The Playbook series by Alexa Martin keeps getting better and better, friends. The fourth installment in the series of standalone football romances, Snapped, is my favorite one to date. (And I said that about the PREVIOUS book in the series, too).
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. decides to use the field as his stage and becomes the first player to take a knee during the national anthem.
As the son of a former professional athlete, Quinton knows the good, the bad, and the ugly about football. He’s worked his entire life to gain recognition in the sport, and now that he has it, he’s not about to waste his chance to change the league for better. Not even the brilliant but infuriating Elliot, who the Mustangs assign to manage him, will get Quinton back in line.
A rocky initial meeting only leads to more tension between Quinton and Elliot. But as her new job forces them to spend time together, she realizes they may have more in common than she could’ve ever imagined. With her job and his integrity on the line, this is one coin toss that nobody can win.
With Snapped, I was repeatedly impressed with Martin’s ability to deftly incorporate timely, important subjects into a romance that is heartfelt, sexy, swoony, and also funny. None of it ever felt forced. The more serious aspects — both those reflective of current events, and those dealing with some of the book’s more somber subject matters — were impactful, emotional, and meaningful. But they never detracted from the comedic moments, the swoon-worthy slow-burn romance, or the delightful, female friendships that have become a signature part of the Playbook series.
I loved both of these main characters, and seeing their relationship simmer and boil over was really lovely. And as much as I loved the scenes between Elliot and Quinton, the scenes featuring Elliot’s lady friends (both long-time and new) often threatened to steal the show.
I don’t know if there’s a fifth book to come in the Playbook series, but I hope there is — because I would certainly love to spend more time with these ladies, and the world of the Denver Mustangs. (And lord knows, this book certainly laid the groundwork for what could be another book — so … gimme.)
A smart, sexy romance, Snapped is available October 20th.