Kicked by Celia Aaron
Published by Celia Aaron on July 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, New Adult (NA), Romance
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Trent Mr. Perfect-Has-Everyone-Fooled Carrington.
He’s the star quarterback, university scholar, and happens to be the sexiest man I’ve ever seen. He shines at any angle, and especially under the Saturday night stadium lights where I watch him from the sidelines. But I know the real him, the one who broke my heart and pretended I didn’t exist for the past two years.
I’m the third-string kicker, the only woman on the team and nothing better than a mascot. Until I’m not. Until I get my chance to earn a full scholarship and join the team as first-string. The only way I'll make the cut is to accept help from the one man I swore never to trust again. The problem is, with each stolen glance and lingering touch, I begin to realize that trusting Trent isn’t the problem. It’s that I can’t trust myself when I’m around him.
This is a full-length, sweet, hot, safe, standalone American football romance novel.
Trigger Warning: There is an attempted rape in this story but it is stopped before anything happens.
I feel I need to start this review with admitting to a little bias: I dislike New Adult (NA) as a genre. I dislike almost everything about NA (which seems centered around college-aged people). I’m also not a big fan of a lot of angst – and NA has angst in spades.
Kicked was ok…but it’s sooooo NA. It’s almost the NA poster child. So I didn’t enjoy it as much as I expected. That’s not to say that Kicked is bad – I’m just not the primary audience.
Kicked centers around a female punt kicker in college, Cordy, and her QB, Trent. Trent and Cordy started dating her freshman year but Trent broke it off unexpectedly. The entire book is focused on the repair of that relationship. Sadly, since this is NA, there were a lot of other sub-plot lines that were a part of Trent and Cordy’s lives.
It was all so…light but angst filled in the way that only really young people can. And it started to irritate me pretty early. By the 70% mark I was skimming for all I was worth. And again, the writing isn’t terrible so I didn’t feel the need to ragequit. I was actually pretty entertained (all things considered). Though I did have a problem with Trent and his grown-man-dicking-down. Young boys are not saying things like “has anyone else tasted you?” and they are not big dick slanging. Those types of things come with a bit more experience. And according to Trent he hasn’t wanted anyone but Cordy for the last two years, so…
All in all, Kicked is entertaining. It’s also branded as “safe” in that there is an HEA and no cheating. Fans of NA will probably enjoy this much, much more than I can.