Sidelined
From the author of the whip smart and charming Trouble Brewing comes a fast-paced story about a female football coach that will have you laughing out loud and cheering for the home team as you wait for the final whistle of the game. When Connor McGuire loses out on his dream job of being the head coach of the local high school football team, he thinks life can’t get any worse. Then he discovers just who got the coveted position—it was a handout to the kid of a well-known, successful college coach. Connor’s sure this is just a publicity stunt, but the kid turns out to be not only a sharp strategist, but a driven and sexy young woman, too. Frustrated in more ways than one, Connor realizes that he might have to step up his game or risk losing altogether. Coach Charlotte “Charlie” Gibb calls a flag on the play when she finds out that her very male, very attractive, but definitely-rooting-for-her-to-lose assistant coach resents her for taking what he considers to be his rightful position. But never one to back down from a little healthy competition, Charlie is determined to prove her worth—both on and off the field. Baltsar’s “sweet, funny, witty, addictive writing,” (New York Times bestselling author Samantha Young) is not to be missed!

Sidelined Details

TitleSidelined
Author
ReleaseAug 27th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
ISBN-139781501188336
Rating
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports, Adult

Sidelined Review

  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    I had heard some great things about this book and I love that cover, so I was pretty eager to get into it. I really liked Charlie. She’s smart and knows that she’s good and doesn’t try to diminish that. Connor was okay. He’s pretty stand-off-ish and spent the majority of the book that way. I was in complete agreement with Charlie about his whiplash. The only way we knew he had feelings was because his inner monologue said so. I did enjoy the friend group, yet at times it felt like I should have I had heard some great things about this book and I love that cover, so I was pretty eager to get into it. I really liked Charlie. She’s smart and knows that she’s good and doesn’t try to diminish that. Connor was okay. He’s pretty stand-off-ish and spent the majority of the book that way. I was in complete agreement with Charlie about his whiplash. The only way we knew he had feelings was because his inner monologue said so. I did enjoy the friend group, yet at times it felt like I should have known their stories and background already. Plot wise, it was okay, bordering on a bit slow. My main complaint is that I just never warmed up to Charlie and Connor as a couple. I didn’t see the chemistry and their arguing came across as arguing, not banter. I didn’t catch the jump from lust to like to love. Overall, it was a quick read. I loved the plot about her being a woman coach and reading about all aspects of that. Sadly, the romance part left me wanting. **Huge thanks to Gallery for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    January 1, 1970
    Kind of nervous yet excited because this baby is a sports romance and a new author to me... ARC galley kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...Follow Me On:Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter
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  • Dísir
    January 1, 1970
    Hacking it in a man’s world of competitive sports is tough, but as the head coach of a high-school football team with disgruntled men with the boys’ club mentality, Charlie Gibb starts off with everything against her. I commiserated immediately. ‘Sidelined’ was a book I wanted to read because I needed to see a woman succeed in a position that typically garners misogynistic comments, barely-veiled sexual barbs and plain old discrimination because of her gender. To this extent, Suzanne Baltsar tel Hacking it in a man’s world of competitive sports is tough, but as the head coach of a high-school football team with disgruntled men with the boys’ club mentality, Charlie Gibb starts off with everything against her. I commiserated immediately. ‘Sidelined’ was a book I wanted to read because I needed to see a woman succeed in a position that typically garners misogynistic comments, barely-veiled sexual barbs and plain old discrimination because of her gender. To this extent, Suzanne Baltsar tells a pretty decent New Adult story of what it probably takes to make it—and stay standing—in an all boys’ club. It was primarily characterisation of the unlikeable protagonists that I had a problem with—and a pairing that I simply couldn’t get behind. I found neither Connor Mcguire nor Charlie Gibb blameless in all their self-made conflicts, stubborn and defensive as they were of their own behaviour without wanting to give each other an inch for most of the book. The shift from enemies-to-lovers came too abruptly (I didn’t feel much chemistry there) and I just couldn’t quite get the frenzied push-pull that was somehow called heated foreplay when all I saw was hostile sniping and unkind insults.To begin with, Charlie wasn’t easy to like, abrasive and pushy (and sometimes lacking total control of her emotions) as she was after her years of fighting male opposition and public scrutiny. In fact, she was one of the most callously insensitive ‘heroines’ I’ve ever come across; making light of Connor’s history in comparison to the way she’d tried to overcome her own insecurities and her constantly eagerness to push the blame onto Connor for their relationship problems made her bloody intolerable. Yet frankly, I'm also well aware that she might be a protagonist I can see some readers liking for standing her ground as stubbornly as possible while shooting her mouth out at everything that her sensibilities are offended by.On the other hand, throw in Connor’s emotional shutdowns, the constant blowing hot and cold? I was tired of them by the time I finished the book.I wish I liked ‘Sidelined’ a lot better—I did come in expecting a rom-com-type story, but was left feeling by the end of it as though I was stuck with a pairing that would easily fall apart when the next big obstacle was thrown their way.*ARC by the publisher via Netgalley
