A complicated but passionate love story with a plot ripped from the headlines, Snapped is the latest book in Alexa Martin's highly-regarded Playbook series. And once again, Martin delivers another heart-warming romance with loads of laughter and sensuality — but she also doesn't fumble the ball when it comes to providing a hard-hitting plot ... Martin skillfully crafts a delicate balance between romance, politics, current events and a main character's self-realization in a story that rarely feels predictable. She doesn't skimp on the funny either; Snapped is full of zippy dialogue, and Elle's internal monologue will have you rolling ... Elle and Quinton may be fictional, but they're definitely unforgettable. They also are two people I'd like to know in the real world — and Alexa Martin's Snapped brings them to life in a striking novel of heart, mind, and soul.
Written by a former NFL wife, these fun, flirty, stories sing with authenticity and humor. You don’t have to read the first few books to enjoy this one but you definitely should. Not only does it give you a deeper introduction to some of the secondary characters, they’re such wonderful reads you simply won’t want to miss them ... This is a romance which discusses some heavy subjects but the author’s tremendous skill is put to good use, since in spite of the weighty issues of racism and income disparity which are laced throughout the text, Snapped is light hearted, fun and romantic. I absolutely loved it, found it to be a quick, delightful read and never once felt like the story was lost to the causes being promoted. Ms. Martin does just an absolutely fantastic job of showing how these problems impact her characters in their everyday reality, and are therefore a natural part of Elliot and Quin’s romance.
Now this book did not go the way I assumed it would, I have to say I am rather torn with how to review Snapped. On one hand yes it was a well written novel that touched on a lot of hot topics but on the other hand can someone really be that oblivious to the differences in racial attitudes in the world that we live in? I found this very hard to believe ... I found this book very disjointed and that a lot of the internal monologues really did not line up with the actions taken by the characters. And don’t even get me started on the ending of this book ... give Snapped a try if you are interested in a book that is said to be a romance but really does not hold much romance that is until you are nearing the end of the book.
The romance is a late-stage and underdeveloped thread in the novel. Instead, the focus is on Elliot’s personal journeys: maintaining her female friendships, struggling to keep her job, dealing with her grief over her father’s death, and learning how racism works ... Perhaps Martin’s intent is to teach White readers about racism in sports and in America, but unfortunately this means Elliot is characterized as someone who has spent her entire life ignoring the racial aggressions she has witnessed and experienced ... The book neuters Quinton's Colin Kaepernick–like protest, turning it into a cutesy romantic plot device instead of respecting it as a furious, full-throated repudiation of the real injustices faced by Black Americans. A quarterback's fight for systemic change in football takes a back seat to his girlfriend's personal journey.