Sidelined

Sidelined

A new funny, flirty, and oh so sexy sports romance from NYT and USA Today Bestselling Author Marquita Valentine.It was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. And it was, until my husband left me.On our honeymoon.For the wedding planner.Now all I want to do is get over the humiliation with the one man I shouldn’t.Except he's avoiding me at all costs.But I'm not going...

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Title:Sidelined
Author:Marquita Valentine
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Sidelined Reviews

  • Michelle

    Sweet, sexy, fun and playful!!! Marquita Valentine once again hooks her readers to fall for her characters as she sweeps readers away with this charming love story that puts a fun twist on older brother’s best friend romance.

    Aiden McHugh has always had feeling for his best friend’s younger sister. He kept his feelings for her to himself and so when Layton’s marriage goes wrong, he suddenly finds himself with the opportunity to get her and th

    Sweet, sexy, fun and playful!!! Marquita Valentine once again hooks her readers to fall for her characters as she sweeps readers away with this charming love story that puts a fun twist on older brother’s best friend romance.

    Aiden McHugh has always had feeling for his best friend’s younger sister. He kept his feelings for her to himself and so when Layton’s marriage goes wrong, he suddenly finds himself with the opportunity to get her and this time he doesn’t want to find himself being on the sidelined.

    The humiliation of having your husband leaving you for the wedding planner on your honeymoon is something Layton has to deal with and so when she sets her eyes on Aiden, she was only expecting this would be something for fun to get over her troubles but what she didn’t expect was Aiden was playing for keeps.

    was an utterly adorable sweet and funny love story that had all the charms that one would expect of Marquita Valentine to implement in her books. I loved that the hero was not a playboy and didn’t want to be the rebound guy but the ONLY GUY in Layton’s life. So if you are looking for a sweet playful romance then look no further than this book.

  • Vanessa (nessreads)

    *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

    4.5 Stars!

    If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that Marquita will definitely bring the laughs. And she definitely did not disappoint with Sidelined.

    From the moment Layton was a little girl, she had her whole future planned out. She knew she was going to marry Joe, her friend since they were little kids. She knew how old she was going to be when said wedding happened. Nothing could go wrong with her plans, it was written in her binder s

    *ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review*

    4.5 Stars!

    If there's one thing I know for sure, it's that Marquita will definitely bring the laughs. And she definitely did not disappoint with Sidelined.

    From the moment Layton was a little girl, she had her whole future planned out. She knew she was going to marry Joe, her friend since they were little kids. She knew how old she was going to be when said wedding happened. Nothing could go wrong with her plans, it was written in her binder so it was set in stone. But what Layton didn't see coming was that Joe, her now husband would leave her just days into their honeymoon. With this revelation, Layton will now have to deal with the aftermath of her once happily ever after ending before even starting.

    Aiden had always seen Layton as his best friends pesky little sister. But as the years went on and with Layton all grown up, Aiden started seeing her as more. He started developing feelings, but he had to lock them away. And now more than ever because Layton was off limits and about to get married. But when Layton's marriage fails, now is Aiden's time to tell her how he feels. He just hopes he's not making a mistake.

    What I really enjoyed was the fact that Aiden was the one who wanted more. He wasn't the womanizing type to just take women to bed, and be done with them. He was kind, attentive and a genuinely good person. He cared about Layton to the point that he was going to wait until she was ready to give them a chance. And when that time came I had the biggest smile on my face. Layton and Aiden were so good together. They made me laugh, swoon and I couldn't get enough.

    I can't wait for Kingston's book!!! I'm so excited to get more of these characters! *happy dance*

  • Mayas

    Aiden surprises you at every turn in this most anticipated book of mine. Geeze, who wouldn't want the cocky QB from South Boston? I would be his Hoodsie at anytime.

    Layton was dealt a whopping one two blow but a little tough love and push from friends had her leaving the past there in less time than she thought. I enjoyed her growth and chase of Aiden from beginning to end. As for Joe, Bless His Heart for knowing how to swim...

  • Three Chicks

    Trinette Dungee

    For as long as Aiden McHugh has known Layton Price her life has been mapped out. Always armed with her scrapbook, if you were in her scrapbook you were special, if it’s in her scrapbook it’s destined to happen. According to the scrapbook, Layton was going to marry Joe and if not then Aiden would come to her rescue her and marry her.

