Four people. Four goals. Four endings.
In the third and final book of the USA Today bestselling By His Game series, the rules of the game are blurring, and when the past becomes the opposing team, hearts aren’t the only thing at stake of being lost…
Finding naked pictures of her best friend on her boyfriend’s phone wasn’t in Everleigh White’s five year plan. Neither was moving back to Los Angeles, the city of dreams that never managed to make hers come true. There’s only so many years you can be in love with your best friend before you realize he’s never going to love you back, after all. If only her ex would stop showing up at the gym where she works, she’d be much happier.
Being a father at nineteen wasn’t how Reid North, the Vipers’ wide receiver, imagined his life going, but when his ex-girlfriend tricked him into parenthood, he accepted it. Eventually. Now, with his ex on the verge of being released from prison, he’s holding onto full custody of his seven year old son, Leo. Football and Leo have left Reid no time for dating… Until Everleigh comes back.
His best friend his whole life, Everleigh never knew Reid loved her. She left before he could tell her. Now she’s back in front of him, and he’s not letting go. Even if all he gets is her friendship again. But in a city like L.A., dreams come true when you’re least expecting it.
So do nightmares.
With their exes beating down their doors with demands and explanations, their hesitant and building relationship is threatened at every corner. They’re at serious risk of being intercepted by the past, and that’s a ball Reid is determined to catch.
Except desperation can lead to stupidity—and Reid soon realizes he can’t catch every ball, no matter how perfectly it’s thrown to him. This time a fumble could cost more than a few points.
It could cost him everything.
(INTERCEPTED is the third and final book in the By His Game series and can be read as a standalone, although it is advised to read BLINDSIDED and SIDELINED before, in this order.)
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Review: By His Game #3: Intercepted
Intercepted by Emma Hart is the third book in her By His Game series. As we move through the group of L.A. Viper's football players we get to Reid's story. It almost seemed like if anything could happen it would happen to Reid.
Reid North has been best friends with Everleigh White for almost 20 years. There was an age gap of a couple of years but he was waiting for her eighteenth birthday... and then she took off for college without saying goodbye.
It;s been four years and she is back. As a single parent he is fortunate to have his family's full support and assistance so he can not only be a good dad but pursue his football career and dreams. His son's mother is getting out of jail soon though and things are about to go to hell in a handbasket. Now that Everleigh is back and in his life, does he keep her around or push her away to try and keep the danger that is his ex away from her?
Danger, intrigue, subterfuge, attempted murder... the list goes on but who is the cause of all this drama? Well, read the book, it'll be well worth it.
A sizzling and emotional finish!
Everleigh “Ever” White and Reid North were inseparable from a young age. Despite their age gap, these two proved to be soul mates with their undying love and respect for one another. However, neither Ever nor Reid were able to profess their true feelings to one another because of that very age gap. Reid had plans to one day let her know exactly how he saw her, but she never gave him the chance. Instead, Ever moved away immediately following her graduation and set up residence all the way across the country without saying a word to him.
Never planning on returning to LA, Ever is at a loss for how she should approach Reid who seems to be everywhere she’s at. Feelings that she thought only belonged to the teen version of herself suddenly come rushing back.
Reid too feels the onslaught of unresolved feelings and is determined to act on them this time before the chance is stolen away again. He’s aware of how much he needs Ever in his life, and the fact that she gets on so well with his spunky son Leo is the big, juicy cherry on top.
Though an ideal future is there for the taking, it won’t be easily obtained with bothersome ex lovers and a mysterious stalker stirring up trouble. Can Ever and Reid take on the obstacles thrown in their path or will outside forces keep them from starting their forever?
Second chance/best friend love stories are my ultimate, and for that reason, Intercepted really nestled into my heart. Emma brought these two passionate and vulnerable people together after years of unsettled and simply unacknowledged feelings.
I could feel their chemistry and passion for each other sizzle off the page as soon as they reunited. The banter between them was both hilarious and adorable, which gave way to a lot of giggling and swooning.
I understood Ever’s mindset and was able to relate to her on such a deep level. Her kindness was something that came natural to her, and I loved the way she connected so well with Leo. Those tender moments they shared brought tears to my eyes. While Ever was sweet and shy at times, she could also be sassy and sarcastic with a strength that battled her more vulnerable side.
Reid’s presence usually brought it out in her and it was obvious how comfortable she felt around him. He had those typical hot, alpha-male qualities, but what set him apart from all the other book boyfriends was the love he shared. Reid loved hard. He kept a close-knit group of friends and family and he exuded so much love for them. Especially his young son Leo who occasionally stole the spotlight. His attitude and wit gave the fabulous Aunt Ada a run for her money!
Various elements are weaved into this story to make it a stimulating and vibrant read all the way through. What starts off as a steamy, tension-filled romance, quickly escalates to a suspenseful and gripping fight for happiness. There was a lot going on, but it never seemed far-fetched or out of place. Everything meshed perfectly together at the best moment possible.
I highly recommend this to readers looking for fiery, headstrong leading ladies and jaw-droppingly, hot football players, presented in a book filled with every emotion needed for a great read.
If you're a regular Emma Hart reader, expect another talent-filled story that her skillful digits magically produce.
A whole lotta story!
I love friends to lovers stories and Reid and Everleigh's story has been a long time in the making. Their reunion was satisfying and sometimes difficult to read about. It seemed like they had all these challenges to face all at once and it was a little overwhelming for them and me.
I liked Reid and I liked Ever. I loved Reid for how much he loved Leo his son. I understood his desire to protect his him from his biological mother and further heart break. I also understood how so many years later he still felt guilt about his initial response to finding out his girlfriend was pregnant. He's human and he made a mistake. I liked Ever for how she realized avoiding Reid wasn't going to work and how she came clean with him. I also liked how Ever was there for both Reid and Leo during hard times. I also liked her resolve to face things.
The two had great chemistry. Granted they'd always had that from the time they were teens, but this time it was sweeter because they acknowledged that things were different and they were different after all these years apart. So while there was familiarity between them, there was also new horizons to be explored. Ever also had a great dynamic with Leo. Leo was adorable always talking about cooties and there were a couple of scenes with him that had me torn between laughing and cooing at him.
I liked how characters from previous books in this series were involved in the story. It was great to see Leah, Corey, Jack, and Macey again. Coming back to the story, there was a lot of drama and action. I mean with multiple story arcs happening simultaneously, it made for an interesting book. It seemed like everyone had something going on. There were moments when I had to hold my breath because I was worried someone or something was going to throw a wrench in the modicum of happiness Reid and Ever had managed to get for themselves and ruin it permanently.
Honestly, I don't even know where this book went. I started reading it and by the time it was over everything was kicking in. It took me a couple of minutes after I finished to just sit and let it all sink in. I can't believe this series is over. I would've loved to see more of Ever with her parents, especially after the book ended. I would've loved to know more about her brother too. Of course you always want more when you fall for characters. Emma Hart has done a fantastic job on this series. I can't wait to see what she writes next!