Review: Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

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Title: Jockblocked
Author: Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #2
Buy Links: Amazon | iBooks
Rating: B

Synopsis
She’s always played it safe…

College junior Lucy Washington abides by one rule—avoid risk at all costs. She’s cautious in every aspect of her life, from her health, to her mock trial team, to the boring guys she dates. When a brash, gorgeous jock walks into the campus coffeeshop and turns his flirt on, Lucy is stunned by the force of attraction. For the first time ever, she’s willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy who’s determined to sweep her off her feet?

He’s always played around…

Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And it’s his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edge—the hottie he’s lusting over just happens to be Ace’s childhood best friend. Getting Lucy on his side and in his bed? Hell yeah. Matty is more than confident he can have both, but when he falls hard for Lucy, it’s time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that she’s not sleeping with the enemy.

Jockblocked follows the story of Western linebacker Matty Iverson and college junior Lucy Washington. Lucy has a rule against dating football players. There’s a reason why she doesn’t and since it’s a huge plot point in the book, I won’t get into the details of it. When Matty met Lucy, he was instantly intrigued by her reticence. And despite being rebuffed by Lucy, Matty just couldn’t stay away.

I absolutely adored Matty. He’s the quintessential Jen Frederick hero. Sweet, caring, and not an asshole, which is a big plus for me. I love me some alphahole once in a while but nothing beats a hero that is all about the heroine.

Despite her penchant for pushing Matty away, I really liked Lucy. She has type 1 diabetes and she has to inject insulin everyday and monitor her insulin levels. For those who are familiar with Type 1 diabetes, you would know how careful you have to be with your food intake, exercise, etc. But this doesn’t stop her. I loved how this aspect was realistically incorporated in the book. It also explains a lot about Lucy’s reticence when it comes to taking risks.

The secondary characters were also complex and interesting. One that really stood out for me was Heather. Oh man, I love her. She reminded me so much of Paris Gellar in Gilmore Girls. Tough, bitchy with no filter. She’s hilarious. I want to read more about her. Another one was Hammer. At first, I thought he was just a token character that provides comedic relief in the book but here, we get to know him a little bit more. I can’t wait for him to finally take center stage.

Compared to Sacked, Jockblocked was set during Western’s off season, so much on-field action like in Sacked but there is a lot of drama with players and graduating and new recruits coming in, which leads me to my biggest gripe in the book. Well, obviously it’s not that big since I still enjoyed it BUT…there’s one character who I thought is going to be a major character in the next book that got on my ever-loving nerves. I’m so angry at this character, I want to reach out inside my Kindle and whack him upside in the head. It almost ruined the story for me.

Anyway, this one is another great addition to the Gridiron series, and I cannot wait for Hammer’s story.

 


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