Sidelined by Suzanne Baltsar


From the author of the whip smart and charming Trouble Brewing comes a fast-paced story about a female football coach that will have you laughing out loud and cheering for the home team as you wait for the final whistle of the game. When Connor McGuire loses out on his dream job of being the head coach of the local high school football team, he thinks life can’t get any worse. Then he discovers just who got the coveted position—it was a hando...

Details Sidelined

Release DateAug 27th, 2019
PublisherGallery Books
GenreRomance, Contemporary, Sports and Games, Sports, Adult

Reviews Sidelined

  • Stacee
    I had heard some great things about this book and I love that cover, so I was pretty eager to get into it. I really liked Charlie. She’s smart and knows that she’s good and doesn’t try to diminish that. Connor was okay. He’s pretty stand-off-ish and spent the majority of the book that way. I was in complete agreement with Charlie about his whiplash. The only way we knew he had feelings was because his inner monologue said so. I did enjoy ...
  • Amy
    3.5/5I love an enemies to lovers storyline and even though I’m not a football fan whatsoever, the premise of this just sounded too cute to pass up. Initially, I wasn’t too sure about this one because it seemed pretty in your face with its message of female empowerment. That sounds awful, don’t get me wrong, I love a strong female character more than just about anything, but it was kind of in your face right from the start. Thankfully things...
  • Cristina | CristiinaReads
    Kind of nervous yet excited because this baby is a sports romance and a new author to me... ARC galley kindly provided by Gallery Books in exchange for an honest review coming closer to release date...Follow Me On:Blog ❁ Instagram ❁ Facebook ❁ Twitter
  • Jamie
    Enemies to lovers? Sports romance? Big burly man who plays dad to a younger sibling with a secret heart of gold? SIGN ME UP.When Charlie Gibbs takes the role of head coach on a high school football, she (yes, she) knows there are going to be challenges from the rest of the coaching staff - especially the man who was passed over in place of Charlie, Connor. While trying to work together to coach the team, Charlie and Connor are at each others thro...
  • Dísir
    Hacking it in a man’s world of competitive sports is tough, but as the head coach of a high-school football team with disgruntled men with the boys’ club mentality, Charlie Gibb starts off with everything against her. I commiserated immediately. ‘Sidelined’ was a book I wanted to read because I needed to see a woman succeed in a position that typically garners misogynistic comments, barely-veiled sexual barbs and plain old discrimination ...
  • Kim
    Find this review and more at kimberlyfaye reads. I found Sidelined intriguing since I first read the blurb. A female head football coach in an antagonistic enemies to lovers romance with the man she beat out for the job? Come on, that has my name written all over it. It gave me a nice mix of football, feminism and feels.Sidelined was a quiet romance. It wasn’t exactly a slow burn, but things between Charlie and Connor built slowly. There wasn...
  • Lexxie (un)Conventional Bookworms
    *I received a free copy of Sidelines from Gallery Books via Edelweiss. This has in no way influenced my review which is honest and unbiased.*3.5 starsSidelined was a solid romance, with a strong heroine, and a hero was both an antagonist and a protagonist at the same time.I enjoyed that the gender roles were different in the story, because having a high school football coach who's a woman isn't all that common. And Charlie had to struggle and fig...
  • Dianne
    I picked this book because I love books about strong, independent women -unfortunately, the synopsis didn't make it clear to me that this was going to be a typical romance, with a lot of sex thoughts, furtive glances and panting of breaths as well as the inevitable.I did love the idea of the book -the new high-school football coach is a woman who took away the job from a 'deserving' man. And al of the problems with other coaches students and pare...
  • Tia
    I love the idea of this book. A female football coach who is faced with a whole lot of men that feel like she isn’t capable of this job even though her qualifications outranks them all. Typical. It was great and highlights something that really isn’t talked about a lot. It’s so hard for women who want to make a career in sports or any job that’s stereotypically “male.” I loved when Charlie would say what was on her mind and stand up f...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    4.5 starsWhat an enjoyable story Sidelined was. Suzanne Beltsar wrote a smart and sassy story that was funny in places, serious in others but a very pleasant surprise from a new-to-me author. Charlie had to have a chip on her shoulder being a woman in a man’s world. She’s made a name for herself in spite of who her father is. But, she is seriously afraid that hiring her was a publicity stunt. No one is behind her except for the athletic direc...
