Series: Gridiron #1
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date: September 6, 2015
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.
I know from experience that I should probably wait more than five minutes after I finish a book to write my review, but I can't contain my excitement about Sacked, so here I go. In all my girlish, squealing, gushing glory, I'm going to tell you what I thought about this book.
Here's a hint: I fucking loved it.
Knox Masters is a champion on the field—and a would-be champion off it, save for one minor detail. He's a virgin. As the star player for the Western State Warriors, he has his pick of girls but he doesn't want any of them… Well, except for Ellie Campbell, sister of his teammate and the one girl determined to avoid him.
It's not that Ellie doesn't want Knox. Despite the fact her past dalliance with a football player imploded, she's drawn to him like a moth to the flame. Who wouldn't be? But Ellie has a secret that could turn Knox’s career—his future—on its head, and that's not a risk she's willing to take.
Too bad for her that no isn't an answer that Knox is willing to accept…
This book killed me. It was EVERYTHING I love about romance, sports romance, books, life….everything! And not just because Knox Masters is a GOD among book boyfriends. Sacked was funny as hell. Between Knox’s teammates and their antics (donut blowjobs, enough said) and Knox himself, I was giggling until the early hours of the morning, because I didn't want to put this book down. Add in some fun stuff between Ellie and Riley, and I was a goner for ALL of these characters, and now I need books for them. Every single one.
And then there's the fact that Sacked made my panties wet. Like, whoa. Sorry for the TMI, but simple things were written in a way that ratcheted up the temperature, until I was a ball of jingly, jangly nerves and ready to go off like a rocket. Much like Ellie. Because seriously, Jen Frederick wrote the shit out of the sex in this book. For a book about a 21 year old virginal football player, it sure wasn't chaste. No way, no how. But it also wasn't tawdry or packed with unnecessary sex scenes. Every moment that Knox and Ellie shared was perfect, made sense, and added to their beautiful, sweet love story.
Finally, there's the feels. Specifically, ALL OF THEM. I experienced each and every one—my pulse picked up, my heart pounded, my hand involuntarily slapped over my mouth as it all came to a head; I knew Ellie’s secret would have to be revealed, and I won't lie and say I didn't predict how some of it would play out, but that didn't change the fact that Sacked made me feel. I got angry. I got upset. I smiled and swooned and wiggled about like I was hopped up on something. And it was the BEST feeling, from beginning to end.
For real, my arms literally flailed. With my two year old son laughing at and mimicking Mummy’s antics, I’ve tried, in vain, to articulate in a professional and reasonable manner why I adored this book. I came up with what's above…all boiled down to “I fucking loved this book.” It's perhaps not the classiest way I could have said what I wanted to say, but who cares? It's 100% true.
~ Review by Beth
Sexy football players are one of my favorite things in life. Whether watching them or reading about them, I have the utmost appreciation for their sport and the...um...fruits...of their labor. What I’m saying is, they’re hot. Football players are the sexiest motherfuckers on this earth, and Knox Masters is like the king of the sexy gridiron beasts.
Knox Masters is also a virgin. Not in a self-righteous way. In a way that started out as superstition and ended up as a default. He has his reasons. They’re good ones. Honorable ones. Ones that make him more than just a hot jock. He’s the real deal, the full package. So when he sets his sights on Eliot Campbell, she doesn’t even stand a chance. There’s no resisting a full package.
She tries though, because she’s got some secrets that threaten to destroy the entire football team and everything they’ve worked for. She’s a good person, a person worthy of someone like Knox Masters, but she’s had a horrible upbringing that set her down a path off of which she cannot find her way.
I wasn’t sure I was going to like this book. It started off as sort of standard fare. Then, it ratcheted up a notch, and before I even hit the 25% mark, I was glued to my kindle, salivating, panting, swooning, and nervously darting my eyes around to make sure nobody could see how affected I was. For the record? THIS is how you write a sexy male virgin. Any time I find my panties soaked by a scene where the couple doesn’t even touch each other, I know I’m reading a damn good book. Sweet Jesus, the chemistry between Knox and Ellie nearly burned my panties clear off.
So many things are right about this book. It's hilarious. The banter between Knox and Ellie is good, but the banter between Knox and his teammates had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion. The author paints a pretty authentic feeling picture of what life must be like surrounded by a bunch of smelly (but sexy) knuckleheads.
