Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Review, Excerpt & Flash Giveaway: Sacked by Jen Frederick


What he wants he gets...

Knox Masters is a quarterback's worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. 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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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.”

What I thought about Sacked

I'm not going to lie.  When I read the opening chapters of Sacked, I was a bit put off.  It read like many of the other sports romances that I love, and I thought it would be the same-old story, just rehashed with different names.   But I stuck with it, and I am glad I did, because Knox Masters and Ellie Campbell won me over.  These were two characters I really wanted to make it by the end of the book. 

Knox is a defensive captain. He's got his life mapped out. He knows what he wants, and that's the NFL. He's not looking for a quick one-nighter with a fangirl he won't remember the next day or worse.  No, he's waiting to give up his v-card when he's ready. When he finds "the one". He wants it to mean something, and I loved that about him. 

When he meets Ellie Campbell one morning at the field, he is smitten. Hard. The initial chemistry and banter between Ellie and Knox is quite nice, and when Knox finds out that Ellie is the sister of one the offensive lineman, he's going to use that for all it's worth.

These two dance around each other for a while, their encounters getting hotter each time. Knox wants Ellie, and he's focused on his goal of getting her. He doesn't care if it takes a while to convince Ellie he's serious.  Ellie has fallen hard too, only her willingness to take a chance on Knox comes with some past baggage that has her worried she could jeopardize her brother's place on the team and maybe more than that.

There's a lot of heat between these two, and they manage to get have me fanning myself even while Knox still has his v-card. That's some nice writing.  You'll recognize the bathroom scene when you read it!  It's one hot, hot, hot scene.

In the end, I really liked this story and loved where these two ended up.  I like the concept of knowing that someone is important to your life on the first meeting, and Jen Frederick does an awesome job of building off that point to the wonderful conclusion of the story.

ARC provided for review.

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Leave a comment on the blog and I'll use randomizer to pick a winner of a copy of Sacked e-book. Ends September 10 at 8am EST.

About the Author

Bestselling author 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 at

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JackieN said...

Sounds like an exciting read! Adding to my to read list! Thanks!!

JackieN said...

Sounds like an exciting read! Adding to my to read list! Thanks!!

Lorna Kirk said...

Love it... definitely a repeat read for me!!! 😁

Anonymous said...

Looks like a cute read! Thanks for the giveaway!

Maria Malaveci said...

Sounds So... So.....GOOD! Thanks for the chance!