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Jockblocked by Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron #2
Published by Self Published Genres: Contemporary
Jockblocked is the second installment in Jen Frederick’s Gridiron series and it takes place about 6 months after the previous book Sacked ended. The Warriors are gearing up for the season to start and Warrior Linebacker Matthew “Matty” Iverson is in his last year of college. Matty is up for captain but in order to get that position he is ordered by his coach to get their quarterback Ace to move to the safety position but that isn’t going to be easy. It also gets a little more complicated when he finds out the woman he is pursuing to date him, Lucy, is also Ace’s best friend. Matty will do anything he can to convince Ace even if that means asking Lucy for her help. But when Lucy starts to get under his skin he has a choice to make, he just hopes he makes the right one in the end.
Lucy Washington has played it safe her whole life and she is okay with that, but after meeting Matty he makes her think that just maybe her rules should be thrown out. He is very persistent in dating her but with his known player status she is aware it could end in heartbreak. With the more time she spends with Matty she sees a different side to him but when his intentions become clear and she finds herself stuck in the middle with the option of losing her best friend or being with him, she doesn’t know what to choose. Can Lucy and Matty make it in the end or were they doomed from the beginning?
I loved Sacked, the first book in this series but I felt Jockblocked was a little bit better because the characters seemed a little more realistic. While Matty wasn’t as high profile as Knox was I really did love him. He went from being the type of guy who is just into hookups to a one woman man in the span of about 6 months. He was very persistent in the way he went after Lucy and I loved how he was really trying to woo her. I also thought he matured a lot from the previous book but I did enjoy that Ms. Frederick did give him a couple bumps in the road along the way. Lucy was witty, smart and I really enjoyed how she handled herself in certain situations. I didn’t find her as one of those annoying whining heroines but she did have some self-confidence issues that really won me over because, again, it was realistic.
In the first book I pretty much liked all the secondary characters but in Jockblocked I found myself annoyed with Matty’s coach and Ace a lot. The coach put a lot of pressure on his players and I couldn’t stand the ultimatums that he was handing out left and right. Ace on the other hand I liked in the first book but while reading Jockblocked he was a total a**hole at least 90% of the time. I just hope when and if he gets his own book he redeems himself in a big way. Don’t get me wrong towards the end he did improve but it wasn’t enough in my eyes.
Jockblocked is a sweet, steamy and humorous read and I honestly fell in love with it from the beginning. The more I read of the Gridiron series the more I want to devour each and every book as soon as they are released. Ms. Frederick is becoming one of my favorite authors and I can’t believe I waited so long to read her work but this series was the right introduction to her well written characters and the romance she brings to each story.
I was a little disappointed that the team didn’t get as much field time as they did in the first book but I have to say I was more focused on the romance that was building between Lucy and Matty that I hardly noticed. I have a feeling the Gridiron series will continue for a long time because Ms. Frederick’s secondary characters help make each story a little better if that’s even possible and some I am dying to know more about. Ace’s story will be next and I expect it’s going to be a real treat to read. While each book in this series could be read as a standalone I highly recommend starting from the beginning and getting to know the characters so you can see all the changes they are going through in their college lives.