Sidelined
A new funny, flirty, and oh so sexy sports romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine.It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. And it was, until my husband left me.On our honeymoon.For the wedding planner.Now all I want to do is get over the humiliation with the one man I shouldn’t.Except he's avoiding me at all costs.But I'm not going to let Aiden McHugh get away. He might be the hottest quarterback in the NFL and my older brother’s best friend, but he doesn't intimidate me. He promised to help me and I’m holding him to it… even if it means I have to convince him one seduction at a time.Until the seduced becomes the seducer. I no longer want to get over my ex; I just want Aiden.

Sidelined Details

TitleSidelined
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 23rd, 2018
PublisherValentine Publishing, LLC
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports

Sidelined Review

  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest reviewSweet, sexy, fun and playful!!! Marquita Valentine once again hooks her readers to fall for her characters as she sweeps readers away with this charming love story that puts a fun twist on older brother’s best friend romance.Aiden McHugh has always had feeling for his best friend’s younger sister. He kept his feelings for her to himself and so when Layton’s marriage goes wrong, he suddenly finds himself with the opportunity to get her and th ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest reviewSweet, sexy, fun and playful!!! Marquita Valentine once again hooks her readers to fall for her characters as she sweeps readers away with this charming love story that puts a fun twist on older brother’s best friend romance.Aiden McHugh has always had feeling for his best friend’s younger sister. He kept his feelings for her to himself and so when Layton’s marriage goes wrong, he suddenly finds himself with the opportunity to get her and this time he doesn’t want to find himself being on the sidelined. The humiliation of having your husband leaving you for the wedding planner on your honeymoon is something Layton has to deal with and so when she sets her eyes on Aiden, she was only expecting this would be something for fun to get over her troubles but what she didn’t expect was Aiden was playing for keeps.Sidelined was an utterly adorable sweet and funny love story that had all the charms that one would expect of Marquita Valentine to implement in her books. I loved that the hero was not a playboy and didn’t want to be the rebound guy but the ONLY GUY in Layton’s life. So if you are looking for a sweet playful romance then look no further than this book. Marquita Valentine
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  • Vanessa (nessreads)
    January 1, 1970
    *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*4.5 Stars!If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that Marquita will definitely bring the laughs. And she definitely did not disappoint with Sidelined. From the moment Layton was a little girl, she had her whole future planned out. She knew she was going to marry Joe, her friend since they were little kids. She knew how old she was going to be when said wedding happened. Nothing could go wrong with her plans, it was written in her binder s *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*4.5 Stars!If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that Marquita will definitely bring the laughs. And she definitely did not disappoint with Sidelined. From the moment Layton was a little girl, she had her whole future planned out. She knew she was going to marry Joe, her friend since they were little kids. She knew how old she was going to be when said wedding happened. Nothing could go wrong with her plans, it was written in her binder so it was set in stone. But what Layton didn't see coming was that Joe, her now husband would leave her just days into their honeymoon. With this revelation, Layton will now have to deal with the aftermath of her once happily ever after ending before even starting.Aiden had always seen Layton as his best friends pesky little sister. But as the years went on and with Layton all grown up, Aiden started seeing her as more. He started developing feelings, but he had to lock them away. And now more than ever because Layton was off limits and about to get married. But when Layton's marriage fails, now is Aiden's time to tell her how he feels. He just hopes he's not making a mistake.What I really enjoyed was the fact that Aiden was the one who wanted more. He wasn't the womanizing type to just take women to bed, and be done with them. He was kind, attentive and a genuinely good person. He cared about Layton to the point that he was going to wait until she was ready to give them a chance. And when that time came I had the biggest smile on my face. Layton and Aiden were so good together. They made me laugh, swoon and I couldn't get enough. I can't wait for Kingston's book!!! I'm so excited to get more of these characters! *happy dance*
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  • Mayas
    January 1, 1970
    Aiden surprises you at every turn in this most anticipated book of mine. Geeze, who wouldn't want the cocky QB from South Boston? I would be his Hoodsie at anytime. Layton was dealt a whopping one two blow but a little tough love and push from friends had her leaving the past there in less time than she thought. I enjoyed her growth and chase of Aiden from beginning to end. As for Joe, Bless His Heart for knowing how to swim...
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  • Three Chicks
    January 1, 1970
    Trinette DungeeFor as long as Aiden McHugh has known Layton Price her life has been mapped out. Always armed with her scrapbook, if you were in her scrapbook you were special, if it’s in her scrapbook it’s destined to happen. According to the scrapbook, Layton was going to marry Joe and if not then Aiden would come to her rescue her and marry her.Fast forward and Layton has married Joe, but on their honeymoon Joe informs Layton that he’s in love with the wedding planner. Where does that leave La Trinette DungeeFor as long as Aiden McHugh has known Layton Price her life has been mapped out. Always armed with her scrapbook, if you were in her scrapbook you were special, if it’s in her scrapbook it’s destined to happen. According to the scrapbook, Layton was going to marry Joe and if not then Aiden would come to her rescue her and marry her.Fast forward and Layton has married Joe, but on their honeymoon Joe informs Layton that he’s in love with the wedding planner. Where does that leave Layton, besides embarrassed and humiliated? Right on Aiden’s doorstep holding him to his part of the bargain; Layton needs to get over Joe and fast so while she’s not looking for Aiden to marry her, she’s most definitely looking for him to be the rebound guy to help her move beyond Joe but rumor has it that the NFL Quarterback is celibate during the season. Well that’s just too damned bad for him because Layton, (or LT as Aiden calls her …..sooooo freaking adorable!!), needs him to be active to help her get over Joe. She’s always thought Aiden was good looking but she was so far up Joe’s butt she never realized HOW hot he was. All she knows is that for the last few years he’s been a total jerk to her and treating her like a pesky little sister but the thoughts she’s having about Aiden are not those that a little sister would have. Unfortunately for Layton, Aiden is not interested in being the rebound guy; he wants to be THE GUY.To Aiden, LT has always been his best friend’s little sister, but one day she turned into a full blown hot blooded woman. In order to keep her at a distance and keep him from doing something that her brother would probably kill him for, he basically resorted to acting like a jerk towards her. Now she’s hitting him with this proposition and completely messing with his head. For years he watched her fawn all over a guy that was totally wrong for her, then he sat back and watched her marry him. He let her get away from him once and now this could be his second chance but he has to convince LT that he more than just a rebound guy, he’s a long term guy and the perfect guy for her.Short, sweet, to the point….LOVED IT!From the first word in this book I was hooked. There was immediate connection to the characters. The banter, even between young Layton and young Aiden, was perfect! The humor was there in spades. Coming off the heels of “Scored” (Dallas’ and Paige’s story), Sidelined keeps the train going with fun, hotness and laughs. I loved Dallas and Paige and even said they were my new favorite Marquita characters, but I don’t know. Aiden and Layton might have surpassed them. Aiden with his rough South Boston persona was so freaking sweet; and Layton was freaking adorable and funny as hell. Poor Aiden didn’t stand a chance against her feistiness, even when she was eleven! This was quick, fun read. Sometimes there are blossoming relationships and there’s no angst, no tragedy, no major catastrophes…there’s just circumstances with fun and humor and that’s what this was. It was fun and sometimes that just what we need. There were a few down moments like Aiden describing his childhood with his father, but for the most part this read was light on drama. I wished there’d been a little more in the storyline about Aiden’s participation in the “Big Brother” program. Based on how the situation was introduced it seemed like it would play a bigger part in the storyline but I just kind of got a few additional honorable mentions and that was it. There are some returning characters and some newly introduced and all were enjoyable. I can see a few possible storylines and I can’t wait to see who is next.Definitely a fireside read for the winter.
