Fumbled

Fumbled

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 anticip...

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Title:Fumbled
Author:Alexa Martin
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Fumbled Reviews

  • Lauren (The Novel Lush)

    The downside to reading really good arcs months before they're released is having to wait even longer for the next book.

    I started this book on my 30 minute lunch break and in 2 chapters, the characters completely sucked me in! That was at 12:30, it's just after 7pm and I already finished this book.

    In fanfiction, I'm a sucker for an athlete romance, but in Fumbled, there aren't any of the outlandishly stereotyped characters or tropes and I'm completely in love with it. TK was completely swoon wor

    The downside to reading really good arcs months before they're released is having to wait even longer for the next book.

    I started this book on my 30 minute lunch break and in 2 chapters, the characters completely sucked me in! That was at 12:30, it's just after 7pm and I already finished this book.

    In fanfiction, I'm a sucker for an athlete romance, but in Fumbled, there aren't any of the outlandishly stereotyped characters or tropes and I'm completely in love with it. TK was completely swoon worthy and I loved how he was always able to take a step back, even in anger, and see Poppy's point of view and compromise. And Poppy? I love a character who's sassy and speaks their mind.

    A bonus for me was that though TK and Poppy are an interracial couple, race isn't a heavy part of the story.

    Loved it!

  • Jessica

    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 des

    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!

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    <3 4 STARS <3

    This series is so addictive, I enjoyed the first book and I adored Fumbled!It has the things I love in a good story, it has a single mother and a second chance romance!Should I say more? The story was sweet and fun and heartwarming!

    Poppy was a lovable and strong heroine, you can easily relate with her and love her.TK wasn't my favorite from the beginning but while I continue reading I find myself liking him even more!The romance was so sweet , my heart was melting with these

    <3 4 STARS <3

    This series is so addictive, I enjoyed the first book and I adored Fumbled!It has the things I love in a good story, it has a single mother and a second chance romance!Should I say more? The story was sweet and fun and heartwarming!

    Poppy was a lovable and strong heroine, you can easily relate with her and love her.TK wasn't my favorite from the beginning but while I continue reading I find myself liking him even more!The romance was so sweet , my heart was melting with these two!

    The writing was fantastic and the story fast paced and captivating! I can't wait to read more books from Alexa Martin in the future!

     

  • Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    This is hands down my current favorite romance series. It’s p much nonstop swoons from start to finish and I’m obsesseddddd 🥰

  • Eilonwy

    3-1/2 stars, rounded up because I really enjoyed hanging out with these characters

    3-1/2 stars, rounded up because I really enjoyed hanging out with these characters

    I'm a little torn about this book. Poppy's voice is awesome, just as Marlee's was in Alexa Martin's first book,

    . I loved spending time in her head, laughing at her worldview and her stumbles, both literal and figurative. I loved the girlfriends she has and makes. And I really loved her love for and enjoyment of Ace. Reading this was just such a good time. It has a cheerful, sunny tone that brightened my life for the few days I spent reading it. So it was a solid 4-star reading experience for me.

    But.

    It's a more ambitious story than Martin's first book, what with the gritty family dynamics. Poppy's parents kicked her out of the house when she got pregnant, and they still aren't in her life. Meanwhile, TK's mother made it clear that a baby wasn't welcome in their family, either, and tried to get Poppy to get an abortion. These are some heavy topics, but they're treated with a determinedly light-hearted tone and end up feeling a bit glossed over. (Think of how the TV show

    treats its sometimes dark-ish plot lines if you watch that, and that is the same tone as this book.) This whole side of the story never gets quite aired out and talked about in the way it deserves.

    In addition, concerns about CTE and football are brought up and play a big part in this story.

    These issues make me wonder how Alexa Martin will continue to write such cheerful football romances.

    A minor complaint is that once again, the not-nice women in this book are so awful as to come across as caricatures. But Poppy's girlfriends are so much fun and so warm-hearted and real that they mostly make up for the over-the-top females. Oh, and they all drink A LOT. I'm not opposed to drinking, but I nearly had a hangover by the end of this just from reading about all the imbibing these women do.

    Part of me thinks I should 3-star this on account of the lack of depth. But I enjoyed the humor, the warmth, and the love that shines through every page of this book. It's just such a pleasant, good-natured story. So 4 stars it is, and I'm still in line to read Alexa Martin's third book whenever it comes out.

  • Corina

    Second Chance Romance

    Sports Romance

    Single Parent

    Sweet

    If any of those tropes tickle your fancy this is the book for you.

    This book had it all. A sweet kid, sweet romance, a hero that got his second chance, and a mom that finally found her HEA.

    I love seeing all these new and fresh voices that the publishers are bringing to the table.

    Heartfelt, warm and sweet – Fumbled was one of those novels that are perfect for in between darker books. Light hearted, with an adorable boy to sweeten the deal, it ha

    Second Chance Romance

    Sports Romance

    Single Parent

    Sweet

    If any of those tropes tickle your fancy this is the book for you.

