Book Review: Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick

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sackedWhat he wants he gets…

Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. Knox knows what he wants–and he gets it. All American Football player? Check. NFL pros scouting him? Check. Now, he’s set his sight on two things. The national title. And Ellie Campbell. Sure, she’s the sister of his fellow teammate, but that’s not going to stop him. Especially not when he’s convinced Ellie is the one.

…but he’s never met her before.

But Ellie isn’t as sure. She’s trying to start a new life and she’s not interested in a relationship…with anyone. Beside it’s not just her cardinal rule of never dating her brother’s teammates that keeps her away, but Ellie has a dark secret that would jeopardize everything Knox is pursuing.

Knox has no intention of losing. Ellie has no intention of giving in.

My Review:

Ever since reading Paper Princess, Jen Frederick has become my new addiction. I’m ashamed to say that I’ve never even heard of her before. Trust me, though, when I say that I am going to devour all of her books. This lady knows how to write! For real, if you are a fan of NA, or are just starting to venture into NA, THIS is a really good book!

The characters in Sacked were absolutely brilliant. I tend to have a really difficult time with the female leads in NA books. That wasn’t the case at all with Ellie. I was actually a really big fan of hers. I also really loved Knox. Oh my gosh, KNOX. That boy was HOT.

I thought that I was going to have a really big problem with the whole virgin storyline because that’s not really my thing. It seemed super unrealistic and not all that sexy. Somehow, Frederick made it work, because it didn’t bother me at all. The only thing that DID bother me were some of the sexy scenes because 1) I didn’t really think they were sexy enough and, 2) Kind of unrealistic for a guy who’s losing his virginity. No offense, but there’s no way he would have been that good right at the start. So, yes, I probably would have done away with that whole storyline, but it really didn’t bother me!

My absolute biggest problem with this book was the lack of focus on the actual game scenes. As a sports fanatic, I took a little offense that there weren’t some intense game scenes. We seen Knox play a couple of times, but it’s summed up in like three paragraphs. Also, we don’t see the championship game. It just doesn’t exist in the book. What was the buildup for? There should have been a really good game scene that at least covered a few pages. Instead, it was like blah. On top of that, I didn’t like how the author made up an NFL team at the end. She often referred to the Patriots and the Seahawks. However, at the very end of the book, she mentioned a team that doesn’t even exist. Like….they’re not a team. Where did that come from? Also, I felt really cheated at the end of the book. I felt that it should have ended with the Draft. I disliked that I didn’t get to read about that.

Another thing that I wasn’t the biggest fan of was the climax between Knox and Ellie. Their relationship really didn’t progress how I wanted it to. Was it still cute and sweet? Yes. However, I would have enjoyed seeing more cuteness and charm between the two of them, rather than both of them automatically jumping into a relationship. The beginning of the book did a really good job building that anticipation. Ultimately, though, I thought that anticipation only lasted a couple of chapters before it disappeared.

On a more positive note, I ADORED all of the side characters. I really hope that several of them get their own books, because I want to read about each and every one of them. This holds especially true for Matty, Hammer, the Quarterback, the brother, the roommate….I love them all! I’m VERY excited to read more about them!

Overall, I loved this book! It was originally a 5 star but there was just a little too much cheesiness at the end. However, I am very excited to jump into the next book, and I will be doing so tonight!

Rating: [rating: 4]