Book Review: Sacked by Jen Frederick

Title: Sacked (Gridiron #1)
Author: Jen Frederick @JenSFred
Genre: Sports Romance
Length: 300 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars


What he wants he gets…

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

Michelle's Review

Knox Masters plays on the defensive side for the Western Warriors, his college football team.  He is God like on the gridiron.  He’s a junior and possibly going to make himself available for the NFL draft, but he wants to go as a champion.  Last year, his school lost at the playoffs, and his intentions is to make it all the way.  Oh did I mention he’s still a virgin?  Not for religious purposes like one would assume, he is just waiting for “the one”.  He has dedicated himself to his sport and when he knows when the right girl comes along, he will give himself and his all to that one girl.

Eliot (or rather Ellie, I know, she has some fucked parents, but I will get to them later), is at Western having transfer from Junior College with her brother Jack.  He also happens to play football for the Warriors and he’s on an athletic scholarship.  Ellie and her brother Jack are very close, they only 10 months apart, but that’s not the only reason she transferred.  Although her reasons were admirable at best, but could potentially hurt Jack in the long run.

When Knox sees Ellie for the first time, he’s annoyed yet intrigued by the brunette beauty, more so that she plays it off as she does not know he’s Western’s football God.  “If I did groupies, she’d be on the top of my list, but I haven’t dipped my wick in those pots ever.”  Yet there is instalove/lust for Knox.  I know some readers may have issues with these types of read, but I am a romantic at heart, if the plot flows well from the beginning, I have no problems with the “love at first sight” situation.

I adored the banter between Knox and Ellie.  She has made it her mission not to fall for another football player, but with Knox’s charm and pure sex appeal, it  is very difficult for Ellie to deny her attraction towards him.  There’s this one scene where she walks in on him (accidentally), pleasuring himself and the internal monologue is as follows:  “The most illicit, hot porn scene I have ever laid eyes on his taking place in full HD color in front of me.”  Eventually Knox does lose his V card to Ellie and they do fall in love, but things get pretty real for Ellie regarding her brother Jack.

You ladies are going to fall in love with Knox, I know I did, another to add to my BFF list.  I adored Ellie as well, especially her relationship with her brother Jack.  Her parents, not so much.  They were part of the problem.

So this was my first time reading a Jen Fredericks book and I was pleasantly surprised.  I love reading sports themed romances, geared to the New Adult genre.  If you are a fan of sports themed romances then this is your book and even if you’re not, you should give this book a try.  I hope Ms. Frederick’s writes more books from the secondary characters, especially Jack, Ellie’s brother.  I also want to mention that this book in written in alternating POVs, which I love.

– Michelle

*An ARC was provided by the author for an honest review.



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