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Snapped (Playbook #4)

af Alexa Martin

Serier: The Playbook (4)

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This book has a lot of opinionated reviews, which I guess is to be expected when it is a romance trying to delve into current events. I thought the perspective of the main character—a biracial woman growing up in a predominately white world, being raised by her white father after her Black mother dies when she is young was interesting. And the protesting QB who kneels during the anthem was written better than I expected but his protest against the way the NFL treats older, retired players is delved into a lot more than the kneeling protest, which was somewhat unexpected. ( )
  littlemuls | Nov 14, 2020 |
This one definitely tackled some big issues (more so than her other three) and I really appreciated her author's note at the beginning. Elliot Reed has received her dream job - she working her late father's favorite pro-football team, the Mustangs. She thought it was going to be a cakewalk but when the hunky quarterback blacks out the NFL logo on his jersey AND kneels during the anthem for a game she knows that she has her work cut out for her. Soon she's having to work directly with Quinton to "restore" his image and run damage control. People all over the country are sending hate mail, spewing vitriol, and slandering him every chance they can. What Elliot doesn't expect is that sparks will fly with Quinton. He's filling a hole she didn't know she had in her life. Touching, deep, funny, and extremely relevant. I could have done without some of the side characters (Elliot's friends) - but I have a sneaking suspicion they are due for their own books soon - if Vonnie doesn't get one next! Love this series. ( )
  ecataldi | Oct 26, 2020 |
Okay, the first thing you should know is that I am not a sports person by any stretch of the imagination, but I've thoroughly enjoyed The Playbook series by Alexa Martin. I just binge re-read the entire series over the past few days (yes, I re-re-read Intercepted, Fumbled, and re-read Blitzed) in preparation for reading the latest addition to this series, Snapped. I'm so glad I did. It was nice refamiliarizing myself with the Lady Mustangs (the wives and girlfriends of the Denver Mustang players) and their drama and romances. Each book in this series touches upon some serious issues while also providing a great steamy romance read. Snapped is a bit more serious in that it takes to heart the issues of long-term adverse effects of head injuries or CTE and lack of player parity within the football league, as well as professional athlete protests on-the-field and racial representation within the industry. I knew little about any of these subjects before reading this book (trust me, you'll want to do some research if you watch any professional football).

Elliot "Elle" Reed is just as lacking in confidence as some of the other women we've seen in previous books in this series. If I were dealing with professional athletes pulling in millions of dollars each year and having hundreds, if not thousands, of groupies throwing themselves at these players, I'd probably be somewhat lacking in confidence as well. But Elle is also dealing with childhood issues from being biracial and not quite knowing how to fit into society as she was raised by her white father without any strong black role models or guidance. She's had to quietly straddle the fence of both races without being fully embraced into either one and trying to live her life colorblind, the way she was raised. I can tell you that it isn't going well. Quinton Howard Jr. is the new star quarterback for the Denver Mustangs and has become something of a problem issue by blacking out the league logo on his jersey at the start of each game and his taking a knee during the national anthem. He's quiet and respectful to all, but he's also using his voice and money to try and right some wrongs. Elle's job is to make the Mustangs and the league look good, so she has to once again straddle the fence by keeping the team's owner happy whilst also working with Quinton to assure his personal goals are met. Needless to say, there's a bit of friction and attraction between the two. Will they be able to make things work or will things frizzle out? Hey, this is a romance, and what is a romance without a HEA. Yes, there is trouble. Not only for Quinton and Elle but also for "Vonnie" Lamar and her husband Justin Lamar. Most of the trouble gets resolved (not all, but most). This book deals with quite a number of issues, including racial identity, racism, systemic racism within certain professional sports leagues, lack of parity in the treatment of retired professional athletes (NFL vs. NBA for example), and more. Yes, these are heavy topics to be dealt with in a romance, but Ms. Martin deals with these issues without lightly glossing over them or being too heavy-handed, or at least she does so in this reader's opinion. There are plenty of light-hearted moments (it is a romance, people) and some moments that just make you want to say "aww." If you've read any of the previous books in this series, then you'll definitely want to add Snapped to your immediate TBR list. If you haven't read any of the books in this series and you enjoy romance, then you'll definitely want to grab all three of the previous books as well as a copy of Snapped when it releases. Something tells me that I'll be re-re-re-re-reading this series at some point soon (yes, I'm enjoying it just that much!). I'm hopeful that this isn't the end of this series, simply because I want to read more about these amazing women along with their struggles, their careers, their friendships, their families, and yes, their romances.

Happy Reading, y'all!

I was given a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair and honest review. This review originally posted on 10/18/2020 at https://www.thebookdivasreads.com/2020/10/2020-book-389-snapped-by-alexa-martin..... ( )
  BookDivasReads | Oct 18, 2020 |
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