I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Alexa Martin
Released: September 11 2018
Series: Playbook #1
“The best thing about this book is that it’s fun.”
~ Under the Covers
This was one of the books I was most anticipating to read this month because, as a fan of sports romances, I thought it was beyond cool to read a story written by someone who actually lived one of those stories. The author of this book was an NFL wife herself! So I couldn’t wait to see her real take on one of my favorite tropes. In some ways, it definitely lived up to my expectations. But I think it fell a bit short in the execution.
I’m not going to lie, I got a little worried at first because our heroine has already been dating one of the players on the team for years, but she’s actually supposed to end up with someone else. Rest assured, there’s no cheating involved. That being said, I think the whole situation was handled quite easily. From being in a long term relationship waiting for a proposal to single and then with reconnecting with a previous flame in an instant (almost). Too easy, too fast for my taste.
One of the things I liked about this book was the heroine’s personality. I’m surprised I’m saying that because generally this is the type of heroine that can give me hives. But I actually liked her and found her funny. She definitely made this book a lot more lively and entertaining.
So Marlee and Gavin had a one night stand years ago and he had no clue how to find her again. Shortly after that she had gotten back together with her boyfriend and things had gone back to normal in her life. Until Gavin is traded and is the quarterback of her boyfriend’s team. I really loved Gavin. He was that perfect ideal of the fantasy man we love to read about. I loved how he had wanted more from that one night stand and even how he held on to those memories of the night. I may not have liked how clueless he was in the end, but then again both him and Marlee made my head spin a little at that point and I wanted to start beating sense into both of them.
The best thing about this book is that it’s fun. With all the issues with the NFL wives, all the cattiness and back and forth between them, as well as the romancing of the main couple, this was an all around entertaining read. I do think that the writing and pacing could improve as it didn’t feel like it flowed seamlessly, but I’m interested to read more from this author so I’ll be continuing with the series.
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