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.
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Sweet. Sassy. Smart. Drop-dead, panty-melting sexy. Five stars worth of fun and feeling.
A hot quarterback with an attitude. A sweet southern beauty with a heart of pure gold…who’s also the coach’s daughter….
Ace Anderson, a college champion quarterback, is cocky on the outside, and more than a little damaged on the inside. He’s got a nasty reputation, on and off the field. Transferring to a new campus, with a new coach, is his one last chance to put it all behind, his last hope for turning his NFL dreams into a future. If he wants it bad enough to work for it. As for commitment to anyone or anything else? Not gonna happen.
Bryant Johnson, a young woman of both soul and substance, knows she can fix him; after all, that’s what she does, semester after semester. She works relationship miracles, turning hopeless cases into model boyfriends, one former bad boy at a time. Without getting involved. Ever. Ace presents a special challenge, in more ways than one. But if her father, the Southern University Renegades’ coach, has a chance to win a championship at last, she’ll win Ace over, fix him, and set him free with no regrets.
Right? Not exactly.
That’s what you’ll find out when you pick up Downed, the latest standalone novel in the Gridiron series by Jen Frederick. It’s a story full of heart, packed with southern charm and characters you’ll love. It’s funny; it’s hot; it’s occasionally painful; but most of all it’s hopeful without being cliché, thoughtful in ways you won’t necessarily expect; and sexy enough to warm you from the inside out, time and time again.
If you’ve read any of the other books in the series, you’ve met Ace before, and you probably hate him — with good reason. It’s even a better reason to read Downed, which is truly a redemptive romance … and not just for Ace, the jerk; but for Bryant, the strong, smart, sensitive young woman who needs to overcome fears from her past to embrace the possibilities in her future.
When it comes to sports romance, Jen Frederick never disappoints. I enjoyed every scene. It’s perfectly paced and seamlessly written in alternating points of view, with enough drama and conflict to hold your interest, offset by moments of pure joy and college humor that will have you laughing out loud. Altogether, it’s a fun read and my personal favorite of the series thus far.
Indulge yourself this football season with this and the other standalones in the Gridiron series. You can thank me later.
Other Books in the Series
DOWNED, #3 in the Gridiron Series, joins SACKED and JOCK BLOCKED, all available on Amazon and other platforms. Follow Jen on Amazon and check out all three books in the series here:
Each book may be read as a standalone.