Series/Stand Alone: Book 2, but can be read as a stand alone.
Cover Designer: Mae I Design
Rating: 3.5-4 stars (I’m back and forth with this one)
Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.
I start restocking the beer fridge when I get the feeling someone is watching me. I turn slowly to take in the people in the bar and check for anything suspicious. When my sight reached the back of the room, I found the set of eyes that made me stir. Declan. Deep blue-green eyes set just below dark furrowed brows. The piercing in his right brow shone under the low overhead lighting above his table and made me want to take it between my teeth. Our gazes connect and he doesn’t look away. The girl is still sitting on his lap and running her skanky hand up and down his thigh. She has no idea that he’s been staring at me for at least the last thirty seconds. Not being able to handle the stare contest any longer, I smile at him. He doesn’t smile back and it really doesn’t bother me. It probably should, but I have a feeling that it’s not a negative emotion that makes him continue to stare blankly.
This is a really sweet story and part of a series (spinoff) but can be read as a stand alone. I read this book as a stand alone and can attest that you can definitely read it and enjoy it without reading the first book.
This book captured my attention from the first page. I loved the concept and the relationship between Declan and Ava. Ava is a strong woman, but sometimes her stubbornness and jealousy make her blind and irrational. She has a secret that doesn’t allow her room in her life to date. Declan is an MMA fighter who has never dated and never wanted to settle down until he meets Ava. They instantly connect and are really quite adorable. I was a little thrown off by the insta-love feel to it at first, but it was corrected as the story progressed and the couple’s feelings became more justified.
As with any good story (in my opinion anyways), there is a lot of ups and downs and angst as these two face the many struggles that come into their life in the form of a GIANT TWIST. I’ll be vague so I don’t spoil anything for you. I really loved the twist, but I guessed from the first small hint that the story was going to go down this road, so it wasn’t a huge surprise when everything exploded. I think in general you will love the twist especially if you like drama and it hits you by surprise. I tend to be the type of reader that questions every tiny thing whether it be a cab driver or a broom lying in the middle of the floor.. if it’s mentioned… I want to know it’s purpose so a lot of times the surprise factor just doesn’t occur for me.. I don’t think it has anything to do with the author’s execution. Now back to the twist, although I enjoyed it and thought it was a good addition to the story, I did not enjoy the aftermath or the characters reactions to the twist and it left me with multiple questions and was the only real downfall of the book for me. For starters I think Ava completely over reacted to some parts of the twist, but completely under reacted to another aspect of the twist. The under reaction was not in sync with her personality and how she had reacted to lesser things earlier in the story. Either way, in my eyes the solution to this problem/twist could have been easily and logically resolved with a win for both characters, but it only partially was.
I’m a little mixed with how I want to rate this. Although, I felt there were some plot holes and I would have liked the characters to be a little more developed, and at times I wanted the story to slow down and not move so fast, I can’t deny that the story did grab my attention making it impossible for me to put down.
Overall, I enjoyed the author’s style and her ability to draw you into the story and will read more books in the series. I’m hoping the next book is about Macie and Greyden because there is definitely something going on with those two.
CJ has lived all over the state of California, Central, South, North and finally landing back somewhere in the middle. She married the boy she fell for when she was only eleven years old and together they have two beautiful heathens. CJ obviously loves to read and write. She can watch the Giant’s play baseball but hates football. She bakes when she’s sad, runs when she’s mad and dances when she’s happy (even if she cant find a rhythm to save her life) If you’re looking for her and can’t seem to find her, look on the staircase, it’s her favorite spot to read.
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