  • Ashley *Booksbrewsandbarks*
    3.5 rounding up to 4 stars. A follow up to the first novel in the series, Trouble Brewing, Sidelined follows a different friendship/romantic relationship this time around. This novel focuses on the new head coach for a High School football team, the first female coach they have had. Obviously, this book focuses a lot on female empowerment and equality in what would typically be considered a male dominated occupation. This head coach inevitably fa...
  • Amy (TheSouthernGirlReads)
    There are times when I feel like the timing is perfect for particular books...this was the case for Sidelined..Fall is approaching. Of course down here it’s a little further out...but nonetheless it’s heading this way. For me, Fall is football. Enter Sidelined. I really enjoyed Charlie and the fun spin of a female football coach. Watching the characters grow was a lovely experience. Let’s talk about the cast of characters. Charlie was my fa...
  • Jenea
    Charlie Gibbs has landed a dream job. The head coach of a high schools football team. She can show how amazing she is at her job. But she isn’t met with open arms by the other coaches, especially Conner McGuire. He thought he was going to get the position. Let me tell you, these two do like each other from the start, but there is some chemistry between them even though neither one want to admit, so they are set either going to stay at each othe...
  • Steffi Lyle
    Connor was in line to become the head football coach, when his dream job is handed to a GIRL. The chemistry and rivalry between Connor and Charlie is unreal from the very beginning, and Baltsar creates characters so 3-dimensional it feels like I know them. When what feels inevitable plays out, it doesn’t feel contrived because of the depth she has given to her characters and their stories. My only complaint was that I wanted to get to know the ...
  • Yo
    I absolutely loved this book. It is full of incredibly strong, kind successful women who love and support each other. The male characters are just as engaging. I appreciated the straightforward, no nonsense dialogue, and realistic situations. Charlie is not the kind of woman to cajole or wheedle to get her way, and I loved her frank approach to her job and her life. I also loved her southern background meets Midwestern nice. That made for some fu...
  • Nicola Short
    I really enjoyed the premise of this story. It was very unique and kept me engaged throughout the story. Charlie is a female football coach doing all she can to prove she can do this considered “mans job.” And, she is not afraid to put others in their place when needed! The relationship between Charlie and Connor.....full of sparks and so much fun to watch develop from hating each other to loving each other.The supporting characters were very...
  • Becky Burciaga
    Even after not having read the first book in this series, I still enjoyed Connor and Charlie’s story and never felt lost about any of the players, or their individual and collective roles...the backstory was minimal but sufficient. This was not a story just about gender inequality, it also contained an underlying message about a women’s struggles in what is considered a man’s world, the sports backdrop made the story that much more emotion ...
  • Ashli
    I wish I could properly express how much I loved this book. It had great friendships and a wonderful romance. However, that is not the only thing that I extremely enjoyed about this book. This book expertly handled how a woman navigates roles and jobs than society has deemed only for men. It felt very realistic and the issues that came up were handled so well. I honestly don't know how this could be better. My favorite line from this book was "Me...
  • Hannah Grace || BookNerdNative
    Firstly, thank you so much to Gallery Books and Netgalley for providing my review copy in exchange for review. This book follows a female football coach as she heads into a new job that is dominated by the male gender. I was hoping for love story that also tackled some great topics on gender and discrimination against women in a tactful way. Instead, I was met with a story filled with tropes, an enemies to lovers romance with the chemistry of oil...
  • E-Reader Addict
