Fumbled (Playbook, #2)
A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.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.

Fumbled (Playbook, #2) Details

TitleFumbled (Playbook, #2)
Author
ReleaseApr 23rd, 2019
PublisherBerkley
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Fiction, Sports and Games, Sports

Fumbled (Playbook, #2) Review

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
    January 1, 1970
    This is hands down my current favorite romance series. It’s p much nonstop swoons from start to finish and I’m obsesseddddd 🥰
  • Patty
    January 1, 1970
    please let this one not be filled with hashtags 🙄
  • Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
    January 1, 1970
    TITLE: FUMBLEDAUTHOR: Alexa MartinGENRE: Sports RomanceTROPES: single mom, RATING: four stars ✭✭✭✭CLIFFHANGER: No Alexa Martin's debut INTERCEPTED last year was such a surprise. What makes her stand out is her real life experience as the wife of a former NFL player,  that gives you a look into the issues athletes and their significant others have to deal with. It makes you realize that not everything is glitz and glamour and that the sacrifice they make for playing the game they so love is TITLE: FUMBLEDAUTHOR: Alexa MartinGENRE: Sports RomanceTROPES: single mom, RATING: four stars ✭✭✭✭CLIFFHANGER: No Alexa Martin's debut INTERCEPTED last year was such a surprise. What makes her stand out is her real life experience as the wife of a former NFL player,  that gives you a look into the issues athletes and their significant others have to deal with. It makes you realize that not everything is glitz and glamour and that the sacrifice they make for playing the game they so love is often bigger than what they bargained for. I love that about her stories, the authenticity and her freaking hilarious, sassy writing style.Now onto FUMBLED: This is a second chance romance that really did it for me. Poppy is a single mom who works her butt off in a stripper bar to make ends meet. She's a spitfire whose mouth once in a while runs away with her. Pregnant, alone - because her parents kicked her out of the house - and obviously ditched by the boy who was responsible for her state she did a stellar job to raise her son with all the love of a good mother. One night her past catches up with her and the boy, who wouldn't return her messages anymore and cut her so deep, who is now a man and famous NFL star TK Moore, drops back into her life. Embarrassing your kid is a privilege all moms have. It’s in the Mom Handbook or something. I LOVE single-mom tropes and the way Poppy was with her son just reminded me why. I loved her characters so much, her snark, her backbone and how she stood up for herself. She doesn't trust TK and it took her a long while to let him back in, always expecting for the other shoe to drop. Then that annoying thing that’s been happening more and more often when I’m with him happens—something inside me settles. An ache I wasn’t aware I’ve been feeling for years disappears, leaving me lighter and happier than I thought was possible for me. An ache I’m afraid will only multiply when this ends. My heart hurt for her and I was so angry on her behalf when he was such jerk to her during their first big argument. It almost made my head explode but I put the book away for a minute and really thought it through. While the way TK dealt with learning about his son wasn't my favorite thing I understood why he felt the way he did.I adored watching TK fall in love with his son and stoking the fire of the one he'd always had for Ace's mother. He was a really good man and although TK showed some erratic behavior, getting angry and annoyed for no apparent reason, I wasn't his biggest fan in the beginning but it all made sense later on. In the light of it all and in hindsight it was easy to give forgive TK. I hurt for him when he realized that he screwed up so badly that he was close to losing it all. "I want our lives to become so intertwined we can’t figure out where one starts and the other ends. I want you and Ace around as much as I can have you around. I want you both.” Poppy found her tribe in FUMBLED and having friends to rely on, who had her back, front and flanks, empowered her - I loved that for her. And these women were so kickass and boss, I loved every single one and I can't wait to get Brynn's books in my hands (there seems to be some serious hate-lust between her and Maxwell - yum!).Alexa Martin has reinvented writing sports romance - her expertise as the wife of a former NFL player adds a lot of realism to this genre and her stories and I've become addicted to her words. If you love a solid second chance, single-mom romance do not hesitate and grab this! “You just showed me what was important in life. You gave me the purpose I’d been trying, unsuccessfully, to find in football.”
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  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
    January 1, 1970
    <3 4 STARS <3This series is so addictive, I enjoyed the first book and I adored Fumbled!It has the things I love in a good story, it has a single mother and a second chance romance!Should I say more? The story was sweet and fun and heartwarming! Poppy was a lovable and strong heroine, you can easily relate with her and love her.TK wasn't my favorite from the beginning but while I continue reading I find myself liking him even more!The romance was so sweet , my heart was melting with these <3 4 STARS <3This series is so addictive, I enjoyed the first book and I adored Fumbled!It has the things I love in a good story, it has a single mother and a second chance romance!Should I say more? The story was sweet and fun and heartwarming! Poppy was a lovable and strong heroine, you can easily relate with her and love her.TK wasn't my favorite from the beginning but while I continue reading I find myself liking him even more!The romance was so sweet , my heart was melting with these two!The writing was fantastic and the story fast paced and captivating! I can't wait to read more books from Alexa Martin in the future!     
