Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Sports Romance

Review: 4TH & GIRL | Mavericks Tackle Love 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.


4 Stars

Romance | New Adult | Contemporary | Sports Romance

***Received an Advanced Readers Copy during a blog tour with SocialButterflyPR in exchange for an honest review***

Well shits – I think I found a new author to adore! Seriously, this is my first Monroe book ever and I loved it. Between the constant swoonage and adorable personalities, I cannot help but say I was a giddy school girl while reading this! I am also a huge sports romance lover so, bring on the gushing please.

I honestly cannot admit to you who I adored more. Both Leo and Gemma were equally perfect. I enjoyed their quirky personalities. Gemma has this hilarious, yet stubborn personality that I found myself really relating to constantly, she was very believable. And Leo, oh my lanta Leo, he was quite possibly the most swoon worthy dish of man meat. 

Before I admit how much I enjoyed Gemma and Leo together I have to say one thing is that it felt like it took them FOREVER to finally get together. I know, I am normally one for the slow builds, but really Leo and Gemma had such a charming, very entertaining chemistry I just would have liked to have seen them tie that connection a little faster. There was also that hovering irk that perhaps their chemistry was great throughout the rest of the book, but during their first meet and then finally seeing one another again, there was that insta-love chemistry that took a smidge to get on board with…

Even with this in perspective, I really have to say I did enjoy Gemma and Leo together. They both had this funny, yet awkwardly cute romance that built between them just made me a giddy kid while reading. The progression of Gemma and Leo was beyond sweet – I mean seriously how many times can I admit this was just a swoon worthy, adorable romance that even made my speckled heart giddy. I liked the drama, it was realistic and added to their romance in a way I just felt was fitting for them. 

Overall, I enjoyed everything. It was such a fun, quick easy read that honestly I think it was just enjoyable with the shenanigans of the main characters and the additive of the secondary characters. Though it was still slightly predictable storyline, it definitely did not deter from my personally likes of 4th & Girl, it was truly a great read. Definitely entertaining. 


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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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