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Intercepted

(Playbook #1)

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Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to
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Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Berkley Books
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Val Shameless ⚓️ Steamy Reads ⚓️
3.75 - 4 Stars

This is Alexa Martin's debut novel and what a debut it is.

I really enjoyed her writing style, her characters, and her sense of humor.

I'm not going to rehash the blurb or story line at length; however, the main character (Marlee) is a longtime NFL girlfriend in a sea of NFL wives and, because Martin herself is a former NFL wife (her husband is retired), I felt like we were getting a backstage pass to one of those players' wives TV shows - with none of the cameras, but ALL the drama
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Julie
Intercepted by Alexa Martin is a 2018 Berkley publication.

Hilarious and super sexy!!

Several years ago, Marlee had a one-night stand with a guy she thought was an investment banker, while on a break from her boyfriend.

Now, not only is she back with her boyfriend, who happens to be a professional football player, they are engaged!! Life's good... Well, except when it comes to the catty football wives. Oh, and that one-night stand? He’s the new star quarterback for the team!

For Marlee, her nig
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Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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You probably haven't heard of Alexa Martin yet, so let me tell you that she's a debut author and I had the pleasure to read her first novel, INTERCEPTED. She is the wife of an NFL football player so it probably comes as no surprise that her first book is sports romance, specifically, yeah, you guessed it, football. Intercepted gives us a little insight into the not so glamorous life of a wife or girlfriend of a football player.

Marlee Harper just broke up with her football player boyfriend of ten
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Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤
4,5 stars

I loved it,it was so good!It has drama,it was fun and the romance was cute!Such a nice surprise from a new author to me!I have to admit from the moment I read the synopsis I couldn't wait to read it!

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Gavin is the perfect hero, protective,swoon worthy and sexy!Marlee is fantastic, I liked her, she is so funny!I could easily relate with her!I loved that she is so down to earth and not like the other girls!I love the relationship between Marlee and Gavin!The are sweet and cute, they make m
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Katie B
Don't you just hate it when you are dating a professional football player and then a guy you had a one-night stand years ago joins the team? Totally awkward.

This was a fun sports romance with a main character, Marlee, who was easy to like. Humor was used well throughout the book although I thought hashtags were used a few too many times. I preferred the first half of the book over the second as it felt like the story was being dragged on just for drama's sake. I liked Gavin but at times he felt
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Jennifer
★★★
Intercepted is the first installment in a new sports romance series titled: Playbook. Being married to a former NFL player, author Alexa Martin knows firsthand all about the world of football, both on and off the field. As rich and glamorous as it may appear at first glance, you wouldn't catch me anywhere near that world if Martin's fictional debut is any indication of how cutthroat it all is. Inspired by her real life experiences when her husband played professional football, Intercepted dea
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Christie«SHBBblogger»

Title: Intercepted
Series: Playbook #1
Author: Alexa Martin
Release date: September 11, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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He lights up a part of me that fades away without him. It’s not that I’m not whole without him— I am. It’s just that with him— next to him— everything shines brighter. Gavin doesn’t make my world, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t enhance it.

Marlee is one of the sassiest, most entertaining heroines I've read in quite a while. Her snarky narration made the b
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Eilonwy
At 28, Marlee Harper has been an NFL girlfriend -- not wife -- for 10 years. Her boyfriend keeps putting off marriage, babies, or any kind of future, and Marlee’s been going along with it. But when she finds evidence of his cheating, again, that’s it. She moves out and finally starts to get on with her own, football-free life. What she wasn’t counting on, though, was Gavin Pope, the one other guy she’s ever slept with, becoming the new star quarterback for her ex’s team … and the steamy connect
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Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Alexa Martin's debut novel, Intercepted, is a scrumptious, addictive sports romance that follows Marlee, the former girlfriend of an NFL receiver, and her steamy second chance at love with the team's new QB, Gavin Pope... and let me just tell you, I WAS HERE FOR ALL OF OF IT. This unputdownable story is sexy and steamy and so damn good, I can't even believe this was a debut. Intercepted is lush with romance and rich with humor, but it's also a juicy little glimpse into the competitive hierarchy ...more
Corina☞BookTwinsReviews
This debut novel was right up my alley. Smart, witty and a sports romance – everything I love and adore.

INTERCEPTED was a typical sports romance. A cheating jock boyfriend, another ball carrying knight in shining armor and a feisty and hilarious heroine.

