Playbook, Book #1

By Alexa Martin

ISBN13: 9780451491954

Author Website: www(.)alexamartinbooks(.)com


Brought to you by OBS Reviewer jerjen


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. (Goodreads)


Marlee’s life is falling apart.  She has learned that her boyfriend is cheating on her and she has to put up with obnoxious wives of her cheating boyfriend’s NFL team.  Talk about mean girls, this group is the definition of those words. And to make matters worse, a one-night-stand from her past is now back in her life, as the team’s new quarterback.  She never forgot that night and how wonderful it was. If it was not for bad luck, Marlee would have no luck at all. She is going to have a hard time keeping it all together, she knows she is facing one tough challenge.

Gavin seems like a really great guy, although he did lie to her when she first met him (remember the one-night-stand).  He is intrigued with Marlee and wants to get to know her better. Since honesty is very important to Marlee, he has an uphill battle.  But he does not give up easily and he knows that Marlee is definitely worth fighting for.

The writing style flows smoothly and the book is an easy read.  I am not a fan of books written in the first person, which this one is.  That is my personal preference and other readers might like this. There were a lot of hashtags in the book, and I thought this added even more humor to the book (it was a book that was plenty funny). I find the fact that this is her first book surprising (it was very good for a first book) and the fact that she is a former NFL wife fascinating.  She knows first hand what that life is like and it showed in her book, I enjoyed that insight.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written women’s contemporary (whether you like football or not).  I would not let a young adult read this book, because of the language and intimate moments, but I do not think this is the intended audience.  If you are looking for a good read, then pick this book up.


*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*