Series: Gridiron Book
Author: Jen Frederick
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance
Pages: 496 pages
Rating: 4/5 stars
Synopsis: 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.
Jockblocked is the story of Matty Iverson, defensive player for his college football team, and Lucy Washington, a girl who needs to be in control of her life for a number of reasons. She meets Matty and sparks fly, but she thinks he is too much of a risk for her carefully constructed life.
The Characters: Matty is the typical, college sports star—lots of notoriety, lots of partying and lots of women, until he meets Lucy. Matty is smart, but lazy and he tends to be all about himself. Honestly, he kind of drove me crazy, which I think was the point, but he was a bit one-sided for most of the book. He was redeemed in the end, so that helps. Lucy is a control freak, but she has a good reason. She is a diabetic (more on this in a minute). She is a member of the Mock Trial team, she works, she goes to class, but she never really has fun. Even after she and Matty meet, she goes a little wild yes, but I’m not sure she ever had fun in the book. The two characters are meant to counterbalance each other. I like the book, I just didn’t love the characters.
Pros: Great writing style that flows well. There is enough suspense to keep you interested. I loved the character of Hammer. Diabetes awareness – Lucy has Type I Diabetes and I think Frederick did a great job of researching this and making it real (this is the nurse in me talking).
Cons: The MCs were a bit flat.
The Bottom Line: Jockblocked is a typical New Adult Sports Romance with no real unique twists, but it is entertaining and has just enough steaminess.