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  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Man, oh man, have I been dying to get my hands-on Aiden and Layton’s story since Scored! I knew their story would be one for the ages—and it is!!Hello, Aiden is a grumpy, growly, hot AF, star quarterback. He’s got women fawning and falling all over him. Except for the one he really wants. But she’s taken . . . or is she?Layton would have been better off left at the altar by that bastard husband of hers, Joe. But no, he left her—for the wedding planner—three days into their honeymoon! But Layton Man, oh man, have I been dying to get my hands-on Aiden and Layton’s story since Scored! I knew their story would be one for the ages—and it is!!Hello, Aiden is a grumpy, growly, hot AF, star quarterback. He’s got women fawning and falling all over him. Except for the one he really wants. But she’s taken . . . or is she?Layton would have been better off left at the altar by that bastard husband of hers, Joe. But no, he left her—for the wedding planner—three days into their honeymoon! But Layton is not one to wallow—well, not one to wallow for long . . . she just needs a new plan . . . and that new plan involves seducing Aiden. Let’s see how this goes . . . I’m sure Aiden and Layton won’t be Sidelined for long.I really loved the dynamic between Aiden and Layton. Layton drew Aiden out of his grumpy, growly self . . . and brought a smile to his face. A smile that not many people have seen! And Layton . . . man . . . she’s tenacious. She had her whole life planned out, until Joe pulled a fast one. So she’s just trying to figure out her new normal—how to really live life without a minute-by-minute plan. Aiden does that for her. Their chemistry is off the charts, and when they finally give in . . . whoa, get a fire extinguisher. But there were a few things that were left hanging—a few parts of the plot that could have been better with more words and descriptions. Sometimes I felt as if I was missing some pages of the story because the plot advanced with little build up. But overall, I really enjoyed my time with Aiden and Layton and I cannot wait for Kingston and Gracen in Nailed. ~ Missy, 4 stars
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  • Natshane
    January 1, 1970
    **3.5 Stars** Pining away for your best friend's little sister was torture for Aiden, but longing for another man's wife? It was another hell altogether. Aiden has always loved Layton but his honor of not caving into the McHugh gene has him stayed far away. When Layton's husband confessed to cheating the fourth day into their marriage, Layton's self-confidence took a brutal hit and left her wondering what the hell she did wrong. She needed a rebound guy, someone to convince her that she's enough **3.5 Stars** Pining away for your best friend's little sister was torture for Aiden, but longing for another man's wife? It was another hell altogether. Aiden has always loved Layton but his honor of not caving into the McHugh gene has him stayed far away. When Layton's husband confessed to cheating the fourth day into their marriage, Layton's self-confidence took a brutal hit and left her wondering what the hell she did wrong. She needed a rebound guy, someone to convince her that she's enough, she decided that was going to seduce Aiden - too bad Aiden wanted more than she could offer....or could she? "Too f*cking bad that the woman I want for my forever and always only wants right now." Ahh, I am a sucker for this kind of romance, coupled with some steamy scenes and humor, you have a perfect rom-com in your hands. I finished Sidelined in one quick sitting and Aiden & Layton's story was begging to be read, it was fun, flirty with a little dose of drama, overall a good read. However, I do find the character & plot development to be slightly lacking and everything happened too quick for my liking, I needed something more but I just couldn't quite grasp it from the story. I wasn't particularly feeling the heartbroken vibe when Layton found out about her ex-husband's cheating, nor was I as emotionally invested as I hoped, however, I do adore Ma - Aiden's mum. She's the best!Overall, it was a fun & quick read with a few hits & miss but still managed to put a smile on my face. I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book generously provided by Social Butterfly PR and the author. Thank you so much for the reviewing opportunity!
