Sacked by Jen Frederick
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: September 6, 2015
Format: eARC, 300 pages
How I got it: From the author
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What he wants he gets...
Knox Masters is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And...virgin. Knox knows what he wants--and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he's set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she's the sister of his fellow teammate, but that's not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.
...but he's never met her before.
But Ellie isn't as sure. She's trying to start a new life and she's not interested in a relationship...with anyone. Beside it's not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother's teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.
Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.
As I’ve been a fan of Jen Frederick’s military new adult romance series for awhile now, I’m not at all surprised that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. Not only was the romance sexy and sweet, but the football references were on point. (Did I really just say on point?)
I’m not even gonna lie, two things about this book caught my attention immediately: the cover (hello, abs!) and the word “virgin” in the blurb. I didn’t have to read any more of the blurb to know Sacked was a must-have. I love a good male virgin book and there aren’t nearly enough of them out there in new adult. I liked Knox and his unapologetic attitude immediately. I thought he was a great guy, devoted to his sport and to Ellie once things progressed to that point. He was a hell of a player on the field but a genuinely good guy in real life. I mean, sure he was arrogant at times… but why shouldn’t he be? (Side note: I loved that this was a football book NOT about a quarterback or receiver. No offense to the offense (HA!), but I like a little variety. It was nice to read about one of the big, beefy defensive players for a change.)
I found Ellie pretty easy to relate to. She was a regular girl. She embraced her sexuality and wasn’t “broken.” She had some messy things in her life – and her parents were repugnant creatures – but she didn’t need someone to fix her. I liked her relationship with her brother. It was complicated by some of the messiness, but I liked that they TALKED (eventually) and worked through things. (Hooray for communication!) There were a couple times I kinda wanted to shake some sense into her, but I could also see why she was making the choices she made. And, despite the small frustrations, I still really liked her character.
I loved Knox and Ellie together. They were perfection. They challenged each other and they had oodles of chemistry. There were some seriously SMOKIN’ HOT scenes in this book too. (You know how I said I love male virgins? More than that I love male virgins with dirty, dirty mouths. Rawr.) Things moved fairly quickly for these two, but it felt real and right.
One of the things you might not know about me is I am a die-hard college football fan. I swear, I bleed blue and gold. (Let’s go Mountaineers!) Jen managed to write the thrill of victory and agony of defeat with such honest emotion that I found myself feeling as though I was right back in the middle of some of those amazing victories (and heartbreaking defeats) I’ve been through with my own team.
If you’re a fan of sports romance books, this should definitely be on your list. I really hope it’s the beginning of a standalone series. The secondary characters in this book were fantastic and I’d love to see several of them get books of their own. (*cough* Jack & Riley *cough*) I also really liked Knox’s other teammates (and his twin brother!) so I’d definitely like to see more from all of them.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.