Jen Frederick scores a touchdown with Jockblocked the second book in the Gridiron Series! I loved this new adult contemporary sports romance. It takes place in the months after the Western State Warriors Football team won the national title. Linebacker Matthew "Matty" Iverson is pressured by his coach to convince the team’s starting quarterback, Ace Anderson, to play a different position on the team. Meanwhile, he discovers that the girl he has been pursuing, Lucy Washington, is Ace’s best friend.
If you are looking for a football romance with a lot of football action scenes, this is not the book, but you will get a book that has a lot of other aspects about being a college athlete. You will get glimpses into off season weight training and team dynamics. My son was the captain of his ice hockey team this past year, so I loved the Matty was offered the position of team captain. I appreciated that being a team captain was never on Matty’s radar. I love that he is committed to his team and realizes how he made life difficult for the previous team captain. The team’s coach was screaming abuse of power. Unfortunately, that is a common occurrence in college athletics.
Both Matt and Lucy are likable characters that grew throughout the novel. I like how they met. I like that Matty is not used to rejection but still pursues Lucy instead of taking on an easier conquest.
My dad and father-in-law both suffer(ed) from diabetes, so I empathized with Lucy. I love how Matty handles the discovery and looks out for her. He is also a very thoughtful gift giver.
Lucy is pre-law and on the mock trial team. I enjoyed this aspect of the story, especially the competition toward the end of the book. The team’s support is great.
This was the first book that I have read by Jen Frederick. It will not be my last. I was impressed with her writing style. I enjoyed her plot and character development. I love her content and believable real-life issues. All around this was a fantastic book.
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