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It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life.
And it was, until my husband left me.
On our honeymoon.
For the wedding planner.

Now all I want to do is get over the humiliation with the one man I shouldn’t.
Except he's avoiding me at all costs.

But I'm not going to let Aiden McHugh get away. He might be the hottest quarterback in the NFL and my older brother’s best friend,
ebook, 300 pages
Published January 23rd 2018 by Valentine Publishing, LLC
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Sweet, sexy, fun and playful!!! Marquita Valentine once again hooks her readers to fall for her characters as she sweeps readers away with this charming love story that puts a fun twist on older brother’s best friend romance.

Aiden McHugh has always had feeling for his best friend’s younger sister. He kept his feelings for her to himself and so when Layton’s marriage goes wrong, he suddenly finds himself with the opportunity to get her and
Dilek VT
Dislikable characters, boring plot line...
After a certain point, skimmed & scanned only to reach the end.


A girl who has a dream of getting married to Joe in her future does get married to the douchebag named Joe (as her brain cells are considerably lacking) when she grows up and gets dumped by him on the 4th day of their honeymoon. He runs away with their wedding planner.

She begs her brother's best friend Aiden to make her forget Joe and what
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars

I struggled with this title, which I was a little bummed about, as I loved the premise, the cover and the blurb.

The premise was good. The idea of using a friend, the guy you have known since you were a young girl as a way to get over your ex and move on. We have all been there, recovering from a heartbreak makes you assess the other options you have in your life.

But, for me, there was not enough time for the "recovery". And this is where it was unbalanced for me. I get that Aiden and
Vanessa (nessreads)
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
*ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

4.5 Stars!

If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that Marquita will definitely bring the laughs. And she definitely did not disappoint with Sidelined.

From the moment Layton was a little girl, she had her whole future planned out. She knew she was going to marry Joe, her friend since they were little kids. She knew how old she was going to be when said wedding happened. Nothing could go wrong with her plans, it was written in her binder
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aiden surprises you at every turn in this most anticipated book of mine. Geeze, who wouldn't want the cocky QB from South Boston? I would be his Hoodsie at anytime.

Layton was dealt a whopping one two blow but a little tough love and push from friends had her leaving the past there in less time than she thought. I enjoyed her growth and chase of Aiden from beginning to end. As for Joe, Bless His Heart for knowing how to swim...
Feb 05, 2018 marked it as not-interested
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Three Chicks
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Trinette Dungee

For as long as Aiden McHugh has known Layton Price her life has been mapped out. Always armed with her scrapbook, if you were in her scrapbook you were special, if it’s in her scrapbook it’s destined to happen. According to the scrapbook, Layton was going to marry Joe and if not then Aiden would come to her rescue her and marry her.

Fast forward and Layton has married Joe, but on their honeymoon Joe informs Layton that he’s in love with the wedding planner. Where does that leave
Jan 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
**3.5 Stars**

Pining away for your best friend's little sister was torture for Aiden, but longing for another man's wife? It was another hell altogether. Aiden has always loved Layton but his honor of not caving into the McHugh gene has him stayed far away. When Layton's husband confessed to cheating the fourth day into their marriage, Layton's self-confidence took a brutal hit and left her wondering what the hell she did wrong. She needed a rebound guy, someone to convince her that she's
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: missy
Man, oh man, have I been dying to get my hands-on Aiden and Layton’s story since Scored! I knew their story would be one for the ages—and it is!!

Hello, Aiden is a grumpy, growly, hot AF, star quarterback. He’s got women fawning and falling all over him. Except for the one he really wants. But she’s taken . . . or is she?

Layton would have been better off left at the altar by that bastard husband of hers, Joe. But no, he left her—for the wedding planner—three days into their honeymoon! But Layton
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
~3.5 stars

Sidelined was the first book by Marquita that I have read. The story was cute and a nice quick read for my free afternoon.

