Thursday, September 4, 2014

Blog Tour stop: Review + GIVEAWAY! "Worth Forgiving" by Vi Keeland

Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: A New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance novel
Series: MMA Series, Book 3
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.

5 Stars

Phenomenal! Hot! Addicting! Worth Forgiving is definitely a “you-have-to-read” book! 
I could NOT put it down to safe my own life. Seriously. I don’t have a single complaint about this book. The plot kept me intrigued and the characters were funny (laugh-out-loud kind of funny), sexy, down to earth, and real. EVERYTHING about W.F. simply AMAZING. Vi Keeland’s writing style always captures me from the very first word and doesn’t let go until the very last one. She had me seriously hooked. I will read ANYTHING this author writes (even if it’s just a grocery list). I am in awe with her incredible talent and I will never tire of recommending her books to readers.

While this is the third book in the MMA series, each one is technically a standalone novel. Yes, we got cameos from the previous characters, but really, if anything, I would suggest reading book 2 before this one. Some of the drama explained in that book creates the back story to this one. Plus, Jax’s relationship with Vince (male lead character in book 2: Worth the Chance) was highlighted in Worth Forgiving towards the end.

“There’s only two choices with a man. Forgive him or forget him. If you can’t do the latter, then you need to forgive him because he’s already stolen your heart.”

Jax was HOT. That’s all there’s to it. Incredibly hot, sexy, and humble despite being filthy rich and having a well-known politician for a father. He was beyond done with all the crap his dad had put him and his family through, so he left D.C. for New York. He believed that he could get lost among a busy crowd. He thought reporters would stop following him….that his dad’s drama would not taint him anymore. Jax always loved fighting, but that was not something his father ever approved of, and so he never pursued it. Until now.

Lily was The Saint’s daughter and she made it her goal to make sure her dad’s gyms stayed true to his wishes despite his passing. And so, she worked extremely hard at a place where women weren’t necessarily seen in – the