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  • HeatherP
    January 1, 1970
    ~3.5 starsSidelined was the first book by Marquita that I have read. The story was cute and a nice quick read for my free afternoon. Aiden and Layton have known each other since they were kids. We're told Aiden has had a crush on her for a while but never acted on it because Layton had this thing for the guy she thought was her HEA and it followed her plan. In the blurb we are lead to believe that she fights for Aiden and then he turns the tables and fights for her, I never felt that she actuall ~3.5 starsSidelined was the first book by Marquita that I have read. The story was cute and a nice quick read for my free afternoon. Aiden and Layton have known each other since they were kids. We're told Aiden has had a crush on her for a while but never acted on it because Layton had this thing for the guy she thought was her HEA and it followed her plan. In the blurb we are lead to believe that she fights for Aiden and then he turns the tables and fights for her, I never felt that she actually did it. The whole time we are only shown him perusing her. Even at the end, (view spoiler)[ when she comes to have him help her move, he is the one to make the move for them to get back together. (hide spoiler)] In the grand scheme of things this doesn't make a difference but the blurb is a bit misleading. When the big brother thing was brought up it felt thrown in and just a way to have him have a softer side. The whole event he was planning with Layton was dropped and it would have shown a nice connection between the two but it was just left hanging. The flow of the book was a big rough but I still enjoyed this and read it in one sitting. It's drama light and entertaining. I wasn't a 100% sold on them as a couple but I did like Aiden a lot. I think I'll still check out her other books but this one is just so-so for me. ARC in exchange for honest review
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  • Becky Rendon
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 starsSo here's the deal: I was angry, annoyed, and even a little stabby towards Aiden in Scored. Like I legit wanted to hurt him for what I thought was a major wrong. I knew, you knew, and even Layton knew Joe was a piece of sh..shoe. I was livid when it all went down. I was going to start a petition and possible hire a hitman. Not for Joe, that piece of trash will get his but for Aiden. Because the bachelor party wasn't even the beginning, clearly everyone had their doubts about Joe. So as 4.5 starsSo here's the deal: I was angry, annoyed, and even a little stabby towards Aiden in Scored. Like I legit wanted to hurt him for what I thought was a major wrong. I knew, you knew, and even Layton knew Joe was a piece of sh..shoe. I was livid when it all went down. I was going to start a petition and possible hire a hitman. Not for Joe, that piece of trash will get his but for Aiden. Because the bachelor party wasn't even the beginning, clearly everyone had their doubts about Joe. So as honorary big brother with thoughts that cancel out the brother part, Aiden should have intervened. Or so I thought...But clearly, that was my emotions running high because Marquita Valentine had a different POV. And boy was hers better! With insanely hot chemistry, crazy antics, and a kitchen encounter I will never forget- Valentine secured my place in her fandom. Sidelined is the smile inducing kind of book. Not a slight smile, nope, the stupid big cheesy grin. I'm pretty sure my cheeks will hurt later kind of smile. Even better than leaving us with an over the top smile, she leaves us with the tease of the next book...Kingston's story. This series has me in the stands begging for more!reviewed for Naughty Book Blog
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  • Lady Heather
    January 1, 1970
    **COVER REVEAL** Sidelined By Marquita Valentine Publication Date: September 19th, 2017Genre: Contemporary Romance Sidelined, a sexy all-new STANDALONE from Marquita Valentine is coming September 19th!!! Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/pjMja1SynopsisA new funny, flirty, and oh so sexy sports romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine.It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. And it was, until my husband left me.On our honeymoon.For the wedding planner.Now I' **COVER REVEAL** Sidelined By Marquita Valentine Publication Date: September 19th, 2017Genre: Contemporary Romance Sidelined, a sexy all-new STANDALONE from Marquita Valentine is coming September 19th!!! Add to GoodReads: https://goo.gl/pjMja1SynopsisA new funny, flirty, and oh so sexy sports romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine.It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. And it was, until my husband left me.On our honeymoon.For the wedding planner.Now I'm looking for answers, and the search has led me to the one man who could have saved me from this pain and humiliation. Except he's avoiding me at all costs.But I'm not going to let Aiden McHugh off the hook. He might be the hottest quarterback in the NFL, but he doesn't intimidate me. He owes me an explanation, and I'll do anything to find out the truth, including seduce him...Until the seduced becomes the seducer. I no longer want answers, I just want him.Pre-Order LinkPreorder Exclusively with iBooks: https://goo.gl/uyYcswAbout the AuthorMarquita Valentine is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of the Holland Springs and Boys of the South series.Since first taking the plunge in July of 2012 to self publish, Marquita Valentine has appeared on the Top 100 Bestselling Ebooks Lists on iBooks, Amazon Kindle, and Barnes&Noble. She's been called "one of the best new voices in romance" (Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews) and her books have been accused of being "a sexy, fun, and slightly addicting contemporary read" (The Book Queen).When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys shopping, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south with her husband, two kids, and a dog.Connect with Marquita:Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorMarqui...GoodReads: https://goo.gl/n84vKDTwitter: https://twitter.com/marquitavalWebsite: http://www.marquitavalentine.comAmazon: http://amzn.to/2k1AUDlNewsletter: https://goo.gl/ACLMkk
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  • Luisa
    January 1, 1970
    I have been reading Marquita Valentine’s books since she started out. Her first series, about the Romanov family, is priceless. Her style is Southern sweet and sassy, so her books are light fare with a little bite and a lot of fun. This book is about this boy who studied under a scholarship in Raleigh University and later went into pro football in the NFL. He’s Layton’s big brother’s best friend and has been a frequent guest at her house since she was eleven years old and he was nineteen. She wa I have been reading Marquita Valentine’s books since she started out. Her first series, about the Romanov family, is priceless. Her style is Southern sweet and sassy, so her books are light fare with a little bite and a lot of fun. This book is about this boy who studied under a scholarship in Raleigh University and later went into pro football in the NFL. He’s Layton’s big brother’s best friend and has been a frequent guest at her house since she was eleven years old and he was nineteen. She was one of those little sisters who was a pest, following them everywhere and Aiden was putty in her hands. That was, until she turned twenty-one and his attitude changed, for the worse. He didn’t seem to have time for her and was grumpy when they were together. The fun starts when Layton gets dumped by her cheating husband on the fourth day of their honeymoon. He fell in love with the wedding planner. Following the advice of her best friend Paige, Layton decides to get involved with another man on the rebound to get over Jim and she chose Aiden as the victim. What she doesn’t know is that Aiden has always been in love with her and for him, her wedding was agony. Now he has a chance and he’s grabbing it with both hands.What ensues is a comedy of errors and horrors and funny instances and some growing up for Layton. She was a little naive, princess of fairy tales type of girl, and she firmly believed in her fairy tale marriage to her best friend Jim. Now she has to adjust to her new reality and open her eyes and her heart to better possibilities, right in front of her. Aiden is a grumpy and scowling sort of guy, but with Layton he is tender and loving, even while scowling. They sort of stumble on their way to love in this book. What makes it very entertaining is the group of friends and family that surround them and add spice to the funny stuff. There are some parts where the dialogues get a little confusing, like one instance where Aiden and Layton have a fight and break up and I still don’t get what the fight was about. Nevertheless, it was an important plot twist in the story to get to where they needed to be. Overall, short and sweet and sassy and lighthearted, a perfect beach read. There is some angst but Layton was such a fun character that she was even funny in the midst of a snippy fit.
