Release Day Review: Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

Jockblocked by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #2 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: February 10th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffeeshop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.

I’m a big fan of sports romances these days, and since I really liked the first book in the Gridiron series, I jumped at the chance to read Jockblocked. While I can’t say I loved it, the book was still a fairly enjoyable read. I think it was just the fact that not much happened in this story that made it more average than anything. Still, if you’re looking for a well-written, light-hearted sports romance, you should definitely give Jockblocked a try.

Lucy Washington doesn’t like to take risks. As a diabetic, she’s careful about everything in her life, which includes her body and heart. So when a gorgeous boy on campus asks her out, she says no, no matter how good he looks and how much sex he exudes. And when she finds out that he’s none other than football star Matthew Iverson? She’s definitely not about to let a player like him anywhere near her heart.

Can I be more obvious? I don’t think so. Unfortunately, Lucy isn’t taking the bait. Another girl would be leaning against the counter, maybe twirling her hair around her finger. Lucy looks bored. That should bother me more, but instead I feel kind of energized by her dismissiveness. It’s sure as hell different.

As a football player, Matty is used to getting girls whenever, wherever he wants. So he’s intrigued when Lucy is pretty much the first girl to ever refuse him. Matty is tenacious, and he’s not the type of guy to give up when he encounters an obstacle. Being around Lucy only makes him want her more, and for more than just her body. He might just be falling in love, but will he be able to prove to Lucy that he’s a man she can trust?

I really enjoyed the way Lucy and Matty’s relationship started. Lucy is strong and independent, and she’s not a pushover when it comes to Matty so she doesn’t give in immediately to his advances. I loved how she made him work for her trust and heart, made him prove to her that she wasn’t going to be just another notch on his bedpost. Matty is definitely a sweet-talker with all his flirty banter with Lucy, and his determination to win over Lucy was swoony as all get-out. Everything about them is fun and light-hearted, and the progression of their romance is slow but sweet.

Matty might have been my biggest risk, but he is sure as hell the best reward a girl could ever have.

I liked this book. It was good… but I can’t say there was anything special about it. I didn’t particularly connect with Lucy or Matt, as much as I enjoyed their romance. The book was a little too slow and even boring at times – it almost felt like nothing happened during these slow times. Maybe if the pace picked up a bit more and there was more drama, I would’ve loved it more, but that’s just me. Jockblocked really is perfect if you’re in the mood for something easy, fun, and sweet. Fans of Sacked will enjoy seeing the cameos of Ellie, Knox, and the rest of the football team!

3 hearts

Quotes are taken from the arc and are subject to change in the final version.

Reading Order: Gridiron series

Sacked by Jen Frederick Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

#1 ~ Sacked: My Review • Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#2 ~ Jockblocked: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
#3 ~ Downed: Goodreads (release date TBA)
#4 ~ Played: Goodreads (release date TBA)


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