Downed (Gridiron #3), a Sexy 5-Star Sports Romance from Jen Frederick

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About DOWNED….

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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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Book Review

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.

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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.

Meet Jen Frederick

Jen Frederick is the USA Today bestselling author of Unspoken, part of the Woodlands series, and Sacked, part of the Gridiron series. She is also the author of the Charlotte Chronicles and has had several books on the Kindle Top 100 list. She lives in the Midwest with a husband who keeps track of life’s details while she’s writing, a daughter who understands when Mom disappears into her office for hours at a time, and a rambunctious dog who does neither.



Jockblocked, by Jen Frederick! The Gridiron Guys Are Back!

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Title: Jockblocked

Author: Jen Frederick

Series: Gridiron, #2

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance, New Adult, Romantic Comedy 


Photo of the cover of Jockblocked, by Jen FrederickShe’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

Logo for author Jen FrederickJen 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

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Also Available from the Gridiron Series … Sacked

Cover of Sacked, by Jen FrederickWhat 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.

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