I read INTERCEPTED in one sitting, even took it with me to work and finished the last 50 pages there. Throughout the book I caught myself smiling quite a few times and wish I had such a hilarious personality like Marlee as my friend – with her, i
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Sheyla ✎



Intercepted was the perfect book to read over the weekend. It was fun, light and with plenty of hilarious situations. I would have finished it earlier but I have a new ten-week-old puppy. #NoTimeToReadAnymore or I should say: #NoTimeForAnything

Anyway, Intercepted has a funny heroine, Marlee Harper. Marlee is the girlfriend of Chris Alexander, a pro football player. Her only boyfriend has been Chris. She did have a one-night stand four years ago while they were on a break but she tries to avoid
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Stacee
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this synopsis so I was able to overlook the cartoon-y cover and dive in.

I really liked Marlee and Gavin. Her inner monologue is hilarious {excluding the excessive use of hashtags because that was annoying af} and he was so genuine. I enjoyed their banter and the seemingly normal {under the circumstances} growth of their relationship.

Plot wise, it moved decently. There are a few rough patches that revolved around her wanting to stand up for herself and him taking over. As well as a few sc
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Ari
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Marlee Harper has played the role of the girlfriend to a pro football player for ten years. But that all comes crashing down when she finds out that her wide receiver boyfriend has been scoring more touchdowns off the field than on them. Swearing off athletes, Marlee tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life but that plan is shot to hell when Gavin Pope, the new quarterback and an old fling,
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nick
Apr 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been dying to read Intercepted ever since I heard about it from a good friend. With its biracial heroine and its enticing plot surrounding the NFL, I knew that it would be just the perfect read for me. When a copy that I begged for (thank you, Berkley!!) showed up on my doorstep (and fought UPS for!), I immediately abandoned real life and started reading. What a ride it was! There's so much I want to discuss in my review for Intercepted, but I don't want to ruin the experience for potential ...more
Sh3llraiser
Jun 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: romance
ARC generously provided by Berkley Jove imprint. Release date: September 11, 2018

Hollis
This debut sports romance has been on my radar for a while now and while there were parts I wasn't too fond of, and others that were overblown, INTERCEPTED on a whole did not disappoint.

"Playing nice while Power Trip Barbie threw her jabs stole my appetite."

Marlee has been with Chris, wide receiver of the Denver Mustangs, for ten years. She's put up with the catty, racist, behaviour of the other players' wives. She's put up with a rocky start in her relationship, filled with what you might expec
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Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
What a wonderful debut!! I had so much fun reading INTERCEPTED. I adored the heroine – Marlee is hilarious, down-to-earth, and so lovable. She and Gavin had great chemistry together. I loved that this was a different take on sports romance, that was get more of a behind-the-scenes thing from the POV of an SO of a famous athlete. I highly recommend this one for sports romance fans who are looking for something fun and lighthearted!

Full review to come!

Thanks to the publisher for generously providi
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Sophia
Football practices going on down at the end of the street, tail-gate party recipes showing up around me, and oh yes, I was in the mood to dive into a football sports romance by a debut author.

Intercepted is the first in a series and I was all sorts of curious to crack it open knowing the book was written by a gal who is very familiar with the pro-football world. I found her writing style was a good fit and enjoyed the sassy and modern that crept in (though, yes, I tolerated the preponderances of
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☽ TheBibliotheque
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-arc
This book was pure and joyous romcom and exactly how I envision reading the script of one of these romantic comedies from a few years ago: heavy on the comedy and the sass.

This is Alexa Martin's debut novel, bringing into the spotlight an unexplored side of sports romance: all the wifey drama. Or basically, the b*tchiness between all the players' wives and significant others, being the female lead, Marlee, the only one ringless in the first place and then dating the newest star of the team after
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Michelle
ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review

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Touchdown!!! Alexa Martin snuck upon my book radar like a quarterback sneak the minute her publisher sent me her debut book, Intercepted. And wow oh wow, I was impressed by her writing and charismatic characters. Intercepted was a fun, sexy drama filled sports romance that was chocked full of with wit, playfulness, and your insider’s guide to the WAGs club. Right from the opening pages, I was hooked and so without spoiling anything, I
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Angela (Reading Frenzy Book Blog)
4.5 stars

Color me impressed! Alexa Martin scores a touchdown in her debut novel, Intercepted, an entertaining sports romance centered around a fierce heroine.