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  • Dianne
    January 1, 1970
    I picked this book because I love books about strong, independent women -unfortunately, the synopsis didn't make it clear to me that this was going to be a typical romance, with a lot of sex thoughts, furtive glances and panting of breaths as well as the inevitable.I did love the idea of the book -the new high-school football coach is a woman who took away the job from a 'deserving' man. And al of the problems with other coaches students and parents. Unfortunately, I felt that the resolution to I picked this book because I love books about strong, independent women -unfortunately, the synopsis didn't make it clear to me that this was going to be a typical romance, with a lot of sex thoughts, furtive glances and panting of breaths as well as the inevitable.I did love the idea of the book -the new high-school football coach is a woman who took away the job from a 'deserving' man. And al of the problems with other coaches students and parents. Unfortunately, I felt that the resolution to this whole book was wishy-washy and could/should have been handled stronger. I did not find the main character, Charlie to be aggressive or annoying -she was what she needed to be to make it in a man's world of football, something that most woman no longer have to do because of those of us in the '70s and '80s.All in all, I really liked this book except for the lame romance/sex and I especially liked knowing that there really is an IWFL.*ARC supplied by the publisher.
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  • Tia
    January 1, 1970
    I love the idea of this book. A female football coach who is faced with a whole lot of men that feel like she isn’t capable of this job even though her qualifications outranks them all. Typical. It was great and highlights something that really isn’t talked about a lot. It’s so hard for women who want to make a career in sports or any job that’s stereotypically “male.” I loved when Charlie would say what was on her mind and stand up for herself instead of pretending she didn’t hear the snide com I love the idea of this book. A female football coach who is faced with a whole lot of men that feel like she isn’t capable of this job even though her qualifications outranks them all. Typical. It was great and highlights something that really isn’t talked about a lot. It’s so hard for women who want to make a career in sports or any job that’s stereotypically “male.” I loved when Charlie would say what was on her mind and stand up for herself instead of pretending she didn’t hear the snide comments. The romance was cute, but honestly the football storyline was my favorite part bc Friday Night Lights vibes and yes women empowerment.ARC provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. I found Sidelined intriguing since I first read the blurb. A female head football coach in an antagonistic enemies to lovers romance with the man she beat out for the job? Come on, that has my name written all over it. It gave me a nice mix of football, feminism and feels.Sidelined was a quiet romance. It wasn’t exactly a slow burn, but things between Charlie and Connor built slowly. There wasn’t a lot of on the page heat, but what it lacked in Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. I found Sidelined intriguing since I first read the blurb. A female head football coach in an antagonistic enemies to lovers romance with the man she beat out for the job? Come on, that has my name written all over it. It gave me a nice mix of football, feminism and feels.Sidelined was a quiet romance. It wasn’t exactly a slow burn, but things between Charlie and Connor built slowly. There wasn’t a lot of on the page heat, but what it lacked in sexy times it made up for in character development. I have to say, though, I didn’t always love Charlie or Connor. It was difficult to get a read on each of them at times and I had a tough time understanding their motivations. But something about them together just seemed right though, even if they were better at pushing each other’s buttons than opening up to each other and confronting their feelings. As frustrating as I found the way they danced around each other at times, I couldn’t help but root for them. Thankfully they got it together before it was all said and done and I got the swoony feels I needed from their story.I particularly appreciated the take on traditional gender roles and the strength of Charlie’s character. It takes a strong woman to put up with the misogyny she did and not roll over. I think it’s something that a lot of readers will find relatable, even if what they deal with doesn’t occur on a football field. I know I sure did. I’m all for female empowerment – in and out of the bedroom – in my books, so I really connected with that storyline. Sidelined was my first Suzanne Baltsar book, but it won’t be my last. I can’t wait to see what she gives us next, but in the meantime I’m going to check out her backlist.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’ve already heard all the whispered rumors and passive-aggressive insults, so if you have an issue with the fact that I wear a bra instead of a jockstrap, you can come to me directly. I have no tolerance for bullshit.”“We coach. We fight. We coach. We fight. We’ve got a good routine going.”Romantic adult relationships should come with a warning—nobody talked about the hazards of those the way they did about smoking.Mediocre men were celebrated. Highly skilled women were doubted.
