Intercepted by Alexa Martin


Alexa Martin

Marlee Harper vows to never date an athlete again. However, when the new hotshot quarterback and a past fling has Marlee in his sights, it will take a Hail Mary for their relationship to survive the season.

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Marlee thought she scored the man of her dreams only to be scorched by a bad breakup. But there's a new player on the horizon, and he's in a league of his own...

Marlee Harper is the perfect girlfriend. She's definitely had enough practice by dating her NFL-star boyfriend for the last ten years. But when she discovers he has been tackling other women on the sly, she vows to never date an athlete again. There's just one problem: Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights. 

Gavin fights to show Marlee he's nothing like her ex. Unfortunately, not everyone is ready to let her escape her past. The team's wives, who never led the welcome wagon, are not happy with Marlee's return. They have only one thing on their minds: taking her down. But when the gossip makes Marlee public enemy number one, she worries about more than just her reputation. 

Between their own fumbles and the wicked wives, it will take a Hail Mary for Marlee and Gavin's relationship to survive the season.

Advance Galley Reviews

A fun and sexy sports romance with an unbelievably perfect male lead. Marlee's sass makes even random scenes really interesting, but it was weird that she kept declaring herself someone who doesn't like conflict yet continually gets in people's faces. In her defense, most of those people totally deserved it. The plot is somewhat predictable, with an apparent checklist of clichés and plot points making an appearance. Yet considering that the interactions between characters are solid enough and that I read this genre mostly for fun, it works well enough that I enjoyed the read.

Sometimes, a girl just wants a cheesy romance story where she knows what to expect and it all comes together perfectly. This was perfect for that. There -were- plenty of of typos in this copy that were annoying. There were lots of corny, profanity-laced one-liners that caused me to roll my eyes. Martin broached some heavy topics, but tread very lightly over them. I felt that story-line quite predictable. Though I note all of these issues and problems, I found this a compelling story. It was a fast read, and when I couldn't sleep - I was able to finish it very quickly. It was great.

Sometimes, a girl just wants a cheesy romance story where she knows what to expect and it all comes together perfectly. This was perfect for that. It was a fast read, and when I couldn't sleep - I was able to finish it very quickly. It was great. There was a slight twist at the end that surprised me a little bit, but at that point I was so invested in the character that it was probably the exact blip that the author intended (I think). Either way, if you like a good romance story (a plus if you're into football I guess) - this is the story you should read next. Quick, steamy, and fun!

5 STARS!!!! I immediately fell in love with Marlee, the main character and narrator. She was so likeable and real. Also, fell in love with Gavin and began to ship them within the first 50 pages. The sex scenes were steamy, but the story was about more than just sex and a relationship. Marlee was such a strong character, I want more!!

The breakup between Chris and Marlee was surprisingly quick but after getting to know Gavin the bigger surprise was his behavior later on in the story. Just didn't seem like he would make those decisions for Marlee. The hashtags got a bit much but I guess that was Marlee's quick thinking of putting a tag on it to define the moment. I like the strong female friendships but the girl on girl hate was toxic. I'm a fan of sports romances but this was just okay for me.

I love romance novels and I love football, so this book was pretty much right up my alley. This was a sweet story with really well-drawn characters, and I loved getting to know Marlee and seeing her grow as the story progressed. The constant hashtags were not my favorite thing I ever experienced in a book, but they were true to the character and did really fit the light, fun tone of the book. Overall I really enjoyed Intercepted, and I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a fun summer read.

Oh, this book is fun. I loved Marlee instantly. She is smart, feisty, and so sure of who she is. It's obvious from the start that Marlee takes no flack from anyone, especially the football wives. (As they constantly remind her she's only a "girlfriend". I love that she and Gavin have a past and she thinks he's just a scumbag that doesn't remember her. It sets up a nice dynamic between the two of them already. When things fall apart with Chris (he sucks) and Gavin swoops in? Swoons ensue. The story was sweet, if not a touch dramatic. I knew there would obviously be drama with Marlee and Gavin towards the end. I kind of wish it happened earlier and we saw more of an independent Marlee. I liked her inner monologue and how she talked with others about finding herself, but would have loved a more detailed account of her getting her own life on track. Gavin is definitely swoon-worthy and sexy, a nice counter to Chris' Alpha act. It would have been nice to have seen him developed a little more outside of his relationship with Marlee. The moments with his family were nice, but there's always room for more. All in all, this was a super sweet romance. I could hardly put it down.

