3.75 – 4 Stars
This is Alexa Martin’s debut novel and what a debut it is.
I really enjoyed her writing style, her characters, and her sense of humor.
I’m not going to rehash the blurb or story line at length; however, the main character (Marlee) is a longtime NFL girlfriend in a sea of NFL wives and, because Martin herself is a former NFL wife (her husband is retired), I felt like we were getting a backstage pass to one of those players’ wives TV shows – with none of the cameras, but ALL the drama.
Part of me hopes that they aren’t all really this heinous – and I’m sure some of the snark was dramatized for the story – but another part of me realizes some of the shit Marlee dealt with probably legit goes down.
I mean, we have all seen some of those wife interviews/comments in which they say, “Well, we WE got traded,” or “when WE started with [insert team name], blah, blah, blah…”
I always think to myself, I don’t see WE out there with the football, lady.
But alas, I’m letting my jealously show…if only we could ALL be wives who lunch.
Or whatever it is that rich,
surgically genetically gifted trophy wives do with their free time.
But I digress.
Back to the story.
Shit goes down, obviously, and Marlee is forced to…reassess her life circumstances a bit.
I really liked the H here, although some of his actions in the end didn’t feel like they jived with who he was up until that point.
Also, there was a LOT of fabricated OTT drama here, a little bit of funny hashtag insertion overkill as well..and let’s just say the steamy times need some work; but all in all, this was a very enjoyable read and I look forward to more from Martin.
This as a debut novel bodes for a promising career.