ARC Review | Fumbled by Alexa Martin

Fumbled by Alexa Martin
Series: Playbook
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: April 23rd, 2019
ARC from the publisher

Single-mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was sixteen and pregnant to find a new normal. After years of hard work, she’s built a life she loves. It may include a job at a nightclub, weekend soccer games, and more stretch marks than she anticipated, but it’s all hers, and nobody can take that away. Well, except for one person.

TK Moore, the starting wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs, dreamt his entire life about being in the NFL. His world is football, parties, and women. Maybe at one point he thought his future would play out with his high school sweetheart by his side, but Poppy is long gone and he’s moved on.

When Poppy and TK cross paths in the most unlikely of places, emotions they’ve suppressed for years come rushing back. But with all the secrets they never told each other lying between them, they’ll need more than a dating playbook to help them navigate their relationship.

| Book Review |

Fumbled is book two in Alexa Martin’s Playbook series, and having read and enjoyed Intercepted by this author, I knew I was in for a good time. Yes, I loved the romance in this book, but the way this author writes her female friend groups is so much fun! I would love to be friends with Poppy and her gal pals. I love the support they give each other and the fact that even though some of these friendships are brand new, they’d already go to the wall for each other. I also loved that there was no judgment there – they welcomed Poppy’s eccentric friend right into their fold without blinking.

So…Poppy and TK – man I loved them so hard. They were so sexy together and had so much chemistry! It was clear they had a past, and the author covered it, but I never felt like it was relied on to solidify their current connection. (Aside from the fact that they never got over each other.) They were a lot of fun together, and I like that they pushed each other out of their comfort zones. I also like that when Poppy shared certain things with TK, his first instinct was to believe her. I think a lot of authors would have (and realistically could have) gone the other way, but this author didn’t and for me, it made Poppy and TK more solid. Also, I loved Poppy’s relationship with her son. They adored each other, and they had their little daily traditions that were so sweet. She was such a wonderful mother and worked hard to give him a good life. All their interactions were just so perfect. As for TK, the repercussions of playing football were front and center in this book, and this is just one more reason why TK is so perfect. He makes tough decisions and weighs Poppy’s concerns once he has time to think about them. He was very driven and successful, but those things didn’t cloud his judgment. He really wanted to do what was best for everyone involved, no matter what the cost.

There was a trope used in this book that, when used, walks a really fine line. Not all authors can pull this off successfully, but Alexa Martin really did. The way the whole thing played out was a clustery mess, and Poppy’s reactions and reservations were so credible and you just felt for her. I was cheering her on throughout this whole book and wanted her to get her happily ever after.

I have just a few gripes – #1, I think the storyline with TK’s mother could have and should have been a more prominent part of this story. I wanted her to get the comeuppance she so deserved. Two, there was a storyline that came out of nowhere about halfway through the book that never felt fleshed out, and I think the story would have been better without it. Lastly, I feel like the ending here was a bit shaky, and I felt the same with Intercepted. Having said that, I’m willing to ride out this series and read anything this author writes; I think maybe she is finding her footing, and the journey these characters go on and the relationships they forge make the reads so worth it. Overall, I loved Poppy and TK’s story, and found it nearly impossible to put down; Fumbled was just so much fun, and if you’re a fan of sports romance, you have to pick this one up!

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| about the author |

Alexa Martin is a writer and stay at home mom. She lives in Colorado with her husband, a former NFL player who now coaches at the high school where they met, their four children, and a German shepherd. Her first book, Intercepted, was inspired by the eight years she spent as an NFL wife. Visit her online at and @AlexMBooks.

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  1. I get leery when a writer tackles a trope that can make or break a story the way it is written or introduces a situation that has me holding my breath whether a character’s actions/reactions will tumble things into too much. But, it sounds like she didn’t overbalance with that sort of stuff and you had a wonderful reading experience.

    I liked book one, but I didn’t strongly connect with it enough to keep going. Maybe I’ll have to give this one a chance. Sounds good, Angie!

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  2. I am going to have to try her books! I really do enjoy sports romances so this should work well for me. It sounds really well done with just a few more minor issues. Great review!

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