Intercepted (Playbook #1) by Alexa Martin
Series: Playbook #1
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Point-of-View: Alternating First
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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Marlee thought she scored with the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. Now there's a new player on the horizon and he's in a whole league of his own...
Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's sure had enough practice, dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers her wide-receiver boyfriend has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. Only one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.
Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex and what a future can be like for them. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. Gavin's teammates' wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with her return, and they have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when their gossip attack makes Marlee public enemy number one to the rabid fans of the team, she worries about more than just her reputation.
Fearing she's causing Gavin's life more harm than good, she tries to ignore the articles and the comments. However, when Gavin makes a life changing decision without her, she's hit with the fact that she's allowed herself to fall back into the back-seat life of an NFL girlfriend she promised to leave behind. Marlee must learn how to balance loving Gavin without losing the independence and respect she's worked so hard to gain; otherwise their relationship may not survive the season.
Marlee is the girlfriend of NFL wide receiver, Chris Alexander, and has been for years. They’ve been together since high school and have had a rocky road but they’re fine. That is until Marlee opens his computer (he took hers accidentally) to check her email and find emails to Chris from his girlfriend. The girlfriend that he’s been flying back and forth to see him from wherever. This was not the first time that Chris has cheated and Marlee’s finally done with the man. She packs her bags and leaves. Unfortunately as she’s trying to leave Chris comes home and of course tries to make things out like it’s all Marlee’s fault. WTF? Ass. He happens to be with Gavin Pope, the teams new quarterback, and the man she had a one-night stand with four years earlier when she and Chris were broken up.
Gavin slept with Marlee four years ago and never forgot her. He’s thrilled that she’s in Denver so he’s more than happy to take her away from the ass that is her now-ex-boyfriend. When Marlee gets her own place Gavin starts to come around and they start to get close. Marlee never forgot the night they spent together but she was upset with Gavin for lying to her. He had told her he was an investment banker. Had she known he played ball professionally she would have never gone home with him. Of course she would have missed out on the best night of her life.
Marlee starts to fall for Gavin quickly but there’s a lot of push back from a lot of people. She gets it from the Lady Mustangs – the wives of the team – and they constantly give her shit. Then there’s Gavin’s friend and PR person who spreads rumors and more. Marlee tries to keep her head and sense of humor about her but it’s damned hard when she starts getting shit from the fans as well. Can the love and relationship Marlee and Gavin have survive all the negativity and his football contract?
This book made me laugh. Seriously. I really liked the humor in this book as it was crazy and out of control. Marlee was her own woman and not afraid to speak her mind. She liked to rib people to get a rise out of them and she almost always managed to do it. She was pretty independent, however, and came down on Gavin a couple of times when he tried to take over. I get where she was coming from, and one time he did go too far, but I thought she could have toned it down a bit.
Gavin was awesome. He was kind, giving, loving, generous, loved his family. I mean, this guy could do no wrong…if you ignore when he lied to Marlee and then again when he omitted information. Despite that I really liked the guy and he was hot too, so there was that. Lol.
Overall the book was great. I enjoyed reading it – even when Marlee was hashtagging her own life which was weird, but funny. It looks like this might be Martin’s first published novel. If this is how good they’ll all be then I’ll be a big fan.
Rating: 4 out of 5