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The Fadeaway

(Smart Jocks #2)

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  2,434 ratings  ·  370 reviews
This college jock is a total player. He’s used to getting who and what he wants. Until her . . .


The hottest guy on campus won’t stop asking me out. I know that sounds like a good problem to have, but this guy… this guy has no idea how complicated my life is trying to juggle being a single mom and college student.
Every Thursday, he shows up at the café where I
Kindle Edition, 325 pages
Published March 14th 2019
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Dec 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

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The Fadeaway is the second book in Rebecca Jenshak’s ‘Smart Jocks’ series. I liked the first book, but this one… this one I loved!

Joel is the playboy of his basketball team. He’s rich, a player, and an all around great guy. And he’s got his eye set on the one girl who won’t give him the time of day. Katrina finds Joel attractive and would love to go out with him, but there is something holding her back… well, someone. She’s a single mom and full time college student and doesn’t ha
Lana ❇✾DG Romance❇✾
Come on. I’ve been asking you out for five months. Throw a guy a bone.”
Or, you know, let me stick mine in you.

OH MY GOD! Where did this book come from?! I have so many feelings! SO MANY FEELINGS! Marry me, Rebecca Jenshak. And read me bed time stories like this forever. What? Too much? Fine *huffs*. I'll tone it down. Maybe. Probably not. WHATEVER. Stop judging me. This book was fantastic, ok?!

Now look, it's no secret that I'm a picky s word. I own it. And I'm especially pick
Melanie (mells_view)
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
“If you’re not willing to risk it all, then you don’t want it bad enough.”

All I can say is that Joel and Katrina’s story did not disappoint. A single mom and a basketball playing playboy don’t really seem like they should work, but both of them are more than just their top layers. Katrina is working hard to be a good student and amazing mom. She is strong and I love that in a heroine. I also love when they stay themselves while falling in love. I think Jenshak does a great job keeping both char

I devoured this book, I absolutely loved it and I have discovered a new author that I really recommend.

Single mum Katrina loves Thursdays because that's when super hot jock Joel Moreno comes in for a coffee and a question - "will you go out with me?"

She always says no, because life is way too complicated to date someone who is a known commitment-phobe, but she dreads the day that he gets bored of asking her out.

Joel doesn't usually pursue girls, and completely oblivious to her role as a mot
3 Stars

Overall Opinion: This had some good times as well as some frustrating moments. I like the single parent angle in romances and I especially like it when it's with an unlikely hero, so this was right up my alley! I just feel like where it could've gone to a different level for me as an emotional reader it fell a little flat. I just wanted more. Disappointed, but I'll give it 3 "just okay" Stars overall.

Brief Summary of the Storyline: This is Katrina and Joel's story. Joel meets Katrina a
XxTainaxX Curvy and Nerdy
Aug 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Audiobook review. It takes a truly great story for me to buy the reformed manwhore bit. Especially when the heroine is a single mother. This novel was crafted in such a way that I not only believed it but I fell in love with the characters!

Joel is a sexy, smart jock with a lot to offer a lady, only he wasn’t interested in doing so until Katrina. Katrina’s life is complicated and she’s got very little time for distractions but Joel is not having it.

The plot takes us through their courting and gr
Anna *Bran. San. Stan*
Apr 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
Confession: I have a string of unfinished romances sitting in my kindle (at about 70%). I guess I often enjoy the build-up, the couple being happy and avoid the inevitable complication. (I know a HEA is usually not far off, but still.) This was one of those books. I actually started over because I had forgotten so much. And I am really glad I invested the time and finally finished it.

Joel Moreno is carefree and the heart of the party. When Katrina is the first girl to ever turn down the popular
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Fadeaway was a great, unique story that I could not put down. Katrina’s strength fascinated me, and I admired her drive to accomplish her life goals despite the circumstances life dealt her. Don’t judge a book by its cover with Joel. His persona showed a player and partier, but he had such a sweet spirit. I’m excited to see where this series goes in the next book.
Jun 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: shit-hot-series
5 - "Ever think you’re not the person everyone thinks you are...?" Stars!

