Series: Gridiron #2
Author: Jen Frederick
Publication Date: February 11, 2016
Genre: New Adult Sports Contemporary Romance
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.
This book came at a pleasant surprise to me when I received an early copy because I literally had no idea there was going to be another book after Sacked (shame on me!). I guess I should've done my research then maybe I would've known that Matty Iverson was getting a chance to tell his story. And I'm so glad there is, not only because I missed these characters, but because I wanted to know more about Matty and how he and Lucy are together.
I never expected or thought I wanted to know more about Matty until I dug into Jockblocked. I'm going to be honest here, but I did grow bored ONLY when all of Lucy's mock trial stuff and Matty's football (judge me all you want), which I'm going to put that on my lack of mock trial and football knowledge. Don't get me wrong, there's absolutely nothing wrong with either of those, but I did get a little lost when their inner monologue or time in those activities went a bit long and I forgot what was going on. However, it was interesting to learn about them. Learn new things everyday, right? Thank goodness it doesn't last long because Matty is relentless trying to figure out the ever-cautious Lucy, the first ever to resist his "charms", and convince her to go out/sleep with him, and their back and forth is so entertaining. It will have you laughing every time Matty tries but fails and becomes mind-boggled over it (jockblocked!), and then have you fanning yourself when things get steamy. And boy, when Matty wore Lucy's shear will-power thin and they jumped into bed together, did it get seriously hot and fun in the bedroom.
These two bring out different sides of each other and it's kind of eye-opening to see that surface and how they react to it and maybe apply it in life. You go, Lucy, for having tough will-power! You held out as long as you could and called Matty out when he was out of line or when his game was weak around you. It was interesting to get to know more about Matty, how he was like in the Sacked, and to see him grow into a man who Because they are quite polar opposites, to see how they interact and get close to each other makes it all the more fun, so better pop some corn and enjoy.
Since this came at a surprise to me, I want more. I don't know who about, but I know that I want more. Jen Frederick knows her football and can spin it into great ass sports romances. Interesting too, to boot. If that's what you're looking for, let me introduce you to Frederick's Gridiron series. You're welcome.
I received an early copy, however it does not influence my review, nor was/am I monetarily compensated. Thank you, Nina Bocci! I loved it.