Cute romance novel. Quick read, light entertainment. The hashtags were timely and funny. Takeaway, it was sexy and sassy but also sweet.

I've never read a romance novel before this one. I'm glad I gave this one a try. There were plenty of of typos in this copy that were annoying. There were lots of corny, profanity-laced one-liners that caused me to roll my eyes. Martin broached some heavy topics, but tread very lightly over them. I felt that story-line quite predictable. Though I note all of these issues and problems, I found this a compelling story. Martin does a great job developing the main character; the reader really gets to know her as the novel progresses. I think she could have done a better job developing the major man character, but I understand that this book centers on women. That's fine. For those who love romance novels and women's fiction, I'd recommend this book when it is published.

Loved this from the start. Great lead character, she is someone that you cheer for, and can find a little piece of you in. And her love interest is someone of dreams. Its y you ur favorite rom-com just in book form and I look forward to the next book by Alexa. I will definitely be recommending this book

Intercepted is a fun-loving romantic comedy that captures your attention right off the snap.... Marlee is a smart, witty, tell you how it is kind of girl which makes her character very likable. She starts out with a broken heart and swears off athletes until she can’t resist QB1. The different personalities of each character made for an excellent balance of good and evil. This book was well written, funny, and enjoyable! #GreatSummerRead

This book was really interesting to me in that it had a lot of typical romance story characteristics, but it didn’t fall into the extremely over dramatic—don’t get me wrong there were a few things that could “only happen in a book,” but that didn’t take away from the story for me. It was a little long, but once I finished I saw why the author did what she did. I like the innocent mistakes Gavin makes, and I enjoyed the contrast between him and Chris. Also, I loved Marlee’s sass! She has very normal ups and downs which I appreciated. Gavin :) That’s all I’ll say about that. Overall, If you love to read romance stories, you’ll enjoy this read.

This was one of my most anticipated reads and I was so thrilled to get an ARC of this. I really liked this debut. Having the entire POV be from Marlee was a good choice! She's hilarious. My fave thing were her hashtags. They were spot on and had me laughing. Marlee had a great voice! Ugh Chris was just the wooorst. I wanted to slap him multiple times! Like who knocks over a cake, accidentally or not, in anger and just acts like they didnt and leaves you to clean it up? Nah dude you suck!! There were soo many red flags with him and i'm glad Marlee saw the light about him. I liked Gavin a bunch , he and Marlee were pretty cute together buuuut i'll admit i'm stillll side eyeing for what he did to Marlee. I'm glad she took him to task multiple times but you'd think he'd be less clueless and not so wrong and strong about his so called surprise. worst surprise ever! Communication is important Gavin! I especially liked that even after he apologized Marlee realizes she needs distance from him, to work on some things with herself. Not for him, but for herself. And she came to New York on her own terms. Marlee girls were fun! Reminds me of my girlfriends. They cheer you on, tell you when you being a fool about things but I wasn't so pleased that Brynn didnt tell Marlee what Gavin was planning. Something as major as moving to another city and she thinks Marlee was okay with not knowing G was planning for her??? all this I think for something like that you'd at least ask Marlee before just letting Gavin go about with his so called surprise??! I still feel like Gavin needed to do some more epic grovelling but I'll allow it lol! But for real, Marlee could've let him suffer a bit more but that's just me :P I actually liked Gavin's foul mouthed agent because dude was just ridiculous his interactions with Marlee were priceless. All in all i liked this debut and i'm hoping for more from Alexa !

