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3.76  ·  Rating details ·  8,940 ratings  ·  1,643 reviews
Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to
Paperback, 308 pages
Published September 11th 2018 by Berkley Books
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Marlee biracial, Chris African American, Gavin Caucasian.…more
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the end of the book had an epilogue chapter which summed up things up nicely.
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umm...not sure what you mean by that.
the end of the book had an epilogue chapter which summed up things up nicely.
the next book is w/another character we met in this one. TK. a great character is a fellow teammate of chris & gavin , and friend of Marlee (from this book)(less)

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Val ⚓️ Shameless Non-Snowflake ⚓️
3.75 - 4 Stars

This is Alexa Martin's debut novel and what a debut it is.

I really enjoyed her writing style, her characters, and her sense of humor.

I'm not going to rehash the blurb or story line at length; however, the main character (Marlee) is a longtime NFL girlfriend in a sea of NFL wives and, because Martin herself is a former NFL wife (her husband is retired), I felt like we were getting a backstage pass to one of those players' wives TV shows - with none of the cameras, but ALL the drama
Intercepted by Alexa Martin is a 2018 Berkley publication.

Hilarious and super sexy!!

Several years ago, Marlee had a one-night stand with a guy she thought was an investment banker, while on a break from her boyfriend.

Now, not only is she back with her boyfriend, who happens to be a professional football player, they are engaged!! Life's good... Well, except when it comes to the catty football wives. Oh, and that one-night stand? He’s the new star quarterback for the team!

For Marlee, her nig
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars

I can't think of the last time that I enjoyed a contemporary romance book this much! This is one you should definitely listen to the audiobook instead of reading it. The intonation of the narrator's voice is just perfection; she absolutely nails the funny lines (and there are a LOT of funny lines). Also, I think listening vs reading will help eliminate some minor annoyance towards the main character's over-usage of hashtags (#toomanyhashtags).

I don't want to spoil any of this book, so j
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Aside from the weird #hashtag thing, this was SO GOOD........... until some really unnecessary conflict was introduced (and resolved) within the last 50 pages. I would have given this a full 4 stars, but I’m knocking it down to a 3.5 because I can’t overlook how much I just didn’t jive with the ending. Wompppppp. Although all that aside I am definitely going to pick up the next book in the series because I loved the writing and the characters so 😅
May 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
Intercepted was kind of an amusing read but I found several parts to be cheesy as well as hastily dramatic. It read like a YA book and while I appreciated the modern setting and current pop culture references, the hashtagging was excessive. Overall, there was just an amateur feel to the story.

Marlee dates Chris, an NFL player on the Denver Mustangs. They’ve been together forever but he hasn’t put a ring on it. The team gets a new QB, Gavin, who happens to be a handsome guy Marlee met in Chicago
3.5 stars

Intercepted was a strong debut novel by Alexa Martin. I’ve been wanting to dive into this series for so long, and I’m happy I finally did!

Marlee’s boyfriend is in the NFL and she’s the perfect girlfriend… of ten years. Until she finds out said boyfriend has been cheating on her and she is sure she will never date an athlete again. And then there is Gavin Pope. The new quarterback on her ex’s team who she has a past with.

Gavin is a great guy and is determined to show Marlee he’s nothi
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
4,5 stars

I loved it,it was so good!It has drama,it was fun and the romance was cute!Such a nice surprise from a new author to me!I have to admit from the moment I read the synopsis I couldn't wait to read it!


Gavin is the perfect hero, protective,swoon worthy and sexy!Marlee is fantastic, I liked her, she is so funny!I could easily relate with her!I loved that she is so down to earth and not like the other girls!I love the relationship between Marlee and Gavin!The are sweet and cute, they make m
This was okay. The hashtags got annoying real quick though.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I’m usually up Berkley’s butt like a real hemorrhoid when it comes to their romance releases, but somehow I managed to miss this one and had to wait for my turn at the library to come around. Luckily it queued up at the perfect time – ROMANCE WEEK . . . .

The story here is about Marlee, a graphic designer who has been dating NFL player Chris for the past 10 years – except that one time when . . . .

A case of mistaken laptops le
Dec 15, 2018 rated it it was ok
First I think I need to be more awake for this review.
Anyway....I will try to be on point and short.

