New York Times and USA Today best-selling Author, Vi Keeland, brings you the sexy story of Jax & Lily...
They say men like a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom. I never knew the sentiment was reciprocal. Until I met Jax Knight. A gentleman in public, a commanding, dirty talking rogue in the bedroom.
Daughter of legendary fighter "The Saint," Lily St. Claire knows firsthand how fighters can be. As the owner of a chain of MMA gyms, she's no stranger to aggressive, dominating, and possessive men. That's why she's always kept her distance. But the day Jax Knight walks through her door she's captivated by his charm. Stunningly handsome, well mannered, Ivy League educated, and confident, he shatters all the preconceived notions she'd come to think were true about men who trained to fight.
But falling for someone so soon after her breakup wasn't something she'd planned on. And definitely not something her ex plans to allow.
©2014 Vi Keeland (P)2014 Vi Keeland
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"Loyal Alpha male! Wonderful story! LOVE LOVE LOVE!"
Good romance MMA fighter books are hard to find. Vi Keeland is the best she gives you love, romance, action and strong loving loyal men! Worth forgiving has to be my favorite in the series. Jax is just my kinda guy! LOVE LOVE LOVE
Great story and narration. I can't wait to start the rest of the author's books.
Jax - because he's delicious
"5+ stars for excellent writing and performance!"
The characters are full, the story is developed. Sure there is steam, but you don't jump into it on page 1 without any connection with the character. I love that Jax is a gentleman--a handsome suit wearing man, yet a sexy dirty talker who knows what they both want in the bedroom.
The scene where he leaves and then runs back up to get her and says "oh f*&k it" and runs back up the stairs, I was smiling like an idiot and cheering him on. The sex scenes are so well written and performed too. And there is just the right amount of them.
Yes! I could have listened to it twice.
Some books that have sex in them can feel like bad porn...but because you are so invested in the characters when it happens here, it makes you feel it and love it. Top 5 sexy scene writer for me.
"JAX IS ALL AROUND PERFECTION!!"
OMG, the best part about this story is definitely Jackson Knight (aka Jax)!! OMG, the man was glorious perfection. He was charming, educated, successful in his individually-owned business, had good manners (the ever-conscientious gentleman), but he was also a potent fighter. You get the picture, Jax had heart-palpitating appeal. So, it's no wonder how Lily St. Claire reacted when she first caught sight of him. That was one of my favorite parts....when "boys meets girl," or more accurately when "boy catches sight and can't keep his eyes off of girl, then she notices and falls all over herself"--LOL.
From the beginning Jax and Lily hit it off and their moments together were filled with special tension, the kind that made you want to rip-your-clothes-off-tension. Although Jax made no qualms about his pursuit of this beautiful girl he'd fallen for, Lilly is hesitant. Her reasoning was quite sound, as well. Lily is the co-owner of a growing franchise of specialized gyms and Jax got intertwined in the business aspect of her life through his company Knight Investments. Since he became a part of her business-related life, she refused to get involved romantically with Jax after a bad experience with another MMA fighter named Caden. Caden, her ex-boyfriend continues to make her life difficult since he still works for her and is stalker-like and super controlling.
Yet, some things are simply inevitable, as with Jax and Lily. These two are inseparable and their easy-going banter and friendliness turns into something more delicious, steamy and serious. I loved Jax and Lily together, they were cute, fun, romantic and hot! But, this story began to lose stars at the conflict part, and that's when the "stupid" came out of the heroine. I HATED how she dealt with the conflict within the relationship, as instigated by a person she should have known better than to trust. Anyhow, during that "stupid phase," I forwarded most of that part until we got to the good part; the reconciliation. Aside from Lily's stupid phase, this book was really good, and it was all because Jax was irresistible! The epilogue helped me forgive Lily a little bit. Oh, and I loved the part where Jax and his brother form a lasting, unbreakable bond. I suppose that was the only good that came out of the conflict in the book.
Overall a good read/listen. The narrator performed well.
Love the pace of the book..kept my attention..Great story line.
None that I've read lately..Lily was a strong character, not a damsel in distress, very refreshing.
I like her delivery.
The epilogue..I liked that Jax & Vince really connected. That Jax could find one thing his father gave him that he loved was so poignant...oh & the pocket watch..I thought that maybe Lily would give to lil Jax on the first day on school. But Jax doing it said a lot about the man & father he was.