i read this book in one sitting - i really enjoyed it. i went into it no expectations and was pleasantly surprised. warning, a bit spoilery! i agree with another reviewer that the summary gives away too much - i'm glad i read it when i requested the book and promptly forgot the details except for sports romance with a breakup and previous one night stand. because if i'd read the summary again right before i read the book, i would have been annoyed and bored, knowing what was coming. as it was, i was shocked when appropriate. it was funny and sexy, though a little bit oddly paced. the Chris thing stretches out a bit longer than I'd like at the beginning, I really couldn't wrap my head around why Marlee was with him when he treated her so bad. Then that blows up and Gavin comes along. I expected more of a chase or the 'wait I'm not ready for a relationship', even though a bit of time passes it does seem a bit soon after getting out of a long term relationship. yes, i realise this is a problem later on and why she does what she does, i guess i thought it was odd that's all. Continuing on with the pacing thing, it didn't flow as well as I would have liked. weeks/months go by in a sentence and I'm like, wait, slow down. I think we missed some of the fun falling in love stuff, which sucked. There were a lot of conflicts, possibly too many. The mean girls got a bit old. I think Madison could have been enough, though the whole Courtney thing was funny at the beginning, but the sister too and the southern girl that is nice in the beginning... It was just a lot. I don't know. I loved Brynn and Naomi of course. They were fantastic side characters. The hashtags got old super fast. I thought it was funny at first but then just became grating. Especially at really dramatic points - 'he made this huge decision without telling me' #personalfoul. like wtf? i tried to ignore them but they just stood out. They might have been less annoying if there weren't so many, or weren't used when they shouldn't have been. Gavin was fantastic and amazing. The thing he does at the end seemed a little out of character if I'm being honest, not consistent with what we'd seen so far. That was a bit of a bummer. Other than that, I adored him. Marlee was a fabulous character as well. They were both really realistic and well developed. Now all this complaining and it sounds like I hated it - not at all! I really debated on giving it 5 stars but the things I mentioned above are what knocked it to a 4 star for me. But it had a lot going for it. As I mentioned, I loved all the characters. The writing was overall very good. I laughed several times and it was adorable with the right dash of sexy. Like I said, I read it in one sitting and I rarely do that if I hate the book. the epilogue was gah, so adorable. LOVE. I definitely recommend this one and will 100% read more from this author.

This book was a lot of fun - I rushed home from work tonight just so I could finish it! This book is smart, fun, and very sexy. At times, the pacing was a bit off to me and some of the dialogue got a bit cheesy, but overall this was a great debut! Gavin was *almost* too good to be true. I'm happy that the author made a point to throw in some social commentary and present a relationship with realistic problems. Will definitely read this author's next book!

As a football fanatic, how could I not love this book? It was a perfect light read. Her boyfriend Chris is a first-class jerk who only cares about his career as a football player and how many different women he can sleep with. Marlee is a woman whose sole job is being Chris' girlfriend, Marlee tries to fit in with the "football wives" but since she is only a girlfriend, she doesn't have much luck. #MeanGirls After Chris sleeps around one too many times, she finally leaves him.. She then hooks up with another quarterback, Gavin, she once had a one night stand with. While she is exploring herself and her new relationship with Gavin, she realizes that she really needs to figure out who she is before jumping back into the game. I do kind of wonder if the author, Alexa Martin, who is writing from a place of experience, was more like Marlee or the #MeanGirls...hmm.

Don't you just hate it when you are dating a professional football player and then a guy you had a one-night stand years ago joins the team? Totally awkward. This was a fun sports romance with a main character, Marlee, who was easy to like. Humor was used well throughout the book although I thought hashtags were used a few too many times. I preferred the first half of the book over the second as it felt like the story was being dragged on just for drama's sake. I liked Gavin but at times he felt a little too simple and one-dimensional. Overall this is a decent read if you are looking for something light and easy. Thank you to First to Read for the opportunity to read an advance digital copy!

5 stars! Perfect summertime read! Hysterical, cute and quick read. The main character had me laughing throughout the whole book, love her! I loved that the book showed she was strong and independent, working on building her career and not just solely dependent on the relationship. If you love reality tv shows this is the book form! From the catty NFL wives club to the swoon worthy romance! #AMustRead Thanks Penguin for the ARC!

This is a perfect beach read. The main character is funny, working on being a strong woman, getting her work act together, and did I say funny? Yes, yes indeed I did say funny. I read this with a smile on my face for most of the book. This was the perfect romance.

This was a light, quick, funny read! It is perfect for lounging by the pool or the ocean. Loved it!

Great story! Fun read! Five stars!!

Loved this! A light, funny read about the wives and girlfriends (WAGs) of the NFL players. The book focuses on one particular girl, Marlee. I liked that there some aspect of the story was also devoted to her career, not just her relationships. Also, Marlee is hilarious! Her hashtags were the best. The author has done a great job a creating a likeable protagonist who you to root for. Thanks Penguin for the ARC!


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