Jax is the son of a recently disgraced senior Senator. It turns out that the pillar of "family values" has been having affairs for years. The problem for Jax is that he bought into his father's image and now with this reality, feels disillusioned and alienated.
Lily is the part owner of a chain of MMA gyms started by her now deceased father. She is finding her own balance after going losing her equilibrium after her father's death. She also has an abusive ex-boyfriend who is intimately tied to the gyms. Jax comes in as a potential investor and the sparks start flying.
I didn't find the conflict between Jax and Lily overly dramatic or intense. There are a series of misunderstandings that leads to estrangement, but in the romance novel world these conflicts are more minor than most. However, what I did enjoy were the interactions between Jax and Lily. I enjoy the two sides to Jax. As Lily so aptly puts it: "I smile thinking how lucky I am to have Jackson, the Ivy League refined tycoon pulled out my chair and open my door. And Jax, the gritty, dirty talking fighter that commands my body." Their banter and play is fun and the way that the characters lose their inhibitions is flirty and erotic.
I did get a little frustrated with how Lily handled the whole Caden situation. I understand her guilt and her wanting to resolve the situation her way. Unfortunately for me, this undermines her strong character and I wanted a little more from Lily.
I especially liked how Ms. Keeland resolves a major conflict --- in the MMA ring. It is a great way to bring the story together with the original theme. Also, a thumbs up to the Epilogue - a very nice way to end the series.
IN A NUTSHELL:
This book can definitely stand on its own. It's a sweet love story within the MMA world.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
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