There are several things in this book that are happening that I really don't like in romance novels in general. And I guess this was recommended as a light and funny read. Okay for the first this was a light read but other than that first laugh at the beginning of the book I didn't have many lol moments.

Okay so onto the things I didn't like;

* heroine; she is so witty, she hates fighting but he
Jenny••Steamy Reads Blog••
**I’ve had a ton going on in my life so just warning you, my reviews are short and sweet while I get these all caught up**

First book, new author. I wouldn’t have guessed this by the way this author writes. I am excited for more from her.

This book is refreshing, it was a sports romance that gave me wonderful feels. Gavin & Marlee are super cute and sweet.

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Katie B
Don't you just hate it when you are dating a professional football player and then a guy you had a one-night stand years ago joins the team? Totally awkward.

This was a fun sports romance with a main character, Marlee, who was easy to like. Humor was used well throughout the book although I thought hashtags were used a few too many times. I preferred the first half of the book over the second as it felt like the story was being dragged on just for drama's sake. I liked Gavin but at times he felt
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it
The romance in this was so cute! Marlee and Gavin had so much chemistry.
There were a couple things that made me not enjoy it as much.
-there was tons of girl hate. like i get that there are shitty people but it just became A LOT
-this also reminded me why i do not like sports and hate sports culture
-the random conflict added in the last 50 pages was kinda annoying

overall I liked this enough and I am excited to read the next book

Title: Intercepted
Series: Playbook #1
Author: Alexa Martin
Release date: September 11, 2018
Cliffhanger: No
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He lights up a part of me that fades away without him. It’s not that I’m not whole without him— I am. It’s just that with him— next to him— everything shines brighter. Gavin doesn’t make my world, but I’ll be damned if he doesn’t enhance it.

Marlee is one of the sassiest, most entertaining heroines I've read in quite a while. Her snarky narration made the b
Intercepted is the first installment in a new sports romance series titled: Playbook. Being married to a former NFL player, author Alexa Martin knows firsthand all about the world of football, both on and off the field. As rich and glamorous as it may appear at first glance, you wouldn't catch me anywhere near that world if Martin's fictional debut is any indication of how cutthroat it all is. Inspired by her real life experiences when her husband played professional football, Intercepted de
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
Alexa Martin's debut novel, Intercepted, is a scrumptious, addictive sports romance that follows Marlee, the former girlfriend of an NFL receiver, and her steamy second chance at love with the team's new QB, Gavin Pope... and let me just tell you, I WAS HERE FOR ALL OF OF IT. This unputdownable story is sexy and steamy and so damn good, I can't even believe this was a debut. Intercepted is lush with romance and rich with humor, but it's also a juicy little glimpse into the competitive hierarchy ...more
Kristy K
Jun 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a great sports romance! I loved the accuracy of how football was portrayed and the romance was great as well. Marlee and Gavin were awesome characters. I did get a little tired of the cattiness of the football wives, but I have a feeling this could have been a realistic portrayal. I’m eager for the next book in the series!
At 28, Marlee Harper has been an NFL girlfriend -- not wife -- for 10 years. Her boyfriend keeps putting off marriage, babies, or any kind of future, and Marlee’s been going along with it. But when she finds evidence of his cheating, again, that’s it. She moves out and finally starts to get on with her own, football-free life. What she wasn’t counting on, though, was Gavin Pope, the one other guy she’s ever slept with, becoming the new star quarterback for her ex’s team … and the steamy conne
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved this synopsis so I was able to overlook the cartoon-y cover and dive in.

I really liked Marlee and Gavin. Her inner monologue is hilarious {excluding the excessive use of hashtags because that was annoying af} and he was so genuine. I enjoyed their banter and the seemingly normal {under the circumstances} growth of their relationship.

