Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Publication Date: September 4, 2018
Pages: 320 (kindle)
Genre: Contemporary Romance
My Goodreads Rating: 4 stars
Marlee thought she scored with the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. Now there's a new player on the horizon and he's in a whole league of his own...
Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's sure had enough practice, dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers her wide-receiver boyfriend has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. Only 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 and what a future can be like for them. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. Gavin's teammates' wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with her return, and they have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when their gossip attack makes Marlee public enemy number one to the rabid fans of the team, she worries about more than just her reputation.
Fearing she's causing Gavin's life more harm than good, she tries to ignore the articles and the comments. However, when Gavin makes a life changing decision without her, she's hit with the fact that she's allowed herself to fall back into the back-seat life of an NFL girlfriend she promised to leave behind. Marlee must learn how to balance loving Gavin without losing the independence and respect she's worked so hard to gain; otherwise their relationship may not survive the season.
Oh, this book is fun. I loved Marlee instantly. She is smart, feisty, and so sure of who she is. It's obvious from the start that Marlee takes no flack from anyone, especially the football wives. (As they constantly remind her she's only a "girlfriend".
I love that she and Gavin have a past and she thinks he's just a scumbag that doesn't remember her. It sets up a nice dynamic between the two of them already. When things fall apart with Chris (he sucks) and Gavin swoops in? Swoons ensue.
The story was sweet, if not a touch dramatic. I knew there would obviously be drama with Marlee and Gavin towards the end. I kind of wish it happened earlier and we saw more of an independent Marlee. I liked her inner monologue and how she talked with others about finding herself, but would have loved a more detailed account of her getting her own life on track.
Gavin is definitely swoon-worthy and sexy, a nice counter to Chris' Alpha act. It would have been nice to have seen him developed a little more outside of his relationship with Marlee. The moments with his family were nice, but there's always room for more.
All in all, this was a super sweet romance. I could hardly put it down.
It comes out in September, so check it out then!