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Swagger

(Milwaukee Dragons #2)

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  97 ratings  ·  65 reviews
“Tight end,” noun: 1. a position in American football, 2. NFL star Marcus James, 3. what any hot-blooded woman can’t stop staring at every time Marcus walks by.

Bree Novak is so close to earning her Ph.D. she can taste it, but she’s supposed to be writing her dissertation, not giving lectures while her advisor slacks off. The semester gets even crazier when veteran tight en
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Published September 18th 2018 by Loveswept
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The_Book_Queen
4 1/2 STARS!

✦ Black NFL player (tight end). Currently out for the season due to injury

✦ She's finishing her dissertation for a PhD in physics (STEM heroine) + excellent anxiety rep (so damn real, it me)

✦ While injured, he's back at university to finish up his bachelors; she was wrangled into teaching a class . . . yep, one of his.

✦ Slow burn but then it's SUPER hot.

✦ Cake + oral (trust me -- there is NO food near the genitals! But I can tell you this: goals)

✦ Loved that all the characters are
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Samantha (WLABB)
Sep 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Sports romances are among my favorites. Therefore, seeing the second Dragons book was going to feature a STEM heroine had me really excited.

• Pro: Marcus had everything I look for in a hero, and won me over immediately. I especially loved it, when he would go through his memory index to try and figure out what he did wrong, and the way he attempted to curb his hero tendencies in order to respect Bree's desires to "save" herself. And bonus! He was a closest nerd, who engaged Bree
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My Pink Fairytales
Jul 17, 2018 marked it as dfr
Shelves: arc
I stopped reading it at 30%. Six chapters were enough to bore me out of my mind.
Maybe it was the third person writing, the sporadic dialogues and the fact that nothing really happens!!!

Here's what I got so far: he's an NFL player, currently injured and trying to finish his education. He's equally nerd and jock. She's a physics TA and he's her student, of course. They meet on campus, she's a huge fan of his, their attraction for each other is obvious, but when I was finally ready for them to ki
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Maria Rose
Coming at a timely juncture, Liz Lincoln’s new contemporary sports romance Swagger, book two in the Milwaukee Dragons series, covers a lot of territory. Just like in real life, in this story about a football player and a PhD student, football and college are both in full swing for fall and the novel combines both aspects in a thoroughly enjoyable romance with a hint of the forbidden teacher/student trope. It also doesn’t shy away from some serious topics, dealing with them in an authentic and be ...more
Bette Hansen
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read. It has nice writing, a good flow and well developed interesting characters. Everything you look for in a good book. Nothing wow about the story but it is a nice romance. I enjoyed the maturity of the characters. No back and forth about their feelings, they handled situations the way would expect adults to handle them, and they actually talked about any issues that came up. Just a note while this is a "sports romance" there isn't much in the way of sports in this book. ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
**Happily Ever After Book Nerd Blog Recommendation**

Series: Milwaukee Dragons #2

After an injury benches NFL star Marcus James, he decides to work on some of the credits for his business degree. When Marcus meets Bree Novak on campus he's immediately attracted and intrigued by her nerdy but fun personality -- if only she didn't turn out to be one of his teachers. Bree Novak just wants to get through these last months student teaching before she hopefully earns her Ph.D. in physics but it's an uph
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This was a first time read by this author and I found it rather enjoyable. It was low on the angst and drama, which I definitely appreciated since I'm a bit of a mood reader. I loved how this was a lighthearted and sweet read!

I'll be honest and say that I haven't read many books where the heroine is a physicist. I enjoyed the insight of the life of a physicist especially a female one. The lack of support from her parents, advisor and sometim
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Ruthie Taylor
Sep 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the second book in the series, and a really good read. It is undoubtedly a sports romance, although Marcus is currently on the bench due to an injury, so he is taking the opportunity to catch up on some studying. This leads him to meet PhD student teacher, Bree, as she is teaching his Physics module. So as well as sports romance, we get the student / teacher dynamic, and hey, it's physics, so there is a lot of fu
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Xan West
Review to come.

Content Warnings: (view spoiler)
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Mary
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

Bree and Marcus' relationship starts off slow, which I adore. They took time to get to know each other, their likes and dislikes, and became lovers. Marcus is the dream boyfriend: smart, good looking and a great listener. Downside: the reacts before he thinks and doesn't always hear what Bree is telling him.