I fell in love with Marlee! I loved her snarkiness, wit, integrity, and strength. I appreciated how she fully recognizes her shortcomings. I got a kick out of all the humorous hashtags peppered throughout the story that Marlee makes up to describe her life.

Gavin is the dreamy new hotshot NFL Quarterback. He always has Marlee’s back and is
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Arabella ~♡AB♡~
★★★ 3.5 Stars ★★★

A great debut from new author Alexa Martin - I really enjoyed this one!

Marlee has been with her NFL boyfriend for a long time, she is a seasoned WAG (Wives and Girlfriends) who knows how things work. She has weekly lunches with the bitchy wives who look down on her for only being a long-term girlfriend, but she holds her own and only really stays involved because she loves to help out with the charity aspects of the WAG community.

But what happens when her boyfriend betrays her a
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Polly
Aug 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
What a refreshing read!! I never (ever) read debut authors because I'm so picky but saw a friend's review and I was curious.
Firstly, football is my religion. So when I saw that it was a football book and was written by a real life football wife, I settled in and was ready to enjoy the scoop!

The author did a great job at mixing in romance and sports. As a sports lover that is always important to me. I hate when I read a sports book and the author knows nothing about the sport. I need some facts
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Marla
I really enjoyed this book. The characters were a lot of fun. Marlee may be little (5'2") but she was big in mouth. She didn't like confrontation but when someone went after her best friend or her man, she did not back down, even if it caused a fight to break out in the stands. There are always bitchy women who instead of supporting other women, they are jealous and try to knock those women down. That is how I saw the Mustangs wives. I'm sure there are wives like them and there are wives like Na ...more
Kate Olson
Oct 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
🏈 L O V E ❤
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I can’t even. Words are evading me. This book. LOVE LOVE LOVE.
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Started after supper last night, finished during soccer today. Sassy, smart, fierce football romance that I loved for so so so many reasons. Set in Denver. Read it. LOVE. @alexambooks - I need another book from you ASAP please 😘
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Oh, and if I haven’t convinced you, the blurbs from @jasminepics and @hhoangwrites should. #ownvoices
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Sahitya
WOWWW…. This book was sooo much fun to read !!!! I went in expecting a sexy romance with some gossip on the side but this was full on chick lit drama and I was thoroughly entertained. Also, the author mentions in the note that she is an NFL wife, so I was really surprised to see some of the WAGs in the story and I really hope the author didn’t have to deal with so much bitchiness and drama during her time.

Marlee is an awesome protagonist to read about. She may have been an NFL girlfriend for a l
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Cocktails and Books
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This was a guilty pleasure read for me. I laughed at Marlee and really wished she was real (we’d totally be BFFs). Gavin was easy to love and I could understand why Marlee fell for him.  I enjoyed their building relationship and how Gavin knew what he had with Marlee and was willing to give her what she needed to figure out what her next steps were.

And then there were the catty football wives.  There were so many times I wanted to scream at
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*The Angry Reader*
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
***ARC received for an honest review***

"'You just complimented me while yelling at me. Now I don't know if we're still fighting or if I get to kiss you yet."

I'm vacillating between a 4 and 5 star read. For now we're gonna leave it at 5. I'll adjust in the future if it's necessary.

I felt the writing style was different than anything I've read. Fun without being over the top. And the problems felt like real problems - a little zany but realistically handled. Marlee was such an admirable heroine, a
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Mandi Schreiner
Sep 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary
I enjoyed this - although I think the first half is much stronger than the second half. Maybe the draa is streched out too much by the end of the book? And I think some of the player wives are over the top in their nastiness. BUT - I do enjoy a nasty character and we have some good ones :)

I REALLY liked the heroine!! And the hero does some swoony things. Def reading more from this author.

Grade: B-
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Favorite Quote: “Karma’s a bitch. We’re allowed to laugh once she’s done her job.”

Marlee Harper has spent the last 10 years being the perfect NFL girlfriend, putting up with the catty NFL wives and her narcissistic boyfriend…that is until she discovers her man has been cheating on her. In an upset of the year, Marlee packs her things and leaves, vowing never to date another professional athlete again. Until her ex’s team, the Denver Mustangs, brings in a new hotshot quarterback, Gavin Pope. Marl
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Alexa Martin is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a former NFL player who now coaches at the high school where they met, their four children, and a German Shepherd. When she's not telling her kids to put their shoes on...again, you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she'll probably never make. Her first book, I ...more

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