Jockblocked is funny, sweet, sexy and overall uplifting read – great for a rainy day when you need to see some sunshine peek out from behind the clouds. And that’s exactly how I’d describe my reaction to the latest of the Gridiron novels by Jen Frederick – a quick blast of sunshine that warmed me inside and out. An easy, leisurely read that made the day pass by in a happy haze.
As the story opens, we meet Matt Iverson, who on the surface appears to be what you expect: a jock who’s coasting through college on his “skills” – on and off the field. He’s a shameless flirt, expecting and enjoying the attention that goes along with being a gridiron star on a championship college football team. He’s mystified, and then intrigued when Lucy – the serious, studious, noncommittal pre-law student he meets in an off-campus coffee shop – doesn’t fall head over heels for him – and shocked when she doesn’t seem to know, or care, that he’s a star defenseman for the Warriors.
Fortunately, there is much more to both characters than their first impressions – and that’s what makes this story work as well as it does. In addition to navigating a relationship that neither thinks is advisable – but seems to be irresistible – neither can afford to take a trip on an emotional rollercoaster while preparing for important match-ups that could shape their individual futures at the university.
Matt has some serious growing up to do at this point in his college career. He has to step up and take responsibility for the immediate future of his team – or disappoint his coach. It’s a test of his ability to lead, one that will require him to do something he considers unthinkable; one that will also risk his relationship with his teammates. The stakes are high, personally and collectively. The cohesiveness of the team is critical to their success. Failure could cost them their run at another championship, and possibly damage the football program itself.
On the other hand, Lucy has had to grow up entirely too fast. She’s been diabetic since childhood, and has learned to measure every calorie, every unit of insulin precisely – setting her up to avoid risk at all costs, leading her to make even the most basic of decisions by a rigorous set of rules. It keeps her safe – but it also holds her back. She prefers to stay out of the limelight, coaching her mock trial team and planning their strategy to win regionals; but the team is struggling to find common ground.
Neither one realizes it at first – and there are more than a few serious missed cues along the way — but Matt and Lucy need each other in ways they’d never expect. Those of us who have found their ‘perfect match’ in another person – one whose strengths complement their own – will be able to relate. Those who have learned to appreciate, respect and grow from each other’s differences will also feel a connection to Matty and Lucy. Neither is perfect – but they are perfect for each other. And isn’t that what love is?
There are multiple obstacles, and more than a few complications that threaten their relationship, but that’s what makes their journey entertaining, a little suspenseful, and all the more satisfying at the end. There’s plenty of heat and lots of humor along the way. The dynamics between the major characters in the story are believable, and it offers an interesting look at what goes on behind the scenes in college football for those of us bookworms who missed out on that aspect of the university experience. All in all, it’s a very satisfying sports romance and I look forward to more from Jen Frederick.
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Author: Jen Frederick
Series: Gridiron, #2
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy
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 coffeeshop 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.
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An Excerpt from Jockblocked…
I grab her foot and pull it into my lap. “Let’s do a risk/reward test.”
“Let’s not.” But her foot doesn’t move.
I massage her foot beneath the sock, pressing hard against the ball and then digging into the arch. She releases a tiny moan and her head falls back in a dick-hardening sexy motion. Fuuuuck. If this is how I feel from just touching this girl’s hand and foot, what would it be like to be between her legs, to suck on her tits, to feel her pussy pulse around my dick? Light-headed and incredibly aroused, I almost fall off the chair.
I gotta focus here. If I’m ever going to get past the foot and hand, I need to convince her that the reward with me would be off-the-charts amazing.
Clearing my throat, I keep rubbing her foot. “Having your foot in my lap, that’s a risk right? But you’re enjoying the rubdown. That’s a risk worth the reward.”
“Keep rubbing and stop talking,” she orders. Her eyes are closed.
Okay, but I’m not touching some other guy’s sock, particularly the guy whose bed she’s sleeping in. I don’t know if I fully buy into her “just friends” explanation for Ace. He has her picture in his locker. She’s wearing his socks. For all that, he’s at the Gas Station dry humping a Kappa and Lucy’s home alone. I pull off the sock and toss it aside and stare at her toes.
“Your nail polish is blue.” Since when did I think toes were sexy?
She wriggles them. “Yes, on both feet. You’re very observant. Haven’t you ever seen a girl’s toes before?”
“I’m sure I have.” I just don’t remember them. I have this strange feeling I’ll remember hers, though.
I run a light caress over the anklebone, down the spine of the Achilles tendon, and around the edge of her instep.
Her breathing hitches, so quiet and so soft, I might have imagined it.
“What’re you doing?” Her words are a husky whisper and my body responds accordingly.
My balls tighten and my dick’s so hard I’m worried it’ll snap in half, but I can’t reach into my jeans to readjust or I’ll scare her away.
“We’re testing your risk assessment.” And driving myself crazy.
“You should stop.”
“I can’t.” I move my hand up her ankle to cup the slender calf. “Feel good? Worth the risk?”
“I’m not sure.”
That’s an invitation if I ever heard one.
Is it possible to come from just rubbing a girl’s leg? I might test out that theory. “And now?” My fingers find the tender hollow behind her knee. Her pulse beats rapidly against my palm. She’s as turned on as I am and I haven’t even gotten to the good parts.
“It feels riskier,” she croaks.
Yeah, because pretty soon my hand is going to be on your thigh and I don’t know how I’m going to stop there.
Her fingers are turning white as she grips the sides of her chair. Is she holding herself back? Or keeping herself there?
Fuck, I want to kiss her so bad. I want to kiss her lips but I’d settle for her toes or her knee or‑shit, if all she’ll allow is for me to touch the tips of her fingers, I’d be okay with that. I need a taste of her. I’m dying for a taste of her.
About Jen Frederick
Jen lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She’s been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also Available from the Gridiron Series … Sacked
What he wants he gets…
Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.
…but he’s never met her before.
But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.
Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.