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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Intercepted

  1. 4 out of 5

    Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️

    3.75 - 4 Stars This is Alexa Martin's debut novel and what a debut it is. I really enjoyed her writing style, her characters, and her sense of humor. I'm not going to rehash the blurb or story line at length; however, the main character (Marlee) is a longtime NFL girlfriend in a sea of NFL wives and, because Martin herself is a former NFL wife (her husband is retired), I felt like we were getting a backstage pass to one of those players' wives TV shows - with none of the cameras, but ALL the drama 3.75 - 4 Stars This is Alexa Martin's debut novel and what a debut it is. I really enjoyed her writing style, her characters, and her sense of humor. I'm not going to rehash the blurb or story line at length; however, the main character (Marlee) is a longtime NFL girlfriend in a sea of NFL wives and, because Martin herself is a former NFL wife (her husband is retired), I felt like we were getting a backstage pass to one of those players' wives TV shows - with none of the cameras, but ALL the drama. Part of me hopes that they aren't all really this heinous - and I'm sure some of the snark was dramatized for the story - but another part of me realizes some of the shit Marlee dealt with probably legit goes down. I mean, we have all seen some of those wife interviews/comments in which they say, "Well, we WE got traded," or "when WE started with [insert team name], blah, blah, blah..." I always think to myself, I don't see WE out there with the football, lady. But alas, I'm letting my jealously show...if only we could ALL be wives who lunch. Or whatever it is that rich, surgically genetically gifted trophy wives do with their free time. But I digress. Back to the story. Shit goes down, obviously, and Marlee is forced to...reassess her life circumstances a bit. Insert romance. I really liked the H here, although some of his actions in the end didn't feel like they jived with who he was up until that point. Also, there was a LOT of fabricated OTT drama here, a little bit of funny hashtag insertion overkill as well..and let's just say the steamy times need some work; but all in all, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from Martin. This as a debut novel bodes for a promising career. This was

  2. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Intercepted by Alexa Martin is a 2018 Berkley publication. Hilarious and super sexy!! Several years ago, Marlee had a one-night stand with a guy she thought was an investment banker, while on a break from her boyfriend. Now, not only is she back with her boyfriend, who happens to be a professional football player, they are engaged!! Life's good... Well, except when it comes to the catty football wives. Oh, and that one-night stand? He’s the new star quarterback for the team! For Marlee, her nig Intercepted by Alexa Martin is a 2018 Berkley publication. Hilarious and super sexy!! Several years ago, Marlee had a one-night stand with a guy she thought was an investment banker, while on a break from her boyfriend. Now, not only is she back with her boyfriend, who happens to be a professional football player, they are engaged!! Life's good... Well, except when it comes to the catty football wives. Oh, and that one-night stand? He’s the new star quarterback for the team! For Marlee, her night with Gavin was unforgettable, scorched into her memory, but will he remember her after all this time? This book was absolutely hilarious. I can’t remember the last time I had so much fun reading a romance novel. Alexa Martin writes what she knows, since she spent eight years as the wife of an NFL football player. (now retired). Her experience gives readers a little insider’s peak inside the cliques, competitions, rules, and politics of professional football. Of course, this also means getting a look at the underbelly, which is not all that glamorous and could be offensive, at times. Although, I must put my own dig in here, and say that in reality I'm sure it's a thousand times worse than anything portrayed in this book. For a debut novel, I thought this book was well constructed, and fleshed out nicely. The relationship drama might have dragged out a bit too long, however, that's better than feeling like the story was too rushed. The characterizations were very well done, from the good to the bad, and points in between. The dialogue is razor sharp and ladies, Gavin!! OMG!! This guy had me melting into a puddle, going all dreamy eyed, and walking around with a big goofy grin on my face. There’s some high drama, a little action, a little suspense, some steamy, sexy times, and a lovely diverse cast of characters. Honestly, I had no idea what to expect when I started this book, since I don’t read a lot of sports romance, especially if it is centered around football. While I don’t think this life sounds all that appealing, if sports heroes are your secret fantasy, you don’t want to miss this one. But, even if you aren’t a sports fan, you’ll still love the romance, friendships, and humor… and GAVIN!! Unless I am mistaken, this novel is also the first of a planned series. I obviously enjoyed this one enough to sign up for the next one. 4 stars

  3. 4 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    You probably haven't heard of Alexa Martin yet, so let me tell you that she's a debut author and I had the pleasure to read her first novel, INTERCEPTED. She is the wife of an NFL football player so it probably comes as no surprise that her first book is sports romance, specifically, yeah, you guessed it, football. Intercepted gives us a little insight into the not so glamorous life of a wife or girlfriend of a football player. Marlee Harper just broke up with her football player boyfriend of ten You probably haven't heard of Alexa Martin yet, so let me tell you that she's a debut author and I had the pleasure to read her first novel, INTERCEPTED. She is the wife of an NFL football player so it probably comes as no surprise that her first book is sports romance, specifically, yeah, you guessed it, football. Intercepted gives us a little insight into the not so glamorous life of a wife or girlfriend of a football player. Marlee Harper just broke up with her football player boyfriend of ten years. Their relationship has always been a little rocky - Marlee knew that Chris cheated on her in the past so when she finds incriminating photos she's had enough. Her knight in shining armor is Gavin Pope, the teams new quarterback, who she had a fling with four years ago. He saves her on numerous occasions which not only strengthens their friendship but also increases exponentially their attraction. After Chris, however, Marlee  doesn't have any inclination to date another athlete. If Gavin Pope wasn't so irresistibly scrumptious... This story is written from Marlee's point of view and we get all her inner monologues which can get really boring, repetitive and tedious. Not so in Alexa Martin's debut. This author's voice is quick-witted, hilarious, smart and crisp to a point where it becomes absolutely addictive. I loved the snark and humor in Intercepted so much, I couldn't put the book down. Marlee doesn't realize that her breakup and the relationship with Chris left scars. Only through Gavin she realizes how damaged she is and I have to say I was immensely impressed that she never took the easy way, her decisions might look selfish on the outside but it was actually a way for her to grow, to give everyone, not just Gavin, the best version of herself. It’s not that I’m not whole without him— I am. It’s just that with him— next to him— everything shines brighter.  The group of WAGs Marlee used to be a part of is like hyenas. It's awful how they gang up on her and single her out. The vicious things they do and say...a weaker person would crumble. Marlee didn't always take the high road but her eloquent and sassy comebacks and the fact that she didn't let the (b)witches penetrate her thick skin made me admire her so much. Nobody was allowed to disrespect her. Nobody. She said and did the unexpected and I loved that she made the conscious choice to sort herself out. Gavin is dreamy. He wants Marlee fiercely and there is always a sense of her being IT for him. He shows his appreciation in so many ways and makes her feel special. He definitely is the full package and while he did get a little over-protective at times it didn't really bother me. What bugged me a little bit is his final screw-up. He knew Marlee was as independent as they come, making a huge decision without involving her was TSTL and I thought a little out of character, too. This is where the hero's point of view would have come in handy since I wanted to know what the hell moved him to his actions. However, the issue was resolved and wrapped up nicely so in the end it didn't really change my overall enjoyment of INTERCEPTED. He’s giving himself to me in a way I’ve never experienced. Unselfishly. Without wanting anything in return except to let him love me. If a snarky writing style is your jam and you love sports romance give this a chance. This book doesn't feel like a debut at all, it's solid, entertaining, funny and you'll be pulled into the story from the first page. I'm sure we'll hear more of Alexa Martin.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4,5 stars I loved it,it was so good!It has drama,it was fun and the romance was cute!Such a nice surprise from a new author to me!I have to admit from the moment I read the synopsis I couldn't wait to read it! Gavin is the perfect hero, protective,swoon worthy and sexy!Marlee is fantastic, I liked her, she is so funny!I could easily relate with her!I loved that she is so down to earth and not like the other girls!I love the relationship between Marlee and Gavin!The are sweet and cute, they make m 4,5 stars I loved it,it was so good!It has drama,it was fun and the romance was cute!Such a nice surprise from a new author to me!I have to admit from the moment I read the synopsis I couldn't wait to read it! Gavin is the perfect hero, protective,swoon worthy and sexy!Marlee is fantastic, I liked her, she is so funny!I could easily relate with her!I loved that she is so down to earth and not like the other girls!I love the relationship between Marlee and Gavin!The are sweet and cute, they make me smile most of the time. "'You just complimented me while yelling at me. Now I don't know if we're still fighting or if I get to kiss you yet." I love the writing it was refreshing and easy to read!I'm excited to read more books from Alexa Martin, I still can't believe it's her first book!     