Sacked is also heartfelt. I felt like the insecurities of both Knox and Ellie are explored without ever feeling tiresome or ridiculous. The chase never gets overly dramatic or overdone. The conflict is real and heartbreaking and hard to read, but the resolution is so incredibly joyful that you’ll be happy you took the journey with them. A smidge over the top? Maybe. But also joyful and sweet, and really—just perfect for the couple and their story.
~ Review by Shelly
Knox Masters… football star, team captain, and a virgin at 21—not for lack of female companionship. Knox has high standards and knows when he meets “the one” he’ll be ready. But is he really ready for Ellie Campbell? She’s his teammate’s sister and should be off limits, but that’s not going to stop Knox. He now has two goals for his junior year: winning the national title and winning the heart of Ellie Campbell.
But Ellie isn’t going to make it easy for Knox. She’s busy trying to make full-time college a go, meet new people, make new friends—become a regular 20 year old college student. Even if she has to “fake it ‘til she makes it”! For years she’s been hiding a deep, dark secret—from both her friends and her brother.
Falling in love with Knox could jeopardize not just her own future, but Knox’s and her brother’s. Is Ellie willing to risk it all for love?
Oh, how I loved this book. Ms. Frederick has the ability to immerse the reader into the story and make them feel like an active participant. Knox is so well written. His character is believable and realistic. He's picked on and gently made fun of by his teammates. And damn, if I didn’t laugh out loud at many of their antics. The 911 team meeting was my favorite.
Ellie was written beautifully, too. Her concern, sadness, happiness—every emotion—was felt in each scene. A fiercely loyal sister, her protectiveness, even at the risk of her own happiness, was commendable. I loved her interactions with Knox, too. She really kept him on his toes—and it was awesome.
This book really has it all: humor, love, angst, confusion, friendship, and forgiveness. I couldn’t put it down and I can’t wait to see where Ms. Frederick takes me next.
~ Review by Missy
I lock my legs to keep from falling over and pull out the biggest barrel I have. “Masters, there are things about me that if you knew you wouldn’t want to spend another minute in my presence.”
He considers my words, the silence taking on a heaviness and part of me already aches for what I could have if I was just any other girl at Western. “Have you killed anyone?” he finally asks. I can feel his eyes assessing me and I keep my gaze averted afraid of what
I’ll see in his moss green gaze.
“Have you slept with my brother?”
“What?” I can’t prevent myself from gawking at Masters, who’s smiling as he asks the question. “No! God, I’ve never even met him!”
“Are you catfishing poor athletes from Auburn? Wait, don’t answer that because I don’t think I’d find that objectionable. Oh, I have it—” He snaps his fingers.
“This isn’t a joke, Masters.”
He tucks a stray piece of hair behind my ear. “Until you tell me what it is, it’s not a reason to be apart either.”
I suck in my lower lip to prevent throwing myself at him and telling him to take me.
“Why?” I ask helplessly.
“Because I like you.”
He grips me by the chin and lays down gentlest, sweetest kiss. In that kiss he tells me everything. That he wants me. That he’s willing to take it slow. That he’s not giving up.
He kisses me as if this is the only thing he wants to do for the next ten hours.
His lips barely move but I can feel everything in me surge toward him. The short wedges I shoved on this morning suddenly feel precarious. I grip his shoulders to steady myself and then find myself rising up on my tiptoes to press deeper against him. He hauls me flush against him until I can no longer touch the floor.
His one hand palms nearly my entire back while the other angles my head for better access. He may be a virgin, but the guy knows how to kiss. His tongue is finding places inside my mouth that I didn’t even know would feel good.
All the pent up desire that has been boiling in me for days comes pouring out of me. I attack him with my next kiss, biting his lower lip, sucking on his tongue. Against my belly I can feel the hard ridge of his erection.
“God,” I breathe as he abandons my mouth to trace the line of my jaw with his lips. He growls in response and pushes me back against the bookcases but I don’t even mind that the shelves are biting into my back. I just want more.
And he gives it to me. We cling to each other, feeding off of each other’s seemingly endless need until I hear a gasp and then a muted giggle. And those two faint sounds somehow manage to break through the haze of lust and bring with it the realization that I am in a very public place. I wriggle against him and he sets me down reluctantly.
“We’re in the bookstore,” I say in a scandalized voice.
“You’ve never kissed a guy in the bookstore before?” He grins, the wicked mischievous one I’m beginning to associate with something tremendously naughty.
“There’s a first time for everything.”
Jen Frederick lives with her husband, child, and one rambunctious dog. She's been reading stories all her life but never imagined writing one of her own. Jen loves to hear from readers so drop her a line!