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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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!

     

  • Christie«SHBBblogger»

    Fumbled

    Playbook #2

    Alexa Martin

    April 23, 2019

    No

    romance

    Alexa Martin's debut

    was hilarious and highly entertaining, but her follow up was even better. The snarky narrative that I enjoyed so much was just as present this time in the form of Poppy Patterson. Single mother, waitress, and high school sweetheart of TK, wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. This is a lighter second-chance romance which was refreshing to read. The majo

    Fumbled

    Playbook #2

    Alexa Martin

    April 23, 2019

    No

    romance

    Alexa Martin's debut

    was hilarious and highly entertaining, but her follow up was even better. The snarky narrative that I enjoyed so much was just as present this time in the form of Poppy Patterson. Single mother, waitress, and high school sweetheart of TK, wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. This is a lighter second-chance romance which was refreshing to read. The majority of the time they are heavier on the angst and I do highly enjoy those, but this was a nice break from the norm. Which isn't to say that this lacked in the emotion department, because there was still plenty of moments that will tug on your heartstrings.

    Poppy was a teen mother who had to sacrifice her dreams of attending Northwestern in order to raise her son on her own. After choosing to keep the baby, her parents disowned her and she didn't have an easy road. Instead of wallowing in bitterness, she works her butt off without complaint in order to give her son the happy life he deserves. I felt nothing but admiration for her drive, determination, and sense of humor-even when life threw her a curveball. Her crappy job at the Emerald Cabaret brings her face to face with a ghost from her past: Trevor Kyle "TK" Moore.

    TK made brief appearances in the previous book and he always came off as a sweet and respectful guy despite his supposed reputation for partying and enjoying a wide variety of women. You're told this about him, but his player lifestyle is not really something you witness. Their first interaction is very early in the book, and from first glance on, he has his eyes set on one woman. His first love, the woman he could never forget, despite the fact that she disappeared on him ten years ago without the courtesy of a goodbye. He was a fantastic hero that is easy to love right from the start. Extroverted, and the life of the party without being ridiculous or too silly. He revels in teasing Poppy and flustering her which almost always ended in a moment of awkward hilarity.

    This is not the typical second chance romance where the hero becomes famous and the heroine has stars in her eyes over his fame and glamorous lifestyle. If you think that, you'll be wrong. Rather than feeling awe over her ex's career, it's actually a hindrance to their reconciliation. Poppy makes it abundantly clear that she despises football and the danger it poses to its players.

    Fanatics idolize football players as god-like beings, and treat them as if they're incapable of feeling hurt over insensitive words. Martin's first-hand experience as a spouse of an NFL player lends authenticity to her heroines' feelings and challenges. We see examples of what it would be like for family members attending home games in the stadium. The toll that it takes when you have to witness your loved one injured and worry about the severity of the next hit they'll have to take.

    I would say that the main conflict of the book revolves around this fear of Poppy's. She has done extensive reading on the brain disease called CTE-Chronic traumatic encephalopathy. This is a degenerative brain disease that's caused by repeated concussions or head trauma. She feels so strongly about the dangers of this to the players' health that she's firmly against her son's interest in the sport and won't budge on her refusal to let him play. Seeing TK out on the field scares her more than impresses her and it's not a simple roadblock for them to overcome.

    There are other various things that crop up as they get to know one another again.

    I loved the fact that he was all in in his pursuit of her right from the start, but that didn't mean that she was able to trust that things would work out this time around. Years had passed, and they were different people now. Could their love endure through shocking revelations and unexpected strain on their tenuous relationship? TK needed to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that he was in it for the long haul and that he was willing to put his new family first above all else.

    Together, I thought Poppy and TK were adorable, charming, and intrinsically right for each other. Their separation as teens was caused by interference by a third party and a misunderstanding rather than any horrible action on either of their parts. When they reconnect, their love is as strong as ever, and the heat between them equally so. There was no doubt in my mind that they had the goods to remain strong partners and parents long term. There was minimal drama with a malicious person leaving threatening notes for Poppy, but it wasn't over the top. In the previous book there several moments where the heroine's safety was threatened to the point where it didn't feel entirely realistic. I was impressed with how it was toned down this time and didn't add anything unnecessary to the plot.

    I simply love Martin's brand of humor and romance, and I think she's a new voice in the genre that will be around for a long time to come.

  • 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☞BookTwinsReviews

    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. **

  • 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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