Sigh. Where do I start? Let me go with Jax because I loved him. I mean, what's not to love about a sexy MMA fighter who can talk a little dirty when needed? Add in the fact that he also looks damn fine in a designer suit and just...yeah. He's got just the right amount of alpha going on, not too over the top, and he knows just how to use it. Despite his father being the lowest of scum, Jax in the complete opposite. He is sweet yet determined to move things with Lily out of the friend zone.
And then there is Lily. Normally, I don't read reviews of a book before I start the ARC, but I caught a quick glimpse of a few for this. One thing I notice was that not many readers were fond of Lily. Sadly, I have to agree with them. I like a strong female lead who also carries some vulnerability, but there was absolutely nothing strong about Lily. She lets Caden bully her and is incapable of cutting him out of her life for good. I wanted to scream at her to grow a pair and stand up for herself. At the same time, I couldn't hate her for that. I understand how an emotionally abusive and manipulative man can damage a woman's self worth and confidence and because of that I could also be sympathetic to her situation. So yes, she was definitely one of the most frustrating female leads that I have read in a while. However, I did not let that get in the way of enjoying Jax and the story.
|"Oh, I'm going to kiss you, Angel. Every part of you. From the tips of your toes to the top of your head. I'm going to bury my mouth so deep inside of you that you're going to beg for me to stop kissing you."|
|"Ride me baby. Ride my mouth."|
**I received an ARC in exchange for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Excerpt: Meet Jax and Lily
|Dinner and a dirty mouth|
My face pinks when the waiter clears his throat, no doubt he’d heard Jax’s last comment.
“Are you ready to hear the specials?”
“Are we?” Jax arches an eyebrow, his eyes gleaming with delight. He’s not the slight bit embarrassed, but knows I am and is quite enjoying himself.
“Yes. Please.” I give him the evil eye and force my full attention back to the waiter. The entire time the waiter talks about the specials I feel Jax’s eyes burning into me.
“I’ll give you a moment to let you decide.” Graciously, the waiter excuses himself.
“Why did you do that?” I scold, my voice low.
“Do what?” He leans back in his seat, crossing his arms over his thick chest.
“You know exactly what I’m talking about.”
“You enjoy watching me flustered, don’t you?”
Jax arches both eyebrows. Bad choice of words.
“You know what I mean.”
Leaning in, his voice gritty and sexy, he looks me straight in the eyes when he speaks. “I love watching you. Period. But what I like best is watching you pretend you’re unaffected. It’s like an unspoken challenge.” He pauses and leans in even closer. “I love the pink that creeps up your cheeks when I say something dirty. The way your pussy throbs when I mention what I’m going to do to you later, and you wiggle in your seat trying to control it. So yeah, I guess I do like watching you flustered. You sit and give your attention to the waiter, trying to pretend you’re listening to whatever he’s saying instead of thinking of me feeding you my cock later, but we both know you didn’t hear one word he said. Hell I didn’t hear one word watching you, just knowing what you were thinking about.”
This time, I see the waiter before he’s close enough to hear us. He smiles as he reaches our table. “So what can I get for you this evening? Did I interest you in one of our specials?”
I look at the waiter, then Jax, who arches an eyebrow with a knowing smirk on his face, then back to the waiter. “The specials all sounded delicious. I just can’t decide for myself. I’m going to defer to my date to pick one for me.” I return my eyes to Jax with a cheeky grin.
He throws his head back with a chuckle and looks at the poor confused waiter. “We’ll take whatever two are your favorites. Surprise us.”
Title: Worth Forgiving
Author: Vi Keeland
Series: MMA Fighter #3
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
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.
Worth the Fight
Worth the Chance
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!