Title: Jock Road
Series: Jock Hard
Author: Sara Ney
Publication Date: September 5, 2019
Source: Wildfire Marketing Solutions
Genre: Sports Romance
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Rating: 4 Stars
EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL.
Those are Jackson Jennings, Jr’s three mantras . His entire life, he’s been a trained athlete with only one end-game: the Pro’s. No girls. No parties. No alcohol.
EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL.
Every Friday night, Triple J cruises the strip on campus, bored, lonely and conditioned not to party. But the night he meets Charlotte Edmonds on the side of the road, he wonders if his three mantras will ever be enough.
BIG. DUMB. JOCK.
Charlie has no time for Jackson’s antics. Not when he’s stealing her food or teases her to no end, making her tingle in all the right places. But if she’s ever going to have a boyfriend, she’d choose one who isn’t a Neanderthal. One with manners and actual time to spend with her. Not a hulking man-child who cruises the strip at night, in his Big. Dumb. Truck.
I’ve very much enjoyed the Jock Hard series, and I’ve considered it one of my favorite Sara Ney series. Sara is such a good writer of comedic, sports romances and I’ve been looking forward to this next installment in the series. However, for me, Jock Road didn’t wow me like the other books in the series have, not to say I didn’t enjoy it, because I did. It’s just not my favorite. For me, it felt a little rushed, and seemed to leave some of the more major points of the plot feeling almost “unresolved.” I just needed a more concrete, satisfactory ending in my opinion. Even with these issues in mind, I still enjoyed the characters of Charlie and Jackson, and loved seeing them get to know each other and eventually fall in love. I guess because I did enjoy them so much, I just wanted MORE from them.
Charlie is quiet, and is just trying to get through school without spending a huge amount of money and being a burden. It’s not that she doesn’t have time for dating, she just doesn’t come across as the hit it and quit it type, and it works against her in college (trust me girl, I’ve been there. I get it). The last thing she is looking for in her life is a “dumb jock” and when Jackson “Triple J” Jennings drops into her life, she is annoyed and over it before it even gets started. But there’s just something about Jackson that keeps her coming back, and before she knows it, she’s gone from hating his dumbass, to falling in love with it.
For Jackson, his entire life has centered on one thing, and one thing only. Football. Girls are a distraction that should be avoided, and his father has instilled this and grilled this into him since he was young. He’s never really let himself live outside of football, and something with Charlie just keeps drawing him back. Her presence and the way she makes him feel have him questioning everything that he’s ever thought to be true, and he needs to decide if he wants to go against his father to be with the girl he loves, or give her up for football.
The premise of this story was great, and I loved the struggle that Jackson was experiencing. Knowing his inner thoughts, plus the fact that he was a pretty innocent hero made for a fun read. His confrontation with his father just felt unresolved to me, and I wanted to see more of that, perhaps an epilogue a year or so down the road telling us how things had worked out.
Overall, I still enjoyed Jock Road and I’m so glad to have read this next one in this series!
Rating: 4 Stars
I really wanted to like this book because I love Sara Ney and the books that she puts out in the world. However, I could not get myself all the way on board with this one. I still liked it, but I just didn’t love it like I loved the others.
Charlie (love the name btw) is a quiet girl who wants to keep her head down to get through school with as little drama as possible. What she doesn’t take into account is Jackson bombarding her life with all of his football talk. I liked Charlie’s character. I thought she had a good head on her shoulders and balanced out Jackson’s character nicely.
Jackson has only ever known football. It has been his whole world ever since his father started him in the sport young. Charlie came into his life and he started wondering what life outside of football would be like, especially with someone like Charlie in his life. I loved being inside Jackson’s head because he was such a sweet man.
I wanted more from these two, but I will take what I can get! I can’t wait to see what Sara Ney is going to write next!
Rating: 4 Stars!
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About the Author
Sara Ney is the USA Today Bestselling Author of the How to Date a Douchebag series, and is best known for her sexy, laugh-out-loud New Adult romances. Among her favorite vices, she includes: iced latte’s, historical architecture and well-placed sarcasm. She lives in the Midwest, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
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