Intercepted by Alexa Martin
Series: Playbook #1
Published by Berkley Books
Published on September 11, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance, Sports
Format: Audiobook, eBook, Paperback
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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.
It should come as a shock to none of you that I’m excited for the release of Intercepted by Alexa Martin.
In this post, I’m going to give you three good reasons why you should 1-click the heck out of this, and a fun interview with the author, Alexa Martin!
Also, don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a chance to win either an ebook or paperback copy of Intercepted once it releases!
My apologies in advance for the copious RuPaul’s Drag Race gifs. #sorrynotsorry
Berkley Romance and I go together like Netflix & Chill.
Just about every romance title they’ve released, I’ve loved–and Intercepted is no exception.
If you follow me on social media, you’ll know that for the last 6 months or so, I’ve been buzzing about Intercepted, and this gorgeous cover:
I had a chance to read it on my trip to Denver last month, and I’ve been thinking about it ever since.
So much so, that I want to give each of you three top reasons why you need to add this beaut to your TBRs!
Top Three Reasons Why You Need To Read
Intercepted by Alexa Martin
REASON ONE: It’s Diverse AF.
If you couldn’t tell by the cover, Marlee the heroine of this story, is a WOC!
Not just a WOC, but biracial woman–which hits home for me. I can not express enough about the importance of representation in books. I love being able to immediately have a connection to the characters in a story I’m reading, and Intercepted had diversity in spades, honey.
REASON TWO: It’s a SPORTS ROMANCE, y’all.
From the blurb:
Gavin Pope, the new hotshot quarterback and a fling from the past, has Marlee in his sights.
Yeah, I’m 100% here for this.
All you need to know about Gavin (aside from the fact that he brings the swoon factor in this story) is that he fills out his Football pants really well. Did I mention that Alexa may have dropped Julian Edelman when I asked for visual inspo for Gavin’s character?
As in, this man:
Basically, I’m going to go reread and put this body in my mind whilst I read about Gavin.
REASON THREE: THE HEROINE IS HILARIOUS.
While reading, there were several moments where I found myself laughing out loud at Marlee’s quirky internal dialogue, and sassiness. I also loved all of the scenes between Marlee and her girl squad, too. Get those gals together with some booze, and it’s a recipe for a good time.
Basically, Intercepted is definitely worth a read.
I think this is a wonderful debut, and a great start to what seems to be a fun series! (Note: so far this book and the second are standalones! YAY!)
If you could use three words to describe Intercepted, what would they be?
Sassy, fun, and sexy
Intercepted is told from Marlee (the heroine’s) POV, whose internal dialogue consisted of snark, sass, and a plethora of hilarious hashtags. Was her character and/or personality based on anyone?
I wish I could say I was as quick with a comeback as Marlee, but I am the person who finally comes up with what to say a month later. I think Marlee is a combination of many of my friends and what I love most about them. I wanted Marlee to be a character where people would read her and think “I wish she was my friend” or “She reminds me so much of my bestie.” And I might be biased, but I’m the luckiest person in the world to have been surrounded by the best people.
Though Intercepted is your debut title to be published, was it the first book you wrote? If so, has the plot stayed the same throughout the stages of this book?
Actually, this INTERCEPTED is a different version of a book I wrote with the same title. My first version of INTERCEPTED took my 3-4 years to write. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a mentee in Pitch Wars where my mentors told me my book was a a bit of a mess. I completely rewrote it. The only things that stayed the same are Marlee and Gavin’s names.
I found that Intercepted was a story about Marlee’s journey to independence (and self-discovery), while tackling–pun intended–a second-chance romance with Gavin. Which element did you find easiest to write, and which was the hardest?
I loved writing the beginning scenes of Marlee and Gavin. I think the start of a relationship is always so sweet and fun, the butterflies and the nerves and the overthinking! All of it was so much fun for me to create. The hardest? The black moment. Easy. I didn’t want Gavin to be flawed. I didn’t want a black moment. Hurting my darlings and breaking them down sucked. But, even with that said, I did love writing their HEA, so I guess it was worth the wine-aided struggle it took for me to get to that point.
Speaking of Gavin, do you have any visual inspo for his character? (Though I’m here for the description of how well he fills out his uniform pants . . .)
Oh man… have I spent hours on Pinterest and Instagram looking at pictures? Of course, it’s RESEARCH! (That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!) Sports Illustrated also does their body issue and there may have been a picture of Julian Edelman that seemed to stick in my memory for quite a while. Also, my husband played in the NFL for eight seasons and I would be lying if I said the pants weren’t my favorite part of his career.
Aside from the romance and character growth, my other favorite thing about Intercepted was Marlee’s squad! How fun was to write the dialogue between Marlee and Naomi?
I’m so happy to hear this! The scenes with Marlee and Naomi were my favorite scenes to write. I think it was so important for Marlee to have those strong female relationships to help ground her in this crazy life she’s living. Those scenes almost played like a movie in my head, I just had to try and get what they were telling me to say on paper and try to do it some justice.
Aside from Marlee, were there any characters you connected with while writing Intercepted?
I really loved Brynn. She kind of popped out of nowhere and had such a strong personality from the second I typed her name. My other favorite character is Donnie. I was caught laughing out loud more than once when I would get to his parts and I found myself trying to add him in places just so I could write him again.
Did you often draw upon your own personal experiences with being the wife of a professional athlete for this book? If so, were there any scenes/moments featured in the book that were reminiscent of your experience(s)?
I did. This book is definitely not about my life, but I would be lying if I said certain moments and scenarios were directly inspired by the years I spent as an NFL wife. I really was a part of wive’s groups that did charity work. It was not catty at all and the women were wonderful, but the idea of the wives having meetings and planning events is a reality (and I would personally drink margaritas like Marlee, but I can’t speak for everyone). I also still have a surplus of crystals tucked away from the jersey bedazzling I did. But, I think the scene that was the most emotional and real for me was when there was an injury on the field. That happened countless times. Watching the games with my friends and then watching helplessly beside them as their spouse was carted off the field was something I never got used to.
I loved that Marlee was not only a WOC, but also a character who was biracial. Combined with that, and the wonderfully colorful cast of secondary characters throughout the story, racial and cultural representation came in spades. In your opinion, how important is it to have a constant visual portrayal of characters of color?
Thank you! Wanting to see a black/biracial character get her HEA was the reason I started writing. When I first got into romance, I didn’t know of any blogs or anything to find book recommendations. I would just go to Target and grab the newest romance or on to the Apple Books app and see what was in the top 100. And don’t get me wrong, I loved the books I read. They are why I’m an avid romance reader and why I write what I write, but I wanted to see a WOC as the main character so bad. To me, I grew up in Denver, CO and I think that anyone who was raised in a big city, not having some diversity in your book is just weird. The world is diverse! And especially in a football romance, you can’t look at any NFL (or college) and find a team that is one color.
What is the one thing you enjoy most about being an author?
Is everything to broad of an answer? Because everything. But trying to narrow it down a bit, I guess I’d say it’s finally having an outlet for all of these idea I’ve had running around my head for so long. I’ve always thought of really far fetched scenarios happening to me. I’d tell my friends and they’d think I was a little insane, but now, I know those have been plot bunnies. It’s changed the way I process information and the way that I look at the world. And when the world is a bit of a mess, that is a gift in and of itself.
If you still need convincing, keep an eye out for my 4-star review coming closer to release day!
Until then, enter the giveaway below! :)
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