Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: September 11, 2018 by Berkley Books
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Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...
Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.
Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation.
Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I struggled a lot with reading this book and writing this review. There was so much I enjoyed about the story and characters, but there were a few issues I had with it as well.
Intercepted follows Marlee, the girlfriend of a pro football player who finds out said boyfriend is cheating on her. At around the same time she runs into Gavin Pope, the new quarterback, AND a guy she had a thing with in the past. As her relationship is unraveling, Gavin wants to pick up where they left off, and Marlee is dealing with the catty wives of some of the football players.
When I had the opportunity to read the book I took it. I’m very into hockey romances, but haven’t read many other types of sports romance. I was also intrigued by the book because Martin is the wife of an former professional football player, so she has some insight in the behind the scene stuff.
My major issue with the book, that really affected how I rated it was the amount of girl hate going on. Since the main character is a pro football player’s girlfriend, she spends a lot of time with a group of wives, and hates on almost all of them. It’s not just her that is doing the hating, all these women are catty with each other and there’s really no reason for them to hate each other that much. The main character is even kind of judge-y about her best friend. I understand that there are always going to be some people you’re just not a fan of, but there’s no reason here for any of the hatred these women have towards each other.
I definitely enjoyed the second half of the book more than the first half. There was no more girl hate, and I enjoyed reading about Marlee’s growth after the end of a long term relationship. She’d been with the same guy off and on for ~10 years, and takes time after that for herself. She learns what she wants and deserves out a partner and relationship.
Overall I enjoyed the plot and second half of the book, and cannot wait to read Martin’s next book!