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 September 11, 2018
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
I love football. It comes in with fall and getting cozy while I watch mean in “tight leggings” tackle each other. Ok, well, I watch it more for the game than the guys. So when I see a new author come along and write about a football player finding love, I am all for it. Alexa Martin adds to that by having been a football wife. It’s an interesting mix of football and the life the women deal with when their men are on the team. But also what happens when a woman gets lost in the mans world and loses everything she is about.
Intercepted is a first book in a series called Playbook that both grabbed me and made me feel old. The writing style was interesting, with twists of what the next generation is going through with both love and real life. The sassy and witty writing at times grabbed me, but the hashtags often made me sigh and I am a user of hashtags. But if anyone who know me, I did complain about someones use of hashtags in relationship to their vacation as they copied and pasted them when they had no meaning to the image they were posting. I digress. Sorry.
Marlee was one heroine I had a hard time in the beginning getting along with, but as she grows through the book and realized the same things I was thinking, I in turn grew to love her. She is finding her way and unfortunately has chosen a man who isn’t supportive of her own dreams. Their relationship stumped me a lot as he wasn’t faithful, but she seemed to turn a blind eye unless it was right up in her face. Also, if you date a guy this long and he does’t put a ring on it, girl, move on! On top of everything he really treats her like shit and I wanted to cut his … well, I will just stop there.
Marlee not only has an ass for a boyfriend she is dealing with the married women of the football team. They never let her live down that she isn’t married, but somehow is allowed into their little club to do good things for the community. The president often steals her ideas and frankly treats her like shit. See a theme here?
During one the break up times with her boyfriend she has a one nightstand with a man. She knows nothing about him and is surprised when the football team grabs him up to possibly replace the aging quarterback. Surprise when he shows up at a team gathering.
Needless to say it all blows to Hell and unfortunately most of her possessions were bought by the ex and she can’t take them with her. A career is budding for her, but it isn’t bringing in enough to cover the bills, so she takes on another job, apartment and learns to walk and bus it to work.
In walks Gavin, her one nightstand who is everything she could ask for. She finds herself falling for him, but also realizes she needs to find herself and grow. The two are combustible and he comes through when a guy should, but he also does stupid guy stuff.
With a new boyfriend she isn’t really calling a boyfriend, new job and friend, Marlee shows the gridiron bitch where she can go with such style and sometimes a lot of trash talk. Through tough times and simple times, Marlee keeps a simple sense of humor about her and her friends are so funny, I cracked up so much.
This was a story I wasn’t expecting but learned to love so much as I went from beginning to end. A gritty, take no shit heroine grows out of the girl we see in the beginning. A strong man who knows he has to let her go to have her come back for a second time. It’s a look beyond the field when real life happens and you can’t run for a touchdown every time. Catch the book and run for the checkout counter. It’s sure to be a touchdown!
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