  5. 5 out of 5

    Katie B

    Don't you just hate it when you are dating a professional football player and then a guy you had a one-night stand years ago joins the team? Totally awkward. This was a fun sports romance with a main character, Marlee, who was easy to like. Humor was used well throughout the book although I thought hashtags were used a few too many times. I preferred the first half of the book over the second as it felt like the story was being dragged on just for drama's sake. I liked Gavin but at times he felt Don't you just hate it when you are dating a professional football player and then a guy you had a one-night stand years ago joins the team? Totally awkward. This was a fun sports romance with a main character, Marlee, who was easy to like. Humor was used well throughout the book although I thought hashtags were used a few too many times. I preferred the first half of the book over the second as it felt like the story was being dragged on just for drama's sake. I liked Gavin but at times he felt a little too simple and one-dimensional. Overall this is a decent read if you are looking for something light and easy. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy! I was under no obligation to post a review and all views expressed are my honest opinion.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    ★★★ Intercepted is the first installment in a new sports romance series titled: Playbook. Being married to a former NFL player, author Alexa Martin knows firsthand all about the world of football, both on and off the field. As rich and glamorous as it may appear at first glance, you wouldn't catch me anywhere near that world if Martin's fictional debut is any indication of how cutthroat it all is. Inspired by her real life experiences when her husband played professional football, Intercepted dea ★★★½ Intercepted is the first installment in a new sports romance series titled: Playbook. Being married to a former NFL player, author Alexa Martin knows firsthand all about the world of football, both on and off the field. As rich and glamorous as it may appear at first glance, you wouldn't catch me anywhere near that world if Martin's fictional debut is any indication of how cutthroat it all is. Inspired by her real life experiences when her husband played professional football, Intercepted deals with it all from backstabbing, envious, and aggressive WAGS (wives and girlfriends of high-profile athletes) to the strategy involved in handling the media, fans, other players, as well as over-protective family and friends. Our heroine, Marlee, was burned one too many times when dating in the professional football world so the last thing she expects is to be reconnected with Gavin, a former one-night stand, who … yes, you guessed it … was just added to the team. Intercepted offers humor, diversity, plenty of romance, and even some unexpected suspense. There are these hilarious hashtags scattered throughout the novel that add clever zingers at the most appropriate times, and this was my favorite part of the book. Marlee is a strong character who still possesses surprising vulnerability, and she was easy to like. As a reader, I did get annoyed by her over-the-top independence, but trust issues impact people in a variety of ways. Overall, an enjoyable and easy-to-read romance. My favorite quote: “If they'll talk with you, they'll talk about you.”

  7. 5 out of 5

    Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Title: Intercepted Series: Playbook #1 Author: Alexa Martin Release date: September 11, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] He lights up a part of me that fades away without him. It’s not that I’m not whole without him— I am. It’s just that with him— next to him— everything shines brighter. Gavin doesn’t make my world, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t enhance it. Marlee is one of the sassiest, most entertaining heroines I've read in quite a while. Her snarky narration made the b Title: Intercepted Series: Playbook #1 Author: Alexa Martin Release date: September 11, 2018 Cliffhanger: No HEA(view spoiler)[Yes (hide spoiler)] He lights up a part of me that fades away without him. It’s not that I’m not whole without him— I am. It’s just that with him— next to him— everything shines brighter. Gavin doesn’t make my world, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t enhance it. Marlee is one of the sassiest, most entertaining heroines I've read in quite a while. Her snarky narration made the book for me, as she had me laughing out loud on countless occasions. But besides her fantastic sense of humor, there was quite a bit more to love about her. She's sweet, unfailingly loyal to her longtime boyfriend, and she doesn't allow anyone to disrespect her. The wives of her boyfriend's teammates try to cut her with barbs on a regular basis because her man still hasn't attempted to put a ring on it. After ten years. One in particular, Courtney, is the ringleader of the mean girls. She's a secondary character you will immediately dislike, and eventually thoroughly despise. Marlee's take no bullshit attitude makes for some hilarious moments, because even when she's at her lowest point, she gives just as good as she gets. She has a steely confidence that comes across on every page. Gavin is a one night stand she had when she was on a brief break with her boyfriend years ago. She ended up running out the next morning full of regrets. Discovering that Gavin had lied to her about what he did for a living was enough to convince her she'd made a big mistake. As someone who values honesty, she wasn't very impressed with his deception, and he became her dirty little secret after reconnecting with Chris. Sure, their night was unforgettable, (much to her chagrin) but she didn't plan on ever letting it effect her present. Until she discovers that Gavin has now signed on with the Mustangs, and he makes it clear that he remembers her with crystal clear clarity. Intercepted is the perfect title for this novel, because that is precisely what Gavin did. When Marlee discovers what her boyfriend has been hiding from her, he swoops in and catches Chris' massive FUMBLE. I had so much respect for Gavin. Clearly, it's obvious from their first interaction that he appreciates her worth and treats her accordingly. She isn't just some random hookup from his past, he genuinely wants to get to know her better, and build something from their connection. You get the feeling that she's his potential dream girl, and the one that slipped through his fingers. And he's willing to be as patient as it takes until she feels ready to place her trust in a new relationship after being burned when she least expected it. Which brings me to another thing I really loved about their story. Marlee is a woman who gave her whole heart and soul to Chris when they were together. Then her trust was broken pretty brutally, and it would have been easy for her to carry that baggage with her. To treat Gavin unfairly because of her ex's actions, or jump to conclusions because she had trust issues. That didn't happen. She saw him for who he really was from the start, and it was so refreshing. Yes, she did need some time to transition into a relationship with Gavin, but that's more than understandable. It would have been highly unrealistic if she jumped from one man to the other with no qualms after what happened to her. Gavin was a complete and utter sweetheart. He was so supportive and protective of Marlee. In fact, at times, he unintentionally stepped over the line with his protectiveness and got pushy. (If that's a man's worst failing, I'd say he's doing pretty well.) He did have a pretty big screw up in the end, but I never got upset with him over it because his heart was in the right place. He just needed to learn that Marlee values her independence and she had to make her own way in the world. Accomplish her own dreams. I did think that the drama leaned toward over the top on a few occasions, especially her getting attacked twice in unrelated incidents. I didn't think anything of the first one with the homeless man, but then when it happened again with the two men on the train it lost me. Another issue I had was the hashtags throughout the book. Don't get me wrong, a lot of them were funny. But as the book wore on, there were sometimes 2-3 on one page, and eventually I didn't want to read them anymore. This didn't effect my overall enjoyment to a big degree, so I'm not complaining that much. I can honestly say that I loved both main characters from beginning to end. As a couple they were flawless, and set my romantic heart fluttering at their sexy connection and banter. The football field’s the only place you’ll ever beat me. Learn to accept it.” “You’re a sore winner,” Gavin says. I give him a crisp nod. Duh. “The only thing I heard you say was I’m a winner.” Intercepted was a fast paced, low angst, fun and flirty novel that's sure to be a big winner with many readers. As a debut novel, I was really impressed with Alexa Martin's storytelling. It's so naturally engaging and entertaining. If you're in the mood for a light, sports rom-com, this could be the book you're looking for. It's always exciting finding not only a new author to follow, but a new series. This book provides both, so this book nerd is blissfully happy! The next book in the Playbook series is entitled Fumbled , and it's scheduled for publication June 2019. I'm really looking forward to continuing on with Poppy and TK's story. FOLLOW SMOKIN HOT BOOK BLOG ON:

  8. 5 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    At 28, Marlee Harper has been an NFL girlfriend -- not wife -- for 10 years. Her boyfriend keeps putting off marriage, babies, or any kind of future, and Marlee’s been going along with it. But when she finds evidence of his cheating, again, that’s it. She moves out and finally starts to get on with her own, football-free life. What she wasn’t counting on, though, was Gavin Pope, the one other guy she’s ever slept with, becoming the new star quarterback for her ex’s team … and the steamy connect At 28, Marlee Harper has been an NFL girlfriend -- not wife -- for 10 years. Her boyfriend keeps putting off marriage, babies, or any kind of future, and Marlee’s been going along with it. But when she finds evidence of his cheating, again, that’s it. She moves out and finally starts to get on with her own, football-free life. What she wasn’t counting on, though, was Gavin Pope, the one other guy she’s ever slept with, becoming the new star quarterback for her ex’s team … and the steamy connection she and Gavin still have. Everyone who reads my reviews knows I have a lot of issues with romances. (Gee, Eilonwy, you don’t say? Yeah, I see that collective eyeroll.) So it’s possible that I enjoyed this more than it deserves, because instead of ticking off all my issue boxes, it addresses them. Achieving about as equal a relationship as you can get between a man who’s making multimillions a year and a woman who’s making a normal income? Check. Awareness of and determination to maintain boundaries? Check. A modern hero who doesn’t seem to have wandered out of a 1980’s romance and somehow missed the past 30 years of social change? Check. Let’s get my criticisms out of the way first. A big weakness for me were the wives of the other players, who are Mean Girls supreme and seem to be living in a 90’s teen movie rather than an adult world of major privilege. The author was an NFL wife for 8 years, and maybe this really is the atmosphere of the wives’ clubs, which is possible if they’re full of women who married young and whose husbands started making millions of dollars at ages between 18 and 22 -- maybe the maturity level really is this low. But the pettiness and nastiness wore really thin for me really fast. Some of the one-liners really are clever and funny, but they’re also base and cruel. I just didn’t enjoy these exchanges, and there are far too many of them. A smaller weakness was that I never felt as much of a connection between Marlee and Gavin as I would have liked. They’re very cute together and have good chemistry and some common interests, but at no point was “Why are these two The One for each other?” established to my satisfaction. But at the same time, maybe having them simply want to be together and promise to keep working to stay together is enough. Overall, though, I loved this book. I really enjoyed Marlee’s voice. She’s a nice, normal mix of half feeling good about herself and half feeling the pressure to pick on herself that I think most women walk around with, and neither half is over-emphasized. She’s super funny, with lots of laugh out loud moments (although her thinking-in-hashtags habit got a little overused). The other women in the story aside from the Mean Football Wives were mostly interesting and well-rounded. The stresses between Marlee and Gavin were mostly realistic, and the final Big Hurdle felt decently organic to what had come before and not just thrown in for last-minute tension (although at the same time, it kind of was). This was the most enjoyable romance I’ve read in ages, and I loved nearly every word of it. In fact, I read it a little slowly on purpose just so I could savor it longer! It was just so much FUN. And like Susan Elizabeth Phillips’s Chicago Stars romances, you really don’t have to care a whit about football to enjoy the story here. Alexa Martin, I hope you’re writing your next book fast! I am really looking forward to reading more like this.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Jessica (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)

    Alexa Martin's debut novel, Intercepted, is a scrumptious, addictive sports romance that follows Marlee, the former girlfriend of an NFL receiver, and her steamy second chance at love with the team's new QB, Gavin Pope... and let me just tell you, I WAS HERE FOR ALL OF OF IT. This unputdownable story is sexy and steamy and so damn good, I can't even believe this was a debut. Intercepted is lush with romance and rich with humor, but it's also a juicy little glimpse into the competitive hierarchy Alexa Martin's debut novel, Intercepted, is a scrumptious, addictive sports romance that follows Marlee, the former girlfriend of an NFL receiver, and her steamy second chance at love with the team's new QB, Gavin Pope... and let me just tell you, I WAS HERE FOR ALL OF OF IT. This unputdownable story is sexy and steamy and so damn good, I can't even believe this was a debut. Intercepted is lush with romance and rich with humor, but it's also a juicy little glimpse into the competitive hierarchy of the NFL WAGS, a drama ridden group of wives and girlfriends that proves to be both fascinating and hilariously entertaining. From the very first snap to the final whistle, Intercepted had me RIVETED. With its steamy romance, sharp humor and captivating characters, Intercepted is a game changer for romance readers everywhere and Alexa Martin is the MVP. Alexa Martin, who even are you and where the hell have you been all my damn life? Your words are my jam and your storytelling is my  kryptonite. My cheese face looks ridiculous and I know this because I got called out on it by my husband and kids about eighty seven thousand times while I was reading Intercepted. I couldn't stop smiling. The writing in this book is SO ON POINT. It's so smart. So quick. So fresh. I couldn't stop smiling because even when things were legit terrible for Marlee, they were setting up to be all too good for the reader. This story is packed with drama both on and off the football field and all the antics Marlee got herself up to in her wild world as an NFL girlfriend had me laughing out loud and had my chin on the floor. I just KNEW this was going to be fantastic by, like, page two and I am not even exaggerating. I can't get over how delicious it really was. I loved this book. This is an addictive sports romance, sure. Gavin Pope is the real deal. He's a gentleman, a family guy, a stellar athlete and a loyal teammate. I lost my mind over this guy every time he opened his mouth. But Marlee's own comeback, her story of finding herself after losing herself is what had me really cheering from the sidelines. She broke the rule book repeatedly on these pages, going rogue, doing and saying the last thing I expected. And it paid off. It made for an unputdownable, feel good, MUST READ romance and I couldn't get enough. I'm ready for more where this came from, Alexa Martin. I'm ready to feel more of the giddy joy I felt while reading this book. I'm ready for more of that yummy heartache and the fury and the sweet romance. I'm here for all of it and I can't wait for more.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Corina☞BookTwinsReviews

    This debut novel was right up my alley. Smart, witty and a sports romance – everything I love and adore. INTERCEPTED was a typical sports romance. A cheating jock boyfriend, another ball carrying knight in shining armor and a feisty and hilarious heroine. I read INTERCEPTED in one sitting, even took it with me to work and finished the last 50 pages there. Throughout the book I caught myself smiling quite a few times and wish I had such a hilarious personality like Marlee as my friend – with her, i This debut novel was right up my alley. Smart, witty and a sports romance – everything I love and adore. INTERCEPTED was a typical sports romance. A cheating jock boyfriend, another ball carrying knight in shining armor and a feisty and hilarious heroine. I read INTERCEPTED in one sitting, even took it with me to work and finished the last 50 pages there. Throughout the book I caught myself smiling quite a few times and wish I had such a hilarious personality like Marlee as my friend – with her, it would never be boring. I loved how independent Marlee was. Maybe a little too forgiving for my taste, but it all worked out for the better in the end. Marlee was if I’m honest the personality that outshone everyone else. She was fun, self confident, and always good for a chuckle. Her mouth was the star in this book. It was in all honestly never boring when Marlee was around – which was pretty much all the time – lol! The story on its own was predictable, but satisfying nonetheless. Towards the end there were a few things that I thought were unnecessary, and the story would have been even better without them. A little too much back and forth for my taste. And a few hang ups that were blown out of proportion. But all in all, this book was an amazing debut novel. Quick witted dialogues, a wonderful supporting cast and a sweet guy that swept Marlee off her feet if she wanted it or not. So, if you love a quick and easy read, that makes you smile and chuckle, this book is for you. ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ ✦ ✷ ✫ ✷ ✦ ✧ ✵ ✧ ✵ If you want to chat with me about books, find me on Instagram For more of my reviews: My Blog: Book Twins Reviews Facebook Blog Page Twitter Subscribe to Blog