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  • Ana Rita
    January 1, 1970
    Gimme books... The more I have the more I want... It's a vicious cycle that I can't, and won't, get out of. When an author that I've read previous books has a new one coming out I'm on the front row cheering and waiting for it. Marquita Valentine is the one today. Her previous books made me smile, cry, curse and so much more and I can't get enough. Her writting is sassy, strong, funny, sexy and Dayum... Hot as hell too. Sideline is her latest release and tells the stories of Layton and Aiden. La Gimme books... The more I have the more I want... It's a vicious cycle that I can't, and won't, get out of. When an author that I've read previous books has a new one coming out I'm on the front row cheering and waiting for it. Marquita Valentine is the one today. Her previous books made me smile, cry, curse and so much more and I can't get enough. Her writting is sassy, strong, funny, sexy and Dayum... Hot as hell too. Sideline is her latest release and tells the stories of Layton and Aiden. Layton had her heart broken on her honeymoon when her husband betrayed her and runaway with the wedding planer. She had her life planned out since she was a kid and in one night everything went down. Trying to get up on her feet she seeks Aiden, her brothers best friend in hope he can help her. Aiden is a well known NFL player. He's very committed to his career and has an very peculiar rule during a football season... Wanna know what that rule is?? No sex. Seriously... No sex? When his best friend's little sister knocks at his door let's just say he wasn't expecting to find a woman... Amazing like I knew it would be. This book was fun, sexy and so sweet. Of course that we will have some unfaithful people but life is like that. No one can say that he or she is living on cloud nine because sometimes rain will fall. The plot is amazing, very well written, fast paced and super engaging. The interation between the characters is beautiful and you can see the way they adore each other, even if they try to deny it. Of course that we are presented with some hot stuff as well but the feeling behind each chapter was what make me devour this book in no time. Oh Marquita you've done it again. You've made me so in love with this book that I really need to read book 1, and I want more. When will we get more? I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 StarsI struggled with this title, which I was a little bummed about, as I loved the premise, the cover and the blurb.The premise was good. The idea of using a friend, the guy you have known since you were a young girl as a way to get over your ex and move on. We have all been there, recovering from a heartbreak makes you assess the other options you have in your life.But, for me, there was not enough time for the "recovery". And this is where it was unbalanced for me. I get that Aiden and La 2.5 StarsI struggled with this title, which I was a little bummed about, as I loved the premise, the cover and the blurb.The premise was good. The idea of using a friend, the guy you have known since you were a young girl as a way to get over your ex and move on. We have all been there, recovering from a heartbreak makes you assess the other options you have in your life.But, for me, there was not enough time for the "recovery". And this is where it was unbalanced for me. I get that Aiden and Layton had been friends since she was a young girl, but Layton has had a certain plan for her life this whole time. And, while I believe that things were going to eventually get to the point that she would be able to put her ex behind her, I didn't believe the attraction to Aiden was strong enough for her to do it so quickly.But, and this is where the plot of this one lost me, there was little chemistry with them and he has a "I don't have sex during the season" rule, and the book started in October. So, I was not quite sure where I wanted this to go, or where it was going to go. But, I can say I didn't love the part of getting there with the characters.I was disengaged from the romance in this story. I liked the characters, but I didn't buy them together. I wanted there to be a connection, but the timeline in the book made the connection a tough sell for me and I wasn't really ever able to feel invested in the story or the characters.***This and other reviews featured on our blog Booked All Night http://bookedallnightblog.com/***
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  • Shelly's Book Corner
    January 1, 1970
    Layton Price had her life planned out since middle school. Then she married her high school sweetheart and he told her it was not going to work out…during the honeymoon. Completely humiliated, she’ll seek refuge with her brother instead of going back to her small town life.Aiden McHugh is a pro football player and has been Layton’s brother’s best friend since they met in college. He’s know Layton most of her life, but now she has her sights on him to help get over her failed marriage and that’s Layton Price had her life planned out since middle school. Then she married her high school sweetheart and he told her it was not going to work out…during the honeymoon. Completely humiliated, she’ll seek refuge with her brother instead of going back to her small town life.Aiden McHugh is a pro football player and has been Layton’s brother’s best friend since they met in college. He’s know Layton most of her life, but now she has her sights on him to help get over her failed marriage and that’s the one thing he’s not prepared to do.This was a fast, fun and enjoyable read with down to earth, relatable characters. Layton is the perfect southern belle, the little princess pampered by everyone in the family and Aiden is a kid from south Boston who managed to get away from the gangs and made a name for himself playing in the NFL. They are true opposites and their relationship only got harder as she grew up evolving into a tug-of-war, annoying big brother type of thing.I really liked Aiden, how their relationship develops and how he makes her wait to get what she wants. After all, good things come to those who wait and Layton will come to learn that sometimes a backup plan is the best way to go.4 stars*Received an ARC for which I voluntarily provided an honest review*
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  • Isha Coleman
    January 1, 1970
    Love has a way of knocking you flat before it lifts you up. Marquita Valentine has an innate talent for merging the good with the bad and keeping you laughing as she's breaking your heart. Sidelined is one woman's quest to heal her broken heart in the most wicked way possible. He helped break her heart, perhaps he can help put it back together again. Aiden and Layton can be each other's worst nightmares, but behind the bickering, the frustration and the mistrust, there is a deep love. Sidelined Love has a way of knocking you flat before it lifts you up. Marquita Valentine has an innate talent for merging the good with the bad and keeping you laughing as she's breaking your heart. Sidelined is one woman's quest to heal her broken heart in the most wicked way possible. He helped break her heart, perhaps he can help put it back together again. Aiden and Layton can be each other's worst nightmares, but behind the bickering, the frustration and the mistrust, there is a deep love. Sidelined is a little slice of heaven presented in a temptingly, heartwarming package.