    Fast forward and Layton has married Joe, but on their honeymoon Joe informs Layton that he’s in love with the wedding planner. Where does that leave La

    Trinette Dungee

    For as long as Aiden McHugh has known Layton Price her life has been mapped out. Always armed with her scrapbook, if you were in her scrapbook you were special, if it’s in her scrapbook it’s destined to happen. According to the scrapbook, Layton was going to marry Joe and if not then Aiden would come to her rescue her and marry her.

    Fast forward and Layton has married Joe, but on their honeymoon Joe informs Layton that he’s in love with the wedding planner. Where does that leave Layton, besides embarrassed and humiliated? Right on Aiden’s doorstep holding him to his part of the bargain; Layton needs to get over Joe and fast so while she’s not looking for Aiden to marry her, she’s most definitely looking for him to be the rebound guy to help her move beyond Joe but rumor has it that the NFL Quarterback is celibate during the season. Well that’s just too damned bad for him because Layton, (or LT as Aiden calls her …..sooooo freaking adorable!!), needs him to be active to help her get over Joe. She’s always thought Aiden was good looking but she was so far up Joe’s butt she never realized HOW hot he was. All she knows is that for the last few years he’s been a total jerk to her and treating her like a pesky little sister but the thoughts she’s having about Aiden are not those that a little sister would have. Unfortunately for Layton, Aiden is not interested in being the rebound guy; he wants to be THE GUY.

    To Aiden, LT has always been his best friend’s little sister, but one day she turned into a full blown hot blooded woman. In order to keep her at a distance and keep him from doing something that her brother would probably kill him for, he basically resorted to acting like a jerk towards her. Now she’s hitting him with this proposition and completely messing with his head. For years he watched her fawn all over a guy that was totally wrong for her, then he sat back and watched her marry him. He let her get away from him once and now this could be his second chance but he has to convince LT that he more than just a rebound guy, he’s a long term guy and the perfect guy for her.

    Short, sweet, to the point….LOVED IT!

    From the first word in this book I was hooked. There was immediate connection to the characters. The banter, even between young Layton and young Aiden, was perfect! The humor was there in spades. Coming off the heels of “Scored” (Dallas’ and Paige’s story), Sidelined keeps the train going with fun, hotness and laughs. I loved Dallas and Paige and even said they were my new favorite Marquita characters, but I don’t know. Aiden and Layton might have surpassed them. Aiden with his rough South Boston persona was so freaking sweet; and Layton was freaking adorable and funny as hell.

    Poor Aiden didn’t stand a chance against her feistiness, even when she was eleven! This was quick, fun read. Sometimes there are blossoming relationships and there’s no angst, no tragedy, no major catastrophes…there’s just circumstances with fun and humor and that’s what this was. It was fun and sometimes that just what we need. There were a few down moments like Aiden describing his childhood with his father, but for the most part this read was light on drama.

    I wished there’d been a little more in the storyline about Aiden’s participation in the “Big Brother” program. Based on how the situation was introduced it seemed like it would play a bigger part in the storyline but I just kind of got a few additional honorable mentions and that was it. There are some returning characters and some newly introduced and all were enjoyable. I can see a few possible storylines and I can’t wait to see who is next.

    Definitely a fireside read for the winter.

  • Bookgasms Book Blog

    Man, oh man, have I been dying to get my hands-on Aiden and Layton’s story since

    ! I knew their story would be one for the ages—and it is!!

    Hello, Aiden is a grumpy, growly, hot AF, star quarterback. He’s got women fawning and falling all over him. Except for the one he really wants. But she’s taken . . . or is she?

    Layton would have been better off left at the altar by that bastard husband of hers, Joe. But no, he left her—for the wedding planner—three days into their honeymoon! But Layton

    Man, oh man, have I been dying to get my hands-on Aiden and Layton’s story since

    ! I knew their story would be one for the ages—and it is!!

    Hello, Aiden is a grumpy, growly, hot AF, star quarterback. He’s got women fawning and falling all over him. Except for the one he really wants. But she’s taken . . . or is she?

    Layton would have been better off left at the altar by that bastard husband of hers, Joe. But no, he left her—for the wedding planner—three days into their honeymoon! But Layton is not one to wallow—well, not one to wallow for long . . . she just needs a new plan . . . and that new plan involves seducing Aiden. Let’s see how this goes . . . I’m sure Aiden and Layton won’t be

    for long.

