Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
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 coffee shop 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.
I have to admit that I didn’t exactly fall in love with Matty Iverson when I met him in Sacked. He seemed like an annoying, douche-y college football player. I was surprised he was going to be the next leading man in the Gridiron series. I was kind of expecting / wanting Ty Masters’ story. Now that I’ve gotten to get to know Matty, I’m so happy Jen Frederick gave us his story.
Matty’s spent the last four years taking advantage of his college football player status, but lately he’s been a little put off by all of the honeys trying to get into his pants. Matty thinks that maybe his buddy Knox Masters has it right: Find a good woman and make her yours. Matty’s thoughts are confirmed when he meets Lucy Washington. There’s something about Lucy that Matty can’t get out of his head. Too bad Lucy’s determined to stay away from the jocks in the dating pool. But Matty’s not one to back down from a challenge — especially one involving someone as important as Lucy.
I didn’t think it was possible, but Matty Iverson was just as swoon worthy as Knox Masters. Matty was so much kinder and sweeter than I was expecting. The things he did for Lucy were pretty dang amazing. The best part was that he didn’t even realize he was doing anything amazing. Matty just did what he thought was right. I loved that about him.
I found Lucy very easy to relate to. She was a confident person, but she also had her insecurities. Lucy let those insecurities get the best of her at times, just like we all do. My favorite part of her back story was her friendship with Ace. The changes their relationship went through throughout the book felt like what could happen in real life in a male-female friendship. I also liked how the author dealt with her medical issues.
Matty and Lucy’s relationship was so cute. I loved how it began with Lucy not wanting to get involved with Matty. The way he tried to prove himself to her was really cool. I adored everything he did and totally would have fallen for him, too! There wasn’t just sweetness to this story, though. Lucy and Matty had an amazing connection. The sex was steamy and fun to read.
There were several other characters in Jockblocked that I adored and hope make it into books in this series. I wouldn’t mind Lucy’s roommates getting a story. I would especially love to see Hammer fall in love. That guy and his “romance” columns cracked me up. I really, really need a book about him!
Jockblocked was exactly what I’m looking for when I reach for a new adult sports romance. It was a well-written, fun and fast-paced read. There were serious moments, but there was also a lot of humor. I highly recommend it and the rest of the Gridiron series. I’m looking forward to jumping right into reading the next book in the series, Downed, next!