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The Assist

(Smart Jocks #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  4,623 ratings  ·  557 reviews
You know those stories where the smart girl tutors the dumb jock? This isn't it.

What's the probability of insulting the one guy on campus I need to help me pass statistics? If I knew, I wouldn't be standing in front of Wes Reynolds begging him to tutor me.

Basketball player, sexy, arrogant, always sleeping through class... these are the things I knew about him. What I
Kindle Edition, 270 pages
Published November 1st 2018
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3.5 stars

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The Assist is the first book I’ve read of Rebecca Jenshak’s and it won’t be the last. I love a good NA sports romance and this is a promising start to the Smart Jocks series.

Blair and Wes meet in statistics class. Blair isn’t doing great, and notices the hot jock sleeping in class. She also sees an A on a test that she almost failed. She’s convinced he has a good tutor and tries to get it out of him, only to realize that he’s just really good at math and stats.
“You’re lik
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
To be honest I had reservation about this book. I never heard about this author before. And from the blurb I think this book is for New Adult audience. But what really makes me curios is the H
Hero. Wes is the hero with a brain. Usually the heroine is the smart and sensible one. And that is refreshing. I think it is to break stereotype of dumb jocks who just acting like sex addict.

Then the author brings the story to next level. Both Wes and Blair had their dream crushed. They lost and they found
4 Stars

He slides his glasses on and then flips open the book, and I swear it’s like someone turns on a wind machine. The black rimmed glasses take him from hot jock to hot smart jock, and I know this must be what it’s like for guys watching a supermodel eat a double cheeseburger. It seems all wrong, and yet, it is sooo right.

Whether making snap judgements about the other’s intelligence, playing a game of seemingly lopsided one on one or just bantering in their own adorable way, Blair and Wes
Book-Bosomed  blog
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
4.25 Stars

Blair Olson is determined to succeed. That includes getting on the MBA track. Too bad Statistics is kicking her butt. Basketball senior Wes Reynolds sleeps through class. So how he’s not only passing but acing the course is a mystery to Blair. But whatever he’s doing, she’s ready to try.

“‘You’re like the best of both worlds—hot jock meets hot nerd.’
'All I just heard was you calling me hot.’”

Told via their dual first person POV, the banter flows smoothly with these two from the start. W
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
On the court, I saw everything. But off the court? I never saw her coming.

Sooo...would you judge me if I told you that the cover had a lot to do with me trying this book by a new to me author? Of course you wouldn't! Because you're probably drooling over it yourself right now, aren't ya? Yeaaaaah you are. *grins evilly*

But in full disclosure, it was actually the series title that hooked me. Smart jocks? Sign me up. Rebecca Jenshak being a new to me author, I had no idea wha
Melanie (mells_view)
Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
“Dumb jock fell in love with the prissy sorority girl, go figure.” This but not at all this.

The Assist is a pretty good new adult college sports romance. Wes and Blair and sweet from the start. I would say this is a bit of a slow burn, but it works and doesn’t drag at all. The angst is middle ground, but it’s there. If you like cute banter, and college sports romance then I guarantee you’ll enjoy this read.

I’m excited that there will be more from the other Smart Jocks. I don’t know who Joel’s lo
🌟🌟🌟 3.5 Stars, great start to a series of standalones.

Recommended for Sports Romance fans...
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Apr 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Audiobook review. I really enjoyed listening to this book. Wes has the best of both worlds, the body and discipline of a jock and the intellect of a nerd. Blair messes up a few times in her quest to retain his help but eventually they find their way.

The plot deals with a topic that unfortunately is very real for many women and while I might have wanted Blair to handle differently, her reaction was probably closer to the general response. There was one scene with Wes that I wasn’t a fan of but i
Alex ♈
Nov 06, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: safe
I'm a bit too old/mature for NA, but this one was good.
Likable heroine, ok hero, safe.


Note for myself: don't read the next/2nd book about the piece of manwhore joel - not enough bleach to clean my Kindle.
Pitiful and disturbing character.
high risk of infection
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: I'm a little bummed with this one if I'm completely honest. It's no secret that I love college athlete books, so of course I picked this one up! I just felt kind of meh about the whole thing. The time jumps bothered me a lot (see below pacing section), their connection to each other seemed lacking, the sexual chemistry was pretty lackluster, and the ending didn't give me hardly any closure. On the other hand, I did appreciate the idea that the H was a smart jock! I love
Nov 01, 2018 rated it liked it
The Assist, a college sports romance, is the first book I’ve read by Rebecca Jenshak.
But trust me, it won’t be the last. I’m already itching for the next book in the series.

I was hooked the moment I realized that the hot jock was the one tutoring the girl. It’s usually the other way around, right? Which, of course, made my need to read this story so much more.

Wes isn’t the jock like the ones you’re used to reading about. He doesn’t party hard or sleep with multiple women, and it focused more on
Nadine Wilmschen
Jan 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: college, sports, glasses
3 Stars

The beginning was great, after that the story unfortunately dragged and was too cliche. I really liked the idea of a smart jock who tutors the girl (and not the other way round, as we're used to).
Unfortunately, the second half of the book is a typical NA story and there's nothing left of the really great start.

This is by no means a bad book, but I kind of expected more.

Jun 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shit-hot-series
4 - "God bless smart jocks…" Stars!

What an introduction to this author’s writing. I don’t often read college age romance anymore, mainly because I struggle with the overly dramatic/angsty story-lines, or I just find it impossible to relate to the characters.

"No risk, no reward…"

As you can guess from my rating, I had no problem with The Assist, Rebecca Jenshak hit the balance perfectly for me with the first book in her Smart Jocks series, and I devoured Wes and Blair’s story.