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  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy of Sidelines from Gallery Books via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*3.5 starsSidelined was a solid romance, with a strong heroine, and a hero was both an antagonist and a protagonist at the same time.I enjoyed that the gender roles were different in the story, because having a high school football coach who's a woman isn't all that common. And Charlie had to struggle and fight a lot to get the respect she deserved.There was *I received a free copy of Sidelines from Gallery Books via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*3.5 starsSidelined was a solid romance, with a strong heroine, and a hero was both an antagonist and a protagonist at the same time.I enjoyed that the gender roles were different in the story, because having a high school football coach who's a woman isn't all that common. And Charlie had to struggle and fight a lot to get the respect she deserved.There was especially a big problem with one player and his dad - and they are the reason why I didn't round up to more than 3.5 stars. Their part of the plot wasn't truly resolved in my opinion. Even if other characters who acted badly because Charlie was a woman got their comeuppance, it wasn't fully satisfactory to me.The banter between Charlie and Connor was really well done - they enjoyed fighting at least as much as they enjoyed making up. And with Charlie having the job Connor had wanted, it was clear from the beginning that they would have a difficult road in front of them.The novel is well written, and the main characters, as well as their friends and family were well fleshed out.Most of Sidelined is from Charlie's perspective, but there are chapters from Connor's point of view as well.
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  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 rounding up to 4 stars. A follow up to the first novel in the series, Trouble Brewing, Sidelined follows a different friendship/romantic relationship this time around. This novel focuses on the new head coach for a High School football team, the first female coach they have had. Obviously, this book focuses a lot on female empowerment and equality in what would typically be considered a male dominated occupation. This head coach inevitably falls for an assistant coach, scratch that, they fal 3.5 rounding up to 4 stars. A follow up to the first novel in the series, Trouble Brewing, Sidelined follows a different friendship/romantic relationship this time around. This novel focuses on the new head coach for a High School football team, the first female coach they have had. Obviously, this book focuses a lot on female empowerment and equality in what would typically be considered a male dominated occupation. This head coach inevitably falls for an assistant coach, scratch that, they fall in love with each other. While a predictable romance, this novel does not fail to entertain. I love how it grows the friendships surrounding the main characters even further, using the first novel as a jumping off point. I also enjoyed that the theme of feminism and equality was well addressed and expressed without shoving it down the throat of the reader. It brings up important issues but allows the reader to digest them in an entertaining format. Overall, I also give credit that the majority of the book was very realistic. Most light romance novels tend to overdramatize situations but this one kept it pretty neutral the whole way through. This novel makes me cross my fingers for a third installment in the series. The author writes entertaining books that address issues in ways not a lot of Women's Fiction can accomplish. Looking forward to what she comes up with next!
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  • Jenea
    January 1, 1970
    Charlie Gibbs has landed a dream job. The head coach of a high schools football team. She can show how amazing she is at her job. But she isn’t met with open arms by the other coaches, especially Conner McGuire. He thought he was going to get the position. Let me tell you, these two do like each other from the start, but there is some chemistry between them even though neither one want to admit, so they are set either going to stay at each other’s throat or be set on a collision course into each Charlie Gibbs has landed a dream job. The head coach of a high schools football team. She can show how amazing she is at her job. But she isn’t met with open arms by the other coaches, especially Conner McGuire. He thought he was going to get the position. Let me tell you, these two do like each other from the start, but there is some chemistry between them even though neither one want to admit, so they are set either going to stay at each other’s throat or be set on a collision course into each other arms.Charlie is one tough cookie. She stands up for herself no matter what, and she has to being a female in a predominantly male field. Not only that, but her father is a well known coach so she has a lot to live up to. Having someone question everything you do has to be hard and at times she did come across a little abrasive. But I think I would be too if I had to deal with that all the time. I found her changing a little as the story progressed and I ended up really liking her.Conner is a gruff but handsome lady’s man. He was vying for the position of head coach so of course he was a little upset when he got passed over. Who could blame him? And he did kinda come across as an ass sometimes (well alot.. at first..) with Charlie but he did come around when he saw how good she was at her job. And of course he has the hots for her, so there was that…There are a few of the characters that were in Trouble Brewing and I was really happy to see how they were doing, but no worries, you don’t have to read it necessarily to follow along with the other people in the story. However, it is a good one so I would certainly recommend it. Anyway… As someone who doesn’t know all that much about football it was kinda fun to go through the emotions of game times and the coaching that doesn’t always go according to plan. Obnoxious and overbearing parents of players and all.There was no shortage of sparks between Charlie and Conner. But it was no easy feat either. There was plenty of questioning one another and banter/flirting and some steaminess between them. They had me laughing at times and frustrated with them at others. It was two steps forward and three steps back. I honestly didn’t know whether or not they would end up together but I so wanted them to. And it was fantastic journey with them to find out.Sidelined was a witty enemies to lovers trope and it was a fun ride with these two. I am curious to see where Baltsar will take us next.
