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He’s the guy no one likes…
Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.
She’s the girl everyone loves…
Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.
Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.
DOWNED is an unexpectedly fun and endearing novel. I’m not quite sure what I was expecting, but I ended up being very pleasantly surprised. Because DOWNED manages to capture and build an amazing connection between two characters who should truly be like oil and water, and makes them blend together like frosting on cake; both are good on their own, but when paired together they become the best of themselves that they can be.
Bryant Johnson, being the coach’s daughter, has an ingrained passion for football and the men who play it. She’s also a true southern belle that has manners that override her every thought or action. Her seemingly uptight nature and the “Make Men Better” program she employs at the school truly have her at odds against the bad boy everyone has a problem with, Mr. Ace Anderson. His last team kicked him off and this new college is for starting fresh, but word travels and Ace can’t outrun his past. And it’s his past that ultimately leads him into Bryant.
Anyone not used to the overly sweet and proper nature of a southern woman will take a bit to warm up to Bryant. Her dialogue threw me and caused a disconnect for a bit until I really understood who she was and why she was doing this self-grown program. Once I got her, she truly was a gem of a character. And Frederick really complemented her with Ace because Bryant needed some dirty in her life. And Ace is the womanizer, the playboy, the dirty talker. He was what I loved so intensely about DOWNED. Ace…he had substance and growth and an amazing inner strength and strong character. I fell in love with him quickly and it just grew with the pages. He’ll surprise you, truly.
DOWNED was a beautiful romance filled with depth and the love of football. The characters are what make this novel so great and bring it from hot to sexy. The sports dynamic was woven in perfectly and accentuated each individual character just as it should. Frederick’s love of football is obvious in the care she takes to get every detail correct and build a cast of male characters that you want to know, whether they’re good or bad. I know that Ace will make his way into readers’ hearts from the beginning with his magnetic and bright character, and Bryant will worm her way in there too. I’m anxious for where we’re being taken next and I really cannot wait to get more of these characters and the storytelling that only this author can do.
Gridiron Book One; Standalone
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Gridiron Book Two; Standalone
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♦ABOUT THE AUTHOR♦
Jen Frederick is the USA Today bestselling author of Unspoken, part of the Woodlands series, and Sacked, part of the Gridiron series. She is also the author of the Charlotte Chronicles and has had several books on the Kindle Top 100 list. She lives in the Midwest with a husband who keeps track of life’s details while she’s writing, a daughter who understands when Mom disappears into her office for hours at a time, and a rambunctious dog who does neither.