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Well, I can tell you that Gridiron involves an offensive and a defensive team.
And the crowd goes wild!
Stacey understood ONE thing from reading Sacked.
I love a good romance and add a romantic, sexy and extremely alpha hero and I’m a puddle of goo and very happy. Knox was an AWESOME hero. This man/boy (he’s 21…still a baby in my old eyes) has ticked all my boxes and left me very impressed. Knox is determined, driven and dedicated to succeed in his chosen path. I admire a man that doesn’t let his other brain make his decisions. The biggest heart flutter moment for me though, was when he instantly decided that the beautiful, bright and busty Elliot was his perfect match. Yes, a good old case of insta-lust. I wonder if she would have run for the hills if she’d known what he was thinking the first time they met?
Elliot (poor bugger…that name, her parents were WACKO) has one person in her life that has always been there for her. Elliot’s brother Jack has been her rock, her best friend and the one person she will risk EVERYTHING for. Elliot’s story touched my heart. As a parent myself, I struggled with how her parents shoved such a huge burden on her young, twelve-year-old shoulders. Practically her whole life has been dedicated to making Jack’s life easier…without him knowing it. Imagine her horror when her first chance at happiness is at risk because of a deception that started when she was in middle school.
Knox has been solely focused on his football but when Elliot crashes into his world he realises that there is more to life than football. Yes, he’s still dedicated, but now he realises his happiness is complete with football AND Elliot in his life.
Elliot has dedicated so much of her time to Jack because of her love for him but you can tell that there is also a degree of 'begging for approval' from her parents. Every child wants to be loved and accepted but in Elliot’s case it was an unattainable goal. When Knox becomes an important part of her life she realises that she needs to make some changes and one of them is facing Jack with the truth of her duplicity.
Knox and Elliot are a perfect match…eventually. We have some dramas that need to be addressed before they can find their happy ever after. I was sucked into their love story from the very first word. Knox is my kind of man. His devotion is never questionable and his love for Elliot shone through with his kind and thoughtful gestures. I loved that, because of her understanding of football and knowledge of the obligations tied to being an elite athlete, Elliot is perfect for Knox. She has her own life, understands that he can’t be with her 24/7 and accommodates his sore muscles by “taking the lead”, “controlling the play” and “riding the bronco” when needed. ;-)
I really enjoyed Sacked. I have come to realise that New Adult (genre) set in a College environment doesn’t seem to send me as bonkers. Maybe it’s the talent of the authors that makes College romance more appealing??? I kind of have a feeling it has more to do with the fact that these young peoples can mix their hi-jinx and shenanigans with a dedication to education and sports/music/drama/activities. Unfortunately, when the characters lack direction and purpose the book seems to lack direction and purpose to me too. Sacked gets it right.
Sacked ticked all my boxes by making me smile, squirm, snort and smirk. This was an awesome start to my Gridiron marathon and I’m happy to say that Jockblocked is locked and loaded.
I absolutely loved Sacked. The writing was just as good as I was expecting it to be, and the dual points of view were so much fun. At times the story might have been a little cheesy or predictable, but I didn't care. I was so wrapped up in the characters and their love story that a pig could have flown through a scene and I would have been okay with it. Why?
Seriously. Jen Frederick created a man for all of us to swoon and fight over. He was obviously hot (see cover model), but that wasn't all Knox had to him. Sure, he was cocky light most sports romance dudes, but his attitude and lifestyle were things to appreciate. I don't know that I've met a hero who was quite like him before. I also really loved Ellie. She was smart, beautiful and loyal. It wasn't always the best decision, but she put family first. Ellie was the perfect match for Knox. Their connection was so dang hot I'm surprised the pages weren't catching on fire as I was reading!
Like I said before, I could probably complain about the predictability or the cheesiness of some of the story, but I won't. I don't want to. The connection between the characters outshined anything I might have found to change my 5 star rating. Sacked was way too much fun to read.
All sports romance fans need to pick up this book. It's a delight to read and only $0.99 on Kindle right now! I can't wait to read the rest of the series!
Knox was a bit of a dichotomy to me…he could be sweet and romantic, he had strong convictions, worked very hard, was extremely disciplined, all that good stuff. I admired a lot of things about him, and he occasionally made me swoon. I especially loved how he wasn’t ashamed of being a virgin, that was nice to read. But he could also be very guy-y in some ways…he used, not exactly foul language, but…you know, crude I guess? Which I don’t have a problem with necessarily, it just caught me off guard…I wasn’t expecting it from him. I will also say that I wasn’t always impressed with his sense of entitlement. For example, when that kid at the first party was being a jerk to Ellie, he just kind of excused his behavior instead of dressing him down…it felt a bit “boys will be boys” (though it wasn’t quite that bad). And Knox would, like, expect things…he played his king of the campus role very well and basked in it sometimes. It just rubbed me a bit the wrong way.
Ellie could be very sweet, and I felt for her vulnerability and how her childhood had shaped her and broken her down. She got to my heart with that. But it was hard to not be annoyed with her lack of backbone at times. However she did finally end up growing, and eventually redeemed herself. It was just that while I don’t mind those traits (even occasionally like them and search them out), I tend to like them in moderation…like there’s a line, and she straddled it. I loved her relationship with her brother though, even as it was dysfunctional.
I was a bit disappointed in the romance. There was a lot of steamy chemistry, but given a virgin hero, I expected to get a lot more emotional connection. But instead once the cherry was popped, it was sex sex sex. It’s not that we got nothing else, we got to see Knox take care of Ellie, and they had a good humourous rapport, but it was very much in the background, and the focus of their relationship and “love” in this story was on the sexual chemistry. And that’s not my bag. I prefer a strong emotional connection that enhances the steamy scenes, and I felt like that was lacking a bit here. And some things towards the end just didn’t feel as believable, it was almost a bit too over the top for me.
I actually really enjoyed a lot of the side characters, and I’m curious about them, but I doubt I will bother looking into more books in the series, b/c it’s probably just not a romance fit for me.
One last thing, and I apologize b/c it’s going to be a bit nitpicky. I’m not sure if this was an early book in this author’s writing career, but the editing could have used another pass. I’m really sensitive to noticing continuity errors unfortunately, and there were a number of them. At one point where Ellie finally talks to Jack and they talk to the Coach, it went from Tuesday to Sunday to Tuesday to Wednesday all in one day. And Ty was supposed to come straight to the game and then he came the night before for supper. That stuff just bugs me, but I’m sure I’m part of a very tiny minority that even notices that stuff. Honestly, it actually bugs me more than the typo/grammar stuff that gets other people (of which there were also some of those things). And it felt like some bits of the story were rearranged, b/c they didn’t flow in a logical manner, or there was repetitiveness. Not a huge deal, but if you’re sensitive to that kind of thing, you’ve been warned.
So yeah. This one was cute and fun, but just not a good match for me personally in the end. C’est la vie!
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