I love a story that really shows how people can grow and change, especially through their life experiences as they come of age and mature. Jason is an up-and-coming football star, yet he turned his life around to serve a mission for his church and in doing so, grew tremendously, which completely turned his life around for the better. But try telling Allie that. A chance encounter was like throwing gasoline on the fire, but Allie just can't get over Jason's reputation. These two characters are opposite in so many ways, but they are grounded in things that matter and I loved watching them discover their true selves.
This author does a fantastic job of crafting an engaging story that was hard to escape from. I savored every interaction and even found myself wanting to give Jason and Allie advice. The little snippets of thoughts and letters at the beginning of each chapter added so much more dimension to the story and I loved how the reader was treated to alternating points-of-view. I was able to discover so many deeper layers to these characters from these tactics.This book played like a movie in my head and I loved it!
There are a lot of instances, situations, and lingo specific to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and while the story is still very inspiring, it might be a big confusing if you're not familiar with the talk.
At the end of the day, I did not want to leave these characters. I loved being immersed in their lives for a few hours and hope there's more to come.
Content: mild romance (vague talk of past situations); moderate+ religion elements; very mild violence (talk of a past incident)
This book is wonderful! I loved the back-and-forth chapters between the two main characters. Filled with deep emotions of love, hope, healing, and learning to overcome the past, this book will tug at your heartstrings!
Jason and Allie both had a past that they were struggling to overcome. This was quickly apparent in the beginning of the story. They had their goals and Allie had a missionary. Luckily they also had Harper and Ben to keep them grounded and in the same circles.
It isn't your typical Quarterback meets Cheerleader story. Set at UCAL with an appearance at BYU, their journey is anything but typical. Jason is fighting his past and trying to overcome it, while Allie is suffering from PTSD related to her past trauma. The question as they start to spend more time together, is can they do it?
Add to the mix Drew, Jason's little brother, who doesn't think he can change and you have an intriguing story of redemption and Jason examining what he really want out of life.
I was given an ARC by the publisher to read. From the time I picked it up, I was unable to put it down. I have the previous books in the series but they have remained in my to be read pile, they may emerge from there sooner than later as I have come to like this author's writing style and multi dimensional characters.
I loved the individual character growth of even supporting characters. It helped contribute to the richness of the story. I truly felt like I was there.
Written with rich characters who have both depth and personality, this story pulls at the heartstrings. Be prepared to ride the roller coaster of emotions as both the main and secondary characters grow and muddle their way through their past fears and their hopes and dreams for the future. I alternated between laughing out loud and holding my breath as the author skillfully crafted a world I couldn't leave until the story was over.
This book is beautiful inside and out! Such a lovely story. The author did a wonderful job of writing the difficulties her characters faced, both from trying to change from past mistakes, as well as trying to become well and feel whole again after traumatic experiences. The love story is so sweet, pure, and good. The characters so realistic. The ending so perfect. This is he first book I have read by this author and I will definitely read her other books now. Well written, and most certainly recommended.
I received a complimentary copy of the book. All opinions are my own and are expressed voluntarily.
Love Sidelined is a beautiful love story but it is also so much more than that! This is also a story about forgiveness, healing and finding peace with yourself. As Allie and Jase struggle to overcome their separate pasts in order to move forward together, I quickly grew to love their characters - not in spite of their mistakes and flaws, but because of them. Tiffany Odekirk has made her characters real and relatable and as they work toward their happy ending, it gives the reader hope that maybe they can find theirs too. This is a can't-put-down book that will give you all the feels. Love Sidelined has characters from her previous two books (that I recommend as well!) but you don't have to read them first to understand or enjoy this book.
I just finished reading a pre release of this book and thought it was so good! It gave me all the feels, I seriously ended up tearing up at some parts. Tiffany Odekirk has a way with words that really helps you relate to her characters. If you like books with The Church of Jesus Christ of latter day saints prominently part of the plot this is a great read. Such a sweet love story of overcoming the past so a person can be free to truly love. While Covenant Communications gave me the chance to read this book before it's released, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Oh my aching heart! Love Sidelined by Tiffany Odekirk was beyond amazing! I swear her books keep getting better and better. In fact, I had an extremely hard time putting this book down last night to go to sleep. If I didn’t have to be an adult and go to work, then this book would’ve been finished in one day of reading it.
This book actually is actually the third in the Jennings Family Series. The first two being Love on Pointe and Love Unscripted. Though this book is considered a stand-a-lone, I do recommend that you read them in order. You get to know the characters better that way, and when you see them appear in the other books, it feels live a family reunion of sorts.
This book made me laugh so many times, but it also made me ache for the characters, Jason and Allie, as well. I can’t wait for the next book in the series.
I highly recommend this book to all romance readers out there. You don’t even have to like football to love this story.
I was excited to receive and advanced reader copy of this book from Covenant, and I really loved this book! I was excited to read Jason’s story, and was not disappointed. “Love Sidelined” caught my attention from the beginning and kept it. It was funny and entertaining. Something I love about Tiffany Odekirk’s books is that she doesn’t just create nice characters who face some problems; they have flaws. They aren’t perfect people, but they are good people who are trying. I think it makes them more relatable, and as a reader I’m more invested. I want to see them them succeed, and fall in love along the way. Just like Tiffany Odekirk’s other books “Love Sidelined” is a great story that pulls you in and has you cheering all the way through it! Can’t wait for Tiffany Odekirk’s next book!
This was such a fun read! One thing I didn’t realize was that there was a playlist at the back to listen to at certain parts of the book , I wished I’d known that! I love soundtracks I guess I will have to read it again! I loved how the the characters developed their love and how through the trials they never forgot how they felt! I recommend this book to moms and daughters! I beautiful touching story!
This was an excellent addition to Odekirk‘s other books, and while it makes me want to re-read her other stories, this can be read as a stand-alone novel. It’s just nice knowing a bit about some of the supporting characters.
I started this late afternoon and read until I was finished (around 2 AM). So it’s a page turner with characters I enjoyed and was rooting for.
It deals with some hard issues (dealing with the mental repercussions of sexual assault, addictions, lack of self esteem, etc.). It seemed tastefully done and held my attention.
This is one I’d re-read and recommend. I’m happy to add it to my Tiffany Oderkirk collection.
*I received a review copy through NetGalley.
Allie Hollis is starting her junior year as a cheerleader at UCLA. With less than a year left in waiting for her longtime friend while he serves a mission, Allie has her life planned out. Transfer to BYU, date and then marry Elder Lincoln Adams and live Happy Ever After in Saftey. Too bad she didn't plan on Jason Jennings entering her life.
Jason Jennings is the star of the UCLA football team. Having put his college career on hold, Jason straightened out his life in order to serve a full-time mission. Now he is back and struggling to turn his bad-boy reputation around and show everyone, including himself that he is a different person.
Watching Allie and Jason face their struggles while learning to love each other is a journey I want to take again and again. "Love Sidelined" is so much more than your stereotypical sports romance. Author, Tiffany Oderkirk expertly handles sensitive topics such as abuse and underage drinking while telling a sweet love story that shows the power of the atonement and the hope the Gospel of Jesus Christ brings to each of us who are struggling.