Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick REVIEW

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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.


Ace Anderson is the new senior quarterback at Southern U. After being kicked out from his previous team at for hooking up with the coaches daughter, he is blessed with a second chance thanks to his new mentor, Coach Johnson.

Known for being a manwhore, douchebag, user of women, and overall bastard, he is finding it hard to fit in with his new team, and loneliness is starting to creep in.

“I’m Ace fucking Anderson and I can behave any goddamn way I want. I like who I am.”

In steps sickly sweet, all-round Southern Belle, Bryant Johnson. Since the death of her sister, she has made it her mission to ‘fix’ men like Ace, by teaching them the proper way to treat a lady. In order to do this, she dates them and shows them they ways that she believes to be good and right.

After a one night stand, Ace is horrified to discover that this gorgeous girl he spent the night with is claiming to be his new girlfriend, but not only that, she is the daughter of none other than Coach Johnson!

I am such a fan of bad boys who come good, so this book for me was pure pleasure. I loved how Ace found himself stuck with a clinger, but couldn’t seem to stay away from her. He tried to tell her that he didn’t do relationships, but she was having none of it and for the first time in his life, someone was really looking out for his best interests, so it was hard for him to resist.

Bryant’s plan was to do her job and get out, she wasn’t looking for a long term boyfriend, but unfortunately (or fortunately) for her, Ace turned out to be completely unexpected.

“I can’t even tell if he’s serious or joking, but whatever he’s doing, he needs to stop.
This protectiveness is making me feel crazy-good inside.”

Bryant was a grower, she was completely different to most heroines I have read, since she is the stereotypical version of a southern lady. She was too good to be true, and I still can’t believe people like her exist, but I ended up being a massive fan. She was too nice not to love, and she worked her magic power on both myself and Ace.

A big winner, and a huge thumbs up from me.

Downed is a New Adult romance. It is book 3 in the Gridiron series, but can be read as a standalone. Told from dual POV

ARC gratefully received

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About the Author


Jen Frederick is the USA Today bestselling author of Unspoken, part of the Woodlands series, and Sacked, part of the Gridiron series. She is also the author of the Charlotte Chronicles and has had several books on the Kindle Top 100 list. She lives in the Midwest with a husband who keeps track of life’s details while she’s writing, a daughter who understands when Mom disappears into her office for hours at a time, and a rambunctious dog who does neither. Email her at

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