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Fumbled

The Playbook, Book 2
Written by: Alexa Martin
Narrated by: N'Jameh Camara
Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
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A second chance doesn't guarantee a touchdown in this new contemporary romance from the author of Intercepted.

Single mother Poppy Patterson moved across the country when she was 16 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. 

T.K. 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.

©2019 Alexa Martin (P)2019 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

"Fumbled won my heart all over again. Alexa Martin is so good at this; I’m so impressed by how nuanced and thoughtful this book is, while still being hilarious and sexy! When I finished this book I missed hanging out with Poppy and TK so much. I wish I could jump into the Fumbled world and hang out on the couch and drink wine and gossip with Poppy and her friends!" (Jasmine Guillory, New York Times best-selling author)

“Spending time in Martin’s world is like having a heart-to-heart with your bestie.” (Entertainment Weekly)

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  • Anna
  • 2019-05-20

Disappointing

I loved the first book in the series, Intercepted. It was light-hearted and funny. This one just seemed to take the romantic comedy too far. It was too silly and had giant holes in the plot. It was so unrealistic that Poppy and TK hadn't seen each other in ten years, had a kid together that TK didn't know about, and yet they just continued on like everything was perfect, never bothering to dive into what happened ten years ago or anything deeper than "it was a misunderstanding." Maybe that's just romance, but this seemed more unrealistic than most and it made it hard to view the characters and story as authentic. The additional plot lines seemed superficial and unnecessary, like they were just fluff added to make the story less predictable. Don't get me wrong, if you're looking for a brainless and light-hearted read, this book will fit the bill, and I did laugh out loud a few times, but overall, I was disappointed in the lack of substance.

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  • Kamahla Bolivar
  • 2019-05-09

This book has all the FEELS!!!!

I loved Intercepted(read it twice will read again) and Fumbled did not disappoint!!!! It’s hilarious and I love the reintroduction of the characters from Intercepted. Donnie!!! Just an awesome read and I can’t wait for Blitzed!

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  • SLKRomance
  • 2019-05-09

this series

this series just keeps getting better and better. Heroine a little extra but good story

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  • Robert Zimmermann
  • 2019-05-04

Review: Fumbled, by Alexa Martin

I read the first book in the Playbook series last October, after seeing such great buzz about it. But I didn’t get around to reviewing it. I’m not making the same mistake for book 2, Fumbled. These are both great books, so please consider this an endorsement for Intercepted, as well as Fumbled.

I feel that one of the best things about Martin’s book(s) is that she is able to make me care about football. I’m not a football fan. At all. But with the way Martin writes, I’m drawn into the excitement and emotions of the game when it’s presented in the book. I also think that some of this is accomplished by not making this a “football romance” in the same way other sports romances are. There’s football in the book. The hero is a big-deal player. But this book doesn’t revolve around the game. When the game is included, it’s done so to push the plot, character development, and endgame along. It’s not just to have the sport in the book. (Not putting down more sports heavy romances. This just works so much better for me.)

I also really enjoy Poppy’s character. This is a second chance romance, as can be seen in the description. And while the relationship restarts early in the book, the relationship is also a slow burn all the way to the end. Poppy is so strong and protective of her son, Ace. No matter what seems to be happening between her and TK, she never forgets that she and Ace could get hurt at any time. Martin didn’t allow Poppy to get lost in the relationship and it’s not often I read of a character who’s strong in this way.

Having two amazing books to start off this series, I’ll be finding myself wanting to fast forward to December for the release of Blitzed. Can’t wait to read Brynn’s story. I really want to know more about her!

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  • Tosha
  • 2019-05-02

Enjoyable but...

I felt like the author got tired of writing or something after giving us so much the firs 3 quarters (pun intended ☺️). The ending could have been so much more climactic compared to book 1. The handling of the female muse was so boring for example.

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