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  • Danielle from Short and Sassy
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 starsThis one was a struggle for me to get through. I liked the idea of the book, but it dragged for me. There were parts of the story that I didn't quite understand. And my biggest thing that I struggled with, is how Aiden was this character from Boston. Being from there, when someone writes a character based on being from there, they wither hot the mark, or miss. For me, this was a miss.
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  • Catherine Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
    January 1, 1970
    I truly enjoyed this book. I was happy to see that the it was the guy that had to convince the girl to come around. I loved the banter between these two, it was down right funny at times and other times I wanted to hit one of them. This was a really good book even at the times I just had to roll my eyes at them. I can't wait for more.
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  • Kimberlys
    January 1, 1970
    Aiden is brash, aggressive, a tad bit of a pig, and I loved every minute of this book. This book make me laugh, made me want to stab someone in the eye, and also root for Layton to get her life together. She is quite the hot mess. This was a great book, with memorable characters.
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  • Rose
    January 1, 1970
    OMG!!! This book was fantastic!!! I always love Marquita Valentine's heroines because they are such quintessential Southern belles. Layton Price was no different. I fell in love with her in Scored and knew I wanted to read her and Aiden's story. I'm so happy Ms. Valentine decided to give her readers what they were clamoring for.And what a story it is. This story has all the feels. And Aiden, oh my, he has WORDS!!! WOW!!! He words made me melt!!! I can't wait for Kingston's book!!!
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  • MammieBabbie
    January 1, 1970
    A beautifully sweet and crazily sexy sports romance that'll have you begging for more...Do you remember that film, The Wedding Planner with J.Lo and Matthew "whatshisname" McConaughey? Well, this is kind of what I would've wished happened to Fran (his ditched bride-to-be) if she'd actually been a nice person. I say that because unlike Layton she's a twatwaffle. Anywho, I was a little unsure about Sidelined. I loved the blurb, that thing had me squeeing from the moment I laid eyes on it. BUT, aft A beautifully sweet and crazily sexy sports romance that'll have you begging for more...Do you remember that film, The Wedding Planner with J.Lo and Matthew "whatshisname" McConaughey? Well, this is kind of what I would've wished happened to Fran (his ditched bride-to-be) if she'd actually been a nice person. I say that because unlike Layton she's a twatwaffle. Anywho, I was a little unsure about Sidelined. I loved the blurb, that thing had me squeeing from the moment I laid eyes on it. BUT, after Scored, I kind of didn't like Aiden very much—at all actually. However, I put trust on Ms Valentine's trusty genius, and thank God I did because FML. This book...oh. my. I've still got major book wood!Plot wise, I have to say that I hadn't come across a book with this plot yet. I loved every bit of it. It was punchy and fresh, and it had my stomach filled with butterflies the whole time. I was suckered into this story from cover to cover and when it ended I was devastated. I went from hating Aiden to literally gagging for him. By the time I got to the end of this book my cheeks were begging me to stop grinning. This is just such a great romantic comedy. It's written so beautifully and eloquently, it was just a delight to read. The pace is bang on the money and the plot development is verging on flawless. I was all over this baby like a rash.When it came to the characters, I was so surprised at how quickly I went from hating to LOVING Aiden. Believe me, I've never felt so fickle in my entire life, but that guy...sweet baby Jesus! Sure, he still had his a-hole moments where I was a little like—come on dude, you're better than that— but, even in those moments you see this other completely compelling side to him that has you swooning and hanging on his every word and action and...maaaaaan, I really did not want to love him as much as I did! Now, Layton, she is one of the most beautiful heroines I've read. Despite everything that's happened and given who Aiden is, she never comes across as a sorry person or even whiney. She's just demure, well...until you get her in the kitchen. That scene actually had me panting. All in all, I loved this book. I loved the characters and I loved the plot, and I ADORED the writing. Marquita Valentine has a knack for writing the most beautiful and effortless reads, and Sidelined is the epitome of all that's fabulous about her writing and story development. I really cannot wait for the next book. I just want to get to know Kingston on a personal basis, and the little teasing snippet she left us with has really got me hankering for more of these gorgeous characters!