    4.5 Stars! I’m generally not a fan of the enemies-to-lovers trope, but Sidelined was great fun to read! Probably because it stuck to an actual plot with real-life issues, instead of being all filled with “I hate his guts but he’s so hawt” and “I hate her guts but I want her in my bed” baloney…Charlotte Gibb is excited to become the first female high school football coach in the state of Minnesota. Having spent her whole life dealing...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    This book grabbed hold of me and never let go. From the very first page, I was fully invested in Charlie's "new beginning". Charlie's whole life had been built around football, and after realizing she would never be able to break that glass ceiling at the college level, she pursued, and was hired, for a head coaching position at a Minnesota high school. As expected, she was met with scorn and resistance. Some of her resistance came in the form of...
  • Veronica
    I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.If you’re looking for a story with a straight talking, no nonsense, strong heroine, Sidelined is the book for you. One chapter in and I was wanting to wave my fists and shout “girl power!”.Charlie moves to Minnesota to take the job at head coach of a high school football team. The first woman in the State to be appointed head coach. However, she is appointed ahead of Co...
  • Sarah
    I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads. This is a sharp, funny and well observed story about Charlie, a high school football coach and Connor, the assistant coach who resents her for taking the job he’s always wanted. Charlie has skills and experience but she’s working against an old boys’ club that doesn’t want her to succeed. Sparks fly between Connor and Charlie from the start but Connor has to figure out w...
  • Shelby
    *I received a free copy to read & review for Wicked Reads*Sidelined is a great stand alone book with a strong female character, Charlie, who is taking on the male dominated world of Football!Charlie is no stranger to Football, she was practically raised on a field. She's the daughter of a prominent Ivy League college coach, but is ready to lead a team by herself! She no stranger to oppression or condescension, and luckily she has some broad shoul...
  • Becky Rendon
    Woman football coach who kicks but...sign me up! Not just for the girl power aspect, I love an underdog. Charlie with all her accomplishments and skill is still an underdog just because she's a she. In the world of football, woman are less than. Sidelined is a feel good story about a woman who fights for more despite her insecurities. She's a roll model, sailors tongue and all. Sidelined pulls you. At first you don't notice, it's almost like a si...
  • Bradeigh Godfrey
    When I read the synopsis for Sidelined, I knew I needed it: a female football coach takes the head coach position at a Minnesota high school, and sparks fly between her and her offensive coordinator.I am admittedly not much of a football fan but I love any book with strong female characters who push boundaries in male-dominated careers. Charlie (Charlotte) is a perfect mix of sweet and tough, and Connor is a quiet, closed-off teddy bear. This is ...
  • Jess
    I read this e-arc thanks to netgalley and the publisher in an exchanged for an honest review.Sidelined is about Charlie, the first female football coach in Minnesota and Connor, one of guys who lost the head coaching position to her. This was your typical enemies to lovers books. I loved the connection between these two and the funny banter. However, I felt that Connor could be a little clueless at time. Also, as a born and raised a Minnesotan I ...
  • Nerdy Housewifey
    Well no I have to go read Trouble Brewing so I can get Pipers story. Because the side characters were super cute in this. This is a Romcom about Charlie a female football coach, and Connor the Offensive Coordinator. While I did enjoy the story and the characters I’m pretty ticked off about the way Connor handled something towards the end. I knew the twist was coming as it was built up from pretty much the beginning, but Connor just handled it l...
  • Molly Christy
    Now, for the book. It was right up my alley. Charlie Gibb is the first female head coach at a high school. She was not greeted with much enthusiasm from the other coaches on her team. Shocker! One coach in particular, her offensive coordinator Connor, really was not a fan. But y’all. I loved this book. It was a enemies to lovers and I am here for that. I loved their banter back and forth. I couldn’t put this one down. To be honest though, my ...
  • Beth Hurley
    I absolutely loved this book when I started reading I couldn't put it down. I'd never read this author before but the blurb had me wanting to read it. It was different than any other book I'd ever read. Sports romances are my favorite books to read and this one has just become a favorite book of mine. The banter between Connor and Charlie was so good. It had me laughing and wanting more. This book is definitely a must read book. You'll be hooked ...