[ARC REVIEW] “Pick Six” By: Maggie Rawdon

What is Pick Six by Maggie Rawdon about?

What’s worse than playing a fake girlfriend to the all-pro defensive end for the Seattle Phantom?

When the same infamous playboy is my ex-husband’s best friend.

I’m normally great at keeping my distance from him—pretending like he doesn’t get under my skin.

But after he punches a teammate over me, we’re stuck faking a relationship to save his career and mine.

If we play the game well, we could both get out ahead.

I just have to remember everything about this is for show, including the reformed player act.

A few blurred lines and crossed boundaries won’t change things.

Because falling for your ex’s best friend is wrong, right?

Rating: 4/5 Stars


Maggie actually also wrote a short prequel — which you can download for free! — called “Defensive End,” which I’d recommend reading first! It’s not necessary in order to understand “Pick Six,” but it does add to the story since it gives more context to when Harper and Alex first meet. Although this book is not included in her Plays & Penalties series, both the prequel and “Pick Six” include crossover characters from the final book in that series, “Reverse Pass,” so if you don’t want Violet and Ben’s story spoiled, I recommend reading that series first! Even so, this one can still be read as a standalone.

I really like Maggie’s writing style, and got distracted by highlighting lines I liked constantly! I even read some of them out loud to my sister as I was going through, I liked them that much. I did read an early copy (the book is out now!), so I won’t include those quotes here, but there are really too many to mention!

Fake dating is one of my favorite tropes, because it has so much opportunity for conflict in various forms. We know that they’re going to get their happily ever after, but still, the journey to get there is riddled with obstacles! I feel like this one also toes the line of second chance romance to an extent, which makes it all the more interesting. Add in the fact that Harper’s ex husband is Alex’s sports agent, and a whole new level of complexity gets involved.

It’s no secret that I absolutely adore sports romances, especially football ones, and I’m so excited to continue to read this series and follow along with the other characters — hopefully with cameos from Harper and Alex, too! Despite their slightly rocky start, the two of them really are a great match, and I really enjoyed getting to go along for the ride with their love story.

As with all new adult/adult romances, I recommend it for 18+ due to some of the mature content, but as always, don’t let me tell you what to do!


“Personal Foul” (Plays & Penalties #3) — ARC

“Reverse Pass” (Plays & Penalties #4) — ARC

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