Also by this author: Intercepted
Series: Playbook #2
Published by Berkley on April 23rd 2019
Genres: sports romance
Tropes: Second Chance, Single Mom Format: eARC
Source: Berkley, Netgalley
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Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.
TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.
When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.
by ALEXA MARTIN
Alexa Martin’s debut INTERCEPTED last year was such a surprise. What makes her stand out is her real life experience as the wife of a former NFL player, that gives you a look into the issues athletes and their significant others have to deal with. It makes you realize that not everything is glitz and glamour and that the sacrifice they make for playing the game they so love is often bigger than what they bargained for. I love that about her stories, the authenticity and her freaking hilarious, sassy writing style.
Now onto FUMBLED: This is a second chance romance that really did it for me. Poppy is a single mom who works her butt off in a stripper bar to make ends meet. She’s a spitfire whose mouth once in a while runs away with her. Pregnant, alone – because her parents kicked her out of the house – and obviously ditched by the boy who was responsible for her state she did a stellar job to raise her son with all the love of a good mother. One night her past catches up with her and the boy, who wouldn’t return her messages anymore and cut her so deep, who is now a man and famous NFL star TK Moore, drops back into her life.
Embarrassing your kid is a privilege all moms have. It’s in the Mom Handbook or something.
I LOVE single-mom tropes and the way Poppy was with her son just reminded me why. I loved her characters so much, her snark, her backbone and how she stood up for herself. She doesn’t trust TK and it took her a long while to let him back in, always expecting for the other shoe to drop.
Then that annoying thing that’s been happening more and more often when I’m with him happens—something inside me settles. An ache I wasn’t aware I’ve been feeling for years disappears, leaving me lighter and happier than I thought was possible for me. An ache I’m afraid will only multiply when this ends.
My heart hurt for her and I was so angry on her behalf when he was such jerk to her during their first big argument. It almost made my head explode but I put the book away for a minute and really thought it through. While the way TK dealt with learning about his son wasn’t my favorite thing I understood why he felt the way he did.
I adored watching TK fall in love with his son and stoking the fire of the one he’d always had for Ace’s mother. He was a really good man and although TK showed some erratic behavior, getting angry and annoyed for no apparent reason, I wasn’t his biggest fan in the beginning but it all made sense later on. In the light of it all and in hindsight it was easy to give forgive TK. I hurt for him when he realized that he screwed up so badly that he was close to losing it all.
“I want our lives to become so intertwined we can’t figure out where one starts and the other ends. I want you and Ace around as much as I can have you around. I want you both.”
Poppy found her tribe in FUMBLED and having friends to rely on, who had her back, front and flanks, empowered her – I loved that for her. And these women were so kickass and boss, I loved every single one and I can’t wait to get Brynn’s books in my hands (there seems to be some serious hate-lust between her and Maxwell – yum!).
Alexa Martin has reinvented writing sports romance – her expertise as the wife of a former NFL player adds a lot of realism to this genre and her stories and I’ve become addicted to her words. If you love a solid second chance, single-mom romance do not hesitate and grab this!
“You just showed me what was important in life. You gave me the purpose I’d been trying, unsuccessfully, to find in football.”