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(Playbook #4)

3.92  ·  Rating details ·  1,339 ratings  ·  269 reviews
With the stakes this high, it’s no longer just a game for the quarterback in this romance by the author of Blitzed.

Elliot Reed is living her best life—or pretending to. She owes it to her dad’s memory to be happy and make the most of her new job as Strategic Communications Manager for the Denver Mustangs. Things are going well until star quarterback Quinton Howard Jr. dec
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 20th 2020 by Berkley
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Hmmm... Okay, I’m having complex feelings about another book. I personally enjoy the previous Playbook series and the smart feel-good rom-com premise the author presented us.

But this book is questioning deep political , socioeconomic issues and racism , injustice. This is not entertaining, sweet, soft romcom with steamy love scenes you’re looking for. This is serious, emotional women’s fiction. If you’re expecting to read an easy sports romance, this is not great fit for you.

I have no problems
Jul 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
I've been really on the fence about what to say about this book, so I'll settle for this: this book in its current state (I read my ARC in late June) is deeply problematic in both plot and characterization. The plot is that Quinton is a Black man and quarterback taking a knee and taping over the league's name to protest racism in America and also the league's treatment of CTE in former players. Elliot is the PR exec for the team tasked to stop him from protesting.

Elle is a biracial woman who di
2.5 stars
Trigger warnings for grief and death of a parent

I love this series, but I wasn't the biggest fan of the previous book. Seeing as I enjoyed book one and loved book two, I had high hopes that I would love the newest installment to this series.

Edit added 10/22 I was not aware there was an author's note in the book (it's at the beginning, which I did not see) and I have just read Alexa Martin's note. I previously said that Elliot's character was frustrating to me because she so vehemently
Alexa Martin has written a timely romcom, the perfect blend of romance and social justice. While The discussion of racism in football made this book a little heavier I think it would be remiss if the author did not address the treatment of black players in a series about the NFL. Alexa handled the subject matter perfectly, in a thought-provoking nonjudgmental way. Elliot (can I just say I love this name for a girl) has her dream job working with the Denver Mustangs. One of her first assignments ...more
4.5/ 5 stars

Snapped is the fourth and final book in the Playbook series. It is a Sports Contemporary Romance that deals with serious issues.

These are interconnected standalone books, each one featuring a different couple. And each book has its own female narrator. But the main characters from the previous books are in the next books.

This is a football series. I really enjoy sports romance as a genre. But I especially enjoy it when it is clear that the author knows about the sport that they are w
After the disappointing third book in the series, I actually wasn’t sure if I wanted to read this one. But I saw that it was about an NFL quarterback taking the knee and because I do love my contemporaries with social justice themes, I requested for this ARC. But I honestly shouldn’t have.

The author mentions in her note that even though she is a biracial woman like the main character in the story, this is not based on her life as well as not inspired by Colin Kapaernik’s decision to take a knee
Jul 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: arc
Let me just say first of all that I am reviewing this book based purely on the book - the characters, the plot, the romance, and the arc all of it takes. This is not a memoir of the author and there is even a pointed note at the beginning directing the reader specifically to *not* read the book as her story.

This book did not work for me on basically any level or any lens I looked at it through, no matter how hard I tried. Elliot is a biracial PR exec hired for a football team where Quinton, a Bl
Snapped is the latest and last in this series and I cannot express to you how much I love it!

Sports in my romance is my thing. Maybe it’s a throwback to my college days drooling over the baseball players🤷🏻‍♀️. It always seems my fav romances always involve sports and Alexa Martin definitely writes my favorite series.

Snapped is the last in the series and it’s the only one that made me cry. This book wasn’t as steamy as the previous three books but it was definitely way more emotional. This may be
First I’d like to thank the publisher, Berkley, for allowing me to read this advanced copy of Snapped before it’s release in exchange for an honest review. This was the first time I’d reached out to a publisher for an ARC successfully and it was such a great experience!