Aiden and Layton have known each other since they were kids. We're told Aiden has had a crush on her for a while but never acted on it because Layton had this thing for the guy she thought was her HEA and it followed her plan. In the blurb we are lead to believe that she fights for Aiden and then he turns the tables and fights for her, I never felt that she actually
Becky Rendon
Jan 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

So here's the deal:
I was angry, annoyed, and even a little stabby towards Aiden in Scored. Like I legit wanted to hurt him for what I thought was a major wrong. I knew, you knew, and even Layton knew Joe was a piece of sh..shoe. I was livid when it all went down. I was going to start a petition and possible hire a hitman. Not for Joe, that piece of trash will get his but for Aiden. Because the bachelor party wasn't even the beginning, clearly everyone had their doubts about Joe. So as
Lady Heather


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Sidelined By Marquita Valentine
Publication Date: September 19th, 2017
Genre: Contemporary Romance

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A new funny, flirty, and oh so sexy sports romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine.

It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life.
And it was, until my husband left me.
On our honeymoon.
For the wedding planner.

Luisa Rivas
Jan 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I have been reading Marquita Valentine’s books since she started out. Her first series, about the Romanov family, is priceless. Her style is Southern sweet and sassy, so her books are light fare with a little bite and a lot of fun. This book is about this boy who studied under a scholarship in Raleigh University and later went into pro football in the NFL. He’s Layton’s big brother’s best friend and has been a frequent guest at her house since she was eleven years old and he was nineteen. She ...more
Ana Rita
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Gimme books... The more I have the more I want... It's a vicious cycle that I can't, and won't, get out of.
When an author that I've read previous books has a new one coming out I'm on the front row cheering and waiting for it.
Marquita Valentine is the one today. Her previous books made me smile, cry, curse and so much more and I can't get enough.
Her writting is sassy, strong, funny, sexy and Dayum... Hot as hell too.
Sideline is her latest release and tells the stories of Layton and Aiden.
Shelly's Book Corner
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lourdes-reviews
Layton Price had her life planned out since middle school. Then she married her high school sweetheart and he told her it was not going to work out…during the honeymoon. Completely humiliated, she’ll seek refuge with her brother instead of going back to her small town life.
Aiden McHugh is a pro football player and has been Layton’s brother’s best friend since they met in college. He’s know Layton most of her life, but now she has her sights on him to help get over her failed marriage and that’s
Isha Coleman
Jan 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
Love has a way of knocking you flat before it lifts you up. Marquita Valentine has an innate talent for merging the good with the bad and keeping you laughing as she's breaking your heart. Sidelined is one woman's quest to heal her broken heart in the most wicked way possible. He helped break her heart, perhaps he can help put it back together again. Aiden and Layton can be each other's worst nightmares, but behind the bickering, the frustration and the mistrust, there is a deep love. Sidelined ...more
Danielle from Short and Sassy
2.5 stars

This one was a struggle for me to get through. I liked the idea of the book, but it dragged for me. There were parts of the story that I didn't quite understand. And my biggest thing that I struggled with, is how Aiden was this character from Boston. Being from there, when someone writes a character based on being from there, they wither hot the mark, or miss. For me, this was a miss.
Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
I truly enjoyed this book. I was happy to see that the it was the guy that had to convince the girl to come around. I loved the banter between these two, it was down right funny at times and other times I wanted to hit one of them. This was a really good book even at the times I just had to roll my eyes at them. I can't wait for more.
Jan 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! This book was fantastic!!! I always love Marquita Valentine's heroines because they are such quintessential Southern belles. Layton Price was no different. I fell in love with her in Scored and knew I wanted to read her and Aiden's story. I'm so happy Ms. Valentine decided to give her readers what they were clamoring for.

And what a story it is. This story has all the feels. And Aiden, oh my, he has WORDS!!! WOW!!! He words made me melt!!!

I can't wait for Kingston's book!!!
Jan 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 stars. Very disappointed. Storyline and character development were so lacking. If I hadn't read Scored, I don't think I would have known anything about Adrian and Layton. I feel like they had more of a "role" in that book than in their own book. Started off really good; felt like I was getting to know Adrian and his unrequited love for Layton. But as the book progressed, the relationship development between the two MCs just went downhill. Layton went from being a 26 year old virgin, having ...more
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Sidelined by Marquita Valentine was such a cute and charming read with just a touch of angst. The story was funny, steamy and included a very sexy, confident, alpha sports athlete.

