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(Playbook #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  241 ratings  ·  120 reviews
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 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 anticip
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published April 23rd 2019 by Berkley
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Jennifer I did not read the first book, but IMO this book can 100% be read as a standalone. The main characters from the previous book are barely mentioned in…moreI did not read the first book, but IMO this book can 100% be read as a standalone. The main characters from the previous book are barely mentioned in Fumbled. However I suspect that the supporting characters are in both books. Same football team.(less)

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please let this one not be filled with hashtags 🙄
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc

AUTHOR: Alexa Martin
GENRE: Sports Romance
TROPES: single mom,
RATING: four stars ✭✭✭✭

Alexa Martin's debut INTERCEPTED last year was such a surprise. What makes her stand out is her real life experience as the wife of a former NFL player,  that gives you a look into the issues athletes and their significant others have to deal with. It makes you realize that not everything is glitz and glamour and that the sacrifice they make for playing the game they so love is
This copy was provided by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review
I really liked this book, but I didn’t love it. The beginning of the story was strong, and it drew me in but the middle and the ending just felt a little flat for me. I didn’t like the back and forth that Poppy did and her reasoning at times was inconsistent. I did like her character, she was strong and resilient, and I enjoyed the interactions with her and her son Ace. When TK, Poppy’s high school sweetheart, comes back into t
I'm waffling on this one.

I thought I would for sure love this more than INTERCEPTED because of the total lack of hashtags but ultimately things felt so rushed, so glossed over, that some of the real strengths of the characters just didn't get the focus they deserved.

This is a second chance romance with a particular trope I don't tend to love anyway but I thought it would at least get a three. But some of the drama near the end just soured it for me. I do like that Martin focused on very real a
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Berkley Romance has been KILLING it with the romance these past few years. I absolutely loved Intercepted by Alexa Martin when it came out last year and I was so excited to pick up Fumbled. This was another romance in the Intercepted football world and I couldn't wait to dive in.

Poppy Patterson left everything she knew when she was 16 and pregnant to give her unborn child the life he deserves. She's worked hard and now she has a life she's proud of and a little boy who is living the life he des
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

This series is so addictive, I enjoyed the first book and I adored Fumbled!It has the things I love in a good story, it has a single mother and a second chance romance!Should I say more? The story was sweet and fun and heartwarming!


Poppy was a lovable and strong heroine, you can easily relate with her and love her.TK wasn't my favorite from the beginning but while I continue reading I find myself liking him even more!The romance was so sweet , my heart was melting with these two!

The writ

Title: Fumbled
Series: Playbook #2
Author: Alexa Martin
Release date: April 23, 2019
Cliffhanger: No
Genre: romance

Alexa Martin's debut Intercepted was hilarious and highly entertaining, but her follow up was even better. The snarky narrative that I enjoyed so much was just as present this time in the form of Poppy Patterson. Single mother, waitress, and high school sweetheart of TK, wide receiver for the Denver Mustangs. This is a lighter second-chance romance which was refreshing to read. The majo
I had enjoyed the first book in this series, but when I heard this one was going to be about TK, I was nearly beside myself.

I loved Poppy. She's so strong and sassy and underneath that awesome exterior, she's a marshmallow. I love how much she adored her kid and how fierce and loyal she was towards her friends. This group of women is a set I would love to get arrested with. TK is everything I was expecting. He's sweet and charming and sort of like a big kid. I enjoyed his passion for football an
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
Originally posted at Booklovers For Life

I was a huge fan of Alexa Martin’s debut novel, Intercepted, so when I heard she’d be writing more stories for the Denver Mustangs football team, I was ecstatic. And even more so when I discovered Fumbled would be a second chance romance, which is my go-to romance trope. Alexa Martin did not disappoint with this second novel – I love the way she writes tough, independent heroines, and the heroes who will do anything for them!

Poppy Patterson is a single mot
Lauren (The Novel Lush)
The downside to reading really good arcs months before they're released is having to wait even longer for the next book.

I started this book on my 30 minute lunch break and in 2 chapters, the characters completely sucked me in! That was at 12:30, it's just after 7pm and I already finished this book.

In fanfiction, I'm a sucker for an athlete romance, but in Fumbled, there aren't any of the outlandishly stereotyped characters or tropes and I'm completely in love with it. TK was completely swoon wor
Mar 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was such a cute funny book. It kept me entertained throughout and the friend group she had was amazing. The romance was wonderful. It all came together perfectly!
Bookgasms Book Blog
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
The second book in the Playbook series delivers the same smart, snappy writing and multi-dimensional, easy to love characters as the first. I'm so thrilled to have taken a chance on Alexa Martin's writing, because these books are everything for my sappy little football loving heart.

I loved the set-up in Fumbled. Single mom/secret baby and wildly beloved NFL wide receiver? Yes, I was on board, and sucked in immediately. The first part of this book is very strong. I might have liked a little more
What a fun read! Alexa Martin's debut romance, Intercepted, was a great read and I had high hopes for Fumbled. I'm happy to say that Fumbled was even better than Intercepted for me. I can't say I'm surprised, however. After all, it does have one of my favorite tropes of second chance romance. :)

Poppy, the heroine, was the real MVP. I loved her so much! She was witty, funny, and brave. She had a great engaging personality and I found myself very easily warming up to her. She's had a bit of a rou
Kate Olson
(free review copy) LOVED IT. Alexa Martin is now on my list of must-read authors, with her second book being even more delectable than her first. Fierce, strong, hilarious and smart female leads with men who worship them - SO GOOD. I loved how little drama and angst this story had, and it cements my theory that I care zero about football unless it’s in an empowering romance story.

