Downed by Jen Frederick
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.
**I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.**
I LOVE this series and this is book 3 in the series. If you are new reader it starts at the new school that Ace moves to and introduces a whole new team and coach to the series. This is also the school Ty, Knox's brother from a previous book attends and his football team.
The story starts during a sexual encounter with Ace and Bryant. However its kinda bad sex and Bryant is thinking about a gazillion things. Ace wants another shot at her and well she wants to date Ace, And that starts their beautiful friendship.
At first I did not like Bryant. She is extremely southern. At times I felt like I could hear her southern sweet accent in my head. She is very popular grl but largely that is because she helps everyone and her and Ace its just her trying to help him.
But she grows on you and well Ace is so terrific. I totally loved him. He is a guy thats screwed up before but he also really doesn't need Bryant to fix him or make him a better guy. What he does need is a friend who tells it like it is and thats Bryant. I totally loved their relationship.
For most of the book Bryant has one foot in the door and one foot out. I hate books like that. But in this story it works well because its a big part of the story.
I felt that this book was extremely well written. The author really exposes Bryant's pain, anger and guilt while Ace has some big daddy issues. But don't go in thinking its anything like the other books. It really dealt with some very heavy storylines and while on the surface they both seem to live charmed lives. The reality is very different.