Layton had her entire life planned out from the age of nine. She knew what she wanted, and nothing was going to stand in her way. It all seemed to be going according to plan, until her husband left her, on their honeymoon, for the wedding planner. Now all she feels is humiliation.

Aiden McHugh only ever saw Layton as
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, sweet, short
short and sweet, perfect for between reads
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was ok
the story started out pretty good..the banter between the mcs was funny but most of the book had the mcs with other friends rather than developing their relationship.....either layton was moping around with paige or helping her and aiden was playing foot or talking atund with dallas....the communicatoon between the mc was very less. the book had the potential to be a good one but turned out blah due to less interactions of the mcs
A beautifully sweet and crazily sexy sports romance that'll have you begging for more...

Do you remember that film, The Wedding Planner with J.Lo and Matthew "whatshisname" McConaughey? Well, this is kind of what I would've wished happened to Fran (his ditched bride-to-be) if she'd actually been a nice person. I say that because unlike Layton she's a twatwaffle. Anywho, I was a little unsure about Sidelined. I loved the blurb, that thing had me squeeing from the moment I laid eyes on it. BUT,
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Layton thought she had her future all planned out, she's about to marry the man of her dreams, just purchased the home of her dreams, and about to have the wedding and honeymoon of her dreams... then the man who promised her forever decided he wanted a forever with someone else. Now her world is turned upside down, they had plans to start their life together, so she gave up the one she had before, and was ready for her new adventure, but now that it didn't pan out, she just doesn't know what to ...more
Samantha Ortegon
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Sidelined by Marquita Valentine, picturing this gorgeous cover model through out the read made the storyline that much sweeter. This is a story that is a falling for your best friends sister, friends to lovers romance. This story is funny, sexy and has a bit of drama. This story had me wanting to reread Scored so that I can reacquaint myself with some of the other characters.

In Sidelined, Aiden McHugh who is the NFL's hottest quarterback, his cockiness may not be everyone's cup
Sunny Shelly Reads
Holy moly! This story was freakin' fantastic! Full disclosure: When I first read the blurb for Sidelined, I knew the characters sounded familiar, but I didn't remember that they were secondary characters in Scored until I dove into Sidelined. Then it all clicked.

In Scored, I really didn't like Aiden. He was a moody, miserable, mean ass for no apparent reason other than he was an NFL star and could be a big old jerk to his best friend's little sister. All that crap was going down with Layton
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
From the moment we met Aiden and Layton in Scored, I knew I wanted them to find a way to be together. It didn't matter to me that Layton was engaged to someone else, I knew she and Aiden were perfect for each other and am so glad Ms. Valentine gave us their story.

I love when two characters have a history together and the fact that Aiden and Layton had known each other since she was 11 gave me all the feels. I love they had a friendship, as he is her older brother's best friend, first and an
Melody  May (What I'm Reading)
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Okay, I'm going to have to say I liked Sidelined more than Scored. A suggestion would be to read Scored, because it kind of shows Layton's wedding planning and why she asked Aiden to do her bidding. However, shows the aftermath of Layton's quick marriage, and she comes to terms of it crumble before it even started. We see a lot of Layton trying to pick up the pieces. We also have Aiden trying to make it through his last season, while trying to keep his rules intact. By
Cee Cee Houston
Jan 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story, it was just so warm and light-hearted, even if it did have a little bit of drama. It was cute and funny, with a big hearted hero and a sassy heroine.
Aiden McHugh is the star quarterback for the Raleigh Renegades, he’s known Layton Tallulah Price since she was 11 years old, when her big brother and his best friend brought him home for the holidays. Cute as she was then, L.T as Aiden called her, somehow got under his skin, and he did promise to marry her if her big fairytale
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Marquita Valentine is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author of contemporary romance.

When she's not writing sexy heroes who adore their sassy heroines, she enjoys traveling, reading, and spending time with her family and friends. Married to her high school sweetheart, Marquita lives in a seriously small town in the south.

Her next release Seducing the Billionaire's Brother is coming

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