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.
Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.
Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?
This book is part of a series but can be read as a standalone. I did not read the other book prior to this one and I was still able to follow along nicely without any problems.
I really enjoyed this book. I thought it flowed nicely and it had the right amount of lovey-mushy and angst-y moments where I was swooning but wasn't sick of all the mushy shit. But I also wanted to smack the heroine a few times because she was just frustrating and she did things in the story that didn't make much sense. I can't really go into what she did without giving it away but at one point in the story she made a HUGE purchase just to turn around and pretty much abandon it... for some reason that really annoyed me.
I probably would have loved the book more if I hadn't figured out the plot twist from pretty much the beginning. BUT again, the book was really good and I enjoyed reading it even when I was frustrated with Ava. I found myself turning the pages to see what was going to happen and to see if she was going to pull her head out of her ass and see reason!! So I give the author credit for putting me on a roller coaster ride where I was not sure if I liked the MC or wanted to punch the MC in her face.
Declan, on the other hand, was swoon-worthy and I absolutely loved his hot, sexy self. He just did everything right and I was melting whenever he was near ;)... Plus he was a MMA fighter but this book wasn't based strictly on him being an emotional playboy with no common sense or self-preservation. The MMA was just something he enjoyed doing and he was good at doing it. It was his job and nothing like the fighters that I have read about in the past, which made me love the book a little more.
Overall, I give this book a 4/5 and I look forward to reading more from this author! Especially since she loves to read in the oddest of places...
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
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.