    I really loved the dynamic between Aiden and Layton. Layton drew Aiden out of his grumpy, growly self . . . and brought a smile to his face. A smile that not many people have seen! And Layton . . . man . . . she’s tenacious. She had her whole life planned out, until Joe pulled a fast one. So she’s just trying to figure out her new normal—how to really live life without a minute-by-minute plan. Aiden does that for her.

    Their chemistry is off the charts, and when they finally give in . . . whoa, get a fire extinguisher.

    But there were a few things that were left hanging—a few parts of the plot that could have been better with more words and descriptions. Sometimes I felt as if I was missing some pages of the story because the plot advanced with little build up. But overall, I really enjoyed my time with Aiden and Layton and I cannot wait for Kingston and Gracen in

    . ~ Missy, 4 stars

  • Zairobe25

    This is way better than

    !!!

    La historia de Layton y Aiden es mucho mejor que la de Dallas y Paige. IMHO anyway.

    Aiden esta enamorado hace años de la hermana de su mejor amigo, y ella a su vez ha estado prácticamente toda su vida en una relación con Joe, en Scored vimos como ella y joe se casan; pero el abandona en su luna de miel alegando que se enamoró de su wedding planner. Al principio Aiden se niega a ser el sex revenge de LT pero después va con todo por ella. Me gusto mucho, muy entrete

    This is way better than

    !!!

    La historia de Layton y Aiden es mucho mejor que la de Dallas y Paige. IMHO anyway.

    Aiden esta enamorado hace años de la hermana de su mejor amigo, y ella a su vez ha estado prácticamente toda su vida en una relación con Joe, en Scored vimos como ella y joe se casan; pero el abandona en su luna de miel alegando que se enamoró de su wedding planner. Al principio Aiden se niega a ser el sex revenge de LT pero después va con todo por ella. Me gusto mucho, muy entretenido, se lee super rápido; un día me duro, y Aiden es un amor, imposible no terminar enamorada de el.

  • Laura

    2.5 Stars

    I struggled with this title, which I was a little bummed about, as I loved the premise, the cover and the blurb.

    The premise was good. The idea of using a friend, the guy you have known since you were a young girl as a way to get over your ex and move on. We have all been there, recovering from a heartbreak makes you assess the other options you have in your life.

    But, for me, there was not enough time for the "recovery". And this is where it was unbalanced for me. I get that Aiden and La

    2.5 Stars

    I struggled with this title, which I was a little bummed about, as I loved the premise, the cover and the blurb.

    The premise was good. The idea of using a friend, the guy you have known since you were a young girl as a way to get over your ex and move on. We have all been there, recovering from a heartbreak makes you assess the other options you have in your life.

    But, for me, there was not enough time for the "recovery". And this is where it was unbalanced for me. I get that Aiden and Layton had been friends since she was a young girl, but Layton has had a certain plan for her life this whole time. And, while I believe that things were going to eventually get to the point that she would be able to put her ex behind her, I didn't believe the attraction to Aiden was strong enough for her to do it so quickly.

    But, and this is where the plot of this one lost me, there was little chemistry with them and he has a "I don't have sex during the season" rule, and the book started in October. So, I was not quite sure where I wanted this to go, or where it was going to go. But, I can say I didn't love the part of getting there with the characters.

    I was disengaged from the romance in this story. I liked the characters, but I didn't buy them together.

    I wanted there to be a connection, but the timeline in the book made the connection a tough sell for me and I wasn't really ever able to feel invested in the story or the characters.

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  • Dilek VT

    Dislikable characters, boring plot line...

    After a certain point, skimmed & scanned only to reach the end.

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    A girl who has a dream of getting married to Joe in her future does get married to the douchebag named Joe (as her brain cells are considerably lacking) when she grows up and gets dumped by him on the 4th day of their honeymoon. He runs away with their wedding planner.

    She begs her brother's best friend Aiden to make her forget Joe and what h

    Dislikable characters, boring plot line...

    After a certain point, skimmed & scanned only to reach the end.

    ***********************************************

    A girl who has a dream of getting married to Joe in her future does get married to the douchebag named Joe (as her brain cells are considerably lacking) when she grows up and gets dumped by him on the 4th day of their honeymoon. He runs away with their wedding planner.

    She begs her brother's best friend Aiden to make her forget Joe and what has happened. Aiden has always been in love with her but when he saw she was interested in Joe, he treated her like a piece of crap, never trying to steal her heart but always trying to break it... Blah bla bla... Do you need more?

  • Rejane

    Read 2 stars reviews

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