Series: Gridiron #2
Genre: New Adult Romance
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date: February 10, 2016
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.
Matty might have been my biggest risk, but he is sure as hell the best reward a girl could ever have.
When I read Sacked, my first book by this author, I knew one thing for sure; while it wasn’t the 5 star for me like it was for so many of my friends, I fell hard for the series and the characters. I knew the second that the second book in this series came out, I’d be all over it. I loved the writing style of the Gridiron series, but I’m just not a reader that enjoys insta-love no matter how well it’s written. And believe when I say, it truly was written well in Sacked. Unfortunately it’s just not my cuppa. Jock blocked, however, gave me everything I wished for in Sacked. It had the burn of sexual tension, the slow but steady developed relationship, while still delivering on the steam that the first book had. I fell hard and fast for Matthew “Matty” Iverson and that only got stronger with each page I read.
You’re right that there’s nothing wrong with how you’re living. I’m not judging that. I’m just saying maybe your life could be happier. And that sometimes taking a risk gives you big rewards.”
“And you’re that big reward?”
“You won’t know unless you give me a try.”
When Matty first lays eyes on Lucy at the coffee shop she works for, he’s instantly intrigued. But when she turns him down flat for a date, he’s that much more determined to get her to say yes. They may not look like they would have much in common, but Matty knows there’s something to Lucy that draws him in…if only he can get her to see it too.
Lucy is a college junior determined to avoid risk in all aspects of her life. She hasn’t exactly had the glowing role models for a healthy relationship, but she knows that the college star linebacker who has women throwing themselves on him at every turn is not a safe bet. But what happens when he wants her to take a risk on him because he promises the reward will be so much sweeter? And let me just tell you, Matty is really good with his words.
Let me tell you how this is going to work. I’m going to eat you out, then I’m going to slap on a rubber and fuck you until you’re coming so hard you can’t stand up. You let me know if there’s any part of this plan you don’t like.”
Matty was absolute perfection. I loved everything about him; the way he pursues Lucy, the way he keeps pursuing her even when she’s scared to say yes, and definitely the way he goes about convincing her to his way of thinking.
I loved the steady progression of their relationship. Nothing instant to be found here, and I definitely appreciated it. It felt more authentic and real to me. What can I say? I’m a true cynic *grins sheepishly*
For Masters, he said it was immediate. First time he saw Ellie, his wife, he told me the earth moved. I didn’t realize the earth was moving when I saw you the first time. I didn’t realize everything was changing because it happened slowly. One meal, one conversation, one kiss at a time.”
The book would have been a solid 4.5 stars for me if it wasn’t for a certain secondary character whose drama stirred things up at every corner. Say it with me now, Ace…
Ace is Lucy’s best friend from childhood and they’re still best friends in college. You may remember him as the quarterback from the first book and Matty’s teammate. Unfortunately his “relationship” with Stella is coming back to haunt him in his budding football career and he’s determined to bring everyone down with him. As much as he intrigued me in the first book, he was absolutely chaotic here. This was the only drama surrounding the story really, but it was almost too much at times. However, having said that, I’m still super intrigued by his story…especially after seeing how events unfolded in this books. I’m dying to see what happens with him and if he just may get a HEA with Stella.
Aside from the drama lama of Ace, I highly enjoyed this second installment of the Gridiron series. Matty and Lucy were great together and I loved seeing their characters grow and mature throughout the story. I also really loved them together and the slow burn of their relationship. It certainly didn’t hurt matters that Matty was a dirty talker. You know I love me the dirty talkers. While he may have been a manwhore in his past, he really got his shit together in his own book. I really appreciated that and the fact that there was absolutely no ow drama tagging along with his past. Not often you read about the manwhores that don’t. It was certainly a refreshing change of pace.
I can’t wait to see what the next book will bring. Hopefully it will be Ace because boy has some redeeming of himself to do. I’ll forgive him, but he’s definitely got his work cut out for him.
READ BOOK ONE IN THIS SERIES