Review: Swagger by Liz Lincoln

Posted September 22, 2018 by Shari in Reviews / 4 Comments

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

Review: Swagger by Liz Lincoln

One StarOne Star

Series: Milwaukee Dragons #2
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance
Published by Love Swept
Released on September 18, 2018
Pages: 258
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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The Delight

A hot guy on the cover? Check! Football player? Check! New author to read? Check! But most of my enjoyment ends there. Swagger failed to grab me and probably should have been a DNF. I kept at it and finally started skimming to the end. Just not much delightful about this one.


We are instantly introduced to the heroine, Bree, as her computer eats all her research. Late for class, she grabs her stuff and runs right into the guy she masturbates to in her fantasies. Not only does she run into him, she knocks them both down on their asses. See Marcus has suffered a season ending injury and is on crutches. With lots of downtime, Marcus has decided to go back to college to finish off the last two classes he needs to get his degree. Funny thing….Bree is finishing off her doctorate in physics and one of the classes Marcus needs is …. you guessed it physics.

The instant attraction has to be put on hold as you can’t have the professor teaching the guy she is dating. So for 38% of the book you are slow building this romance. I mean very slow. At 30% I was ready to put the book down and write it off. At 38% we get the first kiss and I am ready to move this relationship on….and it slows down.

Bree and Marcus both deal with families that don’t approve of their career choices. This has evoked Bree to suffer anxiety attacks. Throw in she has a boss who is sexist and she is borderline anxiety attacks through the entire story.

Marcus has enjoyed a lot of women over his time as a football player, but it didn’t come across that way. It’s never wrong to be polite and sweet, but at times I wanted him to do something alpha with Bree. For her part Bree is supposed to be nerdy, which she is, but she also not very interesting.

The sex when it does happen felt awkward to me. Lots of talking and “fucking sexy” comments. It felt like a polite exchange of bodily fluids with a condom of course. She admits she loves having a man go down on her in her mind, but it didn’t come across as sexy. At one point she even says he would be sexy even if he was plunging the toilet…she thinks this in her mind during sex, so yeah, I was so not into this.

Oh and I didn’t get any football time. Boo!

Unfortunately, this one wasn’t for me.


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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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Sophia Rose
3 years ago

Oh man, boring is worse than irritation or anger when it comes to a book. And yeah, what a tease about the football player part. 😉

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Shari Delighted Read
3 years ago
Reply to  Sophia Rose

It just wasn’t interesting. At 30% I was done but read a review that it was a slow burn. It burned all right. I was burned from reading this series. It just wasn’t enjoyable.

Mary Kirkland
3 years ago

Sorry to hear this one didn’t work for you.

Shari Jung
3 years ago
Reply to  Mary Kirkland

It Happens. Just wish I had given up at 30% instead of wasting time.