Book Review: Intercepted

by: Alexa Martin

Date Finished: August 26, 2018
Publication Date: September 11, 2018
Publisher: Berkley Books
Format: E-galley from Netgalley

Intercepted is the debut novel by Alexa Martin, but is already listed as book #1 in the Playbook series.  Marlee is the long-time girlfriend of an NFL player.  Things are going well, until her one night stand from four years ago is transferred onto the team and Marlee goes through a dramatic breakup.  Marlee swears off NFL players...only to find herself falling for her one-night-stand and her ex's teammate.  Should Marlee give him a chance and risk being burned again?

Since I am not a football fan, I wasn't sure if I'd enjoy this romance.  But, romance has been good to me lately, so I requested it and immediately started reading it.  I'm so glad I gave it a chance and am already looking forward to book 2.

Marlee is a highly like-able character.  While she is a football girlfriend, she is not stuck-up and does not depend on her man for money. Thats a good thing because when they break-up she is left to fend for herself.  And fend for herself, she does!  Marlee does not wallow in the breakup, but rather finds a new apartment and a new job.

Marlee is a POC and deals with a lot of issues through the novel such as racism, sexism and slut-shaming.  I thought that the author did a great job of tackling some issues while keeping the novel as a light read.  I should also note that I am not sure if Marlee's love interests were also POC or if they were Caucasian.  I realized partway through my reading that I hadn't paid attention to the descriptions and realized I didn't care either way.

Overall, Intercepted is a fun sporty romance that is suitable for the non-football fan like myself.  If you've delved into the contemporary romance genre with such titles as The Wedding Date and The Kiss Quotient and loved them, then I'd highly recommend that you pick up Intercepted as well.  This was easily a 4 star read for me!


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