    This book had it all. A sweet kid, sweet romance, a hero that got his second chance, and a mom that finally found her HEA.

    I love seeing all these new and fresh voices that the publishers are bringing to the table.

    Heartfelt, warm and sweet – Fumbled was one of those novels that are perfect for in between darker books. Light hearted, with an adorable boy to sweeten the deal, it has everything a romance reader would want.

    Sports romance is one of my favorite tropes. It helps when the author knows what she is talking about, and as the wife of a former NFL player, she brings an insight view to the table that is rare in this genre.

    For me, Fumbled unfortunately didn’t have the wow factor that others stories in this genre have. Maybe because it was all too easy. Too predictable and overly done. I was missing the something special to make this book a standout novel.

    But that doesn’t mean that it wasn’t a solid second chance sports romance. It just didn’t wow me. The sweetness of it all. The predictability and how fast the couple got back together – as if the ten years went by in a blink of an eye. The drama that felt like it was added just for the sake of it.

    It was interesting that the author picked up one particular issue that has been in the news for years now, especially in regards to football. I applaud her for picking it up, but it felt more like an afterthought, and never really fit into the overall story. For me, it was a too heavy subject for such a light-hearted romance.

    But otherwise, I can see how this book will make an excellent addition on everyone’s summer reading list.

    ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Hollis

    I'm waffling on this one.

    I thought I would for sure love this more than INTERCEPTED because of the total lack of hashtags but ultimately things felt so rushed, so glossed over, that some of the real strengths of the characters just didn't get the focus they deserved.

    This is a second chance romance with a particular trope I don't tend to love anyway but I thought it would at least get a three. But some of the drama near the end just soured it for me. I do like that Martin focused on very real a

    I'm waffling on this one.

    I thought I would for sure love this more than INTERCEPTED because of the total lack of hashtags but ultimately things felt so rushed, so glossed over, that some of the real strengths of the characters just didn't get the focus they deserved.

    This is a second chance romance with a particular trope I don't tend to love anyway but I thought it would at least get a three. But some of the drama near the end just soured it for me. I do like that Martin focused on very real and serious issues within the sport and had that reflected in a lead character, not a side one, and I'll probably read on if there's more to come in this series. But I just felt this one wasn't as solid, the the writing occasionally too simple, to fully enjoy.

    ** I received an ARC from NetGalley and the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. **

  • ZewsReadingCorner (Booktuber)

    More like 2.75 stars.

    Let me start off by saying that, if I'd read book #2 I would have given it a 3.5 stars, but seeing as I read, Intercepted first, I'm left with no choice but to feel this way.

    I've anticipated this book, the moment I finished book 1 in the series, and waited, for what seemed like a long time, for book 2. It suuuuuuuuucks that I finish this book feeling highly dissapointed and questioning whether I should pick up the 3 book.

    What tainted my reading experience was the fact that

    More like 2.75 stars.

    Let me start off by saying that, if I'd read book #2 I would have given it a 3.5 stars, but seeing as I read, Intercepted first, I'm left with no choice but to feel this way.

    I've anticipated this book, the moment I finished book 1 in the series, and waited, for what seemed like a long time, for book 2. It suuuuuuuuucks that I finish this book feeling highly dissapointed and questioning whether I should pick up the 3 book.

    What tainted my reading experience was the fact that this book seems like the fraternal twin to Intercepted and that just bothered me to no end. Like really. This book could have gone in another direction and explored so many other things, (and did at times) the synopsis gave me the impression of this book holding so much potential, instead, this book chose to stick close to the first. Smh.

    Intercepted and Fumbled similarities.

    ☝🏾 Marlee and Poppy both are independent black women with jobs living in a low income area, barely making it financially, who fall for white football players from their past --Marlee (one night stand) Poppy (highschool sweetheart) who both unexpectedly and randomly bump into them after years of having no contact with one another.

    Both question the idea of proceeding into a relationship with their love interests due to misunderstandings. Marlee (thought Gavin just wanted a fling) Poppy (thought TK wanted nothing to do with her after she breaks some news to him.) Both are wrong about their assumptions.

    Both are hesitant to proceed into a relationship with their love interests because of another person. Marlee(her ex boyfriend Chris, who ends up hurting her and thus leaves her insecure and feeling unable to trust being in a committed relationship) Poppy (her son Ace, whom she wants to protect and not have him ending up getting his hopes up high and thus getting hurt in the end.) Both carry unconfident thoughts throughout the entire relationships, which plays a role in how they behave in their relationships and how much they present and hold back in their relationships.

    ✌🏾Both have white woman who are envious of them, which appears to be for no valid reason at all. Marlee (any and all women except 2 that come in contact with her.) Poppy (Rochelle, groupies and some wives.) And some of these envious woman plot to hurt/sabotage/expose the protaganists to the internet/media.

    Both have random people who try to hurt them. Marlee (the drug dealer and a random pair of drunk pedestrians on the train) Poppy (unknown stalker).

