Review: Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Posted September 11, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 14 Comments

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

Review: Intercepted by Alexa Martin

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Series: Playbook #1
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Berkley
Released on September 11, 2018
Pages: 320
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, Publisher
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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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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 and @AlexMBooks.

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Shari is the Delighted Reader. Married to her Prince Charming and mother to two Princesses and one Prince. When she is not slaving away as Cinderella she loves to get lost in the pages of a good book. Never without a reading device and a few good paperback books, because she never knows when she might get 5 minutes to read!

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1 year ago

it’s great that your feelings reagarding the heroine changed along the story. It can be complicated

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1 year ago
Reply to  Melliane

I liked how she grew and while the hero was wonderful, she knew she needed to learn to take care of herself and not fall into what letting a man take care of her. Her sassy, snarky comebacks were funny too.

Sophia Rose
1 year ago

You were not the only one who struggled to connect with the youthfulness of this one. I never made the connection, but you’re right that she let herself be disrespected and used everywhere and not just in her relationship. Great review, Shari!

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Shari Delighted Read
1 year ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

LOL, are we getting old? I think I am pretty good at staying young with my teens, but I also know I am not young any more. I really had a hard time with her in the beginning. I put the book down and had to give myself a break because I couldn’t believe she let her ex treat hear like that. Even after years together, she seemed to just be looking the other direction and going through the motions of life. Then I saw her starting to fall back into that and I was glad she recognized it herself… Read more »

Carole Rae
1 year ago

I would’ve had a hard time connecting with this one especially her.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
1 year ago
Reply to  Carole Rae

I couldn’t connect with her in the beginning at all. I put the book down for a while and came back for a second try. Glad I did, because it got better.

Kimberly Caffeinated Reviewer

Great review, this has more depth than I thought it would. You’ve put it on my radar to be sure.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
1 year ago

It took some time for me to get into it. Hoping I don’t have to put down book 2 like I did this one. At least I came back for a second chance.

Quinn's Book Nook
1 year ago

I am super excited to read this and I’m so glad you loved it. I’m also happy to hear that Marlee grew on you.

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
1 year ago

Marlee had some self discovery to go through and I learned to love her for that. Gavin was a typical good man. Does stupid things, but his heart is in the right place.

1 year ago

Sounds like a rough start maybe but the character growth for Marlee sounds pretty awesome.

Karen @ For What It’s Worth

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1 year ago
Reply to  Karen

It was a rough start. I put it down at first because it was irritating me, but when I picked it back up, I got to see Marlee grow and I liked how she finally could stand on her own two feet.

Carole's Random Life

I have been hearing so many great things about this one. I am going to have to add it to my wish list. Great review, Shari!

Shari Delighted Read
Shari Delighted Read
1 year ago

Thanks! It may get you in the beginning, but stick with it. I am hoping book two doesn’t do this to me.