What he wants he gets…
Knox Masters is a quarterback’s worst nightmare. Warrior. Champion. And…virgin. 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.
I feel like I have a lot of dumb and/or interesting stories as to why I decide to pick up a book but the reason why I read this one might be the dumbest one yet. Not bad dumb, but a funny dumb. So I have this friend, who I’ve talked about before, and we’re constantly giving each other recs and just talking about books in general. She knows what I like and vice versa. A few days ago she sends me a little snippet from the book she’s reading and it’s a description of a guy that’s literally my type so clearly, I needed to know more. She tells me what the series is, one thing leads to another, and here I am reading the first book. The thing she sent me is actually from the second book so obviously I gotta get through book one before getting to book two; that’s the law. So long story short, I read this book for a character that’s in the second book. I told you it was dumb but I am not sorry that I started this series because this was such a good book! It felt pretty different and refreshing from all the NA I usually read and I think that’s why I enjoyed it so much. I had very little issues with it and that’s why I feel confident and comfortable in giving it 4 stars.
- Like I just mentioned, this book felt rather refreshing compared to most of the NA genre and a lot of that has to do with Knox’s character. 99% of the time when we’re given the jock superstar hero he’s a giant player that sleeps with a different girl every night and has this cocky and arrogant attitude. But Knox couldn’t be more different than that. Yes, he’s the campus superstar but he doesn’t have those same traits most superstars have. He’s not arrogant in the way that he knows his status can get anything and everything he wants, he doesn’t treat people like they’re beneath him, and you almost always see him speaking to people with kindness and respect. And, oh yeah, there’s the added fact that he’s a virgin and not at all ashamed of it. Actually, he seems a bit proud of it. I’ve only come across one other football star virgin before, Ethan Dexter in Kristen Callihan’s Game On series, but even then I feel like Ethan was somewhat ashamed of that and he didn’t have that added superstar pressure. But I really liked that this was such a defining trait in Knox’s character and I think it allowed you to see what kind of person he was. He wasn’t waiting because of religious reasons but he was waiting because he wanted it to be with the right girl, and I think that’s a big emphasis on his outlook on life. He makes sure things are right before doing something and he’s confident in his decision. It also shows he doesn’t get pressured into doing things, no matter how hard others try, and that people respect him for this decision. I really loved that his friends never made fun of him for it, although it was alluded that they did when they initially found out. I think I just loved that we got a character that was a big deal in football and on campus but was respected and liked because of his personality and who he was, not because of how he played. He had a heart and it was evident in everything he did. I want to see more NA heroes like Knox Masters please and thanks.
- Most of the time I don’t focus too hard on the writing of NA because a lot of it shouldn’t be taken too seriously but just like Knox, the writing in this book felt different from most of NA and it made me so happy. Usually after the climactic drama we quickly get our happily ever after with the couple getting over whatever happened and getting back together followed by some half-assed epilogue. It’s like “look, they’re happy, that’s the end of the story, you’re welcome” kind of thing. But here I felt like we got an actual, proper ending and everything was tied up so nicely. I expected the book to end after a certain chapter, where the couple got their happy ending, but it kept going. We got more of the story and got answers to what happened with the rest of the football season and the draft declaration and all that jazz. Something that is usually summed up by two sentences in an epilogue is given multiple chapters? Hallelujah! I wasn’t left wanting more because I got everything I wanted out of this book and it felt so properly ended. I honestly can’t believe how satisfying that ending was, probably because I’m not used to it, but I have zero complaints.
- Adding to the writing point, I loved how developed these characters felt and I think the overall development of everyone, not just Knox and Ellie, was fantastic. I usually end up caring about the secondary characters in a book but I think I ended up caring more than ever here. Whether it was Jack or Riley or Matty, I cared about them so much and I loved learning more and more about them. Jack was so sweet and I loved seeing how much he cared about Ellie but I think the little development he went through was so important. For Ellie, it was important for her to find other people in her life like Riley and learn to trust people again, and I connected with her on that, as well as defending and standing up for herself. There wasn’t much development for Matty, not yet anyways, but the door is definitely open for him and I can’t wait to learn more. All of these characters made me so proud in the end and I can’t help but love them all. None of them felt like a trope character and they all had an important part in the story; it was great.
- My only problem might just be with the very first chapter because we see how quickly Knox decides he wants Ellie and how quickly he thinks of her as his. It can give off the vibe of being instalove but if you think about it, it just exemplifies Knox’s character even more. It shows how sure of himself he is and how he only goes for things that he knows are right. I like seeing guys have that kind of confidence and I think if you understand Knox’s character and how his mind works then you’ll understand this first chapter. On the other hand, this chapter really established how great the chemistry is between Ellie and Knox so there are some good sides to this bad point.
THE BOTTOM LINE
- If you’re familiar with NA lit then you will most likely enjoy this book regardless; it’s fun, sexy, and clever. But if you’re tired of the typical NA formula and want something new, I definitely recommend this. You will see how refreshing it is and it’ll envelop you like it did me. Kudos to Jen Frederick and if you keep this up, you just might join the greats you dedicated this book to.
BONUS: how this book made me feel in a GIF
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Sacked (Gridiron #1)
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Date: September 6, 2015
Pages: 328 (eBook)
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