  11. 5 out of 5

    Sheyla ✎

    Intercepted was the perfect book to read over the weekend. It was fun, light and with plenty of hilarious situations. I would have finished it earlier but I have a new ten-week-old puppy. #NoTimeToReadAnymore or I should say: #NoTimeForAnything Anyway, Intercepted has a funny heroine, Marlee Harper. Marlee is the girlfriend of Chris Alexander, a pro football player. Her only boyfriend has been Chris. She did have a one-night stand four years ago while they were on a break but she tries to avoid Intercepted was the perfect book to read over the weekend. It was fun, light and with plenty of hilarious situations. I would have finished it earlier but I have a new ten-week-old puppy. #NoTimeToReadAnymore or I should say: #NoTimeForAnything Anyway, Intercepted has a funny heroine, Marlee Harper. Marlee is the girlfriend of Chris Alexander, a pro football player. Her only boyfriend has been Chris. She did have a one-night stand four years ago while they were on a break but she tries to avoid thinking about that night. Marlee loves marketing but it has been hard to do what she wants to do because she has dedicated herself to Chris. She even attends the Lady Mustangs meetings which usually only football players wives can attend and she's continuously attacked by Courtney, the QB's wife. Chris is nothing but self-involved and when she finds out he's cheating, she breaks their ten-year-old relationship and moves out. Things get heated when Gavin Pope joins the team as the new QB. He's good at his job, he's hot and it turns out he's Marlee's one night stand! At first, Marlee tries to avoid him because she's with Chris and later on because she doesn't want to date another football player. But, Gavin is unrelenting. He makes it impossible for Marlee not to try to be with him. As I said earlier, this book is quick, funny and light. It had the perfect combination to entertain you. I love how Marlee defended herself from the mean WAGs. I like how she did have a true friend within the meanies. I like how she went through life using hashtags. I like how her relationship developed with Gavin. Gavin was just perfect except when he did something which was completely out of character for him. I guess, we needed some drama and that was the only way to create it. Even with his misstep, I still ended up liking him. I'm looking forward to Fumbled, the next in this series. 4/5 Fangs A complimentary copy was provided by Berkley Romance via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. MrsLeif's Two Fangs About It | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram

  12. 5 out of 5

    Stacee

    I loved this synopsis so I was able to overlook the cartoon-y cover and dive in. I really liked Marlee and Gavin. Her inner monologue is hilarious {excluding the excessive use of hashtags because that was annoying af} and he was so genuine. I enjoyed their banter and the seemingly normal {under the circumstances} growth of their relationship. Plot wise, it moved decently. There are a few rough patches that revolved around her wanting to stand up for herself and him taking over. As well as a few sc I loved this synopsis so I was able to overlook the cartoon-y cover and dive in. I really liked Marlee and Gavin. Her inner monologue is hilarious {excluding the excessive use of hashtags because that was annoying af} and he was so genuine. I enjoyed their banter and the seemingly normal {under the circumstances} growth of their relationship. Plot wise, it moved decently. There are a few rough patches that revolved around her wanting to stand up for herself and him taking over. As well as a few scenes of miscommunication and push and pull. That all makes it sound angsty, but it really was a lot of fluff. The conflict doesn’t last too long. Overall, it was a quick and fun read. I really enjoyed this group of characters and loved the epilogue. FYI: there are several scenes of gross douchbaggery from men: including verbal abuse, Marlee getting attacked and punched, and groping. **Huge thanks to Berkley Books for providing the arc free of charge**

  13. 4 out of 5

    Ari

    *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Marlee Harper has played the role of the girlfriend to a pro football player for ten years. But that all comes crashing down when she finds out that her wide receiver boyfriend has been scoring more touchdowns off the field than on them. Swearing off athletes, Marlee tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life but that plan is shot to hell when Gavin Pope, the new quarterback and an old fling, *I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.* Marlee Harper has played the role of the girlfriend to a pro football player for ten years. But that all comes crashing down when she finds out that her wide receiver boyfriend has been scoring more touchdowns off the field than on them. Swearing off athletes, Marlee tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life but that plan is shot to hell when Gavin Pope, the new quarterback and an old fling, comes walking back into her life. Though she’s resistant, Gavin is determined to make what happened between him and Marlee more than a one night thing, he just first has to convince her to take a chance on him. Can I just say that Berkley has been killing it with their debut romances this year! First there was The Wedding Date which I absolutely adored. Then there was The Kiss Quotient which is my favorite read for this year. Now we have Intercepted, a drama-filled sports romance that had me glued to my eReader and laughing up a storm. Intercepted is definitely one of the most entertaining sports-romances I’ve read in a while. I legit felt like I was watching one of those reality housewives shows while reading this book. The writing was on point and I gotta say that Alexa Martin did a damn good job at creating these secondary characters because I hated all of them (though I think that was kind of the point). Marlee has the patience of a saint because these secondary characters in this book drove me up the wall and I wanted to fight all of them. They were so condescending and incredibly rude and it made me wonder if this how WAGs are in real life. You will definitely need some patience while reading this book because these characters will test your nerves, lol. I loved Marlee from the start! She has no filter, she gives it to you straight and she is strong as hell considering all that she was put through throughout this book. She’s a fighter and I loved that she didn’t allow anyone to disrespect her nor does she change who she was just to fit it with the rest of the WAGs. The romance was angsty and though I wanted Marlee to let her guard down, I totally understand why she was so hesitant to let Gavin in. Gavin was so incredibly sweet and patient and is such a charmer. I thought he was perfect for Marlee and was happy with how things worked out for the both of them in the end. There were only two things that didn’t work for me in this book. The first being the use of hashtags within the internal dialogues. It was cute at first but I didn’t think they were fitting for some of the more serious moments throughout the book. The second thing that didn’t work for me was the ending. It felt a bit rushed. I mean most of the issues were resolved during the last 5% of the book and I felt like there should’ve been a chapter or two more before we got to the epilogue. Minor issues aside, Intercepted was still an entertaining and fun sports romance so grab some popcorn, a glass of wine and charge up your eReaders because I promise you’re not gonna want to miss out on this debut!

