This entire book is extremely childish. I didn't see much character development at all. It seemed all Olive wanted to do when life got hard was to hide or run. There are two authors of this book. That's two sets of eyes that should have read it and picked up on the errors and inconsistencies throughout. The boxing side of this book was crap. It was clearly written by people who have absolutely no interest in boxing, and did little to no research about the sport. FYI, professional fighters can and will get banned and fined for fighting outside of the ring. Apart from knowing that Olives parents died, we found out nothing about her. Not that we found out much more about Axel either, but at least it was something. The lack of information doesn't make readers fall in love with characters, nor does the lack of meaningful dialogue. It was extremely hard to read. I was ready to throw in the towel even before the flashbacks ended. I skimmed about 80% of the book. I just couldn't bring myself around to invest all of my energy into a book that was so poorly written.
This story is nothing but sloppy writing. An incompetent compilation of human emotion. So chock full of cheating it’s disgusting! Grammar and continuity issues galore.
I mean seriously, in their first sex scene the female lead was described as wearing a too small skirt and then when it came time to undress she was wearing jeans. This is a ridiculously basic mistake and it is just one of a load of them.
The whole first half of the book is about cheating by the male and female leads, by a side character, and just random sex or relationships with other people. I don’t consider this book a romance.
The second half of the book had unnecessary strife by the two leads due to misunderstandings that showed a lack of maturity by not just the written characters but by the author! As an example, one side character ends up with another side character that made no sense as to why or how that could or would happen, when one is described as an uber wonderful fantasy best friend and the other as a despicable blackmailer only out for money. Come on now, how would they work?!?!
On a lesser note, another reviewer stated that they believed this author knows nothing about the boxing industry and I have to agree. I am ignorant of sports in general but all of the boxing described here, either actual fights or the behind the scenes set ups made no sense at all. But whatever. Smh
I am returning this book for a refund and thanking god I didn't buy the other book I was interested in "The Baller's Secret Baby" by this same author. I never want to waste my time on this author again. This author has no understanding of people and shouldn't be writing romance books. Or books at all, considering the other issues I mentioned above.
This was a good second chance romance. I liked Axel .Olive annoyed me a little. Lark was adorable and Selena was a good friend. This book was good and I enjoyed it. The ending was perfect! 41/2 stars I voluntarily reviewed an arc copy of this book
Would have been ok BUT...... One moment shes in a dress then pants Then the daughter is like 4 but hes only been gone 3 years. And all the misunderstandings Omg it was driving me nuts. all in all it was a hot mess.
I did enjoy this second chance boxer romance, but I thought I would like it more. It had everything going for it. A hulking beast of an alpha male hero longing for his first love who he abandons for fame and fortune. The love of his life trying to move on and make a life for herself and her beautiful daughter.
It was the start and premise for a great romantic read. Somewhere along the line though, it got messy. First I was angry at Axel for leaving Olive. Then I readily forgave him because he did try to contact her again and again. So that made me irritated with Olive because she just cuts him off. I did feel more for Olive and Lark because really, Axel did some lamebrained things. And really? He had a long time girlfriend for 2 1/2 years and drunk dials Olive because he’s upset that his ex was fooling around? Ugh! Poor Olive.
So Axel did not show well. And the scumbag Barry gets away with blackmail, and doesn’t even get a slap on the wrist? So frustrating!
What did redeem things is that he NEVER gave up once he sees her again three years later. Kudos for the author for being able to save this story and have the reader care about Axel again.
I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy of this book.
Neighbors and friends Axel and Olive's journey together is a classic story retold by two great authors. I simply adore Normandie work, of which I have read almost all of her works. I have discovered within the pages of this book a new author J. Chase- a very intense writer.
This book starts out as young love and friendship yet it is so much more. One of the most sensual scenes, which takes place in an alley is captivating. Friendship turned love is not always an easy path. While there is angst and amazing sex scenes, everything blends into a great read.
I loved each of the characters including 2 supporting characters that play a pivotal role in the story ( would love their back story). As an avid reader. I really was impressed with the gripping scenes in the fight scenes- just awesome. It was as if I were right there in all the ring ceremonies.
I look forward to reading the other two collaborative works from these authors. Wish I could rare this a 10 just for a lark.