Review: Sacked (Gridiron #1) by Jen Frederick



What 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.


This was refreshing and funny, a light and quick read, with a few things that were too trite, though.

“Fuck that. It’s not the size of the wand. It’s the wizard using it,” Daryl Nunn, our nose tackle, pipes up. He, like Potter, wears a pair of black glasses when not on the field.
“Not according to Voldemort.”

I loved the premise of this book. Knox is a virgin, not for religious reasons, just because he’s waiting for the one, and putting all his focus on football, and he’s well proud of it. He doesn’t have baggage, he’s just who he is. His only worry is that he has a twin brother who looks exactly like him and he’s sure that The One will be able to tell them apart, and won’t end up in the wrong brother’s arm, like it happened before. On the other hand, Ellie doesn’t want to have anything to do with football players, she did once and it didn’t end well. Plus, her brother plays football, and he has a learning disability and she’s always helped him get through classes, without him knowing. If word got out about that he and his team would be in trouble. I loved this side of the book, Ellie’s relationship with her brother was really cute.

“We’re both adults. You can cuss in front of me unles you’re a minor…” She trails off with an impish grin. “No, I’m all adult.” My weak attempt at flirting is met with a snort of amusement. At least I hope it’s amusement.

Knox and Ellie’s relationship was funny, I really liked this role reversal, with the guy being not sure of what to do and what to say. Even if Knox is pretty confident, so he gets past that quickly. It was a bit too insta-love for my liking though. I was also dissatisfied with the main ending choice, it was too cliche.

I’ll lay myself at her pretty little toes and smile if she decides to walk all over me. Because eventually, eventually, I’ll wear her down. Eventually I’ll get her.

But in the end it was enjoyable, I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone, if you hate insta-love this is definitely not for you. My favorite thing was Knox’s relationship with his teammates, those scenes were really funny and those guys were awesome! I’ll probably keep reading this series because it has potential, so hopefully it’ll get better.



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