This is 2nd in a series and while it has different main characters I would still recommend reading Intercepted first
Angie Elle
ARC from Netgalley

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 t
Jan 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Alexa Martin Fans, Romance
4.5 Not a Fumble Insight Stars
* * * * 1/2 Spoiler Free
This was my first Alexa Martin but will not be my last. From the beginning, I could tell this author had a very unique voice and was speaking from experience. Later after finishing the book, I was not surprised to learn of her real-life experience with the NFL. Every reference regarding professional football, the players, the groupies and all of the other issues were seemingly authentic.

Without really going into this tale and giving everythin
Jan 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arcs, 2019-rrrc
between a 3 and a 4 but bumping up to 4. didn't love this one as much as intercepted.

i was SO excited for this one. i really enjoyed Intercepted and I listen to a podcast that had Alexa Martin as a guest and she just seems super awesome and I want to be her friend. So I fully expected to love this one, I added it to my list as soon as it was on goodreads without even reading the synopsis.

so. second chance romances aren't always my jam. they aren't bad, and some authors do them really well, but t
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
Feb 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Absolutely love when a book starts right away and Fumbled did just that when introducing Poppy, single mom working at a gentlemen’s club as a waitress and TK, all-star football athlete who happens to be Poppy’s first love. This one was hilarious and sexy and snarky and basically everything I could want in a romance! Its slight downfall might’ve been that things happened so quickly, towards the end there it kind of struggles a bit, but this one set the next book (I hope there’s another book) so p ...more


Running into your significant ex can be awkward at the best of times, but when your ex is an NFL star TK Moore who happens upon you at your waitressing gig at a strip club; it’s safe to say the awkwardness goes off the Richter scale.

As shocked as Poppy Patterson is, she’s thrown by his excitement at seeing her. As far as she is concerned they ended acrimoniously, and after raising their son alone for the last nine years, the excitement is certainly not reciprocated.

She’s not the pregn
Booksandchinooks (Laurie)
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to PenguinRandom House Canada for a free copy of this book for review. I’m a sucker for a good contemporary romance and this one didn’t disappoint. Add in a sports hero and it’s even better. Poppy dated TK in high school and she became a single mom while he went on to college and his NFL football career. TK’s mom kept the news from him that Poppy was pregnant so for nine years she thinks he abandoned her but he never knew he was a father. After a chance meeting they reconnect and all t ...more
Steph's Romance Book Talk
4 Stars / 2 Steam Fans

I loved this new installment into the Playbook family. Poppy and TK had a relationship when they were in high school but secrets and lies tore them apart for 10 years. Poppy becomes a single parent and TK becomes a famous football player until they meet again one night. I liked that this story had some focus on the wives and girlfriends connected to the football league but mainly focused on Poppy and TK's relationship and things that they were journeying through. There was
Jessica  (Angie & Jessica's Dreamy Reads)
There's something about Alexa Martin's sports romances that feel much more authentic than any other I've read. Her firsthand experiences as an NFL wife shines through the pages of her stories, captivating the reader as much with steamy romance as they do with the dramatic yet seemingly glamorous lives of the WAGS of the NFL. 

Fumbled is a second chance love story between NFL star, TK Moore, a player at the top of his game, and Poppy Patterson, a single mother and TK's high school sweetheart who's
*The Angry Reader*
Mar 09, 2019 rated it it was ok
**ARC received for an honest review**

I loved Intercepted. It was one of my surprise favorites of 2018. Fresh and funny with adorable characters and a funky tempo. It resonated with me.

I came into Fumbled having just read A Fashionable Indulgence. One of the things I adore about Historical Romance is how the author frequently takes time to build the relationship. And while Julius and Harry were getting frisky a little quicker than I was into it did not compare to the whiplash speed at which Popp
Jessica B.
Mar 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
*work perk read*

I am HERE for Alexa Martin's words. I loooved this book, especially the hero and how CTE was handled in terms of his career. The balance between the love story, the family story, and the football story was truly excellent.
Moon Love
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished reading Fumbled. And as a love of sports romances, this is going on my favorites list for this year and maybe even next year, when the book actually releases. It is that good ladies and gentleman. I really enjoyed Intercepted, but in Fumbled Alexa Martin comes into her own. I mean this book is POWERFUL. It's not just the love story, or the characters, it's everything.

Right now I'm in that daze that happens when I'm book drunk. I've had no alcohol to drink but my mind is foggy

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Alexa Martin's debut, Intercepted, was one of my top reads of 2018. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the follow up, Fumbled. I finally read it last week and it was everything I wanted and more.

Y'all know how much I love sports romance, right? Particularly football romance? The Playbook series has quickly become one of my favorite series and Alexa one of my go-to authors. I'm an avid football fan. (I think y'all know that, too.) I especially app
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5-4 stars. RTC
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019-read-02-feb
Really great sports romance. Thanks to Berkley and Netgalley for the advance copy.
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
When I saw Alexa Martin was coming out with a second book in the Playbook series, I knew I had to get my hands on a copy. Fumbled was possibly even better than Intercepted. I’m a huge fan of second chance, single mom romances. And this one was perfect!

Single mom Poppy Patterson has been raising her son Ace for almost 9 years on her own, when his father comes back into her life one night while at work. The thing is, he doesn’t know he’s the father, and he’s football superstar TK Moore!

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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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