Spotlight & Giveaway: Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton

Posted June 29th, 2014 by in Blog, Spotlight / 85 comments

Today it is my pleasure to spotlight the release of STRADDLING THE LINE by Jaci Burton


Straddling the Line

STLTrevor Shay has it all—a successful football and baseball career, and any woman he wants. But when he finds out his college mentor’s daughter is in trouble, he drops everything to come to her aid.

Haven Briscoe has finally landed a dream job as a sportscaster for a major network. But she hasn’t been able to move past the recent death of her beloved father, and it’s affecting her career. A plum assignment following the daily life of sports superstar Trevor Shay might be just the inspiration she needs…

Trevor will do anything to spark life back into Haven, including letting her into every aspect of his world. The chemistry between them flames higher than one of Trevor’s home runs and faster than his dashes to the end zone. But as they grow closer, Haven stumbles onto Trevor’s closely guarded secret, one he’s hidden his entire life. And despite his protests, now it’s Haven’s turn to put everything on hold to help Trevor. Will he let her in and trust her with a secret that could blow his professional and personal world apart?


He took a seat in one of the leather chairs, while Haven spread out on the sofa, her notes and laptop in front of her.
“So how’s this going to work?” he asked.

“I’m going to start by asking some background questions, just a few things we’ll fill in on the narrative side of the equation. After we’re through with all the background story, we’ll start filming.”
“Which will consist of?”
“You at work. And at home. Where you grew up, where you went to high school and college, plus some of you at leisure activities. People want to know about you—who Trevor Shay the person is, as well as the athlete. I’ve looked into some of the charities you sponsor. I’d like to showcase those.”
“I’d like that, too.”
“Then we’re set.”
“Do I get to interview you, too?” he asked.
“Ha-ha. And no. You already know all there is to know about me.”
“Do I?”
“Sure. We’ve known each other since college.”
“We’ve been around each other, Haven. But do we know each other all that well?”
She frowned. “I don’t understand the question.”
“Look. If you knew everything there was to know about me, you could write the background without needing to interview me, right? But you can’t, because while we went to college together, we didn’t really hang out, did we?”
“No, we definitely didn’t.”
“And it’s not like we’ve spent a lot of time around each other. We know each other because of your mom and dad. We’ve hung out some, but you don’t really know me all that well. And I don’t know you, either.”
“Do you know everyone who interviews you?”
“No. But you’re the daughter of someone I greatly admired. Someone I thought of as a mentor. You’re not just a random interviewer. You’re someone I’d like to get to know better.”
She didn’t understand why he was interested. Or why it even mattered. “You’re certainly playing a different tune now than you did in college. You couldn’t wait to get away from me then.”
He dipped his head, then gave her a very sexy smile. “In college it was different. I wasn’t much for learning back then. The only thing I was interested in was the ball—either football or baseball. I wanted to be out on the field playing. Academics got in my way. And you represented academics.”
“I see.” Not exactly the same way she’d seen it back then. “So you saw me as a way to help you pass your classes so you could stay in school.”
“Something like that. Why? Was I mean to you?”
“No. Not at all. You just did everything in your power to avoid studying.”
He laughed. “Yeah. That really wasn’t my thing.”
“So I noticed. Unfortunately, charm could only take you so far, Trevor. At some point you had to get a passing grade.”
“And you helped with that. So thanks again.”
“You’re welcome. Though I don’t know that I really helped, since you managed to elude most of our study sessions, or rarely paid attention to what I was trying to say.”
“Hey, I passed, so it sank in. Trust me, you helped.”
The earnest way he looked at her, the easy smile on his face, and, oh, God, she could get so lost in the sea green of his eyes, how dark and long his lashes were, and his mouth—
“So . . . where do we start?”
Haven blinked, and realized she’d been staring at him. He’d done this to her in college, too, making her lose her focus.
Damn the man anyway. And now he was smiling at her, as if he knew exactly the kind of effect he had on her.


Posted by arrangement with Berkley Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © Jaci Burton, 2014.



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About the Author:

Jaci BurtonJaci Burton is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Play by Play and Hope series. A lover of sports, Jaci can often tell what season it is by what sport is being played. She watches entirely too much television, including an unhealthy amount of reality TV. She’s a total romantic and loves a story with a happily ever after, which you’ll find in all her books. She lives in Oklahoma with her husband and dogs. Connect with her online at,

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85 Responses to “Spotlight & Giveaway: Straddling the Line by Jaci Burton”

  1. Inga

    The excerpt and cover caught my attention. Definitely chemistry between these two and I want to see how it all comes together.

  2. dragon20077

    Made me laugh when a person made another lose focus on the topic when it comes to getting to know each other better. Definitely can’t wait to read more!

  3. Linda

    Yep, the excerpt (and cover) definitely caught my attention. Love the series. Thanks for the giveaway!

  4. Sandy X

    Need I say anything from all the comments above? I’m dying just to get this book! This is like a tease…and in like two days it will be release too. Such a long wait

  5. kgagnon2013

    Thanks for the post and the excerpt, it was cute, on those sexy men always leave us wanting more! 🙂

  6. Susan T.

    After reading one of Jaci Burton’s Play By Play book always leaves me with wanting the next book. Thanks for the posting.

  7. Jennifer Zorko

    Loved the excerpt. Love this series. Can’t wait to read more. Thanks for the chance.

  8. Pat Lieberman

    I love sports related stories; (esp. baseball ones) this series is great and those covers are always to die for.

    Of course the excerpt made me want more.

  9. Leanna

    Loved the excerpt! I have been waiting for Trevor and Havens story. I love the Play by Play series!

  10. Diane Sallans

    I love it that Trevor wants to get to know Haven, but she’s rather oblivious to that.

  11. Jami Birnbaum

    Jaci Burton’s books always pull me in. This excerpt was no exception. Can’t wait to read “Straddling the Line”

  12. sasharenay

    Excerpts from Jaci Burton’s books always leave me craving more! I love her books and she has the BEST covers of anyone!!!

  13. carol L

    Loved the excerpt. Also love Jaci Burton’s books. Look forward to reading this.
    Carol L
    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  14. mrsmac19

    I’ve been looking forward to Trevor & Haven’s book for a while! The excerpt was great and I can’t wait to read the book! The shared history, while at times superficial, does provide a nice background. Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  15. Himeko

    This excerpt really caught my eye and I am leaning more towards getting the book because the chemistry between Trevor and Haven seems really interesting. I can’t wait to read it.

  16. veRONIca

    I love the excerpt! It is always so much better when they have a history. They can see how they both have changed and grown in some ways while staying the same in the things that matter

  17. Karen T.

    Of course it left me wanting more; not that I would need it with this series. Love it. Sports stories are something I really love.

  18. Betul E.

    I love Jaci’s books! Cant wait to read this book, so it definitely left me wanting more

  19. dgoodridge84

    It definitely grabbed my attention, and the hot guy on the cover sure helped too!

  20. Kate I.

    ABS-olutely! I like that this is a reunion story with a sports element. And I’d LOVE to get lost in some sea green eyes myself ….

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