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  • Melissa_lifeinthebooks
    January 1, 1970
    This copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I really liked this book, but I didn’t love it. The beginning of the story was strong, and it drew me in but the middle and the ending just felt a little flat for me. I didn’t like the back and forth that Poppy did and her reasoning at times was inconsistent. I did like her character, she was strong and resilient, and I enjoyed the interactions with her and her son Ace. When TK, Poppy’s high school sweetheart, comes back into t This copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review I really liked this book, but I didn’t love it. The beginning of the story was strong, and it drew me in but the middle and the ending just felt a little flat for me. I didn’t like the back and forth that Poppy did and her reasoning at times was inconsistent. I did like her character, she was strong and resilient, and I enjoyed the interactions with her and her son Ace. When TK, Poppy’s high school sweetheart, comes back into the picture, Poppy’s world is turned upside down. We see Poppy and TK try to navigate their relationship when secrets are revealed. I wasn’t really feeling Poppy and TK’s relationship, yes there were moments that I enjoyed them as a couple, especially those moments with Ace but overall the relationship just didn’t feel authentic. I also felt that some things in the story were unnecessary and kind of took away from the plot like the whole stalker thing was just unnecessary because to me it didn’t really add anything to the story. I liked that this book brought up the issue of the types of injuries football players sustain. More specifically injuries to the brain from being hit on the field. The book goes into what types of long-term effects players have to their brain from constantly getting concussions. Poppy was very adamant that her son not play football because of the dangers, I like how she stood her ground, no matter how good her son was at football, it was not worth him getting hurt. Overall I enjoyed this book, it didn’t blow me away but it did spark my interest in this author and I will check out more of her books.
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  • Hollis
    January 1, 1970
    I'm waffling on this one. I thought I would for sure love this more than INTERCEPTED because of the total lack of hashtags but ultimately things felt so rushed, so glossed over, that some of the real strengths of the characters just didn't get the focus they deserved. This is a second chance romance with a particular trope I don't tend to love anyway but I thought it would at least get a three. But some of the drama near the end just soured it for me. I do like that Martin focused on very real a I'm waffling on this one. I thought I would for sure love this more than INTERCEPTED because of the total lack of hashtags but ultimately things felt so rushed, so glossed over, that some of the real strengths of the characters just didn't get the focus they deserved. This is a second chance romance with a particular trope I don't tend to love anyway but I thought it would at least get a three. But some of the drama near the end just soured it for me. I do like that Martin focused on very real and serious issues within the sport and had that reflected in a lead character, not a side one, and I'll probably read on if there's more to come in this series. But I just felt this one wasn't as solid, the the writing occasionally too simple, to fully enjoy. ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Berkley Romance has been KILLING it with the romance these past few years. I absolutely loved Intercepted by Alexa Martin when it came out last year and I was so excited to pick up Fumbled. This was another romance in the Intercepted football world and I couldn't wait to dive in. Poppy Patterson left everything she knew when she was 16 and pregnant to give her unborn child the life he deserves. She's worked hard and now she has a life she's proud of and a little boy who is living the life he des Berkley Romance has been KILLING it with the romance these past few years. I absolutely loved Intercepted by Alexa Martin when it came out last year and I was so excited to pick up Fumbled. This was another romance in the Intercepted football world and I couldn't wait to dive in. Poppy Patterson left everything she knew when she was 16 and pregnant to give her unborn child the life he deserves. She's worked hard and now she has a life she's proud of and a little boy who is living the life he deserves. When her high school boyfriend shows up where she works, Poppy isn't too keen to let him back in when he hurt her so much right before she left all those years ago. TK Moore is a professional football player and is living the dream he worked so hard for in high school and college. When he sees Poppy for the first time in years, all of those old feelings come rushing back. Both Poppy and TK can't seem to stay away from each other, but can the secrets and betrayals from years ago hurt any chances of them finding happiness again? In the beginning, I have to say, I wasn't the biggest fan of TK. Once he learned the truth about why Poppy had left, though, I really started to love his character and how he was with Poppy and her son. The romance was so sweet and I loved how Poppy entered the world that we were introduced to in Intercepted when Marlee started to date Gavin. The women of the Denver Mustangs are definitely characters and I really enjoyed how Poppy found some women to really bond with and become friends with. The romance was one of my favorite parts of this book, but I also loved the important discussions surrounding football that Poppy and TK had. Football was such an important part in TK's life that it was hard for him to face Poppy's fears about the dangers football can have for its players. Football became a burden on their relationship and forced them both to make some important decisions. While I really enjoyed Intercepted, I LOVED Fumbled. I was obsessed with the romance, Poppy's dedication as a mother, and all of the side characters who entered Poppy's life throughout the story. Every sports romance fan needs to pick up Alexa Martin's books!
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  • Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
    January 1, 1970