Bree is a working on a doctorate in a male dominated field and often has to put up with the 'old boys club' that still
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Susan McClintock
Jul 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley for my honest review.

Marcus James is a tight end for the Milwaukee Dragons NFL team. He injured his ACL and is out for the season. He has decided to go back two college to finish up the last two classes he needs to finish his degree. One of these classes is intro to Physics, taught by grad student Bree Novak. Bree is finishing up her doctorate in Physics. She is having to deal with crippling panic attacks and a sexist advisor, who doesn’t believe wom
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LeeAnne
Sep 13, 2018 rated it it was ok
This was just an okay read for me. The storyline progress is slow and I did a lot of skimming towards the middle. The main character, Bree, has had a crush on her favorite football player, Marcus James, forever. Marcus is injured and taking a physics class that Bree is TA’ing. Though the attraction is immediate there is a ton of build up to a kiss that she immediately stops because she’s his teacher. Then we have a another few chapters before any more progress is made on the relationship front. ...more
Jo
Sep 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is not what I have come to expect from a sports romance. 

The male protagonist is surprisingly sweet, and whilst I don't have an issue with that, it didn't really fit the character I expected, given his role on the field and his interactions with his parents.  

Bree is a complete contradiction within her own body.  One one hand, she is strong willed and knows her own mind.  On the other, she has issues dealing with a mysoginistic dinosaur of a professor.

That said, this was a perfectly enjoyab
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Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
When an injury leaves tight end Marcus James sidelined for the season, he finds himself struggling with how to spend all the new free time he has on his hands, everything in his life revolves around the game, and if he doesn't that have that what does he have? He decides his time might best be used to finish the classes he needs in order to obtain his degree, which means he must take a physics class, and he instantly has reservations about it, that is until he meets his teacher!

Bree Novak is be
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Paige Turner
Jul 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed reading this book. I realized it was the second in a series but you didn’t have to read the first to truly enjoy Swagger.
The characters were interesting and found them to be a perfect fit for the other.
It did get a little relative at times and I would have loved another chapter or two but overall I would recommend this cute sports romance
Beth
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was ok
The second book in this series belongs to Marcus James, the team's tight end who is rehabbing from a season ending injury. While laid up, he is taking a few classes to finish his college degree. He meets Bree who is finishing up her PhD and there is instant attraction, but Bree can't date him since he is her student. This goes on for a while until one night they give in to temptation. They start to date secretly until Marcus tries to help Bree one too many times and she gets mad and leaves him. ...more
Jackie
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
ARC from Netgalley

I've not read anything by this author before but her tagline ("funny, nerdy, sexy romance novels") made me curious when I came across this second book in her Milwaukee Dragons football series. As did the STEM-girl heroine. But I was less impressed than I was hoping to be.

Bree Novak is months away from finishing her Ph.D. in physics, a task made more difficult by her anxiety disorder and by having her advisor leave for another job. Being stuck with a misogynistic old boy prof fo
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Ari
Aug 08, 2018 rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.*  

I read the first book in the Milwaukee Dragons series a few months back and enjoyed it for the most part so I was hoping that the sequel would be just as good, maybe even better. But "second book syndrome" came through strong with this book and I was fairly disappointed by the end. 

After a knee injury leaves tight end Marcus James off the field for the rest of the season, he decides to go back to schoo
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Cheri
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, arc, netgalley
4.5 stars

As much as I’m loving this series, I’m really not a fan of the covers. The bodies of the men used are amazing, but the poses just seem awkward and unnatural. So as with On the Line, the first book in the Milwaukee Dragons series, don’t judge a book by its cover.

Liz Lincoln really has her meet cute moments down. The clumsy embarrassment and instant attraction. I love it! I really cannot wait to read more by this author.

Bree is such a relatable character. I’m sure most of us haven’t gotte
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Bookfiend88
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Swagger is the love story of an injured foootball player, Marcus, and his hot physics teacher Bree. I love football love stories especially those where the female lead is intellectual and just a little nerdy. So after reading the synopsis, I had pretty high expectations for this book. I'll start with what I liked then tell you why this book fell flat at the end for me.