  14. 4 out of 5

    nick

    I've been dying to read Intercepted ever since I heard about it from a good friend. With its biracial heroine and its enticing plot surrounding the NFL, I knew that it would be just the perfect read for me. When a copy that I begged for (thank you, Berkley!!) showed up on my doorstep (and fought UPS for!), I immediately abandoned real life and started reading. What a ride it was! There's so much I want to discuss in my review for Intercepted, but I don't want to ruin the experience for potential I've been dying to read Intercepted ever since I heard about it from a good friend. With its biracial heroine and its enticing plot surrounding the NFL, I knew that it would be just the perfect read for me. When a copy that I begged for (thank you, Berkley!!) showed up on my doorstep (and fought UPS for!), I immediately abandoned real life and started reading. What a ride it was! There's so much I want to discuss in my review for Intercepted, but I don't want to ruin the experience for potential new readers, so I'm going to give you four reasons why you should consider giving the book a try! Reason #1: Marlee, Marlee, Marlee! What a refreshing heroine this girl was! From the first scene, I knew that she and I would get along splendidly and I was right. Marlee has been with Chris, her famous NFL-star boyfriend, since high school. She soon finds out that the ass has been cheating on her for a while. Marlee had no patience whatsoever for the douchenozzle, so she immediately proceeded to dump his butt and didn't give him a chance to make up any excuses for his nonsense. I loved that even though she had been with the guy for so long, she didn't wallow. Instead, she picked up the pieces of her life and went ahead to continue on. She had a lot of self-respect and self-worth which was really awesome to read about because it makes you want to be the same. I just adored everything about her and for me, her independence, her sass, and her wiles were what made this book a success for me. Reason #2: The Humor I wasn't expecting this book to make me laugh as much as it did, but man, I was snorting left and right at Marlee's comments. This was a girl with absolutely no filter and I was here for her sass! I love a good book that can have me cracking up. The only thing that didn't entirely work for me was Marlee's use of hashtags in her thoughts. I thought it was a bit ridiculous that she constantly thought in hashtags because really, who does that in real life? Reason #3: A Look At A Different Side of Football Intercepted is unique from other sports romances in that it focused more on the wives and girlfriends of the football players as opposed to the football players themselves. I'm not a fan of football but I always love reading about it in romance books and I feel like I learned a lot here. I low-key loved all the cattiness, the drama, and the jealousy that existed between some of these women. Some of them were drama queens who were out to get Marlee. I grew to hate them all, but I was also very entertained by their methods of "torture". Thankfully, Marlee dished out exactly what they deserved. She wasn't a doormat and wasn't afraid to call the petty women out. Again, I'm not sure if this is, in fact, the reality for many WAGs, but Alexa Martin should know as she was a WAG herself! Reason #4: Naomi, The BFF & Gavin, The Boo The one person who was awesome and also a part of the WAGs was Naomi. Her friendship with Marlee was one of the best fictional female friendship I've ever come across. These two ladies were there for each other and they were so comfortable around each other. It warmed my cold heart that Marlee had an awesome and supportive friend in Naomi. I also have to mention the text messages between these two that had me smiling like a goof! Then there was Gavin. I don't want to talk too much about him because you all have to meet him yourself, but wow! Talk about a swoony gentleman. He was exactly the kind of boyfriend Marlee deserved after Chris. He was a complete sweetheart! I hope these four reasons were enough to convince you to give Intercepted a try. I'm so happy that this book was a hit for me! I'm excited to read more from Alexa Martin who no doubt will easily become a favorite rom-com author of mine!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sh3llraiser

    ARC generously provided by Berkley Jove imprint. Release date: September 11, 2018

  16. 5 out of 5

    Hollis

    This debut sports romance has been on my radar for a while now and while there were parts I wasn't too fond of, and others that were overblown, INTERCEPTED on a whole did not disappoint. "Playing nice while Power Trip Barbie threw her jabs stole my appetite." Marlee has been with Chris, wide receiver of the Denver Mustangs, for ten years. She's put up with the catty, racist, behaviour of the other players' wives. She's put up with a rocky start in her relationship, filled with what you might expec This debut sports romance has been on my radar for a while now and while there were parts I wasn't too fond of, and others that were overblown, INTERCEPTED on a whole did not disappoint. "Playing nice while Power Trip Barbie threw her jabs stole my appetite." Marlee has been with Chris, wide receiver of the Denver Mustangs, for ten years. She's put up with the catty, racist, behaviour of the other players' wives. She's put up with a rocky start in her relationship, filled with what you might expect from an athlete, but come out the other side stronger for it. And she's managed to eke out her own business as a graphic designer while still supporting her man. All this and she's funny and tough, too. But things start to go wrong when a recent trade brings someone from her past back into her life.. and then she finds out that her boyfriend never actually stopped cheating on her. Cue relationship drama, the old flame stepping in to help, her ex being an asshole, a bitchy bestie on her new boyfriend's side, and so. many. hashtags. "Marlee." "Marlee what? I don't speak macho man shorthand." Don't get me wrong. Between the diversity of a biracial lead who is smart and sassy and strong, some laugh out loud moments, a wonderful relationship with her best friend and boss (lady friendships ftw!), and a hero who seemed just too good to be true (and spoiler sometimes he was), I thought INTERCEPTED was a lot of fun. But the drama.. is a lot. She smiles at me.. or at least I think she does. She's gone a little overboard with the Botox over the years. I never realized what a vital part the forehead plays in reading emotions before being around some of these women. From reading the author's note it seems that Martin might have legit pulled some of this material from her real life experiences as the wife of an NHL player, but holy god I hope it's really not this bad. Because wow. It was too much. And knowing it might be real life kinda makes it worse. But there was also some non-bitchy drama that happened maybe one too many times, somewhat different situations but similar enough, to feel overdone and repetitive. "Damn, girl, you must know you're standing next to the Pac-Man King. They don't call me the cherry-busting master for nothing." "Oh my god! Please tell me you did not just say that!" "Yeah.. I heard it after I said it." But, back to the good stuff, there was a lot of strength in the storytelling, the writing was smooth and flowed well, almost compulsively readable, and it was clever and smart, too. Marlee is a great heroine who, with a HEA almost handed to her, though not effortlessly, makes tough choices that I thought were well done. And of course we get there anyway. INTERCEPTED isn't perfect but it was a great way to spend a quiet sunday afternoon. I'm looking forward to more from this author! 3.5 stars

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (Booklovers For Life)

    What a wonderful debut!! I had so much fun reading INTERCEPTED. I adored the heroine – Marlee is hilarious, down-to-earth, and so lovable. She and Gavin had great chemistry together. I loved that this was a different take on sports romance, that was get more of a behind-the-scenes thing from the POV of an SO of a famous athlete. I highly recommend this one for sports romance fans who are looking for something fun and lighthearted! Full review to come! Thanks to the publisher for generously providi What a wonderful debut!! I had so much fun reading INTERCEPTED. I adored the heroine – Marlee is hilarious, down-to-earth, and so lovable. She and Gavin had great chemistry together. I loved that this was a different take on sports romance, that was get more of a behind-the-scenes thing from the POV of an SO of a famous athlete. I highly recommend this one for sports romance fans who are looking for something fun and lighthearted! Full review to come! Thanks to the publisher for generously providing me an ARC to review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sophia

    Football practices going on down at the end of the street, tail-gate party recipes showing up around me, and oh yes, I was in the mood to dive into a football sports romance by a debut author. Intercepted is the first in a series and I was all sorts of curious to crack it open knowing the book was written by a gal who is very familiar with the pro-football world. I found her writing style was a good fit and enjoyed the sassy and modern that crept in (though, yes, I tolerated the preponderances of Football practices going on down at the end of the street, tail-gate party recipes showing up around me, and oh yes, I was in the mood to dive into a football sports romance by a debut author. Intercepted is the first in a series and I was all sorts of curious to crack it open knowing the book was written by a gal who is very familiar with the pro-football world. I found her writing style was a good fit and enjoyed the sassy and modern that crept in (though, yes, I tolerated the preponderances of hashtags) and cringed over the life on the inside of this world. It was an easy, fast read with an adorable hero who just wants to prove himself to her. Marlee was an engaging heroine who had just made up her mind to stay away from pro athletes after her cheating ex when a former fling, Gavin, makes an appearance showing his interest and challenging her decision about men and sets out to prove to her that he isn't her ex. And, he's not the only challenge because the catty Queen B's who rule off the gridiron make things tough on her stirring up a maelstrom of trouble that forces her to take it to them. Holy Hannah was the drama these gals stirred up nutso. I loved when she gave them what for. She cracked me up so much that I got looks from people (note to self, don't read Alexa Martin books in public). Oh, and I loved her best bud, Naomi who wasn't like the others. It was a delightful surprise- simple, easy, fun, but just enough conflict in an authentic feeling setting- and now I want more. Those who love sports romance should definitely pick this one up. My thanks to Penguin for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review. COYER Summer Birthday Bash Scavenger Hunt clue #40 strong female protagonist

