Review: Blitzed by Alexa Martin

Posted December 18, 2019 by Sophia Rose in Reviews / 20 Comments

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I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Blitzed by Alexa Martin
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Series: Playbook #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on December 3, 2019
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: Publisher
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The Delight

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?


Review

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.
Just, argh!!!!

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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About Alexa Martin

Alexa Martin is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a former NFL player who now coaches at the high school where they met, their four children, and a German shepherd. Her first book, Intercepted, was inspired by the eight years she spent as an NFL wife. Visit her online at Facebook.com/AlexaMBooks and @AlexMBooks.

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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Sam@wlabb
11 months ago

I agree that there were parts of the romance I was not happy with, but I think the focus on the female friendship saved the book for me. I mean, that closing scene spoke volumes of how, though this was a romance series, it was also about a sisterhood that formed between these women.

Sophia Rose
11 months ago
Reply to  Sam@wlabb

You make a good point. The female friendship was a wonderful part of the story.

Mary Kirkland
11 months ago

Sorry to hear you didn’t like it as much as you had hoped you would.

Sophia Rose
11 months ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

Yeah, I just felt the romance was mostly one-sided in ways and she was trying find excuses to back out constantly. Felt sorry for her, but also frustrated. 🙂

Melliane
11 months ago

As it’s not more well I’m not sure for this one

Sophia Rose
11 months ago
Reply to  Melliane

Yeah, its a maybe. Though, you might like it.

Lily
11 months ago

It does feel like a lot of people have some mixed feelings about this one ):

Sophia Rose
11 months ago
Reply to  Lily

I didn’t realize it was mixed. I’m not surprised though.

Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer

Oh yeah, I would have been pulling my hair out. Great review Sophia.

Sophia Rose
11 months ago

I was just so done with her even if I thought some of the other aspects were great.

Carole Rae
11 months ago

Not sure about this one especially with your mixed feelings on some aspects.

Sophia Rose
11 months ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I found her immature and self-absorbed even though I did have some sympathy at first. Ugh!

Rachel @Waves of Fiction
11 months ago

Constant self-doubt in a character can make me wonder what the hero sees in her. I’m glad I passed on this one because I can tell Brynn would’ve drove me nuts.

Sophia Rose
11 months ago

She was a good faker the way she breezed around the bar and hung out with her friends always smiling, laughing and coming off with the sexy banter until feelings got real and suddenly she turned into a mess who couldn’t see what he saw in her and she struggled to believe anything he said especially if it was praise and desire for her. I wanted to toss the book several times over this and did lay it down a lot.

ShootingStarsMag
11 months ago

Ooh, I think this one would be tough to enjoy with the heroine making crazy decisions, etc. I’m glad you enjoyed other aspects of the book though.

Sophia Rose
11 months ago

She was just so set on not believing that he cared for her a lot and that he wanted to have something deep and permanent with her. What a pain! 🙂

Angie Elle
11 months ago

I’m reading this book right now, and I’m having a tough time with it. I feel like it’s written to cater to a certain audience as opposed to being an authentic story line, and for me Brynn’s character is missing the mark. I think she’s supposed to be snarky, but she’s coming off as incredibly judgmental.

Great review, Sophia. If there’s a next one, fingers crossed, it’s better!

Sophia Rose
11 months ago
Reply to  Angie Elle

It took me nearly two months to finish it b/c I set it down so often from frustration and anger at Brynn and yeah, I felt like a lot was missing in the relationship and story development so I wasn’t that engaged.
I thought her snark missed the mark, too.
Yes, hopefully a different story and heroine will be better.

Anne - Books of My Heart
11 months ago

I’ve wondered about this series but I don’t read many sports romances. I sometimes have problems with romances as you pointed out. Excellent review!

Sophia Rose
11 months ago

It will have an interesting take since its from a knowledgeable writer about the pro football scene, but will feel like a writer getting her writing legs under her with plot and character development. They are funny, sexy, and have good bones to them. But this heroine got in my craw. LOL