Welcome back to Binging the Backlist! This month I decided to read the Mavericks Tackle Love series by Max Monroe. This is a series I’ve patiently been waiting to start and I think Max Monroe knew yo gurl was wanting to read this series too because they put the series up on Kindle Unlimited for the month of June and I snatched those bad boys up so quick! I seriously couldn’t have chosen a better time to read these books and I truly feel like I saved the best for last when it comes to binge-reading Max Monroe’s series. Anyways, let’s get this review started!
I know some of you might be tired of me reviewing Max Monroe’s books but y’all, the Mavericks Tackle Love series is the series that sparked this whole binge-read in the first place since I had to read the previous two series to get a full back story of the team. It took two months to get here but I was finally going to see the Maverick boys find love and I couldn’t wait to see what shenanigans were in store for them.
The beginning of Wildcat was so cute. Catharine Wild and Quinn Bailey first meet on a plane as Quinn is flying home and Cat is the flight attendant for the plane. They end up meeting again on a train when bad weather forces them to figure out an alternative way to get to where they need to go and their interaction is awkwardly cute.
I know that when it comes to describing the features of a character of color, some people tend to use foods to describe certain features so we get a better visual of said character. But the description for Cat was a bit much: “Her skin was like a glass of hot chocolate, the mocha swirling smoothly over the surface. Its only imperfection was a tiny smattering of dots—brown freckles sprinkled like cinnamon across her nose…” Like are we describing a biracial character or someone’s drink order at Starbucks? I didn’t like it and if I had to read Cat being described as a mocha latte one more time, I would’ve thrown something.
Quinn is such a nice guy. I was expecting him to be super cocky but yo, this dude is so sweet! Like he literally purchases flights where he knows Cat will be working just so he can see her! He’s also so freakin’ great with his fans. Of all the sports romances I’ve read, I’ve never read one where a hero is this interactive with his fans and he’s so generous with them. You won’t be able to stop yourself from swooning over Quinn.
Quinn’s parent’s are complete trash human-beings. They are Southern conservatives, which is basically code for racist and homophobic assholes. Honestly, I wish Quinn had called his parents out for their disgusting behavior and had held them accountable for how they treated Cat.
The first book in the Mavericks Tackle Love series was pretty decent, but I wasn’t a fan of the way the conflict was resolved. Listen, if you’re gonna have racism be the conflict, maybe actually try calling out this behavior instead of just brushing things off. Like the media was really nasty towards Cat and her skin color and somebody needed they asses handed to them because Cat did not deserve this. Other than that, the romance was super cute and I liked Cat and Quinn together.
I have been waiting for Sean Phillips book ever since we first met him in Banking the Billionaire! I just had this feeling that Sean was gonna be my favorite Mavericks’ player and this cocky bastard definitely lived up to my expectations.
Six Malone is my favorite heroine in this series! She’s a vlogger who is currently filming a short series on the Mavericks team and she loves messing with the boys, especially Sean. She’s so sassy and straight forward, it’s always a good time when Six is around. She’s also a mess sometimes and she totally reminded me of myself.
Sean and Six have so much sexual tension, I was low key dying. I know Six was trying not to give in so easily to Sean’s bedroom eyes but home girl really had me standing on the sidelines yelling at her to just give in already! These two really knew how to bring the heat, that’s all I’m saying.
I have a total crush on Sean. Usually, the arrogant, loud, playboy hero is not my type but we got to see domesticated Sean and you guys, MY OVARIES! Sean is a low key sweetheart and I love how much he loves Six. He fell and he fell hard and it was cute watching him be all in love and shit.
Pick Six is probably my favorite book in this series. I might be a little bias though because I’m mostly happy that we got to see Cassie and Thatcher again and we all know those two are my ultimate OTP. Six and Sean were also like a mini Cassie and Thatcher which is why I think I like them so much. The ending of this book was so adorable, or in the words of Cassie Phillips, “so fluffing cute!”
This is so random, but I think Max Monroe might be obsessed with Rihanna. Like whenever a character was listening to music in a scene, it was always a song by Rihanna. I’m pretty sure they used all her best hits throughout this series.
Okay y’all, when I started reading this book and the heroine, Trixie, was introduced as a stripper, my excitement level went from “okay, I’m ready” to “OKAY A BITCH IS HERE, LET’S GET THIS SHIT STARTED!“. Stripper romances are my ultimate favorite types of romances. I don’t know what it is, but I’m such a sucker for seeing a stripper find love and just be all happy and shit. It’s my kink!
But wait, there’s a twist to the stripper romance. I’m not giving it away but the twist turned this story on its head and I did not know what to expect anymore when it came to Trick Play. This book has the most interesting, complex story line and it kept me on my toes the whole time I was reading.
Cam Mitchell is a babe! Also, who knew Cam was such a romantic because I sure as hell didn’t! He so freakin’ sweet to Trixie and he’s so domesticated with her. We love a caring hero y’all!
So if you’ve read stripper romances before then you know things tend to get messy and things got pretty messy in this book. I was so stressed because I thought my girl Trixie was gonna get hurt and I so was not gonna be here for that if shit went south.
Cam and Trixie’s ending was literally right out of a rom-com movie. So freakin’ cute and sweet and I was all teary-eyed! I think this was the only book that made me cry because this couple’s ending took a little more work and it was not as simple as the previous two books but the wait and all the stress was so worth it in the end.
I started hyperventilating when I was starting this book because I couldn’t believe that the end was here. After fourteen books, I was gonna be done with this world and these characters and I wasn’t ready to say goodbye just yet.
Gemma Holden is a mess. She dropped out of college and she’s currently trying to figure out what her passion is so she takes a bunch of temp jobs in order to make ends meet. At one of her temp jobs is where she meets our hero, Leo Landry, and she accidentally spills his pee all over herself when she’s taking his sample to test it for drugs. My face was burning because I was so embarrassed for her. I totally would’ve stayed under a rock after that incident, lol.
Alma is Leo’s Nonna and she is riot! I swear y’all, this woman is the best thing about this book. She kind of reminds me of Cassie Phillips, but like times 100. She’s so random and she has no filter whatsoever. Also, she sells sex toys and lingerie which I was not expecting at all. This eighty-year-old woman is thriving and living her best life and I was here for it!
I was really enjoying 4th & Girl and then things ended kind of abruptly. We have the conflict and then Leo and Gemma get back together in the last chapter and then everything is just quickly wrapped up in the epilogue. It just felt very rushed and I felt like there should’ve been at least one more chapter before we went straight to the epilogue.
I’m finally finished with my Max Monroe binge-read and it’s so bittersweet because while I love being able to cross all these books off my TBR, I’m gonna miss these characters and this world much. Shout out to Deanna for always being on my ass to read these books because I wouldn’t have met this amazing crew otherwise. Now I’m ready to start binge-reading series by other author and hopefully they bring me as much joy as Max Monroe’s books have brought me these past few months!
4TH & GIRL: ★★★½
Have you read the Mavericks Tackle Loves series yet? If not, are you planning on reading this series in the future? Let me know in the comments below!