Series: Smart Jocks #1
Genres: New Adult
Reading Challenges: COYER Summer 2019
The Fadeaway by Rebecca Jenshak
You know those stories where the smart girl tutors the dumb jock? This isn’t it.
What’s the probability of insulting the one guy on campus I need to help me pass statistics? If I knew, I wouldn’t be standing in front of Wes Reynolds begging him to tutor me.
Basketball player, sexy, arrogant, always sleeping through class… these are the things I knew about him. What I didn’t know is that he is a seriously smart jock.
What’s the best way to get rid of the peppy and unrelenting girl that keeps asking me to tutor her? If I knew, I wouldn’t be staring at her tan legs and attempting to teach her statistics.
Sorority girl, fine as f**k, determined, ball buster… these are the things I knew about her. What I didn’t know is that she is all the things I didn’t realize I wanted or needed.
Or that one semester with her would change everything.
Series: Smart Jocks #2
Genres: New Adult
He thinks we're playing the longest game of hard-to-get ever. We're not.
Joel: The hottest girl on campus won't go out with me. I know, I know, that sounds presumptuous, but this girl... this girl has gotten under my skin, and I can't seem to walk away.
Every Thursday, I show up at the café where she works. She's fed me every excuse in the book. I should give up and bang one of the many girls blowing up my phone. I'm not. Even when she says no, Thursday is my favorite day of the week.
Katrina: The hottest guy on campus won't stop asking me out. I know that sounds like a good problem to have, but this guy... this guy has no idea how complicated my life is trying to juggle being a single mom and college student. Every Thursday, he shows up at the café where I work. His cheesy pickup lines and arrogance should have me completely annoyed. I'm not. I can't say yes, but Thursday is my favorite day of the week.
The Assist and The Fadeaway are books 1 and 2 of the Smart Jocks series by Rebecca Jenshak. Jenshak is a new to me author and I was excited to dive in! Both books are available on Kindle Unlimited as well!
The Assist was the story of Wes and Blair (aka Bless-best couple name ever!). Wes is a super smart basketball player in his senior year. Blair is the most determined student, but she really just doesn’t get Stats. She notices Wes gets and A and sleeps every day. After offending him several times, she finally gets him to agree to tutor her. These two are super cute! Wes isn’t sure he can have a “relationship” and give basketball all the attention it needs. But, he agrees to keep seeing Blair. I loved that Wes was a smart guy and that his devotion to basketball is more for the service of his team than himself. Blair is great as well-she has such a positive outlook and really pushes others to seek their dreams. I was a bit irritated with Wes near the end when he was being a jerk. However, he grovels well. If you like college sports romances like those by Sarina Bowen and Kristen Callihan, you will like the Assist.
The Fadeaway is the story of Joel (the manwhore extrodinaire) and Katrina, a single mom. I really wasn’t excited to see book 2 about Joel because he was super gross in book 1. He literally slept with EVERYTHING. We don’t get to know Katrina well in book 1, but she is one of Blair’s coworkers. I adored Katrina-she is smart and determined to have the best life possible. She cares only about improving herself for her son. Joel grew on me as the story went on. He obviously devotes a lot of time to trying to win Katrina and I liked that. I enjoyed the story but not quite as much as book 1. There wasn’t as much going on-its more just Joel trying to win her over, which was great, but not 325 pages worth of great. However, its pretty low angst so I still enjoyed it!
- POV: dual 1st
- Tears: no
- Trope: college, basketball, single mom
- Triggers: View Spoiler »The Assist has a subplot of Blair being blackmailed with nude pictures « Hide Spoiler
- Series/Standalone: stand alone
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes « Hide Spoiler