  19. 5 out of 5

    ☽ TheBibliotheque

    This book was pure and joyous romcom and exactly how I envision reading the script of one of these romantic comedies from a few years ago: heavy on the comedy and the sass. This is Alexa Martin's debut novel, bringing into the spotlight an unexplored side of sports romance: all the wifey drama. Or basically, the b*tchiness between all the players' wives and significant others, being the female lead, Marlee, the only one ringless in the first place and then dating the newest star of the team after This book was pure and joyous romcom and exactly how I envision reading the script of one of these romantic comedies from a few years ago: heavy on the comedy and the sass. This is Alexa Martin's debut novel, bringing into the spotlight an unexplored side of sports romance: all the wifey drama. Or basically, the b*tchiness between all the players' wives and significant others, being the female lead, Marlee, the only one ringless in the first place and then dating the newest star of the team after breaking up with another player of that very same team. As you see, the best kind of drama. I absolutely adored Marlee's character, never putting up with any kind of crap and valuing her independence and career over anything else. I loved the fact that the author is portraying a strong and determined heroine with all the sass and snark, one that has very clear since the beginning that no man is going to fight her battles. Not even swoony Gavin, who obviously had me at hello as I cannot resist a protective and sweet hero that admits is head over hills for the heroine. So, as you see, this novel has many strengths and it is definitely entertaining as much as it is seriously funny. But as you may have also noticed, I am not giving it a perfect rating. Well, even though I believe this one is a strong debut, I think that maybe some of the drama was a notch too high, if you know what I mean. As well as at some parts, the humor was stretched a tad too much. Regardless, I will definitely keep an eye on upcoming Alexa Martin's releases, she sure as heck has some more saucy romcoms in store for us. Rating: 3.5/5 *I received an advanced reading copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review

  20. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Touchdown!!! Alexa Martin snuck upon my book radar like a quarterback sneak the minute her publisher sent me her debut book, Intercepted. And wow oh wow, I was impressed by her writing and charismatic characters. Intercepted was a fun, sexy drama filled sports romance that was chocked full of with wit, playfulness, and your insider’s guide to the WAGs club. Right from the opening pages, I was hooked and so without spoiling anything, I ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review Touchdown!!! Alexa Martin snuck upon my book radar like a quarterback sneak the minute her publisher sent me her debut book, Intercepted. And wow oh wow, I was impressed by her writing and charismatic characters. Intercepted was a fun, sexy drama filled sports romance that was chocked full of with wit, playfulness, and your insider’s guide to the WAGs club. Right from the opening pages, I was hooked and so without spoiling anything, I will just say Alexa Martin did a fabulous job showcasing a sports romance with a fresh new perspective from the wives and girlfriends perspective. Readers are no longer on the sideline but instead are given a humorous and detailed account of cattiness and the hierarchy of WAGs. Usually in romance books, it’s the hero that steals the show but I gotta say Marlee was the star of this book. Her vibrant personality was what made me fall in love with this book hard. So if you are looking for a book that humor, wit, and romance then I highly recommend you to read this book.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)

    4.5 stars Color me impressed! Alexa Martin scores a touchdown in her debut novel, Intercepted, an entertaining sports romance centered around a fierce heroine. I fell in love with Marlee! I loved her snarkiness, wit, integrity, and strength. I appreciated how she fully recognizes her shortcomings. I got a kick out of all the humorous hashtags peppered throughout the story that Marlee makes up to describe her life. Gavin is the dreamy new hotshot NFL Quarterback. He always has Marlee’s back and is 4.5 stars Color me impressed! Alexa Martin scores a touchdown in her debut novel, Intercepted, an entertaining sports romance centered around a fierce heroine. I fell in love with Marlee! I loved her snarkiness, wit, integrity, and strength. I appreciated how she fully recognizes her shortcomings. I got a kick out of all the humorous hashtags peppered throughout the story that Marlee makes up to describe her life. Gavin is the dreamy new hotshot NFL Quarterback. He always has Marlee’s back and is pretty much perfect. There’s some irritatingly clueless behavior on his part, but I certainly wouldn’t kick him out of bed for eating crackers. I would normally say the drama is unnecessary; however, in this case it allows the characters to grow so it gets a pass from me. The catty members of the WAGS club—Wives and Girlfriend (no “s” at the end as Marlee is made all too aware) of the football players—are a huge source of humor. Marlee’s take no prisoners attitude creates a fun battle of wits with the leader of the group. Marlee’s douche of an ex gives the reader even more reason to be #TeamMarlee. If you take the colorful characters and add swoonworthy romance, football, and plenty of lighthearted humor, you have a delightful story that is a quick read. I’m so glad I took a chance on this author. I will definitely be reading more of her work. Recommended for fans of: Sports romance Romantic comedy Football Multicultural relationships Hashtag *I received an early copy of this book.*

  22. 5 out of 5

    Arabella ~♡AB♡~

    ★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★ A great debut from new author Alexa Martin - I really enjoyed this one! Marlee has been with her NFL boyfriend for a long time, she is a seasoned WAG (Wives and Girlfriends) who knows how things work. She has weekly lunches with the bitchy wives who look down on her for only being a long-term girlfriend, but she holds her own and only really stays involved because she loves to help out with the charity aspects of the WAG community. But what happens when her boyfriend betrays her a ★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★ A great debut from new author Alexa Martin - I really enjoyed this one! Marlee has been with her NFL boyfriend for a long time, she is a seasoned WAG (Wives and Girlfriends) who knows how things work. She has weekly lunches with the bitchy wives who look down on her for only being a long-term girlfriend, but she holds her own and only really stays involved because she loves to help out with the charity aspects of the WAG community. But what happens when her boyfriend betrays her and she falls very quickly for his new teammate and rival Gavin? I loved Gavin, he was a gentleman and an alpha who looked after those people in his life that he cared about, including his loyal fans. Marlee was a great female character with a sense of humour, if a little immature at times. All round, it was a good solid story - I am excited to see what this author will bring us next.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Polly

    What a refreshing read!! I never (ever) read debut authors because I'm so picky but saw a friend's review and I was curious. Firstly, football is my religion. So when I saw that it was a football book and was written by a real life football wife, I settled in and was ready to enjoy the scoop! The author did a great job at mixing in romance and sports. As a sports lover that is always important to me. I hate when I read a sports book and the author knows nothing about the sport. I need some facts What a refreshing read!! I never (ever) read debut authors because I'm so picky but saw a friend's review and I was curious. Firstly, football is my religion. So when I saw that it was a football book and was written by a real life football wife, I settled in and was ready to enjoy the scoop! The author did a great job at mixing in romance and sports. As a sports lover that is always important to me. I hate when I read a sports book and the author knows nothing about the sport. I need some facts! The sport however didn't overshadow the romance, which I loved. Obvi I'm here for the couple's story ;) I loved the couple. The h was real, honest, and empowered. The H was super swoony. There were a few holes that I would have loved being filled in and the ending was a bit too rushed for my taste but overall what a great debut. I'll be here for the next one! Hurry up ;)

