RATING: BUY IT
“Count me in, but only if there’s ninja stars and zip-lining involved.”
Nope. Count me all in—no matter what is involved—because I am OBSESSED with this book.
This ACE book, that held my attentive captive from beginning to end. Honestly, the only questions I’m left with after finishing Downed (Gridiron Book 3) are ‘Why did it take me so long to pick this book up?’ and ‘How long do I have to wait before there’s another book in this series?’.
Good grief, I hope the answer is not too long. Because I don’t think I can be patient. Not after falling completely, madly, obsessively in love with Ace Anderson, Bryant Johnson + the Southern Renegades. I’m more than happy to admit that it was unexpected. After all, followers of this series would recognize Ace as the anti-hero (because villain seems a little harsh) of Jockblocked (Gridiron Book 2), so I wasn’t sure I’d be able to forgive or like him.
But I did. I SO TOTALLY DID. He was… this amazing balance of asshole and lovable—in his own words, “I’m still an asshole, but I like to think that these days I’m a lovable one”. But that’s not all. He was perfectly paired with Bryant, herself a mess of confidence and insecurities, grief and kindness, who wanted to be needed and needed to be wanted, and who was so epically Southern that I 100% got behind her. Even when she made mistakes. Which, let’s be real here, she did. And so did Ace. But that’s just one more reason to love them. They’re both flawed in a very achingly human way, and I had this hurt pulsing underneath my skin throughout Downed. Like I knew something was going to happen—something had to happen—but I wasn’t sure what, or whether I’d survive it.
I did, of course. Otherwise I wouldn’t be writing this (slightly) hyperbolic, (utterly) happy review. A review that’s failed to mention how much affection I also have for Ace’s teammates, especially Ty, who I am hoping (*fingers, toes and all crossable body parts crossed*) will be the next Gridiron guy to find love.
I’ve also failed to mention the humor. The heart. The feels… oh, man alive, the feels. I was so sure I would be able to pick what was coming next, and when I couldn’t? It was ALWAYS in the best way. Like, lip-biting worry or thigh-clenching heat, heart-swooning romance or fist-clenching frustration.
*Sigh* I really don’t know what else to say now. I’ve spewed my FANGIRL excitement all over the place, and am ready to declare that—despite my love of Knox + Ellie and Matty + Lucy—Ace + Bryant are my new favorite couple in this series. And to declare that I am all in, with them and with this series… so, please, don’t make me wait too long!
“How come you’re not afraid anymore?”
“Oh, I still am. But I guess my love for you is more powerful than my fear.”
As of 12.27.2016, Downed is available on Kindle Unlimited