Published by Berkley on September 11th 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance, sports romance, Diverse
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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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.
by Alexa Martin
You probably haven’t heard of Alexa Martin yet, so let me tell you that she’s a debut author and I had the pleasure to read her first novel, INTERCEPTED. She is the wife of an NFL football player so it probably comes as no surprise that her first book is sports romance, specifically, yeah, you guessed it, football. Intercepted gives us a little insight into the not so glamorous life of a wife or girlfriend of a football player.
Marlee Harper just broke up with her football player boyfriend of ten years. Their relationship has always been a little rocky – Marlee knew that Chris cheated on her in the past so when she finds incriminating photos she’s had enough. Her knight in shining armor is Gavin Pope, the teams new quarterback, who she had a fling with four years ago. He saves her on numerous occasions which not only strengthens their friendship but also increases exponentially their attraction. After Chris, however, Marlee doesn’t have any inclination to date another athlete. If Gavin Pope wasn’t so irresistibly scrumptious…
This story is written from Marlee’s point of view and we get all her inner monologues which can get really boring, repetitive and tedious. Not so in Alexa Martin’s debut. This author’s voice is quick-witted, hilarious, smart and crisp to a point where it becomes absolutely addictive. I loved the snark and humor in Intercepted so much, I couldn’t put the book down.
Marlee doesn’t realize that her breakup and the relationship with Chris left scars. Only through Gavin she realizes how damaged she is and I have to say I was immensely impressed that she never took the easy way, her decisions might look selfish on the outside but it was actually a way for her to grow, to give everyone, not just Gavin, the best version of herself.
It’s not that I’m not whole without him— I am. It’s just that with him— next to him— everything shines brighter.
The group of WAGs Marlee used to be a part of is like hyenas. It’s awful how they gang up on her and single her out. The vicious things they do and say…a weaker person would crumble. Marlee didn’t always take the high road but her eloquent and sassy comebacks and the fact that she didn’t let the (b)witches penetrate her thick skin made me admire her so much. Nobody was allowed to disrespect her. Nobody. She said and did the unexpected and I loved that she made the conscious choice to sort herself out.
Gavin is dreamy. He wants Marlee fiercely and there is always a sense of her being IT for him. He shows his appreciation in so many ways and makes her feel special. He definitely is the full package and while he did get a little over-protective at times it didn’t really bother me. What bugged me a little bit is his final screw-up. He knew Marlee was as independent as they come, making a huge decision without involving her was TSTL and I thought a little out of character, too. This is where the hero’s point of view would have come in handy since I wanted to know what the hell moved him to his actions. However, the issue was resolved and wrapped up nicely so in the end it didn’t really change my overall enjoyment of INTERCEPTED.
He’s giving himself to me in a way I’ve never experienced. Unselfishly. Without wanting anything in return except to let him love me.
If a snarky writing style is your jam and you love sports romance give this a chance. This book doesn’t feel like a debut at all, it’s solid, entertaining, funny and you’ll be pulled into the story from the first page. I’m sure we’ll hear more of Alexa Martin.