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Hello sassy people! Today’s post is about Huddled by Lizzi Stone! Thank you, Lizzi Stone and RMWB for providing this copy in exchange for an honest review!

This was a delicious read and honestly surprising in how amazing it was! I believe I have one more author to add to my favorites list.

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Huddled: A Football RomCom 

(A Chesapeake Commanders Novel Book 4)

by Lizzi Stone

Every relationship is built on trust…but when it’s built on lies, will it crumble before it ever truly begins?
Football has been everywhere I looked, basically since I was born. Which makes sense, considering that my dad owns one of the best teams in the country, and he would love nothing more than to see me take over the team someday. And I would love to be able to help him with that, but I’m an influencer, best known as Rubie, and I would much rather spend my time focusing on fashion and the social media that I’m actually passionate about. The less I have to hear about football, the better.
I’m Ollie, and the opposite is true for me. Football in my life, but when I meet Rubie at a department store and she wants to talk about anything but football, I’m more than happy to oblige. Sparks fly and our relationship starts off with a bang, literally, but I expect it to be a one-night stand and to never see Rubie again. Instead, she is the daughter of the man that I work for, and I can’t believe I screwed up this bad.
Can we figure out our differences, or is football just the first on a long list of things that we don’t agree on?


Genre: Romance, ARC

Publisher: Dragon Realm Press

Year: 2022

Nº of pages: 188

Is it on KU?: Yes!!!!!

Subgenres: Contemporary Romance, RomCom, Sports Romance

Tropes: Football Romance

Smut factor: 🔥 🔥 🔥 3/5 (sex on the page)

Spice scale: 1/5 🌶️

POP (Put Out Percentage): 22%

TRIGGER WARNINGS (Based on StoryGraphs): This book is not added to Story Graphs


Main characters: Ollie and Rubie

Main conflict: Lies, both are hiding their real identity

Hero: Shy

Heroine: The Mystic

Pacing: Fast

Mood: Cute

Plot or character-driven: Character Driven

P.O.V.: Double P.O.V.

Character development: Good

Diverse Cast: Nope

Read in: 2022


My Rate: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 

The writing in this book was good, I liked the character development of Rubie (even though I would have liked a bit more development on Ollie and his story), the beginning was very entertaining, and despite some cringy humor attempts, it was very enjoyable.

The conflict resolution was a bit too fast for me and a bit dramatic also. And the whole pranking and fighting with Pinky just sounded childish for a bunch of grown adults and professional players (especially over confetti). The talk between the 4 main guys was not really believable to me (or at least I refuse to believe that that is how 4 grown men talk)


Equality rate: ⭐⭐⭐ 3/5 

This was really neutral, equality wise, just losing some points over really bad communication between the couple, and because this book presented the perfect opportunity for a “Girls in Sports” plot, but it got an “I’m a girl who doesn’t care about football” which just feeds the stereotype.


Adjectives and general thoughts: The premise was very cool, and the execution itself had some small issues, but this was the best I’ve read by Lizzi so far.


Well, that is all for today, I hope you like this post, hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. Feel free to leave your opinion about it in the comments and I will see you next time! 

Bye sassy people! 


  • I know that some comments I make about decent guys on my posts are the bare minimum a guy should do, so no, they don’t deserve to be treated like gods for doing the minimum, but at the same time, I’ve read a lot of sexist books and I appreciate authors who make characters that can serve as role models and examples of how a decent guy acts and what a loving and respectful relationship looks like. I believe we should always encourage these authors and bring attention to the ones that still write sexist characters and stories. 
  • I make a lot of comments about sexism and healthy role models in books, but a lot of times these characteristics don’t make the book a bad book and definitely don’t make the author a bad author. Please never shame these authors and these books for these comments, I simply feel that we need to have awareness of the less than ideal situations some books bring us, and not use the romanticized problem as examples of what a relationship should be. Most of these authors are still amazing, and the content they write doesn’t reflect directly with their personal views and opinions. Always make sure to respect and be kind to everyone, even while criticizing their content. 

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