BLOG TOUR REVIEW AND EXCERPT: 4th and Girl by Max Monroe

From the New York Times bestselling author of Tapping the Billionaire comes a hilarious and sexy standalone about fate, chance, and one heck of an epically awkward meet-cute.

4th & Girl, an all-new standalone romantic comedy in the Mavericks Tackle Love series from Max Monroe, is available now!


I’m Leo Landry, one of the best shutdown cornerbacks in the nation, and the New York Mavericks’ first round draft pick.

If James Bond spent his days running drills and his nights shutting out quarterbacks, he’d dream about being me. But professional football is on a whole other level from college, and as the new guy, I’ve got everything to prove.

No problem.

All I’ve got to do is focus, right?

Too bad life’s got other plans.

Blond hair, long lashes, and criminal blue eyes, there’s a pint-sized bombshell that I can’t stop thinking about.

I don’t even know her name, but she’s completely screwing up my game plan.

It’s too late to turn back now though. I have my eye on the prize, and I won’t settle for anything less.

4th down and only one goal in my sightsthis pretty little mystery girl.

Good thing I’m at my best when the pressure’s on.

My Review

I have absolutely adored Max Monroe’s Mavericks Tackle Love series, and their newest release, 4th & Girl, complements the rest of the books extremely well while also adding its own romantic comedy uniqueness, and let me tell you, the way that Leo Landry and Gemma Holden first meet and then the unexpected way fate steps in to reconnect these two makes for not only a great story for them to share with their kids if they make it that for but it also leaves one heck of a lasting impression with readers.

As a rookie defenseman for the Mavericks, Leo Landry’s focus should be 100% on football, but ever since his encounter with a certain ‘pint-sized bombshell,’ he’s been a bit preoccupied with tracking her down and claiming her as his own even though he knows nothing about her and has only shared one rather awkward and hilarious encounter that they will not soon forget.

Leo is a quite book boyfriend; there’s nothing fake or arrogant about him. He’s a kickass football player who also knows that teamwork and hard work are two essential components of being successful, so while he has a lot to prove to his coaches, to his teammates, to the Mavericks’ fans, and to himself, he does so by simply being the gifted, determined, and conscientious athlete that he’s always been.

Gemma is definitely my favorite kind of heroine. She’s quirky, awkward, and absolutely adorkable, and those are the characteristics that make her unforgettable for not only readers but also for the hero, Leo Landry. And as much as Gemma seems to be lost with what she wants to do with her life, the more she shares her passion of music with Leo, the clearer it becomes that, that is the path she should take and Leo won’t stop until she goes for her dream knowing that he will have her back and stand behind her the entire way, no matter what.

The secondary characters, especially Alma and Abby, add to the level of hilarity found in the story and help provide comic relief in tenuous situations, calling the main characters out on their shit and putting things in quite a unique perspective when it’s necessary.

The awkward situations, unexpected encounters, over-the-top reactions, and sexy dalliances that occur throughout 4th & Girl make for romantic comedy gold and allow readers to truly see who Leo and Gemma are and why their passion for each other and for their careers are worth the risk.

4.5 Poison Apples

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In my opinion, in football, there isn’t a more badass position than shutdown cornerback.

What makes my position so badass? Well, I have to be agile and quick and have a natural instinct for the game. My footwork has to be on point, and my speed has to be unmatched. I have to cover, read, adjust, and break on the ball. This position, my position, is one of the biggest anchors of pass defense plays.

What does all of that football lingo mean?

It means I’m vital.

It means I’m the guy who will stop a quarterback’s touchdown pass.

I’m the man who won’t let the best wide receivers in the league get their greedy hands on the ball.

Last year, my college record was nearly unheard of. I held opposing QBs to a 47.9 rating when they tried to throw the ball to the man I was covering.

Basically, I was the badass in one of the toughest positions in the league.

And now, as one of the newest first-round draft picks for the New York Mavericks, I’m the guy with everything to prove.

I can either be the big hero, or I can be the guy who loses the fucking game.

My reputation is on the line, my nearly flawless career in college taunting me in the background to live up to it, and if there’s one thing I need to do, it’s focus.

But life’s got other plans.

I should have my mind on my money—and my money on my mind—but the only thing I can seem to think of these days is the mystery girl I met at one of the team’s very first group activities.

Blond hair.

Long lashes.

Criminally blue eyes.

She’s petite and awkward, and she’s completely fucking up the plan.

But it’s too late to second-guess.

And it’s sure as fuck too late to go back.

Once my mind is fixated on something, there’s no stopping me.

I have my eye on the bombshell prize, and I won’t settle for anything less than victory.

Good thing I’m at my best when the pressure’s on.

About Max Monroe

A secret duo of romance authors team up under the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling pseudonym Max Monroe to bring you sexy, laugh-out-loud reads.

Max Monroe is the New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than ten contemporary romance titles. Favorite writing partners and long time friends, Max and Monroe strive to live and write all the fun, sexy swoon so often missing from their Facebook newsfeed. Sarcastic by nature, their two writing souls feel like they’ve found their other half. This is their most favorite adventure thus far.

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