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  • Steffi Lyle
    January 1, 1970
    Connor was in line to become the head football coach, when his dream job is handed to a GIRL. The chemistry and rivalry between Connor and Charlie is unreal from the very beginning, and Baltsar creates characters so 3-dimensional it feels like I know them. When what feels inevitable plays out, it doesn’t feel contrived because of the depth she has given to her characters and their stories. My only complaint was that I wanted to get to know the side characters better, but to my surprise I finishe Connor was in line to become the head football coach, when his dream job is handed to a GIRL. The chemistry and rivalry between Connor and Charlie is unreal from the very beginning, and Baltsar creates characters so 3-dimensional it feels like I know them. When what feels inevitable plays out, it doesn’t feel contrived because of the depth she has given to her characters and their stories. My only complaint was that I wanted to get to know the side characters better, but to my surprise I finished Sidelined only to realize that Baltsar has already written a novel about Piper and Blake! I can’t wait to read it and stay in this world for a little while longer..
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  • Yo
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book. It is full of incredibly strong, kind successful women who love and support each other. The male characters are just as engaging. I appreciated the straightforward, no nonsense dialogue, and realistic situations. Charlie is not the kind of woman to cajole or wheedle to get her way, and I loved her frank approach to her job and her life. I also loved her southern background meets Midwestern nice. That made for some fun moments in the story. Another positive to this s I absolutely loved this book. It is full of incredibly strong, kind successful women who love and support each other. The male characters are just as engaging. I appreciated the straightforward, no nonsense dialogue, and realistic situations. Charlie is not the kind of woman to cajole or wheedle to get her way, and I loved her frank approach to her job and her life. I also loved her southern background meets Midwestern nice. That made for some fun moments in the story. Another positive to this story was that although the women were strong, the men were not made out to be the villains all the time. Charlie was capable of taking care of herself, and Connor was a kind, quick study as he learned to lover her well. All these elements plus football made this an ideal read! Kudos to Suzanne Balstar for delivering a smart, complex, and truly entertaining read.
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  • Becky Burciaga
    January 1, 1970
    Even after not having read the first book in this series, I still enjoyed Connor and Charlie’s story and never felt lost about any of the players, or their individual and collective roles...the backstory was minimal but sufficient. This was not a story just about gender inequality, it also contained an underlying message about a women’s struggles in what is considered a man’s world, the sports backdrop made the story that much more emotion evoking. Overall, an excellent page turner.This ARC book Even after not having read the first book in this series, I still enjoyed Connor and Charlie’s story and never felt lost about any of the players, or their individual and collective roles...the backstory was minimal but sufficient. This was not a story just about gender inequality, it also contained an underlying message about a women’s struggles in what is considered a man’s world, the sports backdrop made the story that much more emotion evoking. Overall, an excellent page turner.This ARC book was complimentary, provided by the Publisher and NetGalley. I am voluntarily providing my honest review.
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  • Ashli
    January 1, 1970
    I wish I could properly express how much I loved this book. It had great friendships and a wonderful romance. However, that is not the only thing that I extremely enjoyed about this book. This book expertly handled how a woman navigates roles and jobs than society has deemed only for men. It felt very realistic and the issues that came up were handled so well. I honestly don't know how this could be better. My favorite line from this book was "Mediocre men were celebrated. Highly skilled women w I wish I could properly express how much I loved this book. It had great friendships and a wonderful romance. However, that is not the only thing that I extremely enjoyed about this book. This book expertly handled how a woman navigates roles and jobs than society has deemed only for men. It felt very realistic and the issues that came up were handled so well. I honestly don't know how this could be better. My favorite line from this book was "Mediocre men were celebrated. Highly skilled women were doubted." This just GOT to me and is so so true. If you are a sports fan, you will enjoy this book. If you aren't a sports fan, you will enjoy this book because there is so much depth to this book. I can't wait to go back and read this author's other book!