    Second Chance RomanceSports RomanceSingle ParentSweetIf any of those tropes tickle your fancy this is the book for you.This book had it all. A sweet kid, sweet romance, a hero that got his second chance, and a mom that finally found her HEA.I love seeing all these new and fresh voices that the publishers are bringing to the table.Heartfelt, warm and sweet – Fumbled was one of those novels that are perfect for in between darker books. Light hearted, with an adorable boy to sweeten the deal, it ha Second Chance RomanceSports RomanceSingle ParentSweetIf any of those tropes tickle your fancy this is the book for you.This book had it all. A sweet kid, sweet romance, a hero that got his second chance, and a mom that finally found her HEA.I love seeing all these new and fresh voices that the publishers are bringing to the table.Heartfelt, warm and sweet – Fumbled was one of those novels that are perfect for in between darker books. Light hearted, with an adorable boy to sweeten the deal, it has everything a romance reader would want.Sports romance is one of my favorite tropes. It helps when the author knows what she is talking about, and as the wife of a former NFL player, she brings an insight view to the table that is rare in this genre.For me, Fumbled unfortunately didn’t have the wow factor that others stories in this genre have. Maybe because it was all too easy. Too predictable and overly done. I was missing the something special to make this book a standout novel.But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a solid second chance sports romance. It just didn’t wow me. The sweetness of it all. The predictability and how fast the couple got back together – as if the ten years went by in a blink of an eye. The drama that felt like it was added just for the sake of it.It was interesting that the author picked up one particular issue that has been in the news for years now, especially in regards to football. I applaud her for picking it up, but it felt more like an afterthought, and never really fit into the overall story. For me, it was a too heavy subject for such a light-hearted romance.But otherwise, I can see how this book will make an excellent addition on everyone’s summer reading list.ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ For more book recommendations, find me on Instagram Interested in more Sports Romances? Here are my recommendations.For more of my reviews:My Blog: Book Twins ReviewsFacebook Blog PageTwitterSubscribe to Blog
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  • Christie«SHBBblogger»
    January 1, 1970
    Title: FumbledSeries: Playbook #2Author: Alexa MartinRelease date: April 23, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: romanceAlexa Martin's debut Intercepted was hilarious and highly entertaining, but her follow up was even better. The snarky narrative that I enjoyed so much was just as present this time in the form of Poppy Patterson. Single mother, waitress, and high school sweetheart of TK, wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. This is a lighter second-chance romance which was refreshing to read. The majo Title: FumbledSeries: Playbook #2Author: Alexa MartinRelease date: April 23, 2019Cliffhanger: NoGenre: romanceAlexa Martin's debut Intercepted was hilarious and highly entertaining, but her follow up was even better. The snarky narrative that I enjoyed so much was just as present this time in the form of Poppy Patterson. Single mother, waitress, and high school sweetheart of TK, wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. This is a lighter second-chance romance which was refreshing to read. The majority of the time they are heavier on the angst and I do highly enjoy those, but this was a nice break from the norm. Which isn't to say that this lacked in the emotion department, because there was still plenty of moments that will tug on your heartstrings. I want our lives to become so intertwined we can’t figure out where one starts and the other ends. I want you and Ace around as much as I can have you around. I want you both.”Poppy was a teen mother who had to sacrifice her dreams of attending Northwestern in order to raise her son on her own. After choosing to keep the baby, her parents disowned her and she didn't have an easy road. Instead of wallowing in bitterness, she works her butt off without complaint in order to give her son the happy life he deserves. I felt nothing but admiration for her drive, determination, and sense of humor-even when life threw her a curveball. Her crappy job at the Emerald Cabaret brings her face to face with a ghost from her past: Trevor Kyle "TK" Moore. TK made brief appearances in the previous book and he always came off as a sweet and respectful guy despite his supposed reputation for partying and enjoying a wide variety of women. You're told this about him, but his player lifestyle is not really something you witness. Their first interaction is very early in the book, and from first glance on, he has his eyes set on one woman. His first love, the woman he could never forget, despite the fact that she disappeared on him ten years ago without the courtesy of a goodbye. He was a fantastic hero that is easy to love right from the start. Extroverted, and the life of the party without being ridiculous or too silly. He revels in teasing Poppy and flustering her which almost always ended in a moment of awkward hilarity. This is not the typical second chance romance where the hero becomes famous and the heroine has stars in her eyes over his fame and glamorous lifestyle. If you think that, you'll be wrong. Rather than feeling awe over her ex's career, it's actually a hindrance to their reconciliation. Poppy makes it abundantly clear that she despises football and the danger it poses to its players. FOOTBALL IS THE SOCIALLY ACCEPTABLE EQUIVALENT TO A CULT. It seems like tons of fun and everyone around you is an avid follower of the religion. Oops. I mean sport.Fanatics idolize football players as god-like beings, and treat them as if they're incapable of feeling hurt over insensitive words. Martin's first-hand experience as a spouse of an NFL player lends authenticity to her heroines' feelings and challenges. We see examples of what it would be like for family members attending home games in the stadium. The toll that it takes when you have to witness your loved one injured and worry about the severity of the next hit they'll have to take. I would say that the main conflict of the book revolves around this fear of Poppy's. She has done extensive reading on the brain disease called CTE-Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is a degenerative brain disease that's caused by repeated concussions or head trauma. She feels so strongly about the dangers of this to the players' health that she's firmly against her son's interest in the sport and won't budge on her refusal to let him play. Seeing TK out on the field scares her more than impresses her and it's not a simple roadblock for them to overcome. There are other various things that crop up as they get to know one another again.What I don’t know is, after all his time as a party boy, star football player supreme, if he’s ready to settle down. It might seem fun to play family man now, but how long until the novelty wears off and he wants his VIP club status back? I loved the fact that he was all in in his pursuit of her right from the start, but that didn't mean that she was able to trust that things would work out this time around. Years had passed, and they were different people now. Could their love endure through shocking revelations and unexpected strain on their tenuous relationship? TK needed to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was in it for the long haul and that he was willing to put his new family first above all else. Together, I thought Poppy and TK were adorable, charming, and intrinsically right for each other. Their separation as teens was caused by interference by a third party and a misunderstanding rather than any horrible action on either of their parts. When they reconnect, their love is as strong as ever, and the heat between them equally so. There was no doubt in my mind that they had the goods to remain strong partners and parents long term. There was minimal drama with a malicious person leaving threatening notes for Poppy, but it wasn't over the top. In the previous book there several moments where the heroine's safety was threatened to the point where it didn't feel entirely realistic. I was impressed with how it was toned down this time and didn't add anything unnecessary to the plot. I simply love Martin's brand of humor and romance, and I think she's a new voice in the genre that will be around for a long time to come. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had enjoyed the first book in this series, but when I heard this one was going to be about TK, I was nearly beside myself.I loved Poppy. She's so strong and sassy and underneath that awesome exterior, she's a marshmallow. I love how much she adored her kid and how fierce and loyal she was towards her friends. This group of women is a set I would love to get arrested with. TK is everything I was expecting. He's sweet and charming and sort of like a big kid. I enjoyed his passion for football an I had enjoyed the first book in this series, but when I heard this one was going to be about TK, I was nearly beside myself.I loved Poppy. She's so strong and sassy and underneath that awesome exterior, she's a marshmallow. I love how much she adored her kid and how fierce and loyal she was towards her friends. This group of women is a set I would love to get arrested with. TK is everything I was expecting. He's sweet and charming and sort of like a big kid. I enjoyed his passion for football and his ability to be all in when he met Ace. {Of course, there is some shit that happens beforehand, but Poppy has it locked down.}Plot wise, it didn't go in the direction I was expecting. I was sort of waiting for the shoe to drop, but the light conflict came from a different spot. It was a sweet and natural progression and I loved reading Poppy and TK's relationship grow as well as TK and Ace's. Of course there's a break up, because obviously, but the angsty times don't last long. Oh and I'm 10000% here for all of Poppy's information on football related brain injuries.Overall, it was my favorite of the two. I think there may have been a hint at the next book and I'm crossing all of the things for more from this world.**Huge thanks to Berkley for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted at Booklovers For LifeI was a huge fan of Alexa Martin’s debut novel, Intercepted, so when I heard she’d be writing more stories for the Denver Mustangs football team, I was ecstatic. And even more so when I discovered Fumbled would be a second chance romance, which is my go-to romance trope. Alexa Martin did not disappoint with this second novel – I love the way she writes tough, independent heroines, and the heroes who will do anything for them!Poppy Patterson is a single mot Originally posted at Booklovers For LifeI was a huge fan of Alexa Martin’s debut novel, Intercepted, so when I heard she’d be writing more stories for the Denver Mustangs football team, I was ecstatic. And even more so when I discovered Fumbled would be a second chance romance, which is my go-to romance trope. Alexa Martin did not disappoint with this second novel – I love the way she writes tough, independent heroines, and the heroes who will do anything for them!Poppy Patterson is a single mother whose life revolves around her beloved son. She’s worked hard to provide for them both, and she couldn’t be prouder of Ace. She’s built a good life for the two of them, but when her high school sweetheart, and the man who got her pregnant, shows back up in her life, all of the feelings she thought she’d moved on from come crashing back. She wants her son to have his father in his life, but will she be able to protect her heart from TK Moore this second time around?TK is living the football dream he’s always wanted for himself. There’s just one thing missing, and he realizes what it is when he discovers Poppy and Ace – his family. There are secrets that need to be aired out, but bottom line, TK wants to be a part of his family’s life. Where Poppy is rightfully wary and hesitant to restart their relationship, TK goes all in with helping and providing for his family. He’s determined to win Poppy’s heart, and being the big sweetheart that he is, Poppy has no chance of guarding her heart from him.While I liked TK, Poppy was what made the story for me in Fumbled. I admired the hell out of this woman, who created an amazing life for her and her child on her own. She’s smart, funny, head-strong, and an incredible mother. I was also impressed with the way the author chose to portray football, which is not always about money and glory. Poppy knows the dangers and risks that come with this professional sport and has important discussions with TK and Ace about it.Fumbled is another fantastic sports romance from a romance author who knows how to write, and write well. There’s a good setup within this book for the next couple in the Playbook series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.Amazon Ebook: https://amzn.to/2ITcmIjAmazon Paperback: https://amzn.to/2Uzz2iTAudible: https://amzn.to/2DuAzkRLiked this review? Subscribe to Booklovers For Life for more!
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  • Lauren (The Novel Lush)
    January 1, 1970
    The downside to reading really good arcs months before they're released is having to wait even longer for the next book.I started this book on my 30 minute lunch break and in 2 chapters, the characters completely sucked me in! That was at 12:30, it's just after 7pm and I already finished this book.In fanfiction, I'm a sucker for an athlete romance, but in Fumbled, there aren't any of the outlandishly stereotyped characters or tropes and I'm completely in love with it. TK was completely swoon wor The downside to reading really good arcs months before they're released is having to wait even longer for the next book.I started this book on my 30 minute lunch break and in 2 chapters, the characters completely sucked me in! That was at 12:30, it's just after 7pm and I already finished this book.In fanfiction, I'm a sucker for an athlete romance, but in Fumbled, there aren't any of the outlandishly stereotyped characters or tropes and I'm completely in love with it. TK was completely swoon worthy and I loved how he was always able to take a step back, even in anger, and see Poppy's point of view and compromise. And Poppy? I love a character who's sassy and speaks their mind.A bonus for me was that though TK and Poppy are an interracial couple, race isn't a heavy part of the story.Loved it!
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  • Princess
    January 1, 1970
    This was such a cute funny book. It kept me entertained throughout and the friend group she had was amazing. The romance was wonderful. It all came together perfectly!
