REVIEW: Sacked by Jen Frederick (Gridiron #1)


Sacked (Gridiron #1)
Author: Jen Frederick
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary, Sports
Release Date: September 6th, 2015
Published By: Pear Tree, LLC.
ISBN: 151721470X


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.


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Sacked is one of those books that caught my attention in more ways then one. First, it’s by Jen Frederick, who happens to be one of my favorite writers. I don’t always love everything she writes, but I do generally like it. Second, it’s a sports romance and that’s nothing something I’d seen from her before. Third, the reviews of everyone else on Goodreads. Sure, I’d paid attention to the book, but I hadn’t really focused on it until I saw the reviews going up. Lastly, the hero in the book is a virgin. That is a complete turn around to any sports romance I’ve ever read. Color me completely intrigued.

This book kicks off Jen Fredrick’s new Gridiron sports series. I can tell you up front, I’m already eagerly anticipating the next book. Sacked threw me for a loop more than once. It has a lot of football in it, it has a hero that at first I didn’t know how the author was going to handle. Knox’s virginity makes him no less alpha-male and awesome. In fact, to me, it made him better. It has a heroine in it that knows as much about football as the hero does. Ellie knows her stuff, and it’s fun to watch her explain football to her roommate.

You realize from the very beginning of the book that Knox and Ellie have a connection. Ellie, of course, is of the mind frame that it’s not going to happen. She’s got too much going on, she doesn’t date football players and she’s got secrets that she doesn’t want coming to light. Secrets that could ruin Knox. Knox on the other hand, is instantly enamored with Ellie. He is bound and determined to have her, even if it takes awhile to get her. With him, it was definitely Insta-love, but don’t let that run you off from the book. I’m not a fan of insta-love books myself and yet this was well done. He may instantly go gaga over Ellie, and very early in the book, but I never actually felt like it was insta-love while reading it. (At least not the annoying kind that makes me want to throw my Kindle out the window.)

Ellie has the before mentioned secrets though, and they are big enough to really hurt not just Knox, but her brother and the whole Warriors football team. You may be wondering how that is even possible, I was too, truth be told but once I read Sacked it made perfect sense.

Along with our main characters, you have some extremely fun co-stars. Namely, the whole Warriors football team, Ellie’s brother (also on the team) and Ellie’s roommate. You get peeks of other players as well. You get a lot of locker room talk, which had me laughing a good majority of the time.

A few last notes on this book. It can be read as a stand alone. It is “safe”, and there is an HEA. The story is written from both Ellie and Knox’s third person POVs. I’m giving Sacked five big Warrior stars. I loved it, in fact, I didn’t put it down once.


5 star


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