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  • Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
    January 1, 1970
    Firstly, thank you so much to Gallery Books and Netgalley for providing my review copy in exchange for review. This book follows a female football coach as she heads into a new job that is dominated by the male gender. I was hoping for love story that also tackled some great topics on gender and discrimination against women in a tactful way. Instead, I was met with a story filled with tropes, an enemies to lovers romance with the chemistry of oil and water, and an ending that had me wanting to t Firstly, thank you so much to Gallery Books and Netgalley for providing my review copy in exchange for review. This book follows a female football coach as she heads into a new job that is dominated by the male gender. I was hoping for love story that also tackled some great topics on gender and discrimination against women in a tactful way. Instead, I was met with a story filled with tropes, an enemies to lovers romance with the chemistry of oil and water, and an ending that had me wanting to throw my kindle through a brick wall. Needless to say, I was very disappointed in this one, unfortunately.
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  • E-Reader Addict
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 Stars! I’m generally not a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but Sidelined was great fun to read! Probably because it stuck to an actual plot with real-life issues, instead of being all filled with “I hate his guts but he’s so hawt” and “I hate her guts but I want her in my bed” baloney…Charlotte Gibb is excited to become the first female high school football coach in the state of Minnesota. Having spent her whole life dealing with men who don’t think she’s capable of doing her job becaus 4.5 Stars! I’m generally not a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but Sidelined was great fun to read! Probably because it stuck to an actual plot with real-life issues, instead of being all filled with “I hate his guts but he’s so hawt” and “I hate her guts but I want her in my bed” baloney…Charlotte Gibb is excited to become the first female high school football coach in the state of Minnesota. Having spent her whole life dealing with men who don’t think she’s capable of doing her job because she’s a woman, she’s prepared for all the usual crap that comes with working “in a man’s world.” What she wasn’t prepared for was Connor McGuire.Connor McGuire hates Charlie Gibb on principle. Not because she’s a woman, but because she took the job he’d been waiting to have for eight years. They start off on the wrong foot, and immediately begin a combative, argumentative relationship. And it was hilarious. “I’m not big on sweets,” he said. “Ah. That’s why you’re the way you are. No sugar.” A slow grin spread across his face. “Hasn’t helped you much either.” When Charlie and Connor end up having mutual friends, they start spending time together off the field. Before either of them realizes what has happened, they go from “I hate your guts” to realizing the other is the key to fitting all the puzzle pieces of their lives together. But their love life is a game fraught with false starts and penalties. Charlie realizes she may be playing a position that’s more of what she thinks she should be playing, instead of what she actually wants. Even though football is her life, she still has very womanly desires - to be a wife and have a family - and knows it will take a unique man to let her be who she truly is. Connor is still dealing with a lingering injury to his heart. And instead of treating the injury, he pretends it doesn’t exist and tells himself he’s happy with the life he has of casual flings. Watching Charlie and Connor figure things out was heartwarming and touching, but also a lot of fun.I’m at the stage in my reading life where there’s not a lot of “new” for me to read. So it’s a treat to enjoy a book that is so unique with its characters and plot. It was great to read a book about a heroine who was so bad ass...but still also had a soft, feminine side. It was great to read a hero who was good to the core, messed up a bunch, but was so earnest in his desire to right his wrongs. Both the hero and heroine were realistic and relatable, and those are the best kinds of characters. I love when the struggles they face are realistic and relatable, and a story isn’t filled with silly drama for the sake of having drama. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I’m a sucker for witty dialogue, and Sidelined has it in spades. There was just enough football in it to make it a sports romance, but not enough to bog down the story for those of us who aren’t huge football fans. I plowed through this charming story in less than 24 hours, which isn’t something I find myself doing much these days since so few books are drawing me in and holding my interest. In short, Sidelined is enemies-to-lovers done right, and this story definitely scored a touchdown! * thank you to NetGalley and Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    This book grabbed hold of me and never let go. From the very first page, I was fully invested in Charlie's "new beginning". Charlie's whole life had been built around football, and after realizing she would never be able to break that glass ceiling at the college level, she pursued, and was hired, for a head coaching position at a Minnesota high school. As expected, she was met with scorn and resistance. Some of her resistance came in the form of Connor, an assistant coach, who thought he would This book grabbed hold of me and never let go. From the very first page, I was fully invested in Charlie's "new beginning". Charlie's whole life had been built around football, and after realizing she would never be able to break that glass ceiling at the college level, she pursued, and was hired, for a head coaching position at a Minnesota high school. As expected, she was met with scorn and resistance. Some of her resistance came in the form