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  • Misty (Red's Romance Review's)
    January 1, 1970
    Layton thought she had her future all planned out, she's about to marry the man of her dreams, just purchased the home of her dreams, and about to have the wedding and honeymoon of her dreams... then the man who promised her forever decided he wanted a forever with someone else. Now her world is turned upside down, they had plans to start their life together, so she gave up the one she had before, and was ready for her new adventure, but now that it didn't pan out, she just doesn't know what to Layton thought she had her future all planned out, she's about to marry the man of her dreams, just purchased the home of her dreams, and about to have the wedding and honeymoon of her dreams... then the man who promised her forever decided he wanted a forever with someone else. Now her world is turned upside down, they had plans to start their life together, so she gave up the one she had before, and was ready for her new adventure, but now that it didn't pan out, she just doesn't know what to do with herself. Her friend suggests the best way to move on is to have a little man reboot, it would help her forget the sting in her heart that her ex left behind, boost her confidence, and give herself something else to think about, but can she really do that so soon after being dumped? And who would she even go out with anyway... enter her brothers best friend, Aiden, he's a sexy NFL star that cycles through women like a washing machine, and he has no interest in forever, which makes him safe. But when she makes her move he throws her for a unexpected loop... and things take an interesting turn!!For a long time Aiden has secretly harbored a crush on his best friends little sister Layton, but her heart belonged to someone else, and he respected that, as much as it stung. But the man that promised her forever just broke her heart and now she is standing before him asking him to be her rebound, and as much as he wants to say yes he just can't bring himself to do it. He wants to be hers for more than one night... Between the pages of Sidelined readers will discover a sweet, touching, and slightly dirty little tale that is guaranteed to inspire the feels and leave them weak in the knees!! When I read the synopsis for this one and saw that it's starring alpha was a football player I was instantly in, I love sports romance stories, and I have to say this newest offering from Ms. Valentine, definitely hit the mark... in all the right places! It had a unexpected sweet side that warmed my heart, one that also had my heart in my throat a couple of times, and then of course a naughty side that had my tablet screen steaming over more than a few times too! Highly recommend you meet these two, their charming story is sure to leave your heart happy!!I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
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  • Sunny Shelly Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Holy moly! This story was freakin' fantastic! Full disclosure: When I first read the blurb for Sidelined, I knew the characters sounded familiar, but I didn't remember that they were secondary characters in Scored until I dove into Sidelined. Then it all clicked.In Scored, I really didn't like Aiden. He was a moody, miserable, mean ass for no apparent reason other than he was an NFL star and could be a big old jerk to his best friend's little sister. All that crap was going down with Layton thin Holy moly! This story was freakin' fantastic! Full disclosure: When I first read the blurb for Sidelined, I knew the characters sounded familiar, but I didn't remember that they were secondary characters in Scored until I dove into Sidelined. Then it all clicked.In Scored, I really didn't like Aiden. He was a moody, miserable, mean ass for no apparent reason other than he was an NFL star and could be a big old jerk to his best friend's little sister. All that crap was going down with Layton thinking Joe was cheating on her, and Aiden was just being so obnoxious about it when she clearly was looking for some help and guidance. Then I got into the first of Aiden's POV chapters in Sidelined and I absolutely fell in love with him! He's been in love with his best friend's little sister, whom he nicknamed LT when she was a little girl, for all these years! Swoon!So after Layton learns (on her honeymoon!) that Joe is leaving her for their wedding planner, she turns to Aiden -- who has a manwhore rep -- for some short-term, no-strings-attached rebound sex. She can't commit to anything more than that. But Aiden can't bring himself to take anything less than forever and always with the woman he's been secretly in love with for years. He fights like hell to get LT to change her mind, but can he convince her to take the risk?I loved the banter between these two characters. Layton is the quintessential Southern belle, and Aiden is a gruff Boston transplant now living in North Carolina. The dialogue was witty and made each of LT and Aiden's exchanges more enjoyable than the next. The characters are relatable, and the storyline hooked me in from the start. I am so glad that Marquita Valentine took these characters in this direction, because it is so not what I was expecting for LT and Aiden after meeting them in Scored! I can't wait to see what the author has in store for Layton's brother, Kingston, in the next standalone book in this series.I read an advanced copy and voluntarily left a review.
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  • Samantha Ortegon (Books, Wine & Time)
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed Sidelined by Marquita Valentine, picturing this gorgeous cover model through out the read made the storyline that much sweeter. This is a story that is a falling for your best friends sister, friends to lovers romance. This story is funny, sexy and has a bit of drama. This story had me wanting to reread Scored so that I can reacquaint myself with some of the other characters.In Sidelined, Aiden McHugh who is the NFL's hottest quarterback, his cockiness may not be everyone's cup I really enjoyed Sidelined by Marquita Valentine, picturing this gorgeous cover model through out the read made the storyline that much sweeter. This is a story that is a falling for your best friends sister, friends to lovers romance. This story is funny, sexy and has a bit of drama. This story had me wanting to reread Scored so that I can reacquaint myself with some of the other characters.In Sidelined, Aiden McHugh who is the NFL's hottest quarterback, his cockiness may not be everyone's cup of tea. I found his arrogance and his quick wit sexy and very attractive. When he was younger, his best friends little sister had talked him into a promise. Now that they are older, she is a beautiful heartbroken woman, will he be able to keep his promise? Aiden's feelings for his best friends sister and his no sex rule during football season may make things complicated.Layton Price grew up believing in "true love doesn't change its mind." She had her life planned out in her scrapbook since she was a little girl. Layton never predicted that when she married the man she had always wrote about, that he would leave her on her honeymoon for their wedding planner. Now, heartbroken and feeling deflated she turns to her brothers best friend who had promised to be there for her. She hopes that a relationship based on sex would get her through her broken dreams. The only problem is she thought that the one man who could have any women, wouldn't want more from her.Sidelined is a quick read with a slow tease that leads to an intense moment of passion. I had this silly grin on my face through out my read. There are moments that pulled at my heart and a moment where I wanted to scream at Layton, that's just because I didn't want her to pass on a great thing. Yes, it is perfectly written leaving me feeling all those emotions. I can't wait for more! I know Valentine will leave us all happy readers when she introduces us to Layton's brother Kingston and Aiden's best friend in her next book.5 Stars!!!
