Sports romance is one of my favorite sub-genres of the romance genre. They’re usually super indulgent and very quick reads – the perfect palate cleanser between heavier books. Snapped is the conclusion to the popular Playbook series – a series that I’ve had mixed experience with. Nevertheless, when I found out that this final book was enemies to lovers and tackled some very serious and important topics, I decided to give it a shot.
With the stakes this high, it’s no longer just a game for the quarterback in this romance by the author of Blitzed.
Elliot Reed is living her best life—or pretending to. She owes it to her dad’s memory to be happy and make the most of her new job as Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs. Things are going well until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. decides to use the field as his stage and becomes the first player to take a knee during the national anthem.
As the son of a former professional athlete, Quinton knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about football. He’s worked his entire life to gain recognition in the sport, and now that he has it, he’s not about to waste his chance to change the league for better. Not even the brilliant but infuriating Elliot, who the Mustangs assign to manage him, will get Quinton back in line.
A rocky initial meeting only leads to more tension between Quinton and Elliot. But as her new job forces them to spend time together, she realizes they may have more in common than she could’ve ever imagined. With her job and his integrity on the line, this is one coin toss that nobody can win.
This was by far my favorite book in the Playbook series – Snapped featured the most healthy relationship of all four books and by far the least toxic behavior. The story was an excellent execution of the enemies to lovers trope – it was easy to understand why Elliot and Quinton got on each other’s nerves at first and didn’t see eye to eye. Even further, the plot was tightly paced and didn’t have the slow points that the other books in the series had.
Quinton was passionate about one particular topic: Black Lives Matter. In this book, he pioneered the act of kneeling during the anthem at the start of his football games. On the other hand, Elliot was a PR professional for Quinton’s football team and was assigned the role of stopping him from performing his demonstrations.
Their points of view on the Black Lives Matter movement differed a lot because of their histories: Quinton was raised in a black household in a predominantly black neighborhood while Elliot was raised as a person of color by a white single parent who didn’t want to discuss race. Her view of the movement was skewed by her removal from black culture – she believed bias against race didn’t impact her and didn’t understand the value of Quinton’s protests. Reading about her growing to understand the biases she faced on a day to day basis was heartbreaking and fascinating.
Snapped was by far my favorite book of Alexa Martin’s Playbook series – it packed a gooey romance, enemies to lovers, and really important discussion around Black Lives Matter. If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the first three books of this series – Intercepted, Fumbled, and Blitzed. 4/5