Blitzed by Alexa Martin

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Book cover of Blitzed by Alexa MartinAlex Martin continues to tell the tales of the wives of the Denver Mustangs in this third entry to the Playbook series. Blitzed by Alexa Martin follows the story of a previously-just-a-plucky-side-character / bar owner Brynn. She’s a serially single lady with a massive crush on Maxwell, an NFL player who has frequented her bar for years. This quiet hovering and eye contact based relationship they had builds up an odd, chemistry driven rapport. Just as Brynn’s ready to make her move, Maxwell inexplicably destroys part of her bar in a fit of rage. While this would be the end to most conventional crushes, this is just the beginning of Brynn and Maxwell’s romance.

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.

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Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Book cover of Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Book cover of Fumbled by Alexa MartinAfter mostly enjoying Alexa Martin’s first book, Intercepted, I decided to check out the second book in the series – Fumbled. I went in with tepid hopes given the oddities of the first book and the letdown that the ending was. Mostly I was looking for a way to reset my reading brain after reading a few very dark heavy books – and Fumbled by Alexa Martin did the job. Was it groundbreaking and something I’m dying to reread? No. Was it a fun beach read? Heck yes.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

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Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Book cover of Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Book cover of Intercepted by Alexa MartinAnybody who has ever read a sports romance novel knows just how addictive they can be. Personally, I tore through Elle Kennedy’s Off-Campus series a few years back, and a few of Cindi Madsen’s hockey player books. Are they fine literature? No. But they are often a quick, fun romp where you can check your brain for a few hours between heavy books. Heck, I use them to get myself out of reading slumps all the time. Needless to say, my expectations were high for Intercepted by Alexa Martin. As expected, this was a fun escape – far from flawless, but a fun ride regardless.

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there’s a new player on the horizon, and he’s in a league of his own…

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She’s definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There’s just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he’s nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team’s wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee’s return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin’s relationship to survive the season.

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes Book CoverBook hangovers: that experience where you put a book down, but you can’t stop thinking about it for days, and you find yourself reluctant to start another book afterwards. This book was the first book in a long time that gave me a proper book hangover. It’s dark, it’s romantic, and it’s emotionally draining – and I loved it. Me Before You is the grown-up version of The Fault in Our Stars and is what Nicholas Sparks’ books aspire to be. It handles people with disabilities with respect and careful research and highlights the struggles and injustices they face.

They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

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Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

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Photo of the book Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

I’ve been on a kick of revisiting young adult contemporary’s that came out around the time I was in high school and middle school. I’ve reread some Sarah Dessen books, a few Rainbow Rowell books, and a few newer YA contemporaries that came out after I was in high school. With this nostalgia kick I have going I decided to pick up a book that I have had on my shelf since middle school. Two Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt had a certain sense of appeal to me it seemed to promise decent levels of angst as well as a fun road trip. What I wasn’t expecting were vile, sexist characters and an overdrawn plot.

This is Jordan and Courtney, totally in love. Sure, they were an unlikely high school couple. But they clicked; it worked. They’re even going to the same college, and driving cross-country together for orientation.

Then Jordan dumps Courtney—for a girl he met on the Internet. It’s too late to change plans, so the road trip is on. Courtney’s heartbroken, but figures she can tough it out for a few days.

La la la—this is Courtney pretending not to care. But in a strange twist, Jordan cares. A lot.

Turns out, he’s got a secret or two that he’s not telling Courtney. And his secrets have everything to do with why they broke up, why they can’t get back together, and how, in spite of it all, this couple is destined for each other.

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