ARC Review: Playing Defense by Julia Clarke

Overall: 5/5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
Steam: 3/5 🔥🔥🔥
Feels: 😏🤫😬😰😤💖

Tear jerker: No
Paranormal/Fantasy: No
Location: Boston, MA
Character age range: early 30s
Lead: Blake MacKenzie
Love interest(s): Xavier Lee, Colt Whitney, Tristan Holmes
HEA: Yes

Kindle Unlimited: Yes
Audible: No
Series: Yes – The Rebels Series
1. The Reverse Play – released 01/29/19
2. Playing Defense – released 04/23/19
3. Calling the Plays – releases 06/25/19

~QD 🔥~
Sex/kink type: manual, oral, penetrative, orgy
Possible triggers: mention of childhood abuse and bullying

The Quick and Dirty: 🙌 🏈 TOUCHDOWN! 🏈🙌 A perfect and oh so satisfying conclusion to the series, with a mix of emotion, drama and 🔥! It’s a fresh take on RH with multi-dimensional characters, where real life expectations and family dynamics are all considered. Loved it! 

Blake and the guys decide they’re going to try to give their 4-way relationship a try, but when the guys push to go public, Blake is reluctant. Their bond is strong and she values their relationship more than anything but she’s terrified of the repercussions. When things to come a head, Blake has to decide if she’s willing to put everything on the line and push past her fear for her love of the guys.

LOVED the conclusion to this series! Each of the guys got their spotlight, more time with Bastian and Big Mac and all those ancillary characters you had questions about? Those are addressed and answered too. It’s a flawless conclusion to the series that will have you feeling all the big feels and leave you sighing with satisfaction.

**I assisted in Beta reading this novel and an ARC was graciously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.**

Football taught me to always keep my eye on the ball. But three players have captured my focus—and now, my heart.

Before them, the idea that I could care about anything more than football was inconceivable. And I never would’ve allowed one man to threaten my dreams, let alone three. Then again, I’d never met anyone like Xavier, Colt, and Tristan.

They want me to call the plays both on and off the field. Now I’m forced to decide whether to chase the glass slipper or keep charging through the glass sideline.

*Calling the Plays is the third book in a slow-burn contemporary reverse harem series.*



Julia Clarke writes about smart, sassy women with a strong sense of self and the drool-worthy men who can’t resist them. Forbidden love and romance that defies expectations are her favorite stories to read and write about.

An adventurer at heart, Julia dabbles in everything from tap dance to calligraphy. When she’s not traveling with her husband or playing with her daughter, Julia is learning new recipes, hiking, sailing, or inhaling copious amounts of fine chocolate.