Book Review & Excerpt: Jockblocked by Jen Frederick

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Title: Jockblocked (Gridiron #2)
Author: Jen Frederick @JenSFred
Reviewer: @Michelle6803 & @PoisonIvy70
Genre: Sports Romance
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.

M & I

Michelle: I love doing joint reviews with one or more of my shorties, so when this baby came up for review, Ivy suggested she and I do a buddy read since both she and I love reading [new adult] sports romances.  This is part of Ms. Frederick’s Gridiron Series and most certainly can be read as a standalone.  In Sacked, you got insta-love, and with Jock Blocked, you will get a slower burn, which is also good.  So in essence, two different types of love stories, so that’s a plus.

Ivy: Yes, I loved the contrast between the two stories, and I adored that with Matty & Lucy’s slow burn, we really got a chance to see Matty and Lucy fall in love, and see their connection through their conversations, which are truly excellent. Ms. Frederick really knows her football and it shows.

Michelle: We’re back at Western University, yes Knox Matthews from Sacked, makes an appearance, they just won the National Championship.  Matthew “Matty” Iverson has his eyes on the cute blonde who’s clicking her pen in full concentration.

Ivy: Lucy has some great layers to her, and her character arc is strong. She isn’t a Mary Sue, though I’ll admit, her fear of failure was exhausting at times.

Michelle: Yep, I loved Lucy from the very beginning.  Her humorous inner monologue and her affinity to analyze things with risk assessments are just endearing.  Lucy is a “play it safe” type of girl, so when Matthew asks her out on a date, it’s an automatic no.  It was so funny to see how Matty handles the rejection, hell he just won the National Championship, he’s on top of the world with women literally throwing themselves and here is this hot beauty turning him down.

Ivy: When Matt has to pursue, that he has to work for it, was probably one of my favorite parts of the book. It’s because it didn’t happen instantaneously (though it’s clear he is attracted from the very beginning).

Michelle: I really enjoyed the hell out of this read, of course, Ivy, as always, staking a claim on Matty, uhm no Missy!

Ivy: *plugs her ears and sticks out her tongue* la la la, I can’t hear you. Matty’s definitely in my my stable of book boyfriends! Yeehaw!

Michelle: I also enjoyed how Ms. Frederick’s handled Lucy’s health issues, loved how Matty was always concerned about her health as well.  I also like how both characters had faults and they owned up to it, I just wished Lucy wasn’t afraid of owning up to her potential.

Ivy: I thought her health concerns were definitely handled in a realistic manner, and honestly, it was a big part of why I want Matty in my stable 😀 He was so loving and caring, and I am a total sucker for that kind of protectiveness.

Michelle: I also didn’t like the situation with Matty and his Coach (who was a total asshole in my opinion).  Overall, they overcame the obstacles without too much fanfare, so that’s a big plus, I don’t like when problems tend to drag in a storyline.

Ivy: I thought their disagreements were handled in a very grownup way, which is what I like to see. Just because they’re young adults doesn’t mean they have to be emotionally juvenile. They screwed up but they owned it, learned from it and moved on. The Coach/Ace subplot was frustrating and I thought they were both assholes. That said, even felt genuine and not just conflict for conflict’s sake.

Michelle: I cannot wait for the next installment in the Gridiron series.  I am curious who’s book it will be this time.  Maybe Ivy and I can fight for the next BBF.

Ivy: WE could…but I’ll win. 😛

There you have it – this is Shorties approved! If you love new adult sports romances, check out Jock Blocked, on sale now.

– Michelle & Ivy

*An ARC was received for an honest review.

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Excerpt

 

 

I grab her foot and pull it into my lap. “Let’s do a risk/reward test.”

“Let’s not.” But her foot doesn’t move.

I massage her foot beneath the sock, pressing hard against the ball and then digging into the arch. She releases a tiny moan and her head falls back in a dick-hardening sexy motion. Fuuuuck. If this is how I feel from just touching this girl’s hand and foot, what would it be like to be between her legs, to suck on her tits, to feel her pussy pulse around my dick? Light-headed and incredibly aroused, I almost fall off the chair.

I gotta focus here. If I’m ever going to get past the foot and hand, I need to convince her that the reward with me would be off-the-charts amazing.

Clearing my throat, I keep rubbing her foot. “Having your foot in my lap, that’s a risk right? But you’re enjoying the rubdown. That’s a risk worth the reward.”

“Keep rubbing and stop talking,” she orders. Her eyes are closed.

Okay, but I’m not touching some other guy’s sock, particularly the guy whose bed she’s sleeping in. I don’t know if I fully buy into her “just friends” explanation for Ace. He has her picture in his locker. She’s wearing his socks. For all that, he’s at the Gas Station dry humping a Kappa and Lucy’s home alone. I pull off the sock and toss it aside and stare at her toes.

“Your nail polish is blue.” Since when did I think toes were sexy?

She wriggles them. “Yes, on both feet. You’re very observant. Haven’t you ever seen a girl’s toes before?”

“I’m sure I have.” I just don’t remember them. I have this strange feeling I’ll remember hers, though.

I run a light caress over the anklebone, down the spine of the Achilles tendon, and around the edge of her instep.

Her breathing hitches, so quiet and so soft, I might have imagined it.

“What’re you doing?” Her words are a husky whisper and my body responds accordingly.

My balls tighten and my dick’s so hard I’m worried it’ll snap in half, but I can’t reach into my jeans to readjust or I’ll scare her away.

“We’re testing your risk assessment.” And driving myself crazy.

“You should stop.”

“I can’t.” I move my hand up her ankle to cup the slender calf. “Feel good? Worth the risk?”

“I’m not sure.”

That’s an invitation if I ever heard one.

Is it possible to come from just rubbing a girl’s leg? I might test out that theory. “And now?” My fingers find the tender hollow behind her knee. Her pulse beats rapidly against my palm. She’s as turned on as I am and I haven’t even gotten to the good parts.

“It feels riskier,” she croaks.

Yeah, because pretty soon my hand is going to be on your thigh and I don’t know how I’m going to stop there.

Her fingers are turning white as she grips the sides of her chair. Is she holding herself back? Or keeping herself there?

Fuck, I want to kiss her so bad. I want to kiss her lips but I’d settle for her toes or her knee or‑shit, if all she’ll allow is for me to touch the tips of her fingers, I’d be okay with that. I need a taste of her. I’m dying for a taste of her.

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