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    Jockblocked (Gridiron, #2) by Jen Frederick

    Jen Frederick scores a touchdown with Jockblocked the second book in the Gridiron Series! I loved this new adult contemporary sports romance. It takes place in the months after the Western State Warriors Football team won the national title. Linebacker Matthew "Matty" Iverson is pressured by his coach to convince the team’s starting quarterback, Ace Anderson, to play a different position on the team. Meanwhile, he discovers that the girl he has been pursuing, Lucy Washington, is Ace’s best friend. If you are looking for a football romance with a lot of football action scenes, this is not the book, but you will get a book that has a lot of other aspects about being a college athlete. You will get glimpses into off season weight training and team dynamics. My son was the captain of his ice hockey team this past year, so I loved the Matty was offered the position of team captain. I appreciated that being a team captain was never on Matty’s radar. I love that he is committed to his team and realizes how he made life difficult for the previous team captain. The team’s coach was screaming abuse of power. Unfortunately, that is a common occurrence in college athletics. Both Matt and Lucy are likable characters that grew throughout the novel. I like how they met. I like that Matty is not used to rejection but still pursues Lucy instead of taking on an easier conquest. My dad and father-in-law both suffer(ed) from diabetes, so I empathized with Lucy. I love how Matty handles the discovery and looks out for her. He is also a very thoughtful gift giver. Lucy is pre-law and on the mock trial team. I enjoyed this aspect of the story, especially the competition toward the end of the book. The team’s support is great. This was the first book that I have read by Jen Frederick. It will not be my last. I was impressed with her writing style. I enjoyed her plot and character development. I love her content and believable real-life issues. All around this was a fantastic book. Complimentary copy provided by in exchange for an honest review.
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    Raw. Irresistible. Ravishing.

    Raw. Irresistible. Ravishing. Jock Blocked is one of those books that will capture your attention and heart before you realize what is happening. It will silently wrap its delectable passion around you and then seep unknowingly into your heart until you are completely overwhelmed and irrevocably head over heels in love with this story and its superb characters. Reading a Jen Frederick story is like having your own unique spa day coupled with a beautifully romantic evening with your significant other while being showered with a love so deep and lasting that you know you will never be the same again. Whatever you do, please don’t miss out! Matthew can only see amazing things in his future. All he needs to do is to play his heart out, train like a mindless animal, and listen to his coach as if his life depends on it. He enjoys every bit of the adoration of his fellow students, sponsors, and fans. All of his needs and wants are offered even before he can voice them. There are no worries or concerns in his life until coach sends his peaceful, fun life into a wild tailspin. Out of nowhere, he is issued the command to take on more responsibility and cares than he wants to. If that’s not enough to deal with, fate hands him an angelic, feisty beauty that takes his breath away and awakens his slumbering heart. When he tries to ask her out, she does the impossible and flat out denies him. With his mind in utter disarray, he falls back to what he does best – he puts his entire being into wearing her down and convincing her to give him a chance. Will Lucy take a crazy and inconceivable risk in giving Matt a chance, or will she teach him that some risks aren’t worth it even if the reward would be like Heaven on Earth? Lucy and Matt truly blew me away with their journey. It was wild, uncontrolled, and raw, but it was life in its purest form. Life cannot be planned and reformed into our perfect fantasy. I will give you points in trying, but good luck in making it stick. The stunning reality is that the complete surprise that life is proves to be the sandpaper that smoothes out our rough edges and wipes away the protection of childhood to allow us to shine brilliantly and offer our irreplaceable gifts and abilities to a world that would be sorely lacking without them. Watching Lucy and Matt step out of their comfort zones to discover who they really are was both heartbreaking and exhilarating! There is nothing like finding your place in the world and also opening your life and heart to those around you. You are never truly the same again, and that’s a good thing. Dare to become more and in the process watch how much your view of yourself and the world will change. Jen Frederick is a marvelous gift and a magnificent author that has touched my heart and life in a way that I will feel for years to come. She is a beautiful human being and a marvelous crafter of words. I have enjoyed the few books from her that I have had the privilege to experience and enjoy. To read one of her books is to give up your heart at the beginning of each story and enjoy the thrilling and extraordinary rollercoaster that she takes you on. You will never regret a moment that you spend savoring her out of this world talent. I encourage every reader to pick up one of her books because you will never be the same again.
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    Great college football romance!

