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Book 1, Playbook, The

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One of NPR's Best Books of 2018
An Amazon Best Romance of 2018 Pick

An iBooks "Best of September" Pick
A GoodReads Best of the Month pick for September

One of Booklist's Top 10 Romance Debuts for 2018 
One of BookBubs Best Fall Romances of 2018

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 never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights. 

Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation. 

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.

From Publishers Weekly

Jun 18, 2018 – The ups and downs of love in the NFL are well portrayed with a heavy dose of humor and snark in Martin's sports romance. At age 27, Marlee's been not-quite-engaged to Mustangs wide receiver Chris for 10 years. The catty football wives, aka the Lady Mustangs, do little to hide their distaste for her being a mere girlfriend. When she catches Chris cheating and dumps him, the last thing she wants is a rebound romance with Gavin, the Mustangs' new quarterback, while she gets used to living on her own for the first time and settles into a new marketing job. Independence is hard to keep as Gavin continues to pursue her, and the more serious they become, the more unwanted attention she gets from the media, disapproving Lady Mustangs, and a jealous friend of Gavin's. Marlee's frequently self-deprecating first-person account, including catchy hashtags ("All aboard, ladies and gentlemen. #HotMessExpress"), will be perfect for readers looking for a fun contemporary.

Customer Reviews

Lighthearted and Fun

I thoroughly enjoyed Alexa Martin’s book INTERCEPTED. I connected with the characters and loved their interactions and their chemistry. This is a refreshing, lighthearted story told from Marlee’s hilarious, irreverent perspective. Life is never boring in Marlee’s life. She speaks her mind and it usually gets her into trouble but that never bothers her. I admired Marlee and her optimistic attitude. She is colorful, unique and unforgettable. I enjoyed knowing all of Marlee’s inner thoughts and musings. They had me laughing out loud.

Marlee finds herself once again falling for an NFL player and after her last relationship ended badly, she is hesitant to open her heart to Gavin. The story chronicles the ups and downs of dating a famous football player. Yes there is the money, parties and VIP treatment, but there is also interfering fans, catty players wives, the media and always coming in second after football.

Gavin is wonderful and he stole my heart along with Marlee’s. He is honest with her and his feelings never waver. He is sweet and is not afraid to share his feelings with Marlee. Gavin does make some mistakes along with way, but I found it easy to forgive him. I enjoyed this entertaining book and highly recommend it, especially if you like hot, sweet and protective football players.


This book was sooooo good! I couldn’t put it down. The hashtags were hands down the best part. I can’t wait to read Alexa Martin’s next novel.

Don’t waste anymore time, GET THE BOOK!

It will make you laugh, heat up from the inside out and cry. Loved every minute of the 1.5 days reading it.

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  • $7.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Romance
  • Published: Sep 11, 2018
  • Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 1, Playbook, The
  • Requirements: This book can only be viewed on an iOS device with Apple Books on iOS 12 or later, iBooks 1.5 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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