I fell in love with the characters in this series in the first book, and ladies’ man Joel Moreno was high up there on the list of likes, and Rebecca did not disappoint with his story. The second book in the Smart Jocks series, pairs our affable charmer up with a single mom, and The Fadeaway was a book I read on one sitting because it just pulled me in from the get-go.

"I know you better than you think I do…"

One of my favouri
Pavlina Read more sleep less blog
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
❤️4 stars ❤️

What a nice surprise, the first book was ok but I really adored this one! I just couldn’t put it down, I love the romance a lot and the story was captivating! Katrina and Joel has an amazing banter , there was angst they were flirty and sweet too!

Joel has wanted to take Katrina out since the very first time he asked her out.I loved how much he wanted her and what he done for her! He is a really sweet sexy and swoon worthy hero! He was perfect for her, the only reason this wasn’t a 5
Angie - Angie's Dreamy Reads
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am IN LOVE with this series and these characters. Rebecca is a new to me author and I just can't get enough!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! So excited to devour Zeke and Gabby's story next. GAH! That one is going to be ALL THE FEELS. ...more
Spoilers ahead,3.5* rounded up

Ok it's late, I'm sleepy so this is gonna be quick...... ish 😂

H goes to the cafe where the h works every Thursday to ask her out but she keeps shutting him down until she realizes he can speak Spanish and thus assist her with her play.
He's a known manwhore and she got pregnant from her one and only hookup and hasn't been on a date since
In the previous book I got the impression that he was with other girls after being shut down by Katrina but I'm not going to go bac
Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it

4.5 stars

‘If I give my heart to Katrina, it will fucking ruin me when she eventually walks away.’

So, as you know we read The Assist, our first book by Rebecca Jenshak and had to jump straight into The Fadeaway! Whilst we really enjoyed the first book in this series falling in love with Wes and Blair, as well as the rest of the jocks, there really was something very special about Joel and Kitty’s story. It ticked all the boxes for us. The two jocks that intrigued us the most coming out of The Ass
Feb 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE FADEAWAY was probably one of my most highly anticipated books for 2019, and it was everything I hoped it would be, and so much more. We first met Joel in THE ASSIST, which was Wes and Blair’s book. He came across as the typical jock; rude, crass, bigheaded and a massive player. Dont get me wrong, he is ALL of those things, on the surface, but in this book we see a totally different side to him. He is sweet, loving and actually very insecure.
I hoped that his leading lady was going to be sing
Carmen Rae
After putting down The Assist I immediately had to run off to KU and grab The Fadeaway and I loved it. I am a huge sucker for single parent romance and I love college sports romance and this combined them both perfectly.

Joel was the ultimate cocky, man whore player and after seeing the procession of ladies through his room in The Assist I had high hopes for his fall. When I realised his leading lady was single mum Katrina I was super excited. I really wasn't expecting her for him.

But he was perf
~Stéphanie's Journal~
!!! Fangirling alert!!!
Where to begin to describe how much I loved and enjoyed The Fadeaway? It was pure bliss from A to Z!
Joel & Katrina were cute together, they were swoon worthy and I thoroughly enjoyed every single minute reading about them! I am on cloud nine.

« Every girl wants to be the one that changes your mind and captures your heart–the one that makes you want more. »

Joel is a basketball player or just a player for that matter! He doesn’t hide the fact he doesn’t do relationship and j
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Ilaria reads too much :)
Aug 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Joel Moreno and Katrina made me fall in love with this author again
The first book of this serie and I did not have a lot of chemistry do not know why ( maybe I had just finished one of my fav book ever... )
Then I had this on my shelves to be read since forever and I read these 3 books from the last to this in one week end and YES girl you did it
H is a player but which beautiful cocky guy is not
She is a teenage mummy realistic with the struggles to raise a child when yesterday you were one
Jan 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Calling lovers of NA sport romances! I don’t know where I have been but I’m loving this world. What I love most is the unique plot line. This one has a single mom, but it doesn’t take the traditional plot line i was expecting. So good!

