Jesse Chance is a bastard.
And that’s all he heard his entire life growing up once news got out that he was the illegitimate child of womanizing ex-con, Henry Chance.
Stuck in Glory, Texas, a town too small to escape the sins of his parents, Jesse turned into exactly what everyone expected him to be: a lover of liquor and women, and so good with his fists, he became a teenage champion of the secret underground fighting rings that float around the South, while doubting the only people who ever believed he could be more, his ailing mother, and his girlfriend, Drew Hallisay.
But determined to make his mother’s dying wish come true, he enrolled in a college on the East Coast, far away from his past. Jesse Chance is reborn into a new life, and set on keeping Glory, Texas–and Henry Chance–in his rear view. Until a visit from his father in the middle of the night changes everything.
Forced to return to Glory to prevent a tragedy, Jesse is soon back on the fighting circuit with Drew’s help and facing the history he was so desperate to escape, the part of him he would prefer to hide.
As he slips back into his old ways–Henry Chance’s ways–he finds himself torn between the guy he was and the one he’s been struggling to become. And in a world dead set on betting against you, can you ever really overcome your past… or your destiny?
First, the most important thing… this cover… WOW! Ok, so maybe it’s not the most important thing, but it’s pretty hot and definitely worth mentioning.
This was an intense and heart stopping read full of suspense and action! This book centers around underground fighting in the US and Mexico. The fights in this book are vicious and little detail is spared. It’s scary, brutal, and exciting all at once and will have you turning page after page to keep up and find out what is going to happen next.
The story is told in the male POV of Jesse Chance. I enjoyed getting the male POV in this type of book. Too often in books about fighting you get the female perspective and the fighting is just something mentioned in passing. With the male POV, the book is more focused on the fighting and the romance is secondary. Jesse was such a strong character mentally and physically. He was dealt a bad hand before he was even born, but did his best to become a better person than he saw himself as. Things are finally coming together for him and he’s on the verge of graduating with a degree in Architecture and starting a life with his girlfriend Lydia when his dead beat father shows up and request his help in the name of saving the little brother that he has never known. They say old habits die hard and that couldn’t be more true for Jesse, one of those being his former girlfriend Drew Hallisay. As he struggles between his new life and a past that never left him he must make difficult decisions for his future.
Overall, this was a good, fast-paced, read full of suspense and surprising twist.
About the Author A.J. Sand grew up an only child whose parents bought her many, many books to keep her busy, so it was only natural that she would start writing her own stories. She is the author of “Documentary,” “Remake” and “Recklessly.” She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
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