Bree and Marcus had a really cute, realistic love story. The kind of story that makes intelligent girls swoon over the possibili
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Jennifer
I picked up this book mainly because of the cover, something that I rarely do, but in this case, wowza, I could not resist. I also love football and I'm all about football romances that are realistic about the racial makeup of an actual football team. As such, I couldn't resist Swagger. Plus, as an added bonus, the heroine, Bree, is a STEM grad student completing her PhD in Physics, and she's a total nerd who loves her field and is looking forward to starting her career. She's also a total footb ...more
Leigh Kramer
Sep 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've been meaning to try Liz Lincoln's Milwaukee Dragons series ever since it was announced but based on how much I enjoyed this second book, I'll be catching up on the first book very shortly. The story really leans into the tension of "we really like each other but you're my professor/student so we can't do anything." This was a really fun read but it also made me surprisingly emotional in places.

Bree is finishing up her PhD in physics, which impressed me in and of itself. Her dedication to an
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Luisa Rivas
Aug 30, 2018 rated it liked it
Great story and great characters! Bree is a PhD doctoral student, finishing her dissertation and about to defend her thesis. While she’s working on finishing that, she’s teaching her thesis advisors’s physics class. She has a very famous student in her class, Marcus James, tight end of the Milwaukee Dragons. He’s a great specimen of a football player, black and fabulous, and needs help with the class.

They start sharing lunch time, right after the class. The way their relation progresses is very
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Suzi (Obsessive Reading Disorder)
I started reading this one on a Sunday morning as I was waiting for my beloved Packers to start playing. The author is a Wisconsin girl (me too!) and she does Milwaukee proud with all the reference to local places. This is the second book in the series about the Milwaukee Dragons professional football team.

Marcus is an injured player and decides to use his time recovering to try and finish up his degree. Bree is an avid Dragon's fan and the Phd candidate teaching his class. the tension between
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Elizabeth
Sep 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, eram, net-galley, sports
Where to start with the love for this book?
Smart, empowered female lead - check
Swoony, smart, sweet male lead - check
Diverse cast (on multiple levels) - check
Entertaining secondary cast - check
This is the second book in Ms Lincoln's Dragon series and my second read by her. I enjoyed the first book, but think this one might have been even better. Bree, the female lead for this story, is a physics grad student on the cusp of getting her PhD. I loved the premise of how she connected with Marcus (wh
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Lisa
Aug 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love football books! Liz Lincoln delivers a lot in this second installment of the Milwaukee Dragons series. I was so pleased to find that even though star tight end Marcus James is sidelined for a year with a knee surgery we still get a bit of football action. While he's out of commission and rehabbing that knee Marcus is taking two classes to finish up his business degree. Geology and Physics from the prettiest grad student he's ever seen. Bree Novak is in the last semester of her physics PhD ...more
Meghan
Aug 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Holy hotness, look at that cover! Is it getting hot in here? Simple answer, yes; Swagger is as hot as it's cover model. A cold shower was needed after reading it.

Marcus James is a tight end for the Milwaukee Dragons who injured his knee right before the football season started. Now he's out for the whole season and while he's bummed not to be playing, he's taking advantage of his time off to finish his college degree. He literally gets swept off his feet by his new physics professor, Bree Novak.
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Chris
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Liz Lincoln book. I did something that I don't normally do, but I, also, didn't realize it until I was finished. I read out of order. *gasp* Anywho. Nothing was lost.

Overall, I really loved this. I've found that I have a real love for books with low drama and a close to reality feel. I have no issue with an edge of your seat rom-suspense with unlikely scenarios that the average reader wouldn't encounter. But, it's so satisfying to read characters that are dealing with things yo
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Pennie Morgan
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was an enjoyable read with just enough going on to keep it interesting. Marcus James is a tightend for the Milwaukee Dragons but he was unfortunate to be injured in one of the preseason games and required surgery on his knee and so is out for the season while on rehab. He decides this is a good time to complete the last two classes he needs to get his degree since he left college to join the NFL. While getting coffee before his first class he is taken by surprise and knocked to the ground b ...more
Jeriann Fisher
Jul 26, 2018 rated it it was ok
Swagger tells the story of Marcus James, a star football player for a pro team in Milwaukee  and Bree, a doctoral candidate in physics. He's her student in a basic physics course she is teaching.  I liked the description and it held a lot of promise.

Swagger starts off slowly, building the friendship between Marcus and Bree. A sufferer of anxiety, Bree is a bit unsure of herself and the ever patient Marcus does his best to draw her out of her shell.  I appreciated a heroine In a science field. T
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Milwaukee Dragons (2 books)
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