    This is the second story in the Gridiron series (both standalone) and is another fine example of what's become a very popular romance subgenre- college sports new adult romance. In this case it's linebacker Matty, with the opportunity to make captain of his football team in his last year playing for the Warriors. He's hit a snag though - his coach is interested in replacing their quarterback Ace with a high school graduate, and has tasked Matty with convincing Ace to step aside to the position of safety, a task he accepts very reluctantly. On top of that, he's met a young woman at a coffee shop, Lucy, who doesn't immediately fall at his feet like most other women. The fact that he plays football barely registers, because Lucy is definitely not interested in a player. She's got her plans, she plays it safe, and her main goal at the moment is to bring her team of lawyer wannabees to a mock trial championship. Matty however is intrigued and attracted to her, and sets out to prove that he is worth her time and won't be a risk to her heart. When his defense teammates discover that Lucy and Ace are best friends, they want Matty to convince Lucy to aid their cause in moving Ace to the other position on the team without too much grief. Matty's walking a fine line in his efforts to be true to Lucy and to his team - will he score a touchdown with one but lose the other? I really enjoyed this story! I really appreciated the way this story moved along, the openness of the characters, and that the angst that does come about isn't held onto for long but is worked through in a realistic manner. Some of my favourite scenes involved Lucy and her roommates - they were really a great group and obviously held a lot of affection for each other and had each other's backs. Plus, there were lots of laughs as the girls dish on everything. Equally, Matty's relationship with his guy friends, especially his defense side teammates, gave a lot of laughs and some cringeworthy moments too, as Matty starts to realize that it's time for him to put his player behavior to rest if he wants to have a relationship with Lucy. They were really a fun match, Lucy with her ideas of how to minimize risk combined with Matty who has always done what he wanted without necessarily thinking of the consequences.. But the best part is that they learn from each other. Lucy realizes that taking chances doesn't have to end in heartbreak, and Matty learns to make better choices. They both make mistakes, there is no doubt about that. But they learn from them too, and they own up to them, which is even more important if you want a relationship to succeed. And while they are doing all this learning, let's not forget that they are having a pretty stellar sex life! Matty's got skills, and Lucy is happy to be on the receiving end (though she tries not to think of the women that have come (haha) before her). She has to trust that his past will stay in the past, and that he's mature enough to put that reputation behind him. Of course, that doesn't mean that it's not going to be trotted out by Ace, bitter over her burgeoning relationship with Matty. Ace was definitely a third wheel in the story, a complex character who has been Lucy's best friend since childhood, but is increasingly making decisions that show he's not valuing that friendship the same way she does. They've always had a pact that he'd stay clear of her friends, and she'd stay away from his football teammates, something that has changed now that she's met Matty. He's bitter about the changes coming for the team, and he takes a lot of that out on Lucy, to her disappointment. The reader is left with the feeling that it's going to take some work to redeem his character. His presence is definitely the instigator in a lot of the tension of the story, but it goes without saying that without him, the story wouldn't have been such a page turner as we wait to see what Lucy will do with the complicated situation she finds herself in. Lucy's mock trial was of great interest to me. I loved seeing the behind the scenes look at this, and the dynamics of the team of college students that she's put together to try to win the regional championships. I thought it made for an interesting side bar to the typical college experience that most stories focus on. And of course, we get lots of football - what happens in the locker room, the practices, the influence of the coach, the psychological aspect of the game - it's all there and make for an interesting background to Matty's character. Both Lucy and Matty have some definite ideas of where their future will be at the start of the story, ideas that evolve as they spend time together. Overall, I found this to be a very entertaining and surprisingly educational story, with a sexy opposites attract romance. I'm looking forward to the next book in the series! 4.5 stars.
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