Thursday, December 1, 2016

[Review] Downed by Jen Frederick

Title: Downed
Author: Jen Frederick
Release Day: December 1, 2016
Series: Gridion, Book 3
Format: eARC

He’s the guy no one likes…
Despite winning two national championships, JR “Ace” Anderson was sent packing from his old school after losing the trust of his coach. At Southern U, he has a second chance to prove that his college legacy isn’t endless debauchery and selfishness. But his reputation precedes him, and his teammates offer a chilly welcome in the locker room. The one person who is willing to accept him is the very woman he should stay away from—his new coach’s daughter.
She’s the girl everyone loves…
Bryant Johnson’s only goal in life is to make others happy, even at her own expense. One look at her father’s new star quarterback, and she knows that Ace is her next project. With a reputation for being a “jerk whisperer”, Bryant has spent her last three years at college reforming sorry behavior and turning bad boys into the best boyfriends ever. In Ace, though, she’s met with surly resistance and a sizzling attraction she doesn’t expect. Fixing this wounded warrior will be her biggest challenge yet. Not falling for him will be even harder.
Between her big heart and his damaged one, a battle is ensuing. In this game of love, every defense will crumble.

**4.5 Stars**
Downed is book 3 in the Gridion series, but can be read as a standalone (I'd recommend reading Jockblocked since you're introduced to Ace there).  I was curious where this story was going to go and I can say I wasn't disappointed!

The Ace (aka JR) we met in Jockblocked was a jerk, so I was dying to see how he would be in Downed. The story picks up when he becomes the new senior quarterback at Southern U. I wasn't disappointed in his story, it was everything I wanted it to be. He definitely had major grow as an individual and redeemed himself. Bryant couldn't have been a better counterpart for him. She helped him become this better person and it was fun to see.

Bryant, this sweet girl had me laughing at her witty banter with Ace and my heartbreaking as to why she had "projects" all the time. I loved watching her open up towards Ace and letting herself fall in love. She had this thing about her that just made you love her.

I hope Jen continues this series. I'm dying for Ty Masters to get his own story.

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