Another great narrating duo!
I play my best ball on the outside--long shots, jumpers, and fadeaways--that's my clutch move. I'm real good at the fadeaway. The best. On the court and off. You can't guard someone who shoots and moves backward. You just can't. I've staked my future and my personal life on that one move. --Joel Moreno

After reading about Bless (Blair and Wes) in THE ASSIST, I was excited to read about how Joel, the cocky and gorgeous-as-hell playboy, meets his match in Katrina, a single mother struggling to bala
book bruin
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
Audiobook Review

Overall 4.5 stars
Performance 5 stars
Story 4 stars

This series is such a fun twist on the NA sports romance. After loving The Assist, I couldn't wait to get to Joel's story next. This is book 2 in the series, but it can be enjoyed as a standalone. I definitely recommend the previous book though, because it's a great read/listen and that is where our characters are introduced.

It's no secret that my least favorite type of romance hero is the manwhore. Thankfully, Joel ended up being
Annabelle Anders
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Joel (fans self).
Enough said.
agustina ⚝
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports-romance, 2020
such a cute and fun read (with a bit of angst)
Ryan - Sweet Red Reader
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-love, audible
I'm a sucker for single parent romances and when you add sports in there I'm all over it! I really enjoyed The Assist so I was primed and ready for Joel and Katrina's story. It wasn't quite as angsty as I was expecting (and I'm not mad about that) and it came from an unexpected source - reading Joel's backstory is unexpected and the way that Rebecca Jenshak laid it out was masterful. I love how the timeline for Katrina and Joel's story and Blair and Wes' overlap and how we got sneak peaks at the ...more
Aly is so frigging bored
This was such an easy story to read! I just didn't know when ai finished it :)
Joel and Katrina were really nice and I keep liking the secondary characters and I am so happy that there are books for some of them!
Bookgasms Book Blog
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: shelly
Oh. My. Heart.

I'm not going to lie, I had a moment sort of early on in this book where I wasn't sure that Joel Moreno was going to do it for me. I wasn't sure he was good enough for the strong, smart, and all-around amazing Katrina. I mean, don't get me wrong - he's the fun guy, and he was fun here too! But I was looking for a depth from him and I wasn't sure I was going to get it.

But then, it happened. My heart leapt on board and fluttered and swooned away at Joel Moreno's feet. I mean, I'm onl

"Ever feel like you're not the person everyone thinks you are?"

It's been a while since I've a read a book in one sitting, but once I started this one, I devoured it in one afternoon. On the surface, Joel is the heartless playboy, but there's much more to his character. Kat is the type of strong/NA heroine I adore, and the fact she's a single mom/college student made me admire her even more. This is a fabulous slow burn romance, and I enjoyed seeing all the characters from the first boo
Emily (Emily.Reads_)
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved Joel and Katrina! This was such a fun college sports romance story, one of my favorite types of stories to read.

Katrina is a single mom at college and Joel is a college basketball player.

“It means that I’m willing to risk you turning me down every week because there’s always a chance you’ll say yes. I might fail ninety-nine times before I succeed, but I’m going to keep trying because I want you. You’re not the ball, Kitty, you’re the goal.”

I especially loved the humor and back and forth
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5 Stars. This was just ok for me. I did like Katrina and how she handled being a young, single mother. I didn't really remember having a favorable impression of Joel in the first book and I didn't care much for him here, either. It also took me a couple of weeks to finish this because it couldn't hold my attention long enough to read more than a couple chapters at a time. ...more
Sep 17, 2020 rated it liked it
Aw this was sweet. I don’t have much to say. It was a fun and quick read. I liked both MC and I would’ve loved more scenes with Christian. It was super light this book. The only thing I don’t like it’s that the issues they have are brushed off and never talked again. Last book did the same. The next one has some more issues I think, so I’m hoping for a deep relationship!!
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