  • Bookgasms Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    The second book in the Playbook series delivers the same smart, snappy writing and multi-dimensional, easy to love characters as the first. I'm so thrilled to have taken a chance on Alexa Martin's writing, because these books are everything for my sappy little football loving heart.I loved the set-up in Fumbled. Single mom/secret baby and wildly beloved NFL wide receiver? Yes, I was on board, and sucked in immediately. The first part of this book is very strong. I might have liked a little more The second book in the Playbook series delivers the same smart, snappy writing and multi-dimensional, easy to love characters as the first. I'm so thrilled to have taken a chance on Alexa Martin's writing, because these books are everything for my sappy little football loving heart.I loved the set-up in Fumbled. Single mom/secret baby and wildly beloved NFL wide receiver? Yes, I was on board, and sucked in immediately. The first part of this book is very strong. I might have liked a little more angst in the reconnection of Poppy and TK, and I definitely would have liked more closure on the events, and the relationships with people from their past - but even despite those two issues, I loved them and their rocky, heartfelt story.The mix of playful, flirtation, sexy time, and far deeper emotional connection is practically perfect. There are some serious, ripped from the headlines issues addressed in this story and Ms. Martin did not shy away from them. It was interesting, and heartbreaking to witness this fantastic couple navigate these tricky emotional and physical landmines - factor in a child with a mega case of hero worship - and there were moments that left me gutted. However, plenty of other moments that caused my heart to soar and flutter. Like I said, the balance here is well done and I enjoyed it so much.Usually in sports romance I rave on and on about the bromance. I have even said that the bromance is the best part of most sports romances. There's not much of that here. Instead, Ms. Martin has turned this idea on its head and delivered a hilarious, heartwarming, and completely satisfying sisterhood. In this case? The sisterhood is the best part of this sports romance and y'all, it is fantastic. I loved these ladies something fierce and am hoping to get more time with them in future releases!In all? Ms. Martin appears to be hitting her stride in her follow-up to Intercepted and I am now enthusiastically and happily along for the ride with this series. I loved this second chance romance and cannot wait for more to come! ~ Shelly, 4 Stars
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  • nick
    January 1, 1970
    What a fun read! Alexa Martin's debut romance, Intercepted, was a great read and I had high hopes for Fumbled. I'm happy to say that Fumbled was even better than Intercepted for me. I can't say I'm surprised, however. After all, it does have one of my favorite tropes of second chance romance. :) Poppy, the heroine, was the real MVP. I loved her so much! She was witty, funny, and brave. She had a great engaging personality and I found myself very easily warming up to her. She's had a bit of a rou What a fun read! Alexa Martin's debut romance, Intercepted, was a great read and I had high hopes for Fumbled. I'm happy to say that Fumbled was even better than Intercepted for me. I can't say I'm surprised, however. After all, it does have one of my favorite tropes of second chance romance. :) Poppy, the heroine, was the real MVP. I loved her so much! She was witty, funny, and brave. She had a great engaging personality and I found myself very easily warming up to her. She's had a bit of a rough life with getting pregnant at 16 and having to raise her son on her own. She didn't let anything get her down, however. She wanted to give her son, Ace, the best upbringing that she could and she did everything to make sure that his needs and happiness were met. Poppy really was an extraordinarily fierce woman who would do anything for her son. Poppy works as a waitress at a cabaret-style nightclub where she stumbles upon TK one night. TK also happens to be her baby daddy. Talk about drama! I have to say, I was fairly enamored by TK at first glance, but when he refused to believe that he is Ace's father, I really wanted to get inside the book and whoop the dumbass. He eventually does make up for his reaction and trust me, the groveling made the whole situation worth it. He was a soft, but gruff guy who was head over heels in love with Poppy. It was sweet just how devoted to her and Ace he was. I loved watching him bond with Ace especially. It was too much for my heart to take in! The chemistry and romance between Poppy and TK were also very well-written. I love a good second chance romance and Alexa Martin definitely did the trope justice with Fumbled. I also liked how relatively drama-free this book was. Yes, there were obstacles to their relationship, but they weren't unbelievable. More than I loved the romance, I loved the female friendships here. Poppy gets to be part of the WAGs and the way the women embraced Poppy into their group made me so happy. Fumbled also delved into the realities of sports injuries and football as a career. I appreciated the insight that Alexa Martin provided. Fumbled is proof that Alexa Martin is an author to watch out. Her voice is fresh, funny, and her stories romantic. I can't wait to see what she has stored up her sleeves for her readers!
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  • Kate ☀️ Olson
    January 1, 1970
    (free review copy) LOVED IT. Alexa Martin is now on my list of must-read authors, with her second book being even more delectable than her first. Fierce, strong, hilarious and smart female leads with men who worship them - SO GOOD. I loved how little drama and angst this story had, and it cements my theory that I care zero about football unless it’s in an empowering romance story.This is 2nd in a series and while it has different main characters I would still recommend reading Intercepted first (free review copy) LOVED IT. Alexa Martin is now on my list of must-read authors, with her second book being even more delectable than her first. Fierce, strong, hilarious and smart female leads with men who worship them - SO GOOD. I loved how little drama and angst this story had, and it cements my theory that I care zero about football unless it’s in an empowering romance story.This is 2nd in a series and while it has different main characters I would still recommend reading Intercepted first since that storyline is mentioned in this one. And it’s amazing, so why skip it???
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  • Eliza
    January 1, 1970
    ★4 STARS★Running into your significant ex can be awkward at the best of times, but when your ex is an NFL star TK Moore who happens upon you at your waitressing gig at a strip club; it’s safe to say the awkwardness goes off the Richter scale.As shocked as Poppy Patterson is, she’s thrown by his excitement at seeing her. As far as she is concerned they ended acrimoniously, and after raising their son alone for the last nine years, the excitement is certainly not reciprocated.She’s not the pregn ★4 STARS★Running into your significant ex can be awkward at the best of times, but when your ex is an NFL star TK Moore who happens upon you at your waitressing gig at a strip club; it’s safe to say the awkwardness goes off the Richter scale.As shocked as Poppy Patterson is, she’s thrown by his excitement at seeing her. As far as she is concerned they ended acrimoniously, and after raising their son alone for the last nine years, the excitement is certainly not reciprocated.She’s not the pregnant and heartbroken sixteen year old girl she once was. She’s strong, hardworking and an exemplary mother to her son, and because of that, she decides to give TK a second chance at being a dad.My love for TK was instant, but his knee jerk reaction to Poppy’s news cast a temporary shadow on the affection I had for him. Once his shock passed my admiration was back with a vengeance as we saw him navigate fatherhood and make know his hope to start anew with Poppy.After the success of INTERCEPTED it was a given that Alexa Martin would added to my roster of auto authors. I enjoyed the sense of fun and easy readability she offered, and the added bonus of it being a sport romance was more than I cared to resist.I was sure I would be in safe hands when it came to her sophomore novel FUMBLED, and with second chance romance a particular favourite trope of mine, I was not surprised she once again scored a winning touchdown of a read.