of Connor, an assistant coach, who thought he would get the head coaching position. Though he was skeptical, he played along, and eventually realized that Charlie had earned her position. He also began to realize how attracted he was to her and how much he enjoyed her company, but Connor was carrying around a lot of baggage, which was keeping their attraction blossoming into more. So much to love! • Charlie being a female in a male dominated profession played a big part in this story, and I liked the way Baltsar explored the issue, but I also liked that it didn't dominate the story. Yes, it was important to the story, but it was just part of Charlie's tale, and the author did a great job keeping that balance in check. • I love heroines like Charlie. She was such an incredible combination of hard and soft, and I so badly wanted her to succeed, not only in her professional life, but in her personal life as well. Seeing her making and embracing new friends and letting people in was wonderful, and I was really happy with all the progress she made on and off the field. • There was so much to love about Connor too. I thought he was going to be Mr. Macho, but then he I discovered his family side, and what a wonderful brother, son, and friend he was. He was charming, but he was also tender and was not afraid to show how much he cared. • The friend group in this book was one I would love to be a part of. Piper, Blake, Bear, and Sonja were all sort of incredible on their own, but the group dynamic was something I couldn't get enough of. • Charlie + Connor = something really special. It was amazing how well they meshed. They had great chemistry, and I could have listened to them banter all day. I especially liked the way they pushed each other and dug deeper to find the whole person beneath the surface, and my happiness grew with each step they took towards a full fledged relationship.This book hit all the right notes for me. It was sweet, sexy, funny, charming, witty, and heartwarming, and I greatly enjoyed every moment I spent with Charlie and Connor. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Veronica
    January 1, 1970
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.If you’re looking for a story with a straight talking, no nonsense, strong heroine, Sidelined is the book for you. One chapter in and I was wanting to wave my fists and shout “girl power!”.Charlie moves to Minnesota to take the job at head coach of a high school football team. The first woman in the State to be appointed head coach. However, she is appointed ahead of Connor, long time assistant coach of the team and a teache I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.If you’re looking for a story with a straight talking, no nonsense, strong heroine, Sidelined is the book for you. One chapter in and I was wanting to wave my fists and shout “girl power!”.Charlie moves to Minnesota to take the job at head coach of a high school football team. The first woman in the State to be appointed head coach. However, she is appointed ahead of Connor, long time assistant coach of the team and a teacher at the school who everyone thought would get the job, including Connor. The animosity between Charlie and Connor starts from their very first interaction and it was great to see an enemies to lovers story where the hate part was real and not forced or over some trivial misunderstanding. I also loved getting to watch Connor deal with his feeling over the situation. Turns out he is a really good guy. The budding romance between them was hot and they make a fun couple.Football and being a coach are the centre of Charlie’s world and her identity. Charlie’s struggle with being a woman in a male dominated field was inspiring. Personally, I would have liked to have seen more of Charlie’s relationship with her players but the story doesn’t go particularly in depth in that regard. This year I’ve struggled with some m/f romantic stories but not with Sidelined - I breezed through it, completely happy and having a great time. I’ a big fan of sports romances and Sidelined hit the spot for me. Suzanne Baltsar is a new author to me and I’ll definitely be looking to read more of her work in the future.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sharp, funny and well observed story about Charlie, a high school football coach and Connor, the assistant coach who resents her for taking the job he’s always wanted. Charlie has skills and experience but she’s working against an old boys’ club that doesn’t want her to succeed. Sparks fly between Connor and Charlie from the start but Connor has to figure out whether he can support Charlie as a coach or if he’s happie I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sharp, funny and well observed story about Charlie, a high school football coach and Connor, the assistant coach who resents her for taking the job he’s always wanted. Charlie has skills and experience but she’s working against an old boys’ club that doesn’t want her to succeed. Sparks fly between Connor and Charlie from the start but Connor has to figure out whether he can support Charlie as a coach or if he’s happier undermining her with the rest of the boys. An innocent, hopeful part of me wants to believe the author exaggerated the barriers facing Charlie in her role as head coach. Sadly, Charlie’s experiences are probably pretty realistic. Charlie herself is a wonderful leading lady and I fell hard for her. I love the contrast between her internal self-doubt and the fierce persona she presents to the world. Charlie is a little prickly, a little abrasive and very capable. Connor is more of a predictable character. There’s something kinda beige and bland about him. He’s good looking and charming but until the end of the story, he feels a little bit two faced. I enjoyed the banter and the chemistry between Connor and Charlie but I’m not sure Connor always deserves Charlie’s attention. Without spoilers, I have reservations about the end of the book. It just kinda ends and I’m not sure the neat, easy resolution fits the rest of the story. I felt a little bit defensive of Charlie, even in the last pages and I wanted a bit more for her.