Monday, September 10, 2018

Intercepted by Alexa Martin

Title : Intercepted
Author: Alexa Martin
Series: Playbook
Publisher:  Berkley Trade Paperback Original
Release Date: September 11, 2018

Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.

Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season. 

Advanced Praise For Intercepted:

“I finished this book with a big smile on my face and that gooey, good book feeling in my chest.”
—JASMINE GUILLORY, USA Today bestselling author of The Wedding Date

“LOVE IT! All the hot sports and romance action you could hope for.”
—New York Times bestselling author KYLIE SCOTT

“Perfect for readers looking for a fun contemporary.” —Publishers Weekly

“Reading Intercepted is like drinking wine and gossiping with your best girlfriends. It’s fast-paced, flirty, and laugh-out-loud funny, without the hangover the next day.”—HELEN HOANG, author of The Kiss Quotient.

Intercepted was the perfect book to read over the weekend. It was fun, light and with plenty of hilarious situations. I would have finished it earlier but I have a new ten-week old puppy. #NoTimeToReadAnymore or I should say: #NoTimeForAnything

Anyway, Intercepted has a funny heroine, Marlee Harper. Marlee is the girlfriend of Chris Alexander, a pro football player. Her only boyfriend has been Chris. She did have a one-night stand four years ago while they were on a break but she tries to avoid thinking about that night.

Marlee loves marketing but it has been hard to do what she wants to do because she has dedicated herself to Chris. She even attends the Lady Mustangs meetings which usually only football players wives can attend and she's continuously attacked by Courtney, the QB's wife. Chris is nothing but self-involved and when she finds out he's cheating, she breaks their ten-year-old relationship and moves out.

Things get heated when Gavin Pope joins the team as the new QB. He's good at his job, he's hot and it turns out he's Marlee's one night stand! At first, Marlee tries to avoid him because she's with Chris and later on because she doesn't want to date another football player. But, Gavin is unrelenting. He makes it impossible for Marlee not to try to be with him.

As I said earlier, this book is quick, funny and light. It had the perfect combination to entertain you. I love how Marlee defended herself from the mean WAGs. I like how she did have a true friend within the meanies. I like how she went through life using hashtags.  I like how her relationship developed with Gavin. Gavin was just perfect except when he did something which was completely out of character for him. I guess, we needed some drama and that was the only way to create it. Even with his misstep I still ended up liking him.

I'm looking forward to Fumbled, the next in this series.

4/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Berkley Romance via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

Intercepted was a fun, snarky, addictive, and romantic read! I was completely entertained by this book from beginning to end.

Marlee, the main female character, was such a great character to read about. Her inner monologue was just as sassy as it was hilarious. I loved how fiercely independent she was and how she did what she felt was right for herself. She is the type of character that I wish I could be best friends with. I would read 100 more books about Marlee! My only annoyance with Marlee was that I felt like she used hashtags way too often. At first, it was modern and charming, but it did get old kind of quickly. Other than that, I really loved everything about Marlee.

The main male character, Gavin, was a dreamboat. He was the ideal male lead in my opinion. He was charming, kind, appreciative, and hilarious. All of his romantic gestures, even the small ones, made my heart skip a beat. He was a little overprotective at times, but I never found it completely unbearable. 

Considering their situation, I felt the romance between Gavin and Marlee developed at a believable pace, which is sometimes rare for contemporary romance novels. The chemistry Gavin had with Marlee was STEAMY and lead to so many moments brimming with sexual tension. I loved the banter between Marlee and Gavin and how much they genuinely seemed care about each other. 

The combination of romance, humor, drama, and heart made this book an absolute delight! Some of the drama seemed a bit ridiculous and over the top, but as a woman who is obsessed with The Real Housewives franchise, it didn't bother me all too much. If you are in the market for a new contemporary romance novel, I would definitely recommend picking this book up! I cannot wait to see what the author will come out with next!

4 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

Alexa Martin is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a former NFL player who now coaches at the high school where they met, their four children, and a German Shepherd. When she's not telling her kids to put their shoes on...again, you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she'll probably never make. Her first book, Intercepted, was inspired by the eight years she spent as an NFL wife.

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