As much as I didn
I don't have much to say. Average sports/college/NewAdult romance.
I am curious about the rest of the series as this was my first read by this author.
Anna lost in stories *A*
Jan 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-themed
what an unexpectedly good book this one turned out to be :) it didn’t quite reach that awesome 5 stars level, but 4,5 stars is still plenty enough ;) recently I’ve been more wary about stories set in college, cause more often than not there is still a bit too much angst, drama and miscommunication in them for my liking, but this one was great :) I loved the secondary characters introduced here and will definitely continue on with the series to read their stories :) chemistry between Blair and We ...more
Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio-book

SERIES: Smart Jocks
RELEASE DATE: November 5, 2018
GENRE: Sports Romance, NA
NARRATORS: Erin Mallon, Jason Clarke
LENGTH: 7 hrs and 11 mins
RATING: 4 Stars


I'm such a sucker for this type of romance novels. I love the banter and humor, being transported back when I was in my twenties when we thought we could rule the world. *sigh* This is why I predict a successful future for Rebecca Jenshak - she definitely has fo
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it

“You’re like the best of both worlds – hot jock meets hot nerd.”
“All I just heard was you calling me hot.”

If first impressions are anything to go by, Rebecca Jenshak’s introduction to everyone at Valley U was a winner! We were left hungry for more and had to jump straight into The Fadeaway, the next book in Smart Jocks series the minute we finished The Assist, and we are loving that book so far!!!

Whilst you could technically read these books as standalone’s we think you’d be doing yourselves
Carmen Rae
Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: na, sports, college
This series is one I came across ages ago and it just keeps popping up at times that I don't have an opportunity to read it. Or I forget about it and read something else that I've stumbled across that day. But today I was looking over my kindle books and I figured it was time I read it and returned it to KU.

And it was just what I needed for the day. Living in a basketball obsessed home I have found that I can't get enough of good college basketball books. But they tend to be a little hit and mi
Thuy Taylor
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am a big fan of Rebecca's words and writing! I love sports romance and was sooooo freaking excited when she announced this basketball romance series! She has a fantastic way with words, very clear, concise and oh soooo heart melting. Her heros are sooooo freaking sweet, always rank high on my book boyfriends list and they have amazing inner dialogue about their heroines. Ok so, back to Wes and Blair.....

Blair is a very hardworking, smart, driven, sweet college student. She is though, failing s
Ambriehl Khalil
⭐️ [4/5 Stars] ⭐️

I fkn loved thissss. I love sports romances and what I love even more than that is when they’re in college and it’s a series. Ooft. I’m always looking for something to compare to the off campus series—sue me. This was the first successful basketball sports romance i’ve read (the first one was a bust because of the plot) and I knew I’d like it immediately.

I liked that this was low key and fun. The drama wasn’t anything to really stress over and I appreciated just reading about th
Jan 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
*3.5 Stars!*

Christy Bailey
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read!

Wow this is one of the best sports romance books I've read! The characters make and secondary were simply amazing. And the same goes for the chemistry. I loved Wes and all the guys. Even Mario! But I have to say that Blaire is who rocked this book! I loved her optimism and personality so much! She seemed timid at times but fierce and strong most of all. And when she loved and cared she did it hard and with all and had! Amazing storyline to top it all!
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
OH. MY. DAYS!! When I found this on my kindle it had me feeling all sorts of ways. I am a HUGE fan of Rebecca Jenshak, and when I found out she was writing a college sports romance series, I knew it was going to be something pretty special. If, like me, you follow her on social media, you will know that she is a big sports fan herself, so this subject is something she is passionate about; and it certainly shows in her writing. I started reading THE ASSIST and I didn’t stop until I read the last ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
There was no real discussion about what Blair saw at the party after they'd broken up. (view spoiler) I don't like ridiculous angst being introduced at the las ...more
Feb 11, 2019 rated it liked it
I had high hopes for this one but in the end, I was a bit underwhelmed with the story and had some issues with the writing that are probably personal but it messed with my enjoyment of the story. I'll probably try another book by this author though. We'll see. ...more
✨ Lucy ✨
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
First book i read about this author and it didn’t disappoint me at all.
I loved the story, the characters and all in between.
I strongly recommend it to all the sport romance lovers.
This was my first book by Rebecca Jenshak and it certainly won't be my last. I love a good sports romance and The Assist was an amazing start to the Smart Jock series.

Wes and Blair first meet in their statistic class where Blair isn't doing great, the dumb jock on the other hand seems to be getting an 'A' even though he is sleeping most of the time. Blair's first impression on Wes wasn't really good as she basically called him dumb considering he was a jock. Blair though soon realised that
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It’s okay. There wasn’t really anything special about it. They weren’t memorable characters.

Wes (the smart jock) tutors Blair. They fall in love. He can’t promise anything serious because basketball is his first love. He’s had a dry spell for 6 months since he’s been injured so is working his way to recovery. He has two typical frat friends (the playboy charmer Joel, a reserved guy called Z). There’s some problems in the form of her ex blackmailing her with revenge porn. And his typical basketb
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars

I've loved The Assist so much I didn't want to finish it and wait months for the second book in the Smart Jocks series to be released.

Blair needs a tutor to help with her statistic class and she surprisingly finds it in Wes, the basketball jock.
Wes and Blair are funny,smart,sexy and amazingly in tune with each other.I really enjoyed to read how their relationship starts as a friendship and naturally turns into something more.

First time I read something written by Rebecca Jenshack and her writin

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