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  • Liza
    January 1, 1970
    From the moment we met Aiden and Layton in Scored, I knew I wanted them to find a way to be together. It didn't matter to me that Layton was engaged to someone else, I knew she and Aiden were perfect for each other and am so glad Ms. Valentine gave us their story.I love when two characters have a history together and the fact that Aiden and Layton had known each other since she was 11 gave me all the feels. I love they had a friendship, as he is her older brother's best friend, first and an attr From the moment we met Aiden and Layton in Scored, I knew I wanted them to find a way to be together. It didn't matter to me that Layton was engaged to someone else, I knew she and Aiden were perfect for each other and am so glad Ms. Valentine gave us their story.I love when two characters have a history together and the fact that Aiden and Layton had known each other since she was 11 gave me all the feels. I love they had a friendship, as he is her older brother's best friend, first and an attraction that came later for them both. I loved how protective Aiden was of Layton and that he really did want to do right by her. The chemistry between Aiden and Layton was freaking amazing! Like so smoking hot I needed to fan myself a few times. I have to say I absolutely loved that Aiden wanted to make sure Layton was truly ready before they moved to a physical relationship. I love when the hero is the first to fall in love, and the fact that Aiden had been in love with Layton for what seemed like forever pretty much made me swoon. Seriously, what is better than a big sexy football player falling first?I didn't love how wishy-washy Layton was at times with her feelings. I understood she had pretty much just come off of a long term relationship, even though her husband left her during their honeymoon. They had been together since they were teens, so I got being scared to rush into anything too fast. I just hated the push and pull I sometimes felt with Aiden's feelings. I could feel how much he really cared and loved her and just wanted her to trust her instincts when it came to him. I got past it, but it did color me loving Layton as much in this book as I did in Scored. Sidelined was a fabulous story. I'm equally excited for the fact that the sports series won't end with just 2 books and we will get more stories with these characters. I can't wait to see Kingston Price meet his match!Rating: 4.5 Stars (A)Review copy provided by publisher
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  • Melody May (What I'm Reading)
    January 1, 1970
    Posted on What I'm ReadingOkay, I'm going to have to say I liked Sidelined more than Scored. A suggestion would be to read Scored, because it kind of shows Layton's wedding planning and why she asked Aiden to do her bidding. However, shows the aftermath of Layton's quick marriage, and she comes to terms of it crumble before it even started. We see a lot of Layton trying to pick up the pieces. We also have Aiden trying to make it through his last season, while trying to keep his rules intact. By Posted on What I'm ReadingOkay, I'm going to have to say I liked Sidelined more than Scored. A suggestion would be to read Scored, because it kind of shows Layton's wedding planning and why she asked Aiden to do her bidding. However, shows the aftermath of Layton's quick marriage, and she comes to terms of it crumble before it even started. We see a lot of Layton trying to pick up the pieces. We also have Aiden trying to make it through his last season, while trying to keep his rules intact. By the way are a little hard when it comes to Layton. However, he manages to stand his ground. Things I liked in Sidelined: Aiden. Deep down he's a decent guy with a mouth on him. I think it's more for a shock factor when it comes to Layton. It's fairly quick read. Layton wasn't too bad when she started to pick up the pieces of her life. Things I would have liked to have seen in this story: I think it would help the story along had there been more flashbacks to the past. Times when Aiden and Layton were hanging out together, this way we could see how their love story really started. For me it kind of felt like it was thrown together. I think their history does play in their love story, but you don't get to see that. There were a couple of minor things. If you are not a huge sports fan it won't bother you. Overall, I did like Sidelined. I wish it was little longer more for the reason that it would make the relationship between Aiden and Layton plausible. However, I did like the ending it was sweet and sappy with all the makings for a feel good ending. I was hoping to get Layton and Aiden's story after reading Scored. Yay for that. Copy provided by author via Social Butterfly PR
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  • Cee Cee Houston
    January 1, 1970
    I loved this story, it was just so warm and light-hearted, even if it did have a little bit of drama. It was cute and funny, with a big hearted hero and a sassy heroine. Aiden McHugh is the star quarterback for the Raleigh Renegades, he’s known Layton Tallulah Price since she was 11 years old, when her big brother and his best friend brought him home for the holidays. Cute as she was then, L.T as Aiden called her, somehow got under his skin, and he did promise to marry her if her big fairytale r I loved this story, it was just so warm and light-hearted, even if it did have a little bit of drama. It was cute and funny, with a big hearted hero and a sassy heroine. Aiden McHugh is the star quarterback for the Raleigh Renegades, he’s known Layton Tallulah Price since she was 11 years old, when her big brother and his best friend brought him home for the holidays. Cute as she was then, L.T as Aiden called her, somehow got under his skin, and he did promise to marry her if her big fairytale romance fell through.Aiden didn’t realize how much he’d fallen for L.T until she was much older, and engaged to her long time boyfriend, Joe. He’d lost his chance, now he’d have to suffer in silence. But, the marriage of the year, barely lasted four days before Joe changed his mind, and left L.T. Well, she left him. LOL. I loved that part. Not, the deceit, but how Layton dealt with it. She wants to get back at Joe, by having a mindless fling. Nothing serious. Maybe Aiden can help a girl out?Aiden wants Layton, but he wants her, all or nothing, not just a throw away sexcapade to rub in Joe’s face. Plus, it’s football season and he has a rule. One he can’t break. But once the Superbowl in done and dusted, LT better watch out.This was a fantastic quick sports/ friends to lovers romance. I loved meeting up with Dallas and Paige from Scored. I’ll be keeping my eyes peeled for the next in the series. Kingston’s story, Nailed.
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  • Cara Ross
    January 1, 1970
    I have read many Marquita Valentine books before, and one thing that draws me to her books, is that realism, mixed with humor approach, and Sideline is no different, in fact because it was down to earth, it made me fall in love with it that bit more.Sidelined is the semi-typical best friend's sibling romance, with a huge twist, just to keep you on your toes! Aiden is a 19-year-old kid from South Boston when he meets Layton (LT), his best friend's little sister, but this little 11-year-old girl s I have read many Marquita Valentine books before, and one thing that draws me to her books, is that realism, mixed with humor approach, and Sideline is no different, in fact because it was down to earth, it made me fall in love with it that bit more.Sidelined is the semi-typical best friend's sibling romance, with a huge twist, just to keep you on your toes! Aiden is a 19-year-old kid from South Boston when he meets Layton (LT), his best friend's little sister, but this little 11-year-old girl seems to have her life planned out for her, but fast forward 15 years, and it all comes crashing down, when the man she had always planned to marry, leaves her for the wedding planner 4 days after they get married!! After 6 weeks of moping around her brothers guest room, the big guns get called in, in the guise of Aiden, who is now a NFL quarterback for the Renegades, to draw her out of herself.But Aiden wants more from LT than just sarcasm and hot sex, he wants long-term, when she is only thinking "right now", how will Aiden change her mind.I have to say that this books is everything thing I have come to expect from Marquita Valentine, they are hot, real, addictive, and full of humor, but you also can manage to fall in love with the characters of this book from the beginning, and when I started the book, I certainly couldn't put it down. I give Sidelined 5 stars! So if you are looking for a witty, hot, and sexy book, that has a fresh take on life, grab a copy today!
