Sunday, October 18, 2020

REVIEW: Snapped by Alexa Martin

I absolutely 1 million percent LOVE this series. Every single one of these books is wonderful. They combine so many things I enjoy: sisterhood and bonding, hilarious characters and scenarios, swoony athletes, heartfelt storylines, and the sense that these stories are rooted in a realistic experience. I will forever be grateful for stumbling upon the first novel in this series, every single novel is a complete delight to delve into. I couldn't possibly pick one as a favorite butttttttttt I will say that Snapped is easily at the top of the stack for me.

This particular novel stands out for all of the things mentioned: the friendship bonds are strong, the comedy hits every time, and the hero is a quiet, strong, disciplined character. It's the main thrust of the plot that really grabbed my attention and kept it: equity in football when it comes to black athletes, coaches, owners, and retired players. I didn't know I was looking for this as a major theme until it appeared and I then I fell even harder for this series than I already had. I appreciated how Alexa Martin approached all of the nuances and also really educated me about some things I hadn't even considered (the retired players and their benefits--I HAD NO IDEA!!). If I have any gripes it's that I wish I had more of this novel to read. 

The Lady Mustangs were in full effect in Snapped and I truly adore them all. Actually, reading this novel has me wanting to reread the entire series all over again. But there was one wife I'm hoping we see more of in a future novel: Vonnie. And if I'm going to be really greedy? I'd love for some of the new secondary characters to have a novel of their own too. I guess what I'm saying is that I would love for this series to never end but if it does, then I hope that Alexa Martin has more things up her writing sleeve because I'm a HUGE fan. 

Elliot Reed is living her best life—or pretending to. She owes it to her dad’s memory to be happy and make the most of her new job as Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs. Things are going well until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. decides to use the field as his stage and takes a knee during the national anthem.

As the son of a former professional athlete, Quinton knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about football. He's worked his entire life to gain recognition in the sport, and now that he has it, he’s not about to waste his chance to change the league for better. Not even the brilliant but infuriating Elliot, who the Mustangs assign to manage him, will get Quinton back in line.
A rocky initial meeting leads to more tension between Quinton and Elliot. But as her new job forces them to spend time together, Elliot realizes they may have more in common than she could've imagined. With her job and his integrity on the line, this is one coin toss that nobody can win.

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