In Review: Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa Martin

Posted March 3, 2020 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 0 Comments

In Review: Blitzed (Playbook #3) by Alexa MartinBlitzed by Alexa Martin
Series: Playbook #3
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication date: December 3, 2019
Publisher: Berkley
Format: ARC, 325 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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Buy it: Amazon
Reading Challenges: 2020 Tackle My TBR Challenge
My rating:

According to Brynn Larson, Maxwell Lewis is more trouble than he's worth. She doesn't care if he's a football god with a rock-hard body that brings most women to their knees. After an encounter that ends poorly, she's not interested in giving him a second chance. The last thing Brynn expects is for him to turn up at her bar months later, hat in hand. It doesn't matter if he brings more customers to her business--she's still not going on a date with him.

Maxwell knows he made a mistake. He'd been waiting to make his move on Brynn since the day he laid eyes on her and he was finally ready to go for it until he screwed up. He wishes he could tell her the truth about what happened that night, but he just can't. He can't tell anyone, so he'll make amends and hope she'll forgive him.

Brynn's not like other women, though. Playing for the Mustangs doesn't impress her and gifts make her scoff. Max will have to bring his A game if he hopes to win her over.

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

I loved the first two books in Alexa Martin’s Playbook series. I was super excited for Blitzed pretty much from the minute I saw the cover. (Hello, that side-eye he’s giving her? It gives me life.) It was a great read. Brynn and Maxwell were everything I wanted them to be and their romance gave me plenty of heat and swoons.

Brynn was my favorite kind of smart, driven and sassy heroine. She’s a small business owner and she has no time for other people’s bs. Things are pretty rocky initially between her and Maxwell — and understandably so — but their chemistry was never a question. I wasn’t all that sure about Maxwell early on, but he was so much more than he seemed. He has a really good heart and would do anything for someone he cared about. Plus he was a hot as hell football superstar, so bonus.

There was only one thing about this book that really didn’t work for me. That was the “revelation” that happened around the 90% mark of the book. It took me totally by surprise because it’s in the portion of the book where I want the new couple smooches and swoons. There’s still lots of good stuff between Brynn and Maxwell, but I could’ve lived without that particular twist at that time.

As much as I love the love stories and the realistic — if not always pretty — look at the sport I love so much in the Playbook series, there’s something I love even more. What is it? The female friendships. Strong women supporting strong women through the good and the bad? I’m here for it. You can keep your “frenemies” books. I’ll take real, solid friendships between kickass women any day of the week.

I thought Blitzed was the final book in this series, but I’m thrilled to know it’s not. I’m super intrigued by Ellie and I’m so excited she’s getting a book of her own. I’ll admit I side-eyed her a bit during this book, but she wasn’t what I thought at all. I’m ready for her story!

Favorite Quotes:

If I have learned anything during my time at HERS, it’s that nothing can make you feel less in need of a therapist than a well-produced reality show.

Sure, I’ll never have enough money to carry around a new iPhone without a case, but I will also never flip a table on national TV. That, my friends, is called balance.

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. When she's not telling her kids to put their shoes on...again, you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she'll probably never make. Her first book, Intercepted, was inspired by the eight years she spent as an NFL wife.

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