Sunday, February 21, 2016

4 Star Review: Jockblocked (Gridiron #2) by Jen Frederick

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.

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My Review

I received an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Matty Iverson. Wow. He was such a pleasant surprise. After Knox Masters in Sacked, I wasn't sure what to expect because that dude was basically perfect. But I should have known better because Jen Frederick knows how to deliver a delicious Hero.

Lucy and Matt meet in a coffee house. She is studying and is quite vocal with her frustration, so Matt offers her some aspirin. Lucy has no idea who he is and while it is very clear that Matt is very interested, Lucy is not. They do take part in some excellent banter (I LOVE good banter) that I found to be quite entertaining. Lucy rejects Matt and that not only had me laughing, but also thinking that Matt was going to have up his A game, which I'm pretty sure he never had to do before. Good job Lucy.

Matt starts to go to the coffee house often because Lucy is there (that is also where she works). He really wants to get to know Lucy and he is not taking no for answer. Unfortunately for Matt, things get complicated when his coach has given him the task of trying to get his teammate Ace (aka Lucy's best friend) to switch positions to make way for an incoming recruit. That is the last thing he wants to do, but he finds himself in leadership role and can't say no.

There was a clear path that the book could have gone down, but it didn't and I appreciated that. Matt turned out to be quite the sweetheart and I loved how protective he was of Lucy. He took the time to learn about how he could help with her diabetes and throughout the story they had these wonderful moments that brought the warm and fuzzy. Lucy tried to resist Matt, knowing that getting involved with him probably wasn't the best idea and she gave it her best shot, but the man was just too damn charming. Even I found myself saying "GO FOR IT LUCY!"

Now the challenge for the author is to get to me to like Ace. He was such an asshat and from the very start I knew what was going to happen with him and I didn't like it. He treated Lucy like crap and just expected her to go on like everything was okay. I believe that most people can be redeemed, but it is going take a lot for me to get on Ace's side. 

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