~*~Review by ~Kristin~*~
Downed (Gridiron #3) by Jen Frederick
Dual POV ~ This can be read as a stand alone.
In the third installment of Jen Frederick’s Gridiron series, we find ousted Western State quarterback Ace Anderson has found himself at a new school, Southern U, for his last year of college ball. He finds himself in a place he doesn’t really understand on a team he doesn’t relate to. He is struggling to fit in with his new teammates but he is determined to make the most of his second chance and prove he deserves to play. He is dedicated to football, he has given up his old ways and sworn off women.
Bryant Johnson is a woman on a mission. She is committed to re-training the campus hound dogs, who use and discard girls, turns them into gentlemen who learn how to treat and appreciate ladies. She seeks out a new “project” each semester, hoping to find the root of their behavior and ultimately help them become better people. She has set her sights on Ace.
Ace has no desire to be in any kind of relationship and he has tried to let Bryant down easily, she just smiles and doesn’t seem to accept it. When Ace realizes Bryant is the beloved daughter of his coach and adored by his teammates, he fears he will be ostracized from another team and decides to just play along until he can find a way to let her down without upsetting anyone.
As their time together progresses, they have to decide what is real. Bryant has never developed feeling for any of her projects and Ace had never wanted a relationship. While I found the middle of the book to be a little boring and kind of predictable, I will say I was pleasantly surprised by the turn here. It was a wonderful twist, Ms. Frederick took a different route that had me laughing and smiling while feeling the emotion needed to make this story different.
In the end, it worked and I enjoyed this one and would recommend it.