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    I was totally moved while reading Sidelined by Marquita Valentine book two in her sports romance series. Layton Price had her life all planned out by age eleven; who she would marry, where they would live, what she would do, etc. However, life doesn’t always follow the path you believe it will. When her husband leaves her during their honeymoon for the wedding planner Layton is out for retaliation sex with the one man she shouldn’t, but he’s the one doing the avoiding. Aiden McHugh is Layton’s o I was totally moved while reading Sidelined by Marquita Valentine book two in her sports romance series. Layton Price had her life all planned out by age eleven; who she would marry, where they would live, what she would do, etc. However, life doesn’t always follow the path you believe it will. When her husband leaves her during their honeymoon for the wedding planner Layton is out for retaliation sex with the one man she shouldn’t, but he’s the one doing the avoiding. Aiden McHugh is Layton’s older brother’s best friend and one of the hottest quarterback in the NFL. Aiden once promised to sleep with Layton if Joe cheated on her and now that she’s no longer married, she is holding Aiden to his promise; even if Layton has to convince him one seduction at a time. Now that the football season is finished, nothing is in Aiden’s way, so he turned the table on Layton and has become the seducer rather than the seduced. Ms. Valentine created a wonderful story that played with my emotions, even making me cry happy tears. This book exemplifies Valentine’s creativity, sexy and sensitive scenes, as well as her outstanding writing ability. She is a wonderful story teller, drawing me into her books, making me forget the world around me as she drew me in and not let me go until I turned the last page. I highly recommend this book to other readers and look forward to the next book in this series.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
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  • Tina
    January 1, 1970
    I knew going into this book I was going to have some moments of anger. Things were set up pretty well in Scored that I knew Joe was a complete a hole. And I kind of thought that I would also be mad at Aiden for not telling Layton the truth about Joe and helping her avoid heartache. But once you get into Sidelined you realize that Joe is such a slime ball & super shady that Aiden never really had concrete proof for Layton and that he didn't want to be the one to hurt her and ruin her dreams o I knew going into this book I was going to have some moments of anger. Things were set up pretty well in Scored that I knew Joe was a complete a hole. And I kind of thought that I would also be mad at Aiden for not telling Layton the truth about Joe and helping her avoid heartache. But once you get into Sidelined you realize that Joe is such a slime ball & super shady that Aiden never really had concrete proof for Layton and that he didn't want to be the one to hurt her and ruin her dreams of a happily ever after. You get more insight into Aiden and where's he's coming from so you understand him better. I seriously felt for poor Layton and I have to give kudos to the author for writing this story and having the character of Joe take it as far as he did. My jaw dropped and I almost chucked my kindle across the room! 100% if I had been holding a paperback in my hand I would have tossed it soooo hard!!! I really, really, really wanted for some to beat the crud out of Joe big time!!!! After getting over my anger this book was really good. We got to see Paige & Dallas & how well they're doing. We got to get to know Kingston better. But it was Layton's journey of coming to terms with her dreams being shattered and having to reassess her life and her goals. See what she really wanted & what made her happy that was the highlight of this book.
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  • Shelley Youngblood
    January 1, 1970
    Marquita Valentine certainly knows how to tell a fantastic story. Her quick with, strong characters and combustible chemistry is the perfect combination in her newest release Sidelined. I first met Layton and Aiden in Scored and I was delighted to read more about them in this sexy standalone. Unlike traditional sports romance, or romance of any kind, Layton actually ends up with the with the wrong guy. Unfortunately, she finds out four days after her honeymoon is underway. She is left dejected a Marquita Valentine certainly knows how to tell a fantastic story. Her quick with, strong characters and combustible chemistry is the perfect combination in her newest release Sidelined. I first met Layton and Aiden in Scored and I was delighted to read more about them in this sexy standalone. Unlike traditional sports romance, or romance of any kind, Layton actually ends up with the with the wrong guy. Unfortunately, she finds out four days after her honeymoon is underway. She is left dejected and devastated. She has spent the better part of her life envisioning her happily ever after, only to have it fall apart. But she has a new plan, and it involves her brother's best friend Aiden.Aiden is the quarterback for the Renegades. He is at the top of his game and wants nothing more than to bring his team a championship ring. He has been a the best friend of Kingston Price since college. From the day he met 11 year old Layton, she had a way of getting under his skin like no other had before. First she was like the pesky sister he never had, until one day his feelings for her weren't so sisterly. All he ever wanted was her happiness. Even if it meant watching her walk away with another man. The one she deemed right for her. I absolutely love how Marquita has the ability to intricately weave multiple story lines through one complete story as well as throughout her series. I can't wait to see what she has in store for us next with Kingston's story, Nailed.
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  • Em__Jay
    January 1, 1970
    I am happy to admit that in the beginning Payton scared me. When an 11-year-old has a binder filled with details of her future life, including names – like a 13-year-old Joe destined to be her husband – I am not entirely sure I would have pandered to her to the extent her family did. That kind of single-mindedness can go south. And 15 years later it does when Joe decides he’s more into the wedding planner than he is his wife of four days.It didn’t take long to realise the Payton is just very foc I am happy to admit that in the beginning Payton scared me. When an 11-year-old has a binder filled with details of her future life, including names – like a 13-year-old Joe destined to be her husband – I am not entirely sure I would have pandered to her to the extent her family did. That kind of single-mindedness can go south. And 15 years later it does when Joe decides he’s more into the wedding planner than he is his wife of four days.It didn’t take long to realise the Payton is just very focused. Her initial revenge on Joe is impulsive but she’s definitely 100% committed. Later when she’s hiding out at her brother’s house she is equally dedicated to being morose and glum about her situation.Standing on the sidelines is Aiden. He’s known her since childhood, has been attracted to her for years and is prepared to now proclaim his love and make her his.Payton is obviously skittish and we readers get to go along on a fun ride as Aiden pushes and prods Payton into accepting him as “the one” and not just the rebound. His method? Some tough love as well as lots of good loving.The supporting characters are great, especially Payton’s BFF, Paige. I truly can see these two in the future as outlined in Payton’s binder.The book touches on serious topics but it’s handled with a lightness that makes this book an overall easy read. I am looking forward to the next book.
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