Some people get tattoos - pieces of art that enhance or reveal something about them that they like. Other people, like me, are branded by something - actions or words. "No one will ever love you, Rowan, you're not worthy." Those are the words that created my blemish, my scar, my mark upon my soul. They were words whispered by the woman who should have loved me most.
But in the darkest moment of my life, one where I stood abandoned and alone, one man proved to me that she was wrong. When I desperately needed someone, MMA fighter Jackson Stone crashed into my life. He wasn't the one who should have been there, but he was exactly the person I needed He believed that only fools live in the past. He showed me that a real relationship is full of dreams, faith, trust, and passion. He taught me that love is worth fighting for - even when it's unexpected and more of a collision of hearts and souls. He proved that the wrong man at the right moment can heal everything.
©2015 Jennifer Miller (P)2016 Audible, Inc.
I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again
Firstly, from the cover I thought this was going to be the typical dirty talking rough Alpha MMA Fighter.... but I was totally wrong because Jax is an absolute sweetie. Yes, he's the Owner of a Gym that trains MMA Fighters (himself included) but he doesn't have the vibe about him at all. In fact he first meets Rowan in the ER after she's been left alone by her scumbag of a boyfriend and is in labor and, as soon as Jax sees the beautiful heavily pregnant Rowan everything clicks, whirs and drops into place for him and he knows, right then and there, that he's going to move heaven and earth to be in this strong woman's life.
But of course Rowan is too busy screaming, panting and clutching at this stranger's hand to fully appreciate her handsome savior.... he's there, he's kind and he knows her Brother Tyler (who's doing a short time in Prison) and that's good enough for her. So softie Jax ends up in the delivery room too reassuring and trying to soothe Rowan... all while his hand is being crushed. The storyline then tries to capture the care and concern Jax has for both Rowan and her baby - but Rowan, who has had a terrible childhood, is haunted with vicious words once said and suffers P.P. depression too so rejects Jax's offer of friendship. But Rowan's unaware that for three months they've had her savior watching out for them both until it's time for patient Jax to slowly up his game, reintroduce himself and claim his family..... that is until the scumbag returns.
It's a sweet and touching story of instant attraction but the build-up is slower, there's a bit of angst, some sex, humor, plenty of character development and lots of interesting secondary MMA Fighters whose fun personalities and witty banter are all well described. Jax also hasn't had an easy childhood and his train wreck of a Father causes a few arguments and there's a dislikeable MMA groupie doing the rounds with anyone interested. Dual POV's and the narration was good.
Worth a credit? Yes, it certainly wasn't what I was expecting but it was still very enjoyable because all the main characters were so likeable.... especially the thoughtful, loving, possessive, supportive and generous Superhero Jax. As well as a nicely paced sweet love story I think this, book 1, lays the foundation to the whole Deadly Sins series and introduces you to all the MMA Fighters who are a close band of friends so you're already aware of their personalities when it's time for their, or one of the other charachter's, love stories.
These characters are grappling with love, and they know it from the get-go. The story is much more romantic than I expected, but with plenty of action from the MMA fights.
The narration did a good job of letting the reader connect with the mindset of these conflicted characters. You know how they're feeling, even when the book is not describing it. Also, the dual narration is nice. Angela Moore does an outstanding job with her character.
The narration was not right, in my opinion. Both voices sounded so sweet, I wanted something more sexy than cute.
The way the cover picture looks and name and styling of the book title suggests passion, competition, and edge, but aside from conflict in the beginning, which was written well, it's about two people who get along right away, enter a smooth relationship right away, and spend some time in a gym. Really not as exciting as I was anticipating.
Audible Addict!!! My Favorite books have change since joining Audible and my taste for erotic has enhanced! Follow me to the dark side. ;)
Book could have been a good book but it was so love, love, sick unreal love. Not to mention it took 75% of the book for the Nukie. It's one of those love stories that you know is one in five bazillions to happen that way. Best part of the book is the Narrators. I hate giving bad reviews but this was necessary
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