Review: Downed by Jen Frederick

Series: Gridiron, #3
Author: Jen Frederick
Publication Date: December 1, 2016
Publisher: Pear Tree LLC
Genre: New Adult, Sports Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★


He’s the guy no one likes…

Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.

She’s the girl everyone loves…

Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.

Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.

“He’s the guy no one likes…”

Um, yeah. That’s true. I didn’t like JR “Ace” Anderson at all after his actions in the second book in the Gridiron series, Jockblocked. I wasn’t actually very excited to read his book, but I adore Jen Frederick’s writing and I knew she would be able to change my mind about him. She totally did.

Ace started out acting in Downed much like did in Jockblocked. I had a hard time connecting with his cocky self-centeredness. He didn’t seem to be able to see beyond himself and I didn’t like that or him. Then, Bryant appeared on the scene.

Oh my, that girl Bryant. What a character! I wasn’t sure what to make of her at first. Bryant’s southern charm was over the top and almost ridiculous — but for some reason it worked. Her sugary sweetness had such an interesting impact on Ace. Bryant confused him and I loved it. She was everything Ace needed — in and out of the bedroom! Bryant healed Ace in ways he didn’t even realize he needed to be healed. And Ace did the same thing for her. Bryant helped Ace realize the type of man he truly was — one I could love.

There were also several other men I adored in Downed. First, Bryant’s dad. What a sweetheart! I loved how much he was involved in the story and Bryant’s life. Second, all of the other football players. They were such a rowdy group! I especially loved their interactions with Bryant. So cute and funny!

I loved Downed. It proved what an amazing writer Jen Frederick is. I truly didn’t think Ace was going to be redeemable, but she proved he could be. I highly recommend this book and series to anyone who enjoys a fantastic sports romance.

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