  24. 5 out of 5

    Marla

    I really enjoyed this book. The characters were a lot of fun. Marlee may be little (5'2") but she was big in mouth. She didn't like confrontation but when someone went after her best friend or her man, she did not back down, even if it caused a fight to break out in the stands. There are always bitchy women who instead of supporting other women, they are jealous and try to knock those women down. That is how I saw the Mustangs wives. I'm sure there are wives like them and there are wives like Na I really enjoyed this book. The characters were a lot of fun. Marlee may be little (5'2") but she was big in mouth. She didn't like confrontation but when someone went after her best friend or her man, she did not back down, even if it caused a fight to break out in the stands. There are always bitchy women who instead of supporting other women, they are jealous and try to knock those women down. That is how I saw the Mustangs wives. I'm sure there are wives like them and there are wives like Naomi. I enjoyed Marlee and Gavin's relationship. They seemed to have a fun relationship that was filled with a mutual respect. I thought the storyline flowed smoothly, the characters were engaging and I was entertained. This is a typical chick lit story. I'm just glad that Marlee wasn't kidnapped like what usually happens with couples in chick lit books. I found this a fun book that would make a great summer read. Although it doesn't come out until September so it will be a perfect read for football season. Curl up with a blanket and a hot chocolate and enjoy.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kate Olson

    🏈 L O V E ❤ . I can’t even. Words are evading me. This book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. . Started after supper last night, finished during soccer today. Sassy, smart, fierce football romance that I loved for so so so many reasons. Set in Denver. Read it. LOVE. @alexambooks - I need another book from you ASAP please 😘 . Oh, and if I haven’t convinced you, the blurbs from @jasminepics and @hhoangwrites should. #ownvoices 🏈 L O V E ❤️ . I can’t even. Words are evading me. This book. LOVE LOVE LOVE. . Started after supper last night, finished during soccer today. Sassy, smart, fierce football romance that I loved for so so so many reasons. Set in Denver. Read it. LOVE. @alexambooks - I need another book from you ASAP please 😘 . Oh, and if I haven’t convinced you, the blurbs from @jasminepics and @hhoangwrites should. #ownvoices

  26. 5 out of 5

    Sahitya

    WOWWW…. This book was sooo much fun to read !!!! I went in expecting a sexy romance with some gossip on the side but this was full on chick lit drama and I was thoroughly entertained. Also, the author mentions in the note that she is an NFL wife, so I was really surprised to see some of the WAGs in the story and I really hope the author didn’t have to deal with so much bitchiness and drama during her time. Marlee is an awesome protagonist to read about. She may have been an NFL girlfriend for a l WOWWW…. This book was sooo much fun to read !!!! I went in expecting a sexy romance with some gossip on the side but this was full on chick lit drama and I was thoroughly entertained. Also, the author mentions in the note that she is an NFL wife, so I was really surprised to see some of the WAGs in the story and I really hope the author didn’t have to deal with so much bitchiness and drama during her time. Marlee is an awesome protagonist to read about. She may have been an NFL girlfriend for a long while and just found out she was being cheated on all this time, but she is no pushover. She is confident, sassy, doesn’t take any shit from anyone and gives back as good as she gets. I loved her comebacks, how she deals with anyone trying to behave badly towards her. She can be a tad bit dramatic and lets go of her temper when it comes to football, but she is an amazing woman who loves her family, friends and her job. I loved her growth through the book, especially the decisions she makes towards the end, deciding to find herself before she makes one of the most important decisions of her life. Gavin is too good to be true and the kind of guy who only exists in fiction and our imaginations😍😍😍 He is an excellent quarterback, is extremely hot, very charming and chivalrous and swoon worthy. But he can also be protective and overbearing sometimes. I liked that Gavin and Marlee could just be themselves with each other and not put up a front due to his celebrity status. They were like a normal couple, enjoying their dates, having fun without any care until the outside world comes knocking in. The slander that Marlee is put through just for being his girlfriend is very painful to watch but I was very impressed that he never wavered in his feelings and always had her back. I hated the conflict at around 85% of the book where Gavin messes everything up, because it felt so out of character for me. But I liked the way it was resolved, in a mature and reasonable way and it wasn’t what I expected. I also enjoyed Marlee’s friendship with Naomi and Brynn. Because of the extreme bitchiness, girl on girl hate and slut shaming in this book, I was glad to see she had atleast a couple of female friends who understood her and always backed her up. Their banter and interactions are so much fun to read about and reminded me of my own girl gang. We only get glimpses of both the families and it was nice to see such supportive parents, but I particularly loved Marlee’s dad. His protective nature was just too cute. The less I talk about the other WAGs in the team and Marlee’s ex, the better – they are bitter, nasty and extremely offensive and I’m glad Marlee always takes a stand, but they really put her through hell. The writing is very easy flowing and it’s very hard to put this book down. I finished it in a single sitting and laughed out loud many times. There is some sports talk but not a lot, so even a football noob like me could follow along comfortably. My only complaint is that Marlee thinks in terms of hashtags a lot and it got repetitive very soon… and I definitely didn’t want a hashtag in the middle of a lovemaking scene. However, the book is very easy to read and lots of fun and I’m definitely very excited to read more by this author.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cocktails and Books

    This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books This was a guilty pleasure read for me. I laughed at Marlee and really wished she was real (we’d totally be BFFs). Gavin was easy to love and I could understand why Marlee fell for him.  I enjoyed their building relationship and how Gavin knew what he had with Marlee and was willing to give her what she needed to figure out what her next steps were. And then there were the catty football wives.  There were so many times I wanted to scream at This review was originally posted on Cocktails and Books This was a guilty pleasure read for me. I laughed at Marlee and really wished she was real (we’d totally be BFFs). Gavin was easy to love and I could understand why Marlee fell for him.  I enjoyed their building relationship and how Gavin knew what he had with Marlee and was willing to give her what she needed to figure out what her next steps were. And then there were the catty football wives.  There were so many times I wanted to scream at these women and their horrible sense of entitlement just because their husband plays a certain position.  It was like high school all over again.  I would really hope these type of woman don't exist, but I'm guessing from the author's experience as a football wife herself this is probably a reality. This was one of those books I devoured in pretty much one sitting.  It's fun, sexy and really hard to put down.  Definitely consider picking this one up.

  28. 5 out of 5

    *The Angry Reader*

    ***ARC received for an honest review*** "'You just complimented me while yelling at me. Now I don't know if we're still fighting or if I get to kiss you yet." I'm vacillating between a 4 and 5 star read. For now we're gonna leave it at 5. I'll adjust in the future if it's necessary. I felt the writing style was different than anything I've read. Fun without being over the top. And the problems felt like real problems - a little zany but realistically handled. Marlee was such an admirable heroine, a ***ARC received for an honest review*** "'You just complimented me while yelling at me. Now I don't know if we're still fighting or if I get to kiss you yet." I'm vacillating between a 4 and 5 star read. For now we're gonna leave it at 5. I'll adjust in the future if it's necessary. I felt the writing style was different than anything I've read. Fun without being over the top. And the problems felt like real problems - a little zany but realistically handled. Marlee was such an admirable heroine, and Gavin was total heart-eyes. Marlee, with her crap boyfriend, is surrounded by a crap group of football wives. And then her boyfriend is gone and Gavin is there. The timing is awful and Marlee tries to resist Gavin, but he is irresistible...until he isn't. Homeboy messes up, and messes up big. I loved their problems, and more than anything I loved how they handled them. And then there's the fact that Marlee just got out of a relationship - should she really be in another one? I don't think I've ever wanted to be friends with a character as much as I want to be friends with Marlee. From her hashtags to her margaritas to her tellin the truth when it needed to be told. She was a cool chick with her head on straight in a world that wanted her to be a dick. Marlee's sass made the book, and Gavin's sexiness was the icing on the cake. I look forward to more from Ms Martin with serious anticipation. "I try my hardest to wrangle my wild hair into a bun and when I look at the finished product I know what Churchill meant when he said, 'Sometimes your best isn't good enough.'" Fluttering somewhere between chick lit, women's fiction and sports romance, honesty takes this book outside the boundaries created by genres - making it one of my favorite reads so far this year.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mandi Schreiner

