Review: Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick

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Review: Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen FrederickDowned: A Novel (Gridiron Book 3)
by Jen Frederick
on December 1, 2016
Genres: New Adult
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He’s the guy no one likes…
Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.
She’s the girl everyone loves…
Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.
Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.

At the end of Jockblocked, I hated J.R. “Ace Anderson” for what he did to Matty and Lucy. Despite that, I was still interested in reading his story. I was curios as to how Jen Frederick is going to redeem his character. At the end of Jockblocked, we learned that Ace is out of Western and transferring to Southern U. It’s a chance for Ace to start over and prove his naysayers wrong or prove them right.

Bryant Johnson is Southern U’s best kept. Liked by everybody, she’s the Renegades’ unofficial PR person/muse/sister/mother…you get the picture. She’s also known as the jerk whisperer, and her next project is none other than the Renegades new quarterback, Ace Anderson.

I wasn’t quite sure at first about Bryant. She seems too good to be true. But then I realize she’s as every bit as stubborn as Ace, if not more, and is not above manipulating the situation to get what she wants. I found the combination fascinating. Don’t get me wrong. Bryant is genuinely nice but beneath all that Southern bred charming is shrewd, shrewd mind. Ace has no idea what hit him.

I loved the chemistry between Ace and Bryant. Ace can be grumpy and taciturn but Bryant’s sweetness just tempers that. I loved that while Ace was very attracted to Bryant and was falling in love with her, he wasn’t blind to her faults either. They simply work as a couple.

Apart from Ace and Bryant, the one person I was looking forward to meeting in this book was Ty Masters. Remember him? He’s Knox’ twin brother, and man, I can’t wait for his book. I hope Jen Frederick writes a story about him because I love a man who is cynical or doesn’t believe in love falls for someone unexpected.

Also, the football aspect of the story was wonderful to read. It shows how much Ms. Frederick loves and respects the sport, which bleeds into her writing and make it fun for readers like me to read.

Despite my initial hesitance, Downed ended up being my favorite in the series. Truly worth the read.

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