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  • Angie Elle
    January 1, 1970
    ARC from the publisherFumbled is book two in Alexa Martin's Playbook series, and having read and enjoyed Intercepted by this author, I knew I was in for a good time. Yes, I loved the romance in this book, but the way this author writes her female friend groups is so much fun! I would love to be friends with Poppy and her gal pals. I love the support they give each other and the fact that even though some of these friendships are brand new, they'd already go to the wall for each other. I also lov ARC from the publisherFumbled is book two in Alexa Martin's Playbook series, and having read and enjoyed Intercepted by this author, I knew I was in for a good time. Yes, I loved the romance in this book, but the way this author writes her female friend groups is so much fun! I would love to be friends with Poppy and her gal pals. I love the support they give each other and the fact that even though some of these friendships are brand new, they'd already go to the wall for each other. I also loved that there was no judgment there - they welcomed Poppy’s eccentric friend right into their fold without blinking.So...Poppy and TK - man I loved them so hard. It was clear they had a past, and the author covered it, but I never felt like it was relied on to solidify their current connection. (Aside from the fact that they never got over each other.) They were a lot of fun together, and I like that they pushed each other out of their comfort zones. I also like that when Poppy shared certain things with TK, his first instinct was to believe her. I think a lot of authors would have (and realistically could have) gone the other way, but this author didn’t and for me, it made Poppy and TK more solid. Also, I loved Poppy’s relationship with her son. They adored each other, and they had their little daily traditions that were so sweet. She was such a wonderful mother and worked hard to give him a good life. All their interactions were just so perfect. As for TK, the repercussions of playing football were front and center in this book, and this is just one more reason why TK is so perfect. He makes tough decisions and weighs Poppy’s concerns once he has time to think about them. He was very driven and successful, but those things didn’t cloud his judgment. He really wanted to do what was best for everyone involved, no matter what the cost.There was a trope used in this book that, when used, walks a really fine line. Not all authors can pull this off successfully, but Alexa Martin really did. The way the whole thing played out was a clustery mess, and Poppy’s reactions and reservations were so credible and you just felt for her. I was cheering her on throughout this whole book and wanted her to get her happily ever after.I have just a few gripes - #1, I think the storyline with TK’s mother could have and should have been a more prominent part of this story. I wanted her to get the comeuppance she so deserved. Two, there was a storyline that came out of nowhere about halfway through the book that never felt fleshed out, and I think the story would have been better without it. Lastly, I feel like the ending here was a bit shaky, and I felt the same with Intercepted. Having said that, I’m willing to ride out this series and read anything this author writes; I think maybe she is finding her footing, and the journey these characters go on and the relationships they forge make the reads so worth it. Overall, I loved Poppy and TK’s story, and found it nearly impossible to put down; Fumbled was just so much fun, and if you’re a fan of sports romance, you have to pick this one up!This review was originally posted on Books & Beauty Are My Bag.
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  • Wendy'sThoughts
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Not a Fumble Insight Stars* * * * 1/2 Spoiler FreeThis was my first Alexa Martin but will not be my last. From the beginning, I could tell this author had a very unique voice and was speaking from experience. Later after finishing the book, I was not surprised to learn of her real-life experience with the NFL. Every reference regarding professional football, the players, the groupies and all of the other issues were seemingly authentic.Without really going into this tale and giving everythin 4.5 Not a Fumble Insight Stars* * * * 1/2 Spoiler FreeThis was my first Alexa Martin but will not be my last. From the beginning, I could tell this author had a very unique voice and was speaking from experience. Later after finishing the book, I was not surprised to learn of her real-life experience with the NFL. Every reference regarding professional football, the players, the groupies and all of the other issues were seemingly authentic.Without really going into this tale and giving everything away, we are taken through a journey which touches on so many elements. We have young love, then we have a turning moment which impacts both of them for years. Both have lived lives, made important choices and then out of the blue.... sort of... then run into each other again.This was a winner on so many levels. The couple was interracial and never felt that was the point of the story. Both characters were into each other unconditionally... no other factors playing in the background from that front. I happened to like them both as each was a strong person... able to stand on their own two feet. Each was compelling and captured the imagination. I could picture each and together they were wonderful. This was the type of story where it drew you in and before you knew it, you were finished. It had many swoon-worthy moments, times to think about the seriousness of the injuries associated with Football and then the important concept of second chance relationships...How to work through all of the pain, the hybernating feelings for the other and risking what has been safe to experience the possible with a past love. Alexa Martin gives us secondary characters with are three dimensional and completely part of the tale. I look forward to more.A gifted copy was provided by Berkley Publishing Group via NetGalley for an honest review.For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways
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  • Kristen
    January 1, 1970
    between a 3 and a 4 but bumping up to 4. didn't love this one as much as intercepted.i was SO excited for this one. i really enjoyed Intercepted and I listen to a podcast that had Alexa Martin as a guest and she just seems super awesome and I want to be her friend. So I fully expected to love this one, I added it to my list as soon as it was on goodreads without even reading the synopsis.so. second chance romances aren't always my jam. they aren't bad, and some authors do them really well, but t between a 3 and a 4 but bumping up to 4. didn't love this one as much as intercepted.i was SO excited for this one. i really enjoyed Intercepted and I listen to a podcast that had Alexa Martin as a guest and she just seems super awesome and I want to be her friend. So I fully expected to love this one, I added it to my list as soon as it was on goodreads without even reading the synopsis.so. second chance romances aren't always my jam. they aren't bad, and some authors do them really well, but the reason i don't love them is because sometimes, we don't get enough build up or background, we are just told they are in love and that is so not satisfying. that happens in this one, unfortunately. they see each other for the first time in 10 years and kiss that night, and while i don't mind a kiss or sex in the first few chapters, i felt absolutely no connection or chemistry whatsoever. it was just words on a page. so i was like okay, let's get back to the story so i can feel the things. and it does get better, but i still never got that connection i was wanting - yeah we are told they love each other and all that, i just wish there was a bit more build up up, a bit more tension so we could fall in love too.that really bummed me out, but not enough to detract from the rest of the book. realistic and likable characters, witty banter, fast paced, not a hashtag in sight - i really did enjoy this book. i just wish there was a teensy bit more build up in their relationship. it just meant i didn't care as much when things went down.speaking of the conflict, i thought that was a bit weak - not the TK thing, the other thing. but whatever. I did like how the TK thing went down, i liked how strong Poppy was. Ace was adorable of course.so overall, just a wee bit bummed in how the romance started, but other than that, this was enjoyable and well written and i will 100% read anything else alexa martin publishes.------------------------------review to come but had to share - not a hashtag in sightARC received from netgalley in exchange for honest review
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  • Steph's Romance Book Talk
    January 1, 1970
    4 Stars / 2 Steam Fans I loved this new installment into the Playbook family. Poppy and TK had a relationship when they were in high school but secrets and lies tore them apart for 10 years. Poppy becomes a single parent and TK becomes a famous football player until they meet again one night. I liked that this story had some focus on the wives and girlfriends connected to the football league but mainly focused on Poppy and TK's relationship and things that they were journeying through. There was 4 Stars / 2 Steam Fans I loved this new installment into the Playbook family. Poppy and TK had a relationship when they were in high school but secrets and lies tore them apart for 10 years. Poppy becomes a single parent and TK becomes a famous football player until they meet again one night. I liked that this story had some focus on the wives and girlfriends connected to the football league but mainly focused on Poppy and TK's relationship and things that they were journeying through. There was too much focus on TK's physical appearance and at times the plot direction seemed to just fall off. Otherwise, I really, really enjoyed this book and look forward to more books by Alexa Martin! This specific video review will be included in the April 2019 wrap-up. For other video book reviews check out my YouTube Channel: Steph's Romance Book Talk.
