Series: Playbook #2
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: April 23, 2019
Format: ARC, 336 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.
TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.
When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
Alexa Martin’s debut, Intercepted, was one of my top reads of 2018. I couldn’t wait to get my hands on the follow up, Fumbled. I finally read it last week and it was everything I wanted and more.
Y’all know how much I love sports romance, right? Particularly football romance? The Playbook series has quickly become one of my favorite series and Alexa one of my go-to authors. I’m an avid football fan. (I think y’all know that, too.) I especially appreciate football romance when it’s obvious the author knows the sport. It adds another level to the story and it’s one I appreciate. But, I love all (or at least most) things football. There’s a big difference between just making the hero an athlete and making the sport part of the story. What Alexa did was definitely the latter. While the second chance “secret” baby romance between Poppy and TK was fire, one of my favorite parts of the story was the honest look given at the safety of the game. Particularly with regards to CTE.
But, I’m getting a bit ahead of myself and I don’t really want to spoil things for you. Just know you’re going to get more than just romance with Fumbled. I mean, the romance is amazing, but there’s so much more to this story. I loved Poppy and TK. They were both fantastic characters, even if I did spend some time side-eyeing TK for his reactions at times. Poppy was a bad ass, a fierce mom and a woman I’d love to call a friend. I was 100% Team Poppy. I loved her relationship with her and TK’s son, Ace, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching TK get to know both of them. This whole book was addictive and I couldn’t put it down once I started.
Fumbled was a fantastic follow up to Intercepted. It gave me the perfect combination of romance and reality, with plenty of swoons, laughs, sexy times and feels. I’m already anxiously awaiting the the third book, Blitzed. I can’t wait for Maxwell and Brynn.
“I’m not yours and you can’t fix me.”
“Poppy, my eyes are up here.”
“Yeah, but the rest of you is down here.”
“I want our lives to become so intertwined we can’t figure out where one starts and the other ends.”
Sports romances — yay or nay?
Do you plan to read Fumbled?