Apr 8, 2016

*Review* Tackled (A Sports Romance) by Sabrina Paige

College football’s most notorious tight end wants to show her that everything’s bigger in Texas.


I can’t stand jocks. And I don’t know the first thing about football.

So it’s just my luck that the tutoring job I take to get me through graduate school involves making sure a dumb jock passes his classes.

Now, I’m babysitting Colton King, a spoiled arrogant player who’s as famous for his bedroom antics as he is for his football skills.

The tight end with the filthy mouth tells me he’ll show me that everything’s bigger in Texas.

And heaven help me, I just might be considering it.

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My life is one big party, and that’s never going to change.

Not even if my coach finds me a nerdy tutor he thinks will keep me in line.

Miss Goody Two Shoes is uptight, high-strung, and unimpressed by the fact that I’m a campus legend.

Even worse, the hot little tutor is as pure as the driven snow.

Debauching her and making her mine is the ultimate challenge. And I always rise to the occasion.

*This is not a football-heavy story, so if you're not into sports, don't worry! It's light on the sports and heavy on the steam!*

Cassie Rae is a star student on track to earn her Ph.D. and take a coveted spot in the field of academia. She just sacrificed any romantic life to achieve that success. Colton King is a sure shot to become a professional football player and the campus ladies love him for his skills on and off the field. When failing grades stand in the way of Colton’s football dreams, the cocky quarterback must use every play he knows to get the Cassie to work as his tutor. Just a few problems - he may have greeted her naked and asked her if she was a stripper. And then sent her an X-rated gift to apologize. Can the two look past their instant attraction/hatred to work together? Or will all the friction burn both of their dreams?

What I Loved: There is a nice spark between Colton and Cassie that gives some fuel to their intense hate/lust/hate/love relationship. The two have a spikey banter that made me laugh through several scenes. Cassie is my favorite part of Tackled. She’s a nerd who owns her identity and future. Her doubts and insecurities about her relationship Colton dealt more with the impact on her professional plans than any insecurities about herself. The story is told through both Colton and Cassie’s POV’s and I think author Sabrina Paige did a nice job of making each personality distinct.

What I Didn’t Love: The nerd/jock romance genre seems to be growing and Tackled didn’t hit me as overly unique or have a twist that made it stand out. There are a lot of similarities between Tackled and the hugely popular Hashtag Series by Cambria Hebert (nerd forced to tutor football God, meddling best friends who happen to fall for each other, jerk-wad violent villain, etc.). The similarities kept me from heavily investing. Also for Colton to be so committed to football I would have enjoyed a few more interactions with team mates, training, scrimmages, scouts, etc.

Favorite Quotes:

“I kiss the hell out of this girl. I kiss her like I’ve never kidded a girl before, like I know I’ll never kiss a girl again.”

“I don’t know why the two of you have this hot-and-cold bullshit going on, but you really just need to get over it and start fucking already because you’re both on my last nerve.”

“This girl feels like home. She feels like a place of calm, the eye in the middle of the storm. She’s mine and I don’t want to let her go.”

Tackled was a cute popcorn like sports romance, tastes good but I was still kind of hungry after finishing. Sports romance fans and nerd/jock lovers may have some fun with this one. If Sabrina Paige does expand this universe with a follow-up I will be back to check it out.

Happy reading.

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