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  • Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
    January 1, 1970
    Absolutely love when a book starts right away and Fumbled did just that when introducing Poppy, single mom working at a gentlemen’s club as a waitress and TK, all-star football athlete who happens to be Poppy’s first love. This one was hilarious and sexy and snarky and basically everything I could want in a romance! Its slight downfall might’ve been that things happened so quickly, towards the end there it kind of struggles a bit, but this one set the next book (I hope there’s another book) so p Absolutely love when a book starts right away and Fumbled did just that when introducing Poppy, single mom working at a gentlemen’s club as a waitress and TK, all-star football athlete who happens to be Poppy’s first love. This one was hilarious and sexy and snarky and basically everything I could want in a romance! Its slight downfall might’ve been that things happened so quickly, towards the end there it kind of struggles a bit, but this one set the next book (I hope there’s another book) so perfectly! These characters were EVERYTHING!!
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  • Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to PenguinRandom House Canada for a free copy of this book for review. I’m a sucker for a good contemporary romance and this one didn’t disappoint. Add in a sports hero and it’s even better. Poppy dated TK in high school and she became a single mom while he went on to college and his NFL football career. TK’s mom kept the news from him that Poppy was pregnant so for nine years she thinks he abandoned her but he never knew he was a father. After a chance meeting they reconnect and all t Thank you to PenguinRandom House Canada for a free copy of this book for review. I’m a sucker for a good contemporary romance and this one didn’t disappoint. Add in a sports hero and it’s even better. Poppy dated TK in high school and she became a single mom while he went on to college and his NFL football career. TK’s mom kept the news from him that Poppy was pregnant so for nine years she thinks he abandoned her but he never knew he was a father. After a chance meeting they reconnect and all the secrets and misunderstandings come to light. I really liked these characters and it was fun to see them together and with their son. The important issue of concussions and CTE was an integral part of the story and I was happy to see it discussed. This is the second book in the series but can be read as a stand-alone. I’m off now to check out the first book!
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  • Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    There's something about Alexa Martin's sports romances that feel much more authentic than any other I've read. Her firsthand experiences as an NFL wife shines through the pages of her stories, captivating the reader as much with steamy romance as they do with the dramatic yet seemingly glamorous lives of the WAGS of the NFL. Fumbled is a second chance love story between NFL star, TK Moore, a player at the top of his game, and Poppy Patterson, a single mother and TK's high school sweetheart who's There's something about Alexa Martin's sports romances that feel much more authentic than any other I've read. Her firsthand experiences as an NFL wife shines through the pages of her stories, captivating the reader as much with steamy romance as they do with the dramatic yet seemingly glamorous lives of the WAGS of the NFL. Fumbled is a second chance love story between NFL star, TK Moore, a player at the top of his game, and Poppy Patterson, a single mother and TK's high school sweetheart who's been making it on her own since TK left for college. This story is rich with heartache and drama, secrets and the sweetest second chance. I absolutely adored it from beginning to end. Alexa Martin has fast become one of my most sought after authors. I literally can not wait for more where this came from. Intercepted was easily one of my favorite books of 2018 and Fumbled just confirmed why. This book sizzles. It's wrought with complicated emotions and lush romance but it's layered with the heavy reality of what professional athletes face in exchange for their love of the game. Fumbled is exactly what I look for in an addictive sports romance... the notion that this superstar athlete who could have his pick of anyone only has eyes for the one that got away. It was edible and delicious and I can't recommend it enough. 
