Saturday, April 20, 2019

Book Review: Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Fumbled (Playbook #2)
by Alexa Martin
Release Date: April 23, 2019
Source: Publisher
A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she's built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it's all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he's moved on.  

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they've suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they'll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

Berkley Romance has been KILLING it with the romance these past few years. I absolutely loved Intercepted by Alexa Martin when it came out last year and I was so excited to pick up Fumbled. This was another romance in the Intercepted football world and I couldn't wait to dive in. 

Poppy Patterson left everything she knew when she was 16 and pregnant to give her unborn child the life he deserves. She's worked hard and now she has a life she's proud of and a little boy who is living the life he deserves. When her high school boyfriend shows up where she works, Poppy isn't too keen to let him back in when he hurt her so much right before she left all those years ago. TK Moore is a professional football player and is living the dream he worked so hard for in high school and college. When he sees Poppy for the first time in years, all of those old feelings come rushing back. Both Poppy and TK can't seem to stay away from each other, but can the secrets and betrayals from years ago hurt any chances of them finding happiness again? 

In the beginning, I have to say, I wasn't the biggest fan of TK. Once he learned the truth about why Poppy had left, though, I really started to love his character and how he was with Poppy and her son. The romance was so sweet and I loved how Poppy entered the world that we were introduced to in Intercepted when Marlee started to date Gavin. The women of the Denver Mustangs are definitely characters and I really enjoyed how Poppy found some women to really bond with and become friends with. 

The romance was one of my favorite parts of this book, but I also loved the important discussions surrounding football that Poppy and TK had. Football was such an important part in TK's life that it was hard for him to face Poppy's fears about the dangers football can have for its players. Football became a burden on their relationship and forced them both to make some important decisions. 

While I really enjoyed Intercepted, I LOVED Fumbled. I was obsessed with the romance, Poppy's dedication as a mother, and all of the side characters who entered Poppy's life throughout the story. Every sports romance fan needs to pick up Alexa Martin's books!

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