Will buy the next in the series.
"cute and sexy"
it was hard to concentrate on the story because the narration was soooo bad. over-acting, poor timing, and bad impressions were a huge distraction.
"Enjoyable conclusion to the series :)"
This was a good story. I liked Jax very much..Lily I liked for the most part but she pulled some stupid crap at times. For me, Lily just missed being a TSTL heroine but not by much. The story wasn't perfect but it was enjoyable and I'm not sorry I read it.
Lily is the co-owner of a string of MMA/boxing gyms that she inherited after her father died. Lily's father was a fighter and instilled a love for the sport in Lily, who's determined to keep the gyms functioning as envisioned by her father. When Lily's father died, she didn't take it well and the business suffered. Lily ended up getting help from Caden (nephew of the other owner) during her hard time and he used it as a way to get her into a relationship. She realized later what a bad idea it had been and broke up with Caden but he doesn't seem to know how to take no for an answer.
Jax is the son of a Senator and half-brother to Vince (the hero in book #2). Jax grew up looking up to his father, thinking that he was the moral, upstanding man he portrayed for his constituents. Jax's father had always counselled Jax about what's "proper" and his "advice" had pushed Jax into a life he wasn't really happy with. When Jax's father's dirty secrets are let out and Jax finds out what a scumbag his father actually is, he does what he can to cut all ties with the man.
The other owner of the gyms is Joe Rally, Lily's father's best friend. He's looking to retire so they're looking for a silent partner to buy Joe's half of the business. Joe and Lily have been talking to Jax via email for months about the deal but they hadn't met in person until Jax shows up in New York. Jax was happy to go to New York for the business trip as he thought it would be a good way to escape the paparazzi that plagued him over his father's scandal in Washington. Jax wasn't expecting to fall for Lily pretty much as soon as he met her but he doesn't object when the feeling hit him and he's determined to get a chance with Lily.
Unfortunately, Lily is still trying to get Caden to stop badgering her to get back with him after she broke up with him 2 months before so attempting a new relationship doesn't seem like a good idea to her. It doesn't help matters that Caden uses her guilt over his "helping" her run the business after her father died to keep Lily from being too tough while trying to push him out of her life (although she let him push way too far not matter how kind he was). Jax sees why Lily would be leary of a new relationship but he also sees that she wants him as much as he wants her and he's determined not to let Caden's bad behavior keep them from having a chance together. Obviously, they do end up together but there are some definite issues that cause some drama and angst for the couple. Thankfully, they're able to get past the issues and end the story starting a HEA together.
This was an enjoyable story. I liked Lily for the most part but I did have some major problems with her interactions with Caden. She was just so weak with him...not matter how "helpful" he had been in the past, no man should be allowed to get away with the crap he was pushing on her. And her believing Caden over Jax after what Caden did to her was just wrong. Jax was a great hero...I can't really think of anything he did wrong except maybe not fight as hard as he should have once Caden pulled his last gambit...but then Jax didn't have many options at that point so I can't even really blame him for that. The story was good...it wasn't perfect but I still enjoyed the story overall. :)
Enjoyed the story for the most part. Enjoyed the main couple. Thought the hero was extra sensitive to her feelings . I find the female a bit on the mealy side. Did not enjoy the narrator which my be the real reason for lackluster rewiew
"A bit irritating female role."
Overall good, but Lilly jumping to conclusions repeatedly got a little old. Makes her sound too whiny.
"sexy MMA romance"
I liked the story. Jax was totally panty melting HOT. Brains money body looks AND a dirty mouth....LAWD HAVE MERCY!!!
Lily was sweet. I liked her and could picture hanging out with her along with Reed. EVERY woman needs a Reed in their life.
Caden caden caden. I thought his character could have been made more menacing. I was a bit disappointed at the anticlimactic ending but seriously it didn't kill the story for me.
This story was written with both H/h in the 1st person. This book was narrated by one narrator. I felt this story would have had more impact in the audiobook if there was a male narrator. A guy narrator could have totally brought Jax's character to a new level for me. If there were two narrators I probably would have given the narration a 3.5 instead of a 2.5. I found it hard at first going between the characters with just the one voice.
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