This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2019
Intercepted was an entertaining and refreshing take for a sports romance when it debuted. I always meant to come back to the series and snagged the opportunity when this latest released. I thought the heroine being a successful bar owner of a bar for women sounded fab and what’s not to like about a quietly crushing on her pro-football player?
As I indicated above, Blitzed is part of the Playbook series and is the third book that can easily standalone though appearances and friendships with the former romance pairs take place.
Brynn’s bar has just made the big-time because of being the hot spot with pro athletes and the setting for a reality TV show and she’s riding high on the success. She has seen her friends finding their happy, but when a certain attractive pro-football player shows he shares her attraction, she’s suddenly outside her element. Snark, banter, and sexy times she can do, but true relationship stuff makes her confidence run for the backfield.
Maxwell was enamored with Brynn from his first look at her and plans to make his move right about the time trouble from his personal life flares and blows up in his face. Brynn is set back and so are his chances. But, he knows a little something about hard effort to reach the goal so he sets out to patiently get past Brynn’s vulnerabilities about herself and even has to fight the demons that crop up out of his own past to win her.
Blitzed is a book that I have mixed feelings about. I enjoyed aspects of it and didn’t enjoy others. In fact, one aspect had me so worked up that I almost tossed the book aside. I ended up skimming a little so I could finish. There was several under-developed spots making it tough for me to fully invest in the story and the romance, the core of the story, was also under-developed and even imbalanced making this an easily set aside book. In fact, that is what happened. I started reading and blew through the first few chapters and then found that I was not that interested in the book or it got me so angry and could read others before picking it up again.
So, what caused the trouble? In a nutshell, the heroine. I thought I would really like her as a successful woman entrepreneur, snarky, sexy, and caught the eye of a great guy while having the respect of many. But, then I slowly started to realize that she was a big fake. She’s actually a hot mess. Troubles of growing up with a mom like she had left her with vulnerabilities that reared their ugly head constantly. I could be sympathetic to a point, but the longer she went without dealing with them in anyway other than feeding them and pushing it all off onto Maxwell, who bent over backwards to make her feel loved, respected, appreciated, gorgeous, and wanted for a serious relationship (I purposefully listed all that to show how hard he tried), but even late in the book she was still doubting.
But, what caused things to truly snap apart for me was when she knew the bad rep of Max’s brother and that the man was a liar, but she still pushed another woman toward a relationship with the man just because she was jealous of the woman hitting on Max. Not cool, Brynn! Warn her off or tell her off, but don’t send her obliviously to a wrong guy.
The pair of them, Brynn and Max, wouldn’t have important conversations between them and spent more time yucking it up with buddies and friends. Brynn would ask the gals about Max or buy what his brother said- anything, but go to him herself or believe in him.
That leads me to the bright side of this book, Maxwell Lewis. I was taken aback by an opening scene that left a nasty taste in my mouth, but turned out to be out of character for him. In fact, it was so out of character that later I thought it was odd that it even went down that way. Anyway, Maxwell is a quiet, humble, but very successful athlete. He’s well-liked and respected. He handles his pro celebrity with maturity and aplomb. And, the guy is crushing hard on Brynn. She gives him her public face- snark and fun- but he wants more than that. He can see beyond and wants the whole woman. Only her severe insecurities and his brother’s venomous sabotage are against him. He could have communicated better at times, but yet, he was already hanging in there and forgave Brynn for her mistakes about him when most guys would have tapped out. He was such a fab hero.
So, all in all, I was left somewhat disappointed and only moderately engaged. It’s not an awful book and has many sensational moments. Those who enjoy sports romances and the patience for a heroine like Brynn would probably enjoy Blitzed more.
My thanks to Berkley for providing this copy to read in exchange for an honest review.
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