Anyone who’s been here for awhile knows that I am a very big fan of Alexa Martin’s Playbook series. I love the Mustangs and the women who love them. When I found out we were getting another book in this series, I was over the moon
Brittany J. (BNJreads)
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing

I was overjoyed to pick up Alexa Martin’s 4th book in the Playbook Series, Snapped (#SHOOTYOURSHOT) and I started it on Sunday.....YOU GUYS! PREORDER PREORDER PREORDER!!! It’s due to be released on October 20,2020 and covers topics of racism, racial disparities, especially within the NFL, taking a knee and what it really means, tokenism, micro-aggression and just enough steam to entice you......Listen, you name it, it’s in this book!

If you know me, you know I love this series
Carole Bell
There are several different things going on here, and some definitely work better than others. First and foremost, Snapped is an unusually candid and insightful portrait of a biracial woman coming to terms with the internalized anti-black attitudes she swallowed while growing up in a white family and predominantly white community. And the toxic folly of the color blind philosophy she was steeped in for so long. Author Alexa Martin knows this territory from the inside out— this aspect of the stor ...more
I don't think that this book gives justice to the issues these characters are dealing with.
Around 95% of the book when everything gets resolved I was very disappointed.
Also, the romance is lacking, I don't "feel" these two are in love at all.

Jul 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2020, 2020
This book is timely, thought provoking, and yes, romantic. Quinton is strong yet vulnerable. Fierce, protective, and beyond swoon-worthy. Elle is confident, but confused. Loyal to a fault, but also broken. Together, along with some great friends, they find the love they both deserve.

The issues dealt with in this book are not things I have personally experienced, or will ever have to because of my skin color and privilege. But, I will be forever thankful to Alexa Martin for allowing my daughters
Jul 15, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book is like what would happen if you looked up "tragic mulatto" on the internet, and instead of a definition, a book popped out for you to read.

Oct 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC copy of this from Berkely via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

Elliot Reed is trying to live her best life. She has the job of her dreams and owes it to her father's memory to be happy. But when the new quarterback becomes the first Mustang's player to kneel during the anthem, her job becomes much more difficult.
Now she has to has to work with Quinton to smooth things back out. But their initial meeting is rocky and tensions are high. Quinton refuses to let this
mindful.librarian ☀️
(free review copy) Wow, this one has a VERY strong message! I love that mixed with steamy romance. I do hope the series continues because there’s one side story here that I NEED resolution on 🙏🏼 I love that this is an #ownvoices story and that the author is writing from such a deep personal history as the wife of an NFL player.
Smart Women Read Romance
ARC Review provide by NetGalley in exchange for honest feedback

Elliot has landed her dream job on the PR team for the Denver Mustangs. It’s a little bittersweet due the recent passing of her father, who she shared her love of football. But when the quarterback decides to take a knee during the National Anthem, Elliot is forced to confront issues she’d rather not face as a biracial woman who has spent her whole life trying to find her place.

She’s assigned to Quinton to discover what can be don
Veronica (Honey Roselea Reads)
Aug 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley, 2020
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Thank you to NetGalley for providing me an ARC in exchange for an honest review. My review of Snapped will be up on October 13, 2020, a week before release date (October 20, 2020) on my blog. I will update you guys with a direct link once it’s up! For now, here is a preview of what my review will look like:


The slowburn romance between Elliot and Quinton brings in readers unexpectedly as we dive into Snapped and watch them discover the
Reading Mama
Oct 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Omg, I loved this book! I don't even know where to start, so forgive me if this is one long, rambling post. Snapped tells the story of Quinton Howard Jr., star quarterback of the Denver Mustangs. Elliott Reed is the Strategic Communications Manager for the team. She usually does damage control PR for the players. After Quinton takes a knee during the national anthem, Elliot is "assigned to him," with the job of getting Quinton to back down. The relationship between Quinton and Elliot showed one ...more
Erin Cataldi
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
This one definitely tackled some big issues (more so than her other three) and I really appreciated her author's note at the beginning. Elliot Reed has received her dream job - she working her late father's favorite pro-football team, the Mustangs. She thought it was going to be a cakewalk but when the hunky quarterback blacks out the NFL logo on his jersey AND kneels during the anthem for a game she knows that she has her work cut out for her. Soon she's having to work directly with Quinton to ...more
Toya (the reading chemist)
Oct 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Well damn Alexa, I see you’ve upped your game with Elliot’s story. Snapped was definitely the most emotionally intense of the series so far, and so many of the topics hit home for me.

