Scarlett is always the sensible one: The sober driver. The planner. The one holding your hair back while you’re worshiping the porcelain gods.
Week-after-week, she visits Jock Row with her friends—the universities hottest party scene and breeding ground for student athletes. And if keeping her friends out of trouble, and guys out of their pants, was a sport, she’d be the star athlete.
Being a well known jock-blocker gets her noticed for all the wrong reasons; just like that, she’s banned from Jock Row. NO GUY WANTS A GIRL AROUND WHO KEEPS THEIR JOCK FRIENDS FROM GETTING LAID.
“Rowdy” Wade is the hot shot short-stop for the university’s baseball team—and the unlucky bastard who drew the short straw: keep little Miss Goody Two-Shoes out of the Baseball House.
But week-after-week Scarlett returns, determined to get inside.
I seriously can’t get enough of Sara Ney’s douchey jockholes & the women Ney crafts in order to put these jackasses in their place as well as prove that these guys are about more than just their next cleat chaser notch and/or athletic prowess.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m perfectly aware that not all of these college athletes are all bad, but when it comes to Ney’s heroes, their redeeming qualities just need the right ‘teachers’ to lure their good guy tendencies out from underneath all of the cocky bravado that seems to be a huge part of these guys’ personalities.
Uptight. Conservative. Practical. Boring. A buzzkill. Miss Know-It-All. Cock Blocker.
All of these terms and descriptors are used to depict how some of the baseball players on Jock Row view heroine, Scarlett Ripley, and while she would probably agree with most of these monikers, the fact that two ball players get her booted from the party because she’s dissing their skills and calling them out on their lies truly illustrates Scarlett’s view on most collegiate athletes, especially when it comes to picking up women.
But there’s definitely no way Scarlett or readers could have imagined just how being herself and not giving a shit about what anyone thinks about her could land her the captain of the baseball team – a witty, fun, and handsome guy who gladly ‘takes one for the team’ each and every Friday night that Scarlett remains banned from the ball players’ parties.
Sterling ‘Rowdy’ Wade…man is this team captain AMAZING! Not only because of his skills on the diamond and his hot as hell body, but the way he treats people…the way he looks out for his friends…the way he quickly realizes just how special a girl like Scarlett is.
Rowdy is truly a good guy and he’s highly entertaining; Sara Ney made such a great decision in allowing readers to be privy to both his and Scarlett’s point of view because it’s Rowdy’s internal monologue that attracted me to him…well, it was that and his ability to use good grammar…I’m an English teacher…what can I say…correct semi-colon use turns me on;)
Scarlett is the perfect heroine; I love that she’s not afraid to be herself, even around rather intimidating jocks. The fact that she calls out those to baseball players at the beginning of the story truly set-up the kind of character Scarlett would be, and what I loved most about her is the fact that she never changed who she was. Yes, she sometimes hides herself beyond her quirks, but that’s only because she’s waiting to find the one guy who deserves to see all of her, and I’m so glad that Rowdy proved himself to Scarlett and to readers as their story progressed.
Sara Ney built up Rowdy and Scarlett’s relationship masterfully. Apparently, they were supposed to be enemies at the beginning of the story because he was the one ‘tasked’ with removing her from the party, but I knew as soon as Scarlett went head-to-head with Rowdy that he met a worthy opponent – someone who was ‘real’…someone who saw him for the guy that he was not for the opportunities he could potential provide her. What started out as a confrontational scene soon turned into Scarlett and Rowdy’s Friday night ‘meet-ups’ and then after they got to know one another through a variety of cheesy games, they were both ready to be more than friends and the way Rowdy treated Scarlett and made her feel beautiful during every interaction solidified just how amazing and easy their relationship could be and proved that Scarlett getting kicked out of the party was the best thing to ever happen to either of them.
Rowdy and Scarlett’s story is a feel-good read that illustrates just how amazing things can be when someone finds the person that was meant to be his; at times, I’ll admit that everything between them seemed too good to be true, but Sara Ney made sure that she illustrated all of the ways Rowdy and Scarlett fit one another, so I couldn’t deny what was between them because it was resonating off of every page in a multitude of ways.
I can’t wait to see what part of Jock Row Sara Ney takes her readers next…
4.5 Poison Apples
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 colorfully, collects vintage books, art, loves flea markets, and fancies herself British.
She lives with her husband, children, and her ridiculously large dog.