Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Review of Worth Forgiving by Vi Keeland


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

Leia's Review:

I’m torn here. I can’t decide how I really feel about this book. A part of me absolutely adored it. The other part of me wanted to throw my kindle against the wall. No lie. Now, regardless of how I feel, let it be known that Vi Keeland’s writing style and story-telling skills are amazing. I am always drawn to her stories, and this one was no different. 

Jax has come to NY to escape the publicized drama that is surrounding his family. When he decides to continue his training, he does so at Lily’s gym. Lily has taken on a lot in life. After losing her father, she became co-owner of a chain of MMA gyms. She has been trying to break free from a control dominated relationship, but her ex is making that harder than she thought it would be. Jax and Lily have a chemistry that is hard to ignore, but with so many factors weighing on any kind of relationship that they try to pursue – it makes you wonder if they will ever make it. 

Here’s the thing – I absolutely adore Jax. He is a contradiction in the best sense of the word. He’s classy yet he likes to get down and dirty. He’s a suit and tie kind of man who can hold his own in the ring. He’s a complete gentleman but a domineering lover. He will pull out your chair at dinner and tie your hands up at home…’s delicious. He was my saving grace in this book. Everything I uncovered about him kept me wanting more. Turning the pages to find out what else there was to know about him. 

The story line in this book was well written and flowed great. There was plenty of angst and lots of swoon worthy moments. There was a lot going on but it was well balanced. 

So, my problem with this book lies in one thing…..Lily. I wanted to smack her over and over again. There were points of the book where I was actually yelling “C’mon!” . Her ex, Camden was the epitome of everything I despise in a man. Abusive, controlling, stalkerish (I know that’s not really a word, but you know what I mean). He was a disgusting person. And Lily just….dealt with it. She made excuse after excuse for him, yet she was so unwilling to give Jax any sort of leeway. It really pissed me off. I have a hard time dealing with weak heroines. I don’t know why. It’s just something I have a low tolerance for. And Lily was just that type of girl. She irked me. 

I enjoyed this story, though it was my least favorite in the series – which is a shame considering how much I loved Jax. Overall, the book was a good book, and I would highly recommend this series – especially if you have a thing for uber hot MMA fighters. :-) 

3.5 - 4 Stars 

ARC generously provided by the author in exchange for my honest review

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