    Both face confrontation from members of their love interests family. Marlee (Gavin's sister) Poppy (T.K's mom).

    Both have to deal with putting fans in their place after overhearing them talk bad about their love interests.

    👌🏾Both had obstacles within their relationships which both ends with them having a break and not having to speak to their love interests for a time, and then ends with them getting back together and living happily ever after.

    Both work at HERS receiving special treatment from the manager, and both quit in the end because of their relationships.

    🖐🏾Both men, are gorgeous Thor like football Gods, who are the favorite out of all the football players on the team. Nobody wants nobody else but them in the books. Which is funny, because in book 1 nobody talked about falling out in the middle of the damn street over no damn TK in book 1. (Honestly I thought TK was black in book one, but, touché.) Both seemed to magically activate present and past thoughts of Marlee and Poppy, and hoardered them for years, once they came in contact with them. To this day, it's hard for me to believe that Gavin couldn't stop thinking of Marlee for years after having a one night stand with her. For TK, it's more believable because they have a long history together, but let's NOT forget he was insistent and consistent on letting Marlee know if Chris didn't marry her, he would. 😏 (I get he had other relationships, but TK told Poppy, he never stopped loving her, and the other girls were nothing serious.) Both play their roles as super heros, coming in to save the day whenever Marlee or Poppy ends up in danger. Both are injured and both Marlee and Poppy are blamed for it. Both come off as waaaaay too poetic, in expressing and professing their love to Marlee and Poppy.

    This book was just waaaaaaay to similar to the point where I couldn't not notice and have it not effect my reading experience.🤦🏾‍♀️ And to make matters worse, the writing/characters/dialogue came off as juvenile and wack. I couldn't STAND Poppy sticking her tongue out🤪, Sadie and that damn glitter! (Like serious, who the hell carries glitter around flinging it on people or throwing it in the air like they just don't care??? Who, what, when, where, WHY and how sway???) 😩

    Just like Marlee, Poppy had some issues she clearly needed to consider, release and heal from. Poppy having a tough upbringing and being a young mom, it seemed like she had a bit of anxiety or maybe she was just overly dramatic in how she reacted to stuff; ie: constantly having to count to ten and breathe before she responded, vomiting and nearly fainting when having to come to terms with the changes that would take place in her and her son's life. Pinching herself to keep from fidgeting, being emotional (which I excuse). Poppy seriously needed to meditate or do some yoga 🧘🏾‍♀️ to clear her blocked and clogged chakras.

    Both Marlee and Poppy where hesitant in progressing in their relationships, but did it anyways, despite themselves. And I as a reader, had to suffer through their inner monologues of doubt and negativity. Like come on, if we're gonna be in this relationship, let's do this, if not, let's not. I don't want to hear or deal with too much of this wishy washy thoughts and back and forth nonsense, who you think you are, Aaliyah (rip).🙏🏾

    I thought it was fake funny how reluctant Poppy was about TK having and/or picking up Ace, but she was totally on board letting Vonnie (whom she only knew for a little over or under a month ) to take him to a game and spend the night at her house.👀

    At the end, I had less than 60 pages left. I skimmed the last bit by only reading some of the dialogue. So there's that.

    I loved Ace, he was super cute and enjoyable. I enjoyed the topic of football players being a higher risk of getting a concussion. I wasn't aware or even thought about those factors until watching a movie starring Will Smith called, Concussion and I think it's very brave to bring forth that awareness, especially when it comes to something popular as football where nobody really wants to acknowledge the dangers of playing, all they see is the culture of the game, and not how the players are human beings risking their lives for other people's entertainment. I liked how Poppy is more outspoken. That was something I wished Marlee was in book 1. I liked the idea of the protagonist being a single mother and having a healthy and amazing relationship with her child.

    Hopefully when the disappointment of the book subsides, my rating will change but for it's a meh for me dog.

  • Holly

    After absolutely *loving* the audiobook for

    , I was really looking forward to the release of this latest book by Alexa Martin.

    I honestly would have quit it if I was not so thoroughly convinced that it HAD to get better based on my love for the prior book. Spoiler alert: it didn't get better.

    I really dislike the secret baby trope, and while this was presented as a somewhat unintentional one, I still didn't enjoy it. Add in some drama that came and we

    After absolutely *loving* the audiobook for

    , I was really looking forward to the release of this latest book by Alexa Martin.

    I honestly would have quit it if I was not so thoroughly convinced that it HAD to get better based on my love for the prior book. Spoiler alert: it didn't get better.

    I really dislike the secret baby trope, and while this was presented as a somewhat unintentional one, I still didn't enjoy it. Add in some drama that came and went nowhere (stalker, evil mother of the boyfriend) and I was ready for this book to end. I did appreciate the author's attempt to focus on brain injuries caused by football - but it didn't make for a captivating storyline.

    I recommend skipping this one, but definitely *listen* to the audiobook for

    !

  • Patty

    let this one not be filled with hashtags 🙄

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