Plot wise, it moved decently. There are a few rough patches that revolved around her wanting to stand up for herself and him taking over. As well as a few sc
Zoe Stewart (Zoe's All Booked)
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-romance
Okay, I fucking loved this. Was it completely cheesy? Yes. Did that make me love it even more? Fucking right it did. I've seen that other people found the MC's habit of throwing out random hashtags weird, but if we're being totally honest here, my brother and I do that every time he comes home to visit, so it felt weirdly like he was home, and I #LovedIt. It pisses my mom off to no end too, which is an added bonus LOL (kidding, I love you momma)

I can't wait to pick up the other ones in this ser
Aug 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

Marlee Harper has played the role of the girlfriend to a pro football player for ten years. But that all comes crashing down when she finds out that her wide receiver boyfriend has been scoring more touchdowns off the field than on them. Swearing off athletes, Marlee tries to pick up the pieces and move on with her life but that plan is shot to hell when Gavin Pope, the new quarterback and an old flin
Kayla Brunson
Sep 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: romance, read-in-2019
I have been putting off reading this book for so many reasons. Me and hyped romances are not friends, I’ve heard it has too many hashtags, and the number one reason is that I hate those sports wives reality shows. Imagine my surprise when not only I liked it, but when I couldn’t stop reading it. I blew through this book so quickly I should have whiplash. I adored these characters so damn much and I refuse to believe that this was a debut.

Marlee stole my heart early on with her sarcasm and her n
Oct 19, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Intercepted was such a fun and quick read and the storyline flowed very well. I really liked the majority of the characters in this book and one of my favourites was probably Naomi because I loved her friendship with Marlee. I also loved the two main characters Marlee and Gavin together but I have to say that they both had their moments in which they did things or said things I didn't like.

Another aspect of Intercepted I enjoyed was Alexa Martin's writing style but the book itself could've defi
Joce (squibblesreads)
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars - listened to most of this on audio with January LaVoy as narrator, and read some on hard copy.

Intercepted gives us a look at the lives of the partners of NFL players. Our protagonist Marlee Harper, is dating Chris, who is a grade-A piece of garbage, when Gavin Pope, also a football player, re-enters her life. My favorite trope is "the one that got away (but comes back to fuck shit up)" so I was super excited for this book. Sometimes unfortunately this trope involves cheating but in th
This was quite a fun listen.
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
What a fun sports romance! I had a great time reading this book, and I just adored Marlee who was an out-spoken MC who knew what she wanted in life and wasn’t afraid to get it. This had the perfect amount of angst, and while the characters argued more often than I liked, this was still a wonderful romance. I could definitely do without the incessant hashtags that were thrown in this novel’s internal monologue. It only ruined moments and took me out of the story.
✨ A ✨
NA cliche tropes to the max? Check. Buuuut I loved it anyway!

This was the perfect New Adult read that I needed, plus it was a debut! I'm not usually a fan of NA books with a sports star main character since I'm not really into sports myself. But this was a fun, easy read with lots of funny moments and tons of swoon.

I'm looking forward to more from Alexa Martin!
nick (the infinite limits of love)
I've been dying to read Intercepted ever since I heard about it from a good friend. With its biracial heroine and its enticing plot surrounding the NFL, I knew that it would be just the perfect read for me. When a copy that I begged for (thank you, Berkley!!) showed up on my doorstep (and fought UPS for!), I immediately abandoned real life and started reading. What a ride it was! There's so much I want to discuss in my review for Intercepted, but I don't want to ruin the experience for potential ...more
WOWWW…. This book was sooo much fun to read !!!! I went in expecting a sexy romance with some gossip on the side but this was full on chick lit drama and I was thoroughly entertained. Also, the author mentions in the note that she is an NFL wife, so I was really surprised to see some of the WAGs in the story and I really hope the author didn’t have to deal with so much bitchiness and drama during her time.

Marlee is an awesome protagonist to read about. She may have been an NFL girlfriend for a l
Melissa H
Sep 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I’ve heard some really great things about Intercepted. & for the most part I really enjoyed it.

Marlee has dated the same man for 10 years and finds herself being cheated on. She swears off all football players and intends to make her marketing job number one rather than waiting hand and foot on another man. But who else should show up in her life than Gavin Pope, the new quarterback on the same team her ex plays on. & he has his eyes on her.

The writing was easy to get through & funny. But my o
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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. When she's not telling her kids to put their shoes on...again, you can find her catching up with her latest book boyfriend or on Pinterest pinning meals she'll probably never make. Her first book, I ...more

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