Friday, August 29, 2014

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter #3) by Vi Keeland: Blog Tour Review & Giveaway


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.

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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 USA Today Best Selling smut author by night!

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Review by Michelle:

After reading Worth the Chance by Vi Keeland I was intrigued by the smooth, charismatic, charmer that is Vinny's doppleganger and brother, Jax, and couldn't wait to learn more about him. I was a bit worried at first going into Worth Forgiving as to how Jax would fit in with the previous stories seeing as he was pretty isolated from Vinny and Nico, we didn't have a whole lot of background on him, and most importantly, he was more of a businessman and a not so much a serious aspiring fighter. I should have known better as each Vi Keeland story I read just seems to get better and better. Worth Forgiving is a smart and funny, sinfully sexy, action packed love story and my favorite of the series.

Despite the entire series being centered around confident, dominant, alpha male fighters each man is so different from their predecessors with his own preferences, proclivities, and enamoring qualities yet they are equally as desirable as the last just in very different ways. Jax is the cultured son of a senator, a millionaire businessman, and a grade A hottie with a deliciously dirty mouth who has finally embraced his love of fighting and decides to live his life for himself, not to please others. He is extremely smart, wonderfully quick witted, with a childlike zest for life. This fun, sweet and considerate gentleman coupled with the dirty talking bad boy fighter makes for one smoking total package that encompasses pretty much anything you could want in a male lead.

I really enjoyed the dynamic between Jax and Lily, their connection, and their playfulness. They are both successful business owners who can carry on an intelligent conversation one minute and really bring the heat the next making this story immensely interesting and pretty hard to put down. While the clever dialogue between the two, their playful teasing, and adorable and amusing food sharing habits makes Worth Forgiving much more fun than I remember having when reading the first two books.

For much of the story there was a whole lot less of the characters from the previous books than I usually like to see in a series of interconnected standalones as Jax has no relationship with Nico or the man he has just recently found out is his brother, Vinny, and is pretty far removed from them by way of his career and location. But, the way in which Vinny and Nico are finally drawn in to Jax's story I found to be very smart and the forced interaction and outcome of the contact was executed perfectly.

One thing I really love about this series in general and is especially true of this book as well is the realistic fight scenes. When I read about an MMA fighter I want to be drawn into the action and feel like I am really experiencing a large part of the main character's life not reading a fantastical, melodramatic reenactment in which the good guys always triumph no matter what the odds. The heroes in this series are not superheroes who never take a punch as I think we have all experienced in other fight depictions a time or two. These boys take some serious blows, sometimes cut things a little close, and may still remain victorious in the end but they are far from indestructible.

Worth Forgiving is the perfect combination of sexy and fun. The epilogue is the ideal ending to Jax and Lily's story. A fantastic conclusion to a series I am sad to see come to an end.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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