Review: The Assist by Rebecca Jenshak (Smart Jocks #1)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Give Me Books Promotions.

The Assist is my first read from Rebecca Jenshak and it's the book that kicks off her Smart Jocks series. Set in a fictional college called Valley University, this first in a series introduces readers to Blair Olson, college senior and sorority girl, and Wes Reynolds, captain of the basketball team and definitely NOT a dumb jock. Getting an F on her first test was not how Blair wanted to make her mark in her statistics class. The failing grade was also going to wreak havoc on her GPA since no matter how hard she tries, she simply can't seem to understand the concepts taught in class. When she notices Wes's stellar grades even though she's caught him snoozing away in the middle of lectures, she assumes he's got a tutor hidden away somewhere. Well, you know what they say about people who assume, and Blair does it more than once. Maybe it was wrong of her to peg Wes as nothing more than a dumb jock, but she desperately needs his help if she has any hope of passing the class. They're flirty and friendly and Wes turns out to be the perfect tutor and boyfriend, but she's about to teach him a thing or two when it's his turn to need help, even if he doesn't want to ask or accept it from anyone, especially from the girl he's falling for.

I quite liked this college romance! It had a nice blend of humor and angst and I was thrilled that the author didn't skimp on the sports aspect as quite a few other so-called "sports romances" that I've read this year alone are wont to do. Rebecca Jenshak could have taken the easy way out, following the usual path other authors have taken when it comes to this particular trope, but I love that she took the proverbial road less traveled and made this her own. It's not a secret that I love having an element of angst in my reads--although I don't consider absolutely necessary in ALL the books I read--and the angst here definitely caught me by surprise, especially given how a lot of the book was very lighthearted before the event that led to the heavier feel of the story. I adored both Blair and Wes and appreciated that they weren't all that cookie cutter, what with Wes being the jock who had a functioning brain AND knew how to use it and Blair being the sorority sister who knew her way around a basketball court. This book was a great start to this series, and I'm looking forward to seeing what story Jenshak is getting ready to tell in book two. I've got my fingers crossed that Vanessa and Mario get a prequel-type of story. The Assist gets 4.5 stars. ♥

Release Date: 05 November 2018

Date Read: 01 November 2018

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