Synopsis from Goodreads
EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL.
Those are Jackson Jennings, Jr’s three mantras. His entire life, he’s been a trained athlete with only one end-game: the Pros. No girls. No parties. No alcohol.
EAT. SLEEP. FOOTBALL.
Every Friday night, Triple J cruises the strip on campus, bored, lonely and conditioned not to party. But the night he meets Charlotte Edmonds on the side of the road, he wonders if his three mantras will ever be enough.
BIG. DUMB. JOCK.
Charlie has no time for Jackson’s antics. Not when he’s stealing her food or teases her to no end, making her tingle in all the right places. But if she’s ever going to have a boyfriend, she’d choose one who isn’t a Neanderthal. One with manners and actual time to spend with her. Not a hulking man-child who cruises the strip at night, in his Big. Dumb. Truck.
Gosh Darn IT – Sara has created an impossible task in the form of reviewing Jock Road, it is so full of adorbs I have no way to express it without spoiling the whole thing with a gush fest of smitten kitten.
Jackson has dedicated himself to football, to the extent that he has isolated himself from everyone including his teammates. He has no outside interests his only outlet is cruising up and down Jock Road on a Friday night. Sad doesn’t even begin to cover the way I felt about Jackson’s lack of connection, especially as details of his upbringing and family are revealed.
Charlotte (Charlie) is a wonderful sassy nerd girl who is comfortable with who she is and doesn’t bend her values in the face of popularity. Her confidence in her identity gives her an inner strength and the courage to go after what she wants without compromise. I loved her.
Jackson and Charlotte meet under a variety of unusual circumstances that would have you believing fate were trying to bring them together for a specific reason. Despite initial appearances suggesting they are complete opposites, they have a surprising number of things in common which add to the dynamic connection between them.
While the romance between Charlotte and Jackson is a focal point of the plot, it is Jackson’s character growth that is the show-stealer in the narrative. I adored the way in which Jackson and his team-mates dealt with their emotions and provided support for each other, it was heart-warming and proved real men are not afraid to show their emotions.
I love how Sara is able to tie-in characters from her other books into the narrative, as well as progress peripheral characters until you are desperate to get all of their skeletons out of the closet. I cannot wait to see who will get the Sara Ney treatment next 😍