Intercepted

The Playbook, Book 1
Narrated by: January LaVoy
Series: The Playbook, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 14 mins
Categories: Romance, Romantic Comedy
4.5 out of 5 stars (344 ratings)

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Series in development with Starz & G-Unit Films and Television by 50 Cent and La La Anthony 

One of NPR's Best Books of 2018 

An Amazon Best Romance of 2018 Pick 

An iBooks "Best of September" Pick

A GoodReads Best of the Month pick for September

One of Booklist's Top 10 Romance Debuts for 2018

One of BookBub's Best Fall Romances of 2018 

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 10 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.

©2018 Alexa Martin (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"Narrator January LaVoy's performance of this contemporary sports romance will have listeners cheering.... LaVoy brings humor, drama, and conflict to life as she nails unique and consistent voices for a host of characters. Her comedic timing and portrayals of emotional pain will make binge-listening the easiest play in the audiobook." (AudioFile)

"The writing is snappy, the pacing is quick, the romance is sublime, and the humor is off-the-charts. Alexa Martin delivers a stellar love story, and I can’t wait to see what she writes next." (USA Today)

"Martin scores a touchdown of a debut with Intercepted, a witty rom-com set in the world of professional football players and their wives." (Entertainment Weekly)

"[Marlee's] love story isn't about which football player is The One for her, it's about a woman claiming her independence on her own terms, even when a hunky guy keeps coming to the rescue." (NPR)

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January is a POC

I purchased this book and author due to narrator Ms LaVoy who has become my new fave performer. See Ms LaVoy performing author Marcia Clark, Rachel Knight series. The series is great and I have enjoyed re listening to each of the stories again. Do not miss Ms LaVoy narration of Mary Higgins Clark I’ve Got My Eyes on You, as that book steals your heart. See Ms LaVoy on Twitter as she proudly claims her biracial heritage. She has such a rich narrative voice for interpreting an author work. Her male and children voices are superb.
Audibles bio on author being a pass NFL wife gives credence to this wonderful romance comedy and the Publishers summery is spot on.
This story has wonderful self-deprecating humor from our heroine who is smart enough to be able to carry it off. It is hilarious and entertaining!
You are right there in the players box listening to wives and fans shout out cheers that can make your ears burn or at the players wives luncheons where some order salads and others pretend to eat thinly! You are right there at the table when our heroine who, a size 8 eats real food and lives to tell about it.
Our hero Gavin is just a peach of a man, and I mean WOW. Ms LaVoy makes him sound so yummy.
I am not sure why the change in narrators for book 2, and I am terribly disappointed author or publisher decided to give another narrator a chance at book 2.
I do use the 1.25x speed to match the authors intent.
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Perfect Debut Novel

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Alexa Martin’s debut novel was fantastic! I love sports romances and this one lived up to all my expectations. I adored this book and the characters.The narrator was perfect and really brought the story to life and made me love the characters more.

Marlee was dating an NFL receiver on and off for a while. She was just waiting on him to make it official and she could join the elite wives club of the football players. She wasn’t expected the teams new QB to be someone from her past.

Gavin is sweet, sexy, a great athlete and fiercely loyal. He is a great player and tried to get along with everyone. Gavin is the perfect book boyfriend you can’t help but love.

Intercepted has the perfect amount of drama and romance mixed with football. I devoured this book and can’t wait for the book by this author.

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I love this book so much!

Ms. Martin is now on my “insta buy” list! This was a really funny book and I enjoyed laughing out loud to it. The narration was very well done!

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Great...except for the romance

It's true this book has a wonderful, witty heroine with interesting female friendships. It's well-written (though, god, #enoughwiththehashtags). In the end I gave up on it because the central relationship just wasn't very interesting, and the hero just didn't have much of a personality other than being hot, wealthy, nice. If only some of the zing from the friendships had made it into the romance!

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Waste of a credit

It normally takes for a book to be really bad for me to write a review and this one came close. I felt lied to about this book from the reviews, summary, and cover. I went into this book thinking it was going to be a great book about a POC and her love interest. What I got was a character full of whininess, hashtags, and self hate. The book loved to mention "black girl magic" but I saw none of that. The main female was not strength at all. I wonder if the book would have come across better if the narrator was a POC because all I took away from the narration was self entitlement. When there were some "hood" slang thrown in, it sounded hilarious (not in a good way) coming from the narrator.

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An Inside Look at the NFL

I loved this story of catty NFL wives, a charity group similar to the worst of the Junior Leagues, and a swoon-worthy romance. The narration by January LaVoy was amazing. LaVoy is one seriously talented voice actor who nailed each character. Listen to this one for the narration alone!

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Just... Cringe-worthy

Just yikes. Wow. Performance/narration is grating and annoying, sounds like some millennial on a bus you wish you hadn’t sat next to. But all of that pales in comparison to the stale, absurdly rote plot and characters in the story itself. Ahhhhhh I couldn’t even finish it and I’m no stranger to trash novels. I wasn’t expecting this to be high-brow or anything, but at the very least, I didn’t expect it to make me want to punch my computer and scream.

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The main character is annoying and uninspired. Her constant use of hyperbole and commentary about being out of step with other NFL WAGS is just trite and ignorant. Obviously, she’s one of them and just pretending like she’s so superior because she eats carbs (omg!) and wears a (gasp!) size 8!! Ugh. Disgusting. And don’t even get me started on the idiotic football player, Gavin. I don’t know if it’s because the narration made him sound like a frat boy I’d spit on, or because he is written like a cardboard Teen Cosmo fanfic dream—either way, I despise literally everyone in this book. I’m rooting for no one. And when she gets mad at him for getting traded in the last act, that was it for me. I had to retire the book for good because it was about to make me have a car crash when I was listening to it on the way to work. As someone who grew up in sports and has a parent who was a pro athlete, this shit makes my SKIN CRAWL. It’s so heinously fanciful, derivative, and ridiculous, I think it might have been better served as a coloring book. I believe in everyone’s right to write what they please, but I wish I could go back in time and not use my precious audible credits on such hulking, steaming, obnoxious trash. In short, I do not recommend this book. I don’t know how it ends in the last hour and 2 minutes, but I’ve already been working on removing main character homegirl from my memories. I can’t imagine it could have redeemed the countless hours of spineless dribble I had already endured. Save your money, your time, and your brain cells. Even for a easy fun read, this is not the way to go.

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This book was recommended and it was JUST OK. They hashtags were super annoying and the storyline weak just like Marley’s personality.

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LOVED IT!!

This is my first book by Alexa Martin.I enjoyed it so much.I laughed,and I cried so much.I look forward to other books by Alexa Martin.And January LaVoy's ability to do so many voices is incredible.January brought this book to life for me.With every word that was read by January LaVoy made everything in this book seem so real.Though this is pure coincidence,I enjoyed the Naomi character,also because that is my name too.And my family calls me Nay as well,so I thought that was kinda cool.Thank you Alexa Martin for writing this book.And Thank you January LaVoy for reading it.Both of you are wonderfully talented.

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Awseome all the way around!

I loved the story. I loved the narration. January LaVoy has to be the best narrator I have ever listened to. I am now a fan of Alexa Martin and January LaVoy. This book has won me over.