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  • *The Angry Reader*
    January 1, 1970
    **ARC received for an honest review**I loved Intercepted. It was one of my surprise favorites of 2018. Fresh and funny with adorable characters and a funky tempo. It resonated with me. I came into Fumbled having just read A Fashionable Indulgence. One of the things I adore about Historical Romance is how the author frequently takes time to build the relationship. And while Julius and Harry were getting frisky a little quicker than I was into it did not compare to the whiplash speed at which Popp **ARC received for an honest review**I loved Intercepted. It was one of my surprise favorites of 2018. Fresh and funny with adorable characters and a funky tempo. It resonated with me. I came into Fumbled having just read A Fashionable Indulgence. One of the things I adore about Historical Romance is how the author frequently takes time to build the relationship. And while Julius and Harry were getting frisky a little quicker than I was into it did not compare to the whiplash speed at which Poppy and TK moved. I get that they had history. But I am not the same person from 10 years ago. Nor do I want to kiss a dude I dated 10 years ago. There wouldn't be any chemistry left. I was agog at how quickly these two were in relationship mode.Add that to the silly drama thrown in and I just couldn't get my feet under me. Poppy was okay. She didn't feel as nuanced as Marlee. And TK had a lot going on. I get that him being all over the place was part of the story - but there are repercussions when a subject that weighty is given short shrift. It was a quick read. And I never skimmed. With more relationship-building on the front end and no silly gimmicks midway through this could be an enjoyable book.
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  • Jessica B.
    January 1, 1970
    *work perk read*I am HERE for Alexa Martin's words. I loooved this book, especially the hero and how CTE was handled in terms of his career. The balance between the love story, the family story, and the football story was truly excellent.
  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    I've just finished reading Fumbled. And as a love of sports romances, this is going on my favorites list for this year and maybe even next year, when the book actually releases. It is that good ladies and gentleman. I really enjoyed Intercepted, but in Fumbled Alexa Martin comes into her own. I mean this book is POWERFUL. It's not just the love story, or the characters, it's everything. Right now I'm in that daze that happens when I'm book drunk. I've had no alcohol to drink but my mind is foggy I've just finished reading Fumbled. And as a love of sports romances, this is going on my favorites list for this year and maybe even next year, when the book actually releases. It is that good ladies and gentleman. I really enjoyed Intercepted, but in Fumbled Alexa Martin comes into her own. I mean this book is POWERFUL. It's not just the love story, or the characters, it's everything. Right now I'm in that daze that happens when I'm book drunk. I've had no alcohol to drink but my mind is foggy and dazed. There are so many thoughts running through my head, but none of them are coherent or cohesive enough to share. If you haven't read Alexa Martin, you don't know what you're missing out on. She is a powerhouse. I can not wait to see what else she writes and I will be here for it!
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. Alexa Martin's debut, Intercepted, was one of my top reads of 2018. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the follow up, Fumbled. I finally read it last week and it was everything I wanted and more.Y'all know how much I love sports romance, right? Particularly football romance? The Playbook series has quickly become one of my favorite series and Alexa one of my go-to authors. I'm an avid football fan. (I think y'all know that, too.) I especially app Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. Alexa Martin's debut, Intercepted, was one of my top reads of 2018. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the follow up, Fumbled. I finally read it last week and it was everything I wanted and more.Y'all know how much I love sports romance, right? Particularly football romance? The Playbook series has quickly become one of my favorite series and Alexa one of my go-to authors. I'm an avid football fan. (I think y'all know that, too.) I especially appreciate football romance when it's obvious the author knows the sport. It adds another level to the story and it's one I appreciate. But, I love all (or at least most) things football. There's a big difference between just making the hero an athlete and making the sport part of the story. What Alexa did was definitely the latter. While the second chance "secret" baby romance between Poppy and TK was fire, one of my favorite parts of the story was the honest look given at the safety of the game. Particularly with regards to CTE.But, I'm getting a bit ahead of myself and I don't really want to spoil things for you. Just know you're going to get more than just romance with Fumbled. I mean, the romance is amazing, but there's so much more to this story. I loved Poppy and TK. They were both fantastic characters, even if I did spend some time side-eyeing TK for his reactions at times. Poppy was a bad ass, a fierce mom and a woman I'd love to call a friend. I was 100% Team Poppy. I loved her relationship with her and TK's son, Ace, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching TK get to know both of them. This whole book was addictive and I couldn't put it down once I started. Fumbled was a fantastic follow up to Intercepted. It gave me the perfect combination of romance and reality, with plenty of swoons, laughs, sexy times and feels. I'm already anxiously awaiting the the third book, Blitzed. I can't wait for Maxwell and Brynn.I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Favorite Quotes:”I’m not yours and you can't fix me.""Poppy, my eyes are up here."
"Yeah, but the rest of you is down here.""I want our lives to become so intertwined we can't figure out where one starts and the other ends.”
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  • Eden Church | The Required Reading List
    January 1, 1970
    This book accomplished the impossible— made me wish my commute would never end. That’s something I never thought I’d say. It was perfect. Treat yourself to this as quickly as you can. *Thanks to the publisher for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review*
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  • Richelle Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book after reading and loving Intercepted by this author. I love me a good second chance romance and this was a sign I needed to read. I have to say that this book has one particular trope that I don’t care for BUT the author was able to execute it in a way that I was able to enjoy. It wasn’t dragged out for the entire book and the reasoning was legit. I really loved Poppy in this story. She was a strong single mother who did the best she could with the cr I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this book after reading and loving Intercepted by this author. I love me a good second chance romance and this was a sign I needed to read. I have to say that this book has one particular trope that I don’t care for BUT the author was able to execute it in a way that I was able to enjoy. It wasn’t dragged out for the entire book and the reasoning was legit. I really loved Poppy in this story. She was a strong single mother who did the best she could with the crappy hand she was dealt at such a young age. T.K. took some time to grow on me after his initial reaction to Poppy’s news. I get that several years have passed and he was blindsided but still....that was no way to conduct yourself. I did love that he was able to redeem himself throughout the book. It was nice seeing him adjust to his new role and he was such a sweetheart. Martin has created such a cast of characters that I’ve come to adore and wish were in my tribe. It was nice to see characters from the first book as well. I also liked that Martin touched on the seriousness of CTE in football without it coming off as a public service announcement. I look forward to reading “Blitzed” later this year! If you’re a fan of sport romance I highly recommend you reading this book/series. *NetGalley Review*
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