on February 11, 2016
Genres: Coming of Age
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
SheÔÇÖs always played it safeÔÇª
College junior Lucy Washington abides by one ruleÔÇöavoid risk at all costs. SheÔÇÖs 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, sheÔÇÖs willing to step out of her comfort zone, but can she really trust the guy whoÔÇÖs determined to sweep her off her feet?
HeÔÇÖs always played aroundÔÇª
Entering his last year of college eligibility, linebacker Matthew "Matty" Iverson has the team captaincy in his sights. And itÔÇÖs his for the taking, if he can convince his quarterback Ace Anderson to give up the starting position. Luckily, Matty already has an edgeÔÇöthe hottie heÔÇÖs lusting over just happens to be AceÔÇÖs 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, itÔÇÖs time for a new game plan: convince the woman of his dreams that sheÔÇÖs not sleeping with the enemy.
It’s time for another #OUAP #BuddyRead review. Seems that the college-age sports theme is one of our favorites. During a buddy read, there’s a lot of back and forth between us as it’s a great way to work out our feelings (and apply literary character assassinations, if needed). Rather than subject you to our long chat, we’ll sum up our reading experience through some Q&A.
1.Is this your first Jen Frederick book? If yes, what did you think? If not, how does it compare to her other works?
Loredana:No, this isn’t my first book. I read her Woodland series and fell in love with her writing. Jockblock totally held up to my high expectations. She has a knack for writing amazing men – men who are full of the feels.Her stories are interesting and they always cause me to guess at the next plot twist.
Cyndi: Yes, this is the first book I’ve read by Jen ( *clears throat* but NOT the only one I own). She delivered on my expectations. I had heard a bit about Jock Blocked before reading and it is as sweet, funny, and angsty as I thought. And, it has that super awesome male lead I anticipated.
2. Matthew “Matty” Iverson…he’s quite the guy. Is he someone worthy of a risk in your book?
Loredana: A RESOUNDING YES!!! Matty is definitely book boyfriend quality. Some of the amazing things he’s done for Lucy – wow…just wow. He’s not perfect, but he has the ability to be introspective so he can understand how his choices impact other.Further, he understands what is needed of him if he hopes to achieve his aim (love, friendship, whatnot).
Cyndi: I CONCUR with you Loredana! Upon first impression I was worried he might be a bit conceited but he wasn’t. Describing him like Clark Kent *shivers* – well done my dear! Anyway, he is sure of himself and I like the confidence. Like you say, he thinks things out and weighs the possible outcomes. He faced a really daunting task but he handled it well.
3. Lucy Watson has a reason to play it safe in life. Do you agree with her reasoning?
Loredana: I found Lucy to be a bit of a paradox. She’s a very risk averse person, but she’s not exactly a wallflower.She’s definitely dipped her foot into the dating pool and has her own opinions.In fact, I liked that she wasn’t a virgin. Sometimes I felt like she erred too much on the side of caution. There were times when I thought Lucy used things as a crutch – her excuse to validate her non-risk taking. There’s some strong symbolism in there. I think Matty helps her step out from behind her fear. I kinda wish we had gotten some more back story on the high school boyfriend.
Cyndi: I was a bit surprised by the lack of background on Lucy – for being a towny and all. I suppose we get some, but it’s fairly late in the book. But the little we got, her family situation, really explained a lot about her careful nature.I give her credit for understanding herself so well and having a system to rely on. But, it’s always fun to see characters who “live by strict rules” get their lives shaken up. I think she learned a lot about herself in a relatively short timeframe
4. How did you feel about Ace – his relationship with Lucy, his antics, his choices?
Loredana: I wanted to feel bad for the situation Ace was facing, but it was all consequences of his choices. Seriously, I am not a fan. Maybe he’ll grow up and become a better person. However, he had A LOT of checks in the con column. I believe there is a sad, broken little boy in the boy of this almost man. Hopefully he’ll get there without too many more disastrous decisions.
Cyndi: Ace, Ace, Ace. Honestly I haven’t disliked a character that intensely in a long while. He’s a grade A jerk, a coward and┬áa bully. Everything was about him, him, him. On top of it, he treats Lucy like trash – and in a way I think he holds her accountable for the family issue that impacted both their lives. If Jen decides to give us a book about Ace I think it would be a feat to redeem him in my eyes.
5. What was (were) your favorite parts of the book? Did anything surprise you?
Loredana: I was really intrigued by the pro/con risk assessments. Some of the parallels drawn in the book I didn’t put together until they were pointed out (THAT COULD HAVE BEEN A SPOILER…but it’s not…). My favorite parts of the book were when Matty first meets Lucy at the Brew House (hello Clark Kent) and the ending…Matty’s special present to Lucy.
Cyndi: So, Jock Blocked was all things Matty – he really got my attention. What I loved most was the slow progression as he’s breaking down her walls, how he insinuates himself in her life and her heart. Resistance was futile <evil laugh>. So my favorite part ( outside of the incredibly HOT sex scenes) is when this comes to fruition. Matty was there for Luce when she was let down and out and out disrespected by a certain someone (who’s mantra seems to be “do as I as I say not as I do”). He made her feel safe and I think that tipped the scales for me.
6. Any last thoughts?
Loredana: I feel a little lost at the end of the book. Darn, this is hard to write without giving anything away…I felt like there were some things that weren’t quite cliffhangers, but not fully resolved. I’m *hoping* that means there will be another book.
Cyndi: I’m hoping for another book too – maybe one for Hammer. He’s a delightful character and added a lot of comedic relief. But here’s where I just throw out thoughts from some of my highlights:
1. I gasped when Matty said where he was from. My husband thought some thing horrific happened in the story. Seriously, I’m a native of this fine place so it just made me happy.
2. The cover is probably my favorite sports romance covers – so the model may be one of my ideal types. Don’t know what else it could be 🙂
3. I love that Matty gives Lucy more than one nickname – Luce & Goldie. I just haven’t decided why he uses one or the other or if there’s even a reason…
4. More than once Matty shows how much he thinks of Lucy and her health.
Overall, we agreed that Jock Blocked is a wonderful read and we really liked it. We’re giving it 4 stars!