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*Sidelined is a great stand alone book with a strong female character, Charlie, who is taking on the male dominated world of Football!Charlie is no stranger to Football, she was practically raised on a field. She's the daughter of a prominent Ivy League college coach, but is ready to lead a team by herself! She no stranger to oppression or condescension, and luckily she has some broad shoulders to carry the load. This doesn't mean she *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*Sidelined is a great stand alone book with a strong female character, Charlie, who is taking on the male dominated world of Football!Charlie is no stranger to Football, she was practically raised on a field. She's the daughter of a prominent Ivy League college coach, but is ready to lead a team by herself! She no stranger to oppression or condescension, and luckily she has some broad shoulders to carry the load. This doesn't mean she doesn't feel emotions, she just knows how to compartmentalize and push forward. When Offensive Coordinator, Conner, meets his new head coach he is anything but happy. Not only did he not get the job, but he lost it to a woman. This enemies to lovers story was absolutely perfect! The characters were well developed and likeable (eventually), and I enjoyed the banter between Conner and Charlie. I must say that I am a huge Football fan and couldn't wait to see how Charlie was portrayed in this book and I was not disappointed in her. The situation seemed believable, the romance was slow building (no insta-love here), and the side characters actually added to the story. I plan on picking up Piper and Blake's story, and will keep an eye out for Sonja and Bear's book! I do need to mention that even though I enjoyed this story, I hated (HATED) the ending. I'm not going to say why, or ruin anything, but I just wasn't happy with the conclusion.
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  • Bradeigh Godfrey
    January 1, 1970
    When I read the synopsis for Sidelined, I knew I needed it: a female football coach takes the head coach position at a Minnesota high school, and sparks fly between her and her offensive coordinator.I am admittedly not much of a football fan but I love any book with strong female characters who push boundaries in male-dominated careers. Charlie (Charlotte) is a perfect mix of sweet and tough, and Connor is a quiet, closed-off teddy bear. This is a romance with light steam but nice sexual tension When I read the synopsis for Sidelined, I knew I needed it: a female football coach takes the head coach position at a Minnesota high school, and sparks fly between her and her offensive coordinator.I am admittedly not much of a football fan but I love any book with strong female characters who push boundaries in male-dominated careers. Charlie (Charlotte) is a perfect mix of sweet and tough, and Connor is a quiet, closed-off teddy bear. This is a romance with light steam but nice sexual tension, likable side characters, and snappy dialogue. This is apparently part of a series but stands alone!I wholeheartedly endorse this book for anyone who enjoys romantic comedy with enemies to lovers. I read it as a palate cleanser between two heavy books and it was perfect.Sidelined is available today, August 27, 2019!I received an advance copy from Gallery Books. All opinions are my own.
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  • Jess
    January 1, 1970
    I read this e-arc thanks to netgalley and the publisher in an exchanged for an honest review.Sidelined is about Charlie, the first female football coach in Minnesota and Connor, one of guys who lost the head coaching position to her. This was your typical enemies to lovers books. I loved the connection between these two and the funny banter. However, I felt that Connor could be a little clueless at time. Also, as a born and raised a Minnesotan I loved how the author referenced more than your gen I read this e-arc thanks to netgalley and the publisher in an exchanged for an honest review.Sidelined is about Charlie, the first female football coach in Minnesota and Connor, one of guys who lost the head coaching position to her. This was your typical enemies to lovers books. I loved the connection between these two and the funny banter. However, I felt that Connor could be a little clueless at time. Also, as a born and raised a Minnesotan I loved how the author referenced more than your generic Minnesotan knowledge. Especially the who has the best Jucy Lucy, Mats or 5-8 club.I am hoping the author writes a book about Sonja and Bear. I would love to see how their story turns out
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  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    January 1, 1970
    There are times when I feel like the timing is perfect for particular books...this was the case for Sidelined..Fall is approaching. Of course down here it’s a little further out...but nonetheless it’s heading this way. For me, Fall is football. Enter Sidelined. I really enjoyed Charlie and the fun spin of a female football coach. Watching the characters grow was a lovely experience. Let’s talk about the cast of characters. Charlie was my favorite with the new BFF’s coming in a close second. Love There are times when I feel like the timing is perfect for particular books...this was the case for Sidelined..Fall is approaching. Of course down here it’s a little further out...but nonetheless it’s heading this way. For me, Fall is football. Enter Sidelined. I really enjoyed Charlie and the fun spin of a female football coach. Watching the characters grow was a lovely experience. Let’s talk about the cast of characters. Charlie was my favorite with the new BFF’s coming in a close second. Loved the focus on creating female friendships..All in all I ended with a 4 🌟 read. Conner got on my nerves with his constant back and forth 🤷🏻‍♀️....but I gave him a pass. Overall. Fun fade out romance.