More thoughts to come.
4 1/2 Stars...

I have read or listened to all of Alexa Martin's books in the Playbook series. I've enjoyed each of them and have found the storylines to be engaging and entertaining. With Snapped, I knew from her author's note at the beginning that this wasn't going to be a "happy go lucky" sports romance....and I was there for it. I know people will have their own opinions regarding this book and that's's actually what should always happen...everyone can have their own opinion. I'd ju

ok, so i had some trouble getting into this one.
to be honest, i wasn't following the news concerning the football players taking a knee at games so i think that's one of the reasons i didn't completely connect w/the story. also, beards & mustaches on men aren't really my thing and Q is sexy footballer w/a beard. (oops!)
Because this series is set in the world of football, I thought it was a great way for the writer to make her story more relevant by including t
Shevanty R
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading the first 3 books in this series earlier this year, I just HAD to read this one to keep up with the characters around the Denver Mustangs football team. This book was much for serious than the other 3 as it covered more heavy topics such as police brutality, Black Lives Matter movement, and death of a parent, but the characters were still light hearted and cute and overall it was an adorable book! This book was not my favorite of the series, but it was still good. Personally I like ...more
Jun 26, 2020 rated it liked it
This surprise fourth book in the Playbook series is timely and talks about a lot of really serious political and social issues for a romcom. Having Elliot be biracial is such a smart, compelling choice, as she navigates what she owes to her communities in the face of the unexpected arrival of the Colin Kaepernick-esque Quentin into her professional (and later, personal) life. The conversations about race and the treatment of black players and the tokenizing of Elliot in her job are done VERY wel ...more
When I received an ARC of Snapped I was SO EXCITED! Thank you to Berkeley and NetGalley for an ARC to review!

I have really enjoyed Alexa Martin's Playbook series. Poppy and TK are by far my favorite (and I didn't love Brynn and Maxwell's book), but I think that Elliot and Quinton might have surpassed Poppy and TK. Elliott has experienced a huge loss in her family, but she has just started her dream job in PR at the Mustangs. Unfortunately, her first task is to change the PR for Quinton, who blac
Maria (mariareadsbooksalot)
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in Alexa Martin's series and it definitely lives up to the expectations! This may be my favorite one yet. This book covers some very real topics that are effecting people today. Alexa Martin creates a wonderful world of characters and beautifully covers topics like racism and injustice within the league and in the outside world. This book felt very important to be reading during an election year were a lot is at stake,

Elliot was a great character. She was strong willed an
Oct 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Okay, the first thing you should know is that I am not a sports person by any stretch of the imagination, but I've thoroughly enjoyed The Playbook series by Alexa Martin. I just binge re-read the entire series over the past few days (yes, I re-re-read Intercepted, Fumbled, and re-read Blitzed) in preparation for reading the latest addition to this series, Snapped. I'm so glad I did. It was nice refamiliarizing myself with the Lady Mustangs (the wives and girlfriends of the Denver Mustang players ...more
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars,

An emotional sports romance that explores the pertinent subjects of racism and inequality within the sports world.

Given everything going on in the US, this book felt like a timely one. It centers on the quarterback of the Denver Mustangs, Quinton Howard Junior. And I think the title has a double meaning, being a sports play, and the actions of a man who can no longer ignore the problems brewing around him. That moment comes during a pre-game ceremony, when he covers up his team logo an
Jan 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I found myself relating way too much to the MC of this one. As a mixed woman raised by a Latina mixed mother, I wasn’t really raised as either a white or black person—in my mind I was just Latina. But growing up in North America, it was hard for me to accept/see the micro aggressions and moments of racism that I experienced because I had put up this protection around myself. “This can’t happen to me.” I always told myself.

Clearly it can and it has.

This is why Elliot’s character arc was way too
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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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