Jockblocked by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #2
Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: February 11, 2016
Format: eARC, 496 pages
How I got it: From the author
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She’s always played it safe…
College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffeeshop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?
He’s always played around…
Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew "Matty" Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.
I love my sports romances – especially when the sport in question is football – and Jen Frederick’s Gridiron is quickly becoming one of my favorite series in the genre. Not only do I love the sports aspect, I have mad respect for the amount of stats and trivia that are worked seamlessly into the story. The feel and passion for football is so strong in these books. Since I’m a passionate football fan, that’s one of my favorite things about it. But, these books are so much more than sports. They’re great coming of age stories with characters you can’t help but fall in love with. And, even more importantly, they’re unique. The way common new adult “issues” are handled is often different in this series than in others I’ve read. (You know, like the characters TALK when there’s a problem.)
I adored Matt and Lucy together. Yes, he’d slept with a lot of girls in the past and it did make me cringe a little. But that all flew out the window when he met Lucy. The connection he felt with her was strong from the start and he treated her like gold. Matt totally hit my favorite book boyfriends list. He was sweet and sexy and had a bit of a dirty mouth (rawr!). He was passionate and driven when it came to football AND Lucy. It took me a little more time to warm up to Lucy. I mean, I got her. She was cautious and weighed the pros and cons. And, with her health problem, she had reason to. It even made sense that she was wary of Matt. His past wasn’t a secret. There are photos all over the internet. She might’ve been quicker to believe he was the real deal if it hadn’t been for her best friend, Ace. (I can’t even get into this guy except to say he is one of the most loathsome characters I’ve had the displeasure of reading recently. I truly hope he never gets a book. I don’t think I could/would read it. There are so many other amazing secondary characters who are more deserving, IMHO.) But, I digress. This is all about Matt and Lucy and how they really had it all together – feels, heat and even communication (*gasp*!). I fell so hard for these two and thoroughly enjoyed their story.
If you’re a fan of sporty, sweet and sexy new adult romances, the Gridiron series should absolutely be on your TBR. As I said above, it’s quickly become one of my favorites in the genre. I can’t wait for the next book! I’m ready for Jack’s story and another look at some of these wonderful characters.
I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
Most of the single guys, Ace included, freely partake of what their elevated social status provides—a never-ending line of college girls wanting to know what it’s like to sleep with a star. It’s one reason I’d never date a football player. They don’t know how to hit the “off” button once they’re not on the field anymore. Life’s a big fat game to them and girls are just objects they move around on the board.
“I’m a nice guy, and I love a little dirty talk. If you sat on my lap right now, I might say something like ‘I’ve been waiting all day to have your ass in my hands’ and you could reply with ‘Matty, you’re so big.'” His falsetto brings a reluctant smile to my face. “I like big, hot, strong as adjectives. Just an FYI. And then I’d pull you closer so I could nuzzle your neck and say—”
“Why are you flirting with me?”
He gives me a look that says I can’t be that dumb but apparently I am. I blame it on him. “Because you’re smoking hot and I’d like a taste of you directly from the tap.”
I’ve hungered for wins on the field, championships, success, but never a person. Not until Luce.
“I didn’t realize the earth was moving when I saw you the first time. I didn’t realize everything in my life was changing because it happened slowly. One meal, one conversation, one kiss at a time.”
Are you a fan of sports romances?
What are some of your favorites?