Review for Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick

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.


my review

Downed (Gridiron, #3)Downed by Jen Frederick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, that was an unexpectedly fun read! I’ve read the first book in this series and I didn’t like it as much as I did this one. Although, the second part of this story was slightly annoying at times, especially because Bryant couldn’t get her head out of her a**. Also I wished the epilogue would be set more into the future but since there are more books coming (I suppose), that’s the reason the story didn’t make a time jump a few years ahead. I think this won’t be the last time we see this couple. Just a feeling. Other than that, I really likes the first half of the book. It’s at times witty but also so much fun, seeing how she slowly cracks Ace’s defences. They both have this chemistry that makes you want to read more and more of how their journey will continue and unfold.

I admit that I don’t know much about the beta and what not houses but you Americans sure take your surority sisterhood seriously. That one is a bit tough to wrap my head around, since in Europe we don’t have that bond on such a high lever. Definitely interesting. But the one thing that made Bryant look really weak is exactly that. She simply couldn’t say no to all the chores and things the sisters told her to do. I mean, seriously! In the end it was Ace who took care of that and told the leeches to bug off. At the beginning I really saw Bryant as someone strong and fierce but at the end, I don’t know. She just lost her mojo.

Ace on the other hand, man I loved him! He comes of as this a**hole that is also a mayor man-ho but with time he trully turns into this great guy you simply have to love. I guess it’s true, don’t judge the book by it’s cover (although I do that all the time, I love great covers, what can I say :/ ). ANear the end, he truly becomes so understanding and fights with all he has for what or rather whom he wants. And it sure doesn’t matter what the other party has to say to that, ha, loved that! He’s my faourite character by far!

As a whole, this story is a fun read but as said the second half of the story was a bit of a let down. Will I re-read it? Nope. But should you still read it? Definitely. You never know, maybe you’ll love the crap out of this story. 🙂

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