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
lacey

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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Release Day Review: Sacked by Jen Frederick

Sacked by Jen Frederick

Sacked by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #1 (full reading order below)
Publication Date: September 6th 2015
Links: Ebook • Paperback • Audible • Goodreads
Source: I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review

What he wants he gets…

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

I seriously love sports romances – if there’s a book about football or hockey, I’m in. Sacked by Jen Frederick is a great read for sports romance fans who like their books sweet and funny. There’s also a little bonus in this book – the hero is a virgin! So rare in books, but also SO MUCH FUN to read about. I really liked Sacked – it’s not quite on the level of sports romances like The Deal or The Hook Up, but I honestly enjoyed what I read. If you were a fan of the previous books I mentioned, you should definitely give Sacked a try.

Knox Masters is the star player for the Western State Warriors – he has big plans ahead of him, but for now, he’s set on winning the national championship. He’s a fantastic player on the field, but off the field? Not so much. Knox is a virgin, and planning on staying that way until he meets the girl of his dreams. But when he does meet her, she seems to be the only girl not impressed with who he is. So now he has another goal to accomplish – win the heart of the girl he wants to spend the rest of his life with.

“What are you thinking about?” I’m so screwed.
He doesn’t hesitate. “You. I’m thinking about you. I’m thinking about laying my tongue on your body for the first time. What you’d taste like. I’d want to lick you everywhere. I want to know what every inch of you tastes like.”

Ellie Campbell has just transferred to Western State with her brother, who also plays football for the team. She avoids football players because of a previous bad experience, but she never expected to meet someone like Knox – sweet, charming, funny-as-hell, and oh-so-sexy. Oh, and a virgin. Ellie tries her hardest to stay away from Knox, but he’s determined to win over the girl he knows is meant for him, so how can she resist him?

“I’m not experienced, but I know when a girl is into me, and you’re into me. You want to play it casual, then that’s how we play it… for now. But fair warning, I’m bringing everything I’ve got to tear down your resistance. My specialty is reading plays and then overcoming the barriers.”

I’m actually a big fan of insta-lust… when it’s done right. I like my heroes being over-the-top in love with the heroines, especially for the majority of the book, and Knox’s heart certainly belongs to Ellie from the get-go. Jen Frederick did a fantastic job writing their romance – Knox falls fast and hard for Ellie, and it was so. much. fun. reading about him trying to woo her and win her heart.

Sacked is a bit predictable, but its sweetness, humor, and charm made up for it. Knox and Ellie made the most adorable couple – and they get hot in the sheets too! Knox is definitely an eager virgin, willing to do whatever it takes to please Ellie. 😉 I loved getting to know Knox and his teammates, who are absolutely hilarious together. There are lots of great banter in this book, both between Ellie and Knox and Knox and his teammates. This book was just a pure, feel-good romance, with just the right amount of sweetness without making it sappy. I highly recommend it for those who love sweet, funny college romances.

“I started my life the day I met you. Everything before then was practice.”

4 hearts
lacey

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


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