgeous and she crushed on the high school quarterback just like everyone else. He only noticed her because she gave him some well timed advice that helped him go on to win the championship and eventually make a career out of football.

Years ...more

I was provided this ARC in return for an honest review
4 Fun Stars

A fresh take on the game of football with our heroine, Angie, a savvy Asst.Coach at her former High School. Not only is Angie a whiz at strategies and plays in football, but she just happens to be a smart, caring, and gorgeous gal who ...more

Source: eARC for Honest Review from Entangled Brazen via NetGalley

I am always a fan of the ugly ducking turned swan story lines now add a NFL hottie and BAM! You got yourself quite the combination.

Angie was once a geek with an knack for football strategies and once she blossoms she turns into a bomb ...more

By Nikki June 07, 2013

All I have to say about Cade Reynolds:

And for Angie:

I straight up love when women excel in a "mans" profession! Angie was a kickass football coach who knew her sh*t! She went from high school ugly duckling to hot for teacher and the best football coach her school had! Love it.

Cade Reynolds was the ...more

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Jackie Barbosa

About the author

Jackie Barbosa

Jackie Barbosa always wanted to be a writer when she grew up; it just took about twenty years longer to grow up than she expected! On the road to publication, she took a few detours, including a stint in academia and many years as a technical writer/instructional designer for a data processing company. She still holds her day job in instructional design, but her true passion is writing steamy romances. Jackie learned to believe in love at first sight when she met the man of her dreams and to believe in happily ever after when she married him. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their three children, and an ever-changing menagerie of pets.

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