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  • Molly Christy
    January 1, 1970
    Now, for the book. It was right up my alley. Charlie Gibb is the first female head coach at a high school. She was not greeted with much enthusiasm from the other coaches on her team. Shocker! One coach in particular, her offensive coordinator Connor, really was not a fan. But y’all. I loved this book. It was a enemies to lovers and I am here for that. I loved their banter back and forth. I couldn’t put this one down. To be honest though, my favorite part of the book had nothing to do with the t Now, for the book. It was right up my alley. Charlie Gibb is the first female head coach at a high school. She was not greeted with much enthusiasm from the other coaches on her team. Shocker! One coach in particular, her offensive coordinator Connor, really was not a fan. ⁣⁣But y’all. I loved this book. It was a enemies to lovers and I am here for that. I loved their banter back and forth. I couldn’t put this one down. To be honest though, my favorite part of the book had nothing to do with the two main characters. It was with Connor’s brother and their relationship. I need to find me me own personal Connor. 😍⁣⁣If you want to read something pretty low on steam but still cute, add this to your list! ⁣⁣
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  • Nicola Short
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed the premise of this story. It was very unique and kept me engaged throughout the story. Charlie is a female football coach doing all she can to prove she can do this considered “mans job.” And, she is not afraid to put others in their place when needed! The relationship between Charlie and Connor.....full of sparks and so much fun to watch develop from hating each other to loving each other.The supporting characters were very like able and helped make this story more exciting.A I really enjoyed the premise of this story. It was very unique and kept me engaged throughout the story. Charlie is a female football coach doing all she can to prove she can do this considered “mans job.” And, she is not afraid to put others in their place when needed! The relationship between Charlie and Connor.....full of sparks and so much fun to watch develop from hating each other to loving each other.The supporting characters were very like able and helped make this story more exciting.A nice, quick read with a original storyline....if you want a slow burning romance to kick back with, this is the book for you.Many thanks to NetGallery, the publisher and author for the opportunity to to read and review “Sidelined.” This is my honest review.
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  • Beth Hurley
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved this book when I started reading I couldn't put it down. I'd never read this author before but the blurb had me wanting to read it. It was different than any other book I'd ever read. Sports romances are my favorite books to read and this one has just become a favorite book of mine. The banter between Connor and Charlie was so good. It had me laughing and wanting more. This book is definitely a must read book. You'll be hooked from the first page until the last. Absolutely lov I absolutely loved this book when I started reading I couldn't put it down. I'd never read this author before but the blurb had me wanting to read it. It was different than any other book I'd ever read. Sports romances are my favorite books to read and this one has just become a favorite book of mine. The banter between Connor and Charlie was so good. It had me laughing and wanting more. This book is definitely a must read book. You'll be hooked from the first page until the last. Absolutely loved everything about this book, the authors words, the characters and the banter. Absolutely perfect love story,
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  • Christina G.
    January 1, 1970
    Sidelined had everything I want in a contemporary romance - a strong female lead, an engaging love interest, as well as enough trouble and misunderstanding to keep things interesting. This book was well written and the dialogue made me laugh quite a bit. The characters were well-rounded making me feel like I already knew them but I still wanted to learn more. I really enjoyed this book and had a hard time putting it down.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    I personally really enjoyed this book. Connor and Charlie were an unlikely couple, but from that first meeting in the Caribou parking lot, I knew they would end up together. None the less, the story kept my attention and kept me entertained throughout the book. This is the first book by Suzanne Baltsar that I have read, and I hope this book brings her great success!
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  • Moon Love
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars!
  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This was an okay romance between a coaches . It felt like there wasn't any real chemistry and liked the friends more...want to read those stories.
  • Angie
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book in an advanced copy in exchange for my honest opinion. Very sweet love story about a female football coach and the assistant coach she falls for. Between the banter, side stories and sports I really enjoyed this book!
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