    I enjoyed this - although I think the first half is much stronger than the second half. Maybe the draa is streched out too much by the end of the book? And I think some of the player wives are over the top in their nastiness. BUT - I do enjoy a nasty character and we have some good ones :) I REALLY liked the heroine!! And the hero does some swoony things. Def reading more from this author. Grade: B-

  30. 4 out of 5

    (Tori-Smexybooks) smexys_sidekick

    Favorite Quote: “Karma’s a bitch. We’re allowed to laugh once she’s done her job.” Marlee Harper has spent the last 10 years being the perfect NFL girlfriend, putting up with the catty NFL wives and her narcissistic boyfriend…that is until she discovers her man has been cheating on her. In an upset of the year, Marlee packs her things and leaves, vowing never to date another professional athlete again. Until her ex’s team, the Denver Mustangs, brings in a new hotshot quarterback, Gavin Pope. Marl Favorite Quote: “Karma’s a bitch. We’re allowed to laugh once she’s done her job.” Marlee Harper has spent the last 10 years being the perfect NFL girlfriend, putting up with the catty NFL wives and her narcissistic boyfriend…that is until she discovers her man has been cheating on her. In an upset of the year, Marlee packs her things and leaves, vowing never to date another professional athlete again. Until her ex’s team, the Denver Mustangs, brings in a new hotshot quarterback, Gavin Pope. Marlee had a steamy one night stand with Gavin years ago and never saw him again. Until now. Gavin is determined to pick up where he and Marlee left off but first, he has to prove to her he is nothing like her ex. But not everyone is willing to let Marlee back into the fold. Between Gavin’s family, his publicist, and the team wives, Marlee has a lot to overcome if she wants to get off the bench and back in the game. When a rumor gets started that makes Marlee enemy number one in the country, Marlee will have to decide what’s more important-Gavin or herself. Intercepted is a hilarious and smexy debut from Alexa Martin. A former NFL wife herself, she creates a heroine whose voice and sheer moxie will leave you crying with laughter as you watch her navigate the minefield of love, betrayal, bejeweled jerseys and lots of attitude behind the scenes of professional football. Heavily character driven, the conversational style dialogue draws you into Marlee’s life with relative ease. And what a life it is. A website designer by day and football widow by night, she has been with her childhood sweetheart, Chris, since she was 16. Convinced he was the one for her, she has waited patiently for him to realize she is the one for him and put a ring on it. Instead, she has watched and supported his rise to stardom only to him disappoint her from her time and time again with his bad attitude, narcissism, possessive ways, and wandering eye (and eventually penis). But Marlee is no shrinking violet. She gives as good as she gets. She loves her man but she will slap back in a heartbeat. “First of all, I do listen. Second, check yourself. I get you’re pissed and talking it out on Nike bags and innocent, baked with love cakes, but you will not take it out on me. “ When Chris accidentally take her laptop to work she is forced to use his and discovers that he has been cheating on her for quite a while. Emails and nude photos show her he hasn’t stopped chasing groupies and she leaves him. Unfortunately, the witness to her humiliation is Gavin Pope. Newly hired as their new quarterback, Gavin was a one night stand from years ago that Marlee never quite got over. On a break from her relationship with Chris, she and Gavin hooked up but his lie about his career, he told he was an investment banker, only confirmed her athletes are lying pieces of crap motto. So she left, never to see him again. Or so she thought. When Chris threatens to call the cops if she takes her car (which is in his name) Gavin stands up for her and offers her a ride to her parents’ house. “I can take you if you need a ride.” “No. She’s not going to burden my boys with her shit.” “You’re not my boy Alexander. And this shit you’re pulling right now is why you never will be.” Marlee reminded me of Kristen Ashley’s heroines with her love of life, booze, clothes, food, and her entertaining rambling monologues. Intelligent, loyal, funny, and a complete bad arse…Marlee has it all going for her. She also doesn’t take any smack from anyone. True love or not, don’t you dare underestimate her or talk down to her. She’ll cut you off at the knees. I like that she is secure enough in herself that she doesn’t need validation for her choices. Lots of ‘girl power’ moments in here, especially when she and her friends get together. “Marlee, I swear to god, if you cause another scene like the one you did in preseason, I’m never coming to another game with you again.” “First of all, I did not start that.” “Marlee! You called them football rejects and told them the only thing they could do with a football was shove it up their —-“ “Whoa! Whoa! Whoa! You know better than to repeat my war crimes outside the battle…and do you not remember the shit he saying about Dre? Your husband? Don’t get me wrong, I’m glad you stay calm because one of us needs to but you were happy when I said something. You can’t take that back now.” “Maybe a little bit, but don’t do it again. I can only imagine the joy Courtney would feel finding out you were starting fights at games.” “Courtney can borrow the reject brothers’ football and shove it up her—“ That is just a taste of the power that keeps Marlee hustling and bustling. Now on her own, independent for the first time, she struggles with her attraction to Gavin and her need to finally be Marlee instead of Marlee and — She gets an apartment, an outside job, finds her people, and begins to recover from her pain but Gavin doesn’t make it easy. Gavin wants Marlee and woos and charms her the way Chris should have. He’s a natural born protector and when he gets a little too autocratic and takes it upon himself to try “fix” Marlee’s problems without talking to her first, she sets him straight. Unfortunately, she begins to fall into the same pattern she did with her ex and ends up forgiving Gavin and letting it go. Until it gets to be too much. But he’s not a stupid man and learns how to grovel for forgiveness. The first bouquet shows up at my parent’s house the day after I left Gavin’s. The second showed up at HERS two days after, on a Friday. The third, fourth, and fifth, and sixth arrive at my parents’ house. I didn’t even know they delivered on Sundays. My mom thinks they are romantic. My dad and Brynn think it’s obnoxious. I fall somewhere in the middle. Monday, at work. the seventh and eighth bouquets arrive. “If he moves to singing telegrams, I’m going to walk over to his house and kick him in the balls,” Brynn tells me ever so elegantly. The chemistry between Marlee and Gavin is H.A.W.T. Steamy, panty dropping, hot. I really liked we not only see the physical aspects of their relationship but also the emotional aspects as the romance builds from lust to love. Martin gives them time to work out their problems together while amplifying the sexual tension between them to max levels with a lot of laughs in the meantime. Marlee’s attempts to keep Gavin firmly in the “friends only with benefits” is a losing battle but so much fun to watch. As is her attempts to rationalize it. I still intend to keep my no more athletes promise, but you know what? I deserve a little fun. What’s wrong with a small indulgence before I turn my apartment into a Jesus-only convent? Not a damn thing. An amusing cast of secondary characters adds depth and humor to the story, highlighting Marlee and giving her adversaries and allies in her quest towards growth. Martin has a strong hand with characterization and dialogue. Everyone we meet brings something to the table in here and I loved seeing I loved the banter between Marlee and those in her circle. The NFL wives are a nasty bunch and when Marlee finally lets her devil out, I had to laugh but also admire her for taking the high road. The strong relationship with her parents (another KA element) is so fun and of course, her relationship with her bestie, Naomi. The yen to her yang. The ending is dramatic and heartfelt, which is Marlee in a nutshell. The road to happiness is often paved with a few bumps and potholes and Marlee finally learning that you can only be happy with someone else when you’re happy with yourself is a happy ending we can all cheer for. Everything wraps up nicely and we are even given a small epilogue to assure us that Team Marvin (Marlee-Gavin) has what it takes to make it. This may be my first read by Alexa Martin but certainly not my last. I wholeheartedly recommend her to everyone who enjoys their couples sexy, funny, romantic, and made of pure unadulterated fun. Grade: B+018. Review to come.

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