REVIEW: Played by Jen Frederick

Gridiron Book Four; Standalone

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She’s been playing it close…

Ara Martin and college football star Ty Masters have been best friends since the first day of school when Ty literally ran her over. She fell for him immediately, but having lived under the shadow of her famous father, she knows a relationship with irresistible Ty would only end in heartbreak. For four years, she’s kept her feelings hidden. But one drunken encounter weeks before graduation is about to expose Ara’s biggest secret and destroy her most treasured relationship.

He’s been playing for keeps…

Ty is about to be drafted into the NFL, but his personal life is a mess. He’s got an agent he doesn’t like, a brother who can’t stop offering his opinion, and a beautiful woman he craves but can’t have. He can fire his agent and ignore his brother, but he’s not sure what to do about Ara. Ty’s been able to run down every quarterback he’s faced, but his sexy, stubborn best friend keeps slipping through his fingers.

Luckily, he’s not one for giving up, and once he gets his hands on her, he’s never letting go.



Played had the best kind of friends-to-lovers romances out there. Frederick wove a tale of friendship with ease and skill, a technique that made their deep connection vibrant and their transition to lovers seamless. With a delicious slow burn that echoed in every scene, Ty and Ara’s story will keep you captivated the entire way through.

Both characters were starkly real–Ty’s struggle with image and the tricky path to being drafted along with Ara’s battle to be seen outside of her father’s shadow brought to life that identity crisis of a near college graduate and the pressures placed on those with a lot to lose (i.e. all young people entering the workforce). Their dynamic felt comfortable, a partnership of friends that melded with one another as if it were second nature. It furthered the build-up to a satisfyingly fiery romance, and gave it another wonderful layer to become captivated by.

Played was easy to fall into and addictive to keep reading, and because of that it’ll be a fast but enjoyable read. I loved both main characters and their path to recognizing the rewards of falling for your very best friend. Even if friends-to-lovers isn’t your thing, there’s a whole host of beauty to find in this story.



All books in the series are just 99 cents for release week!


Gridiron Book One; Standalone

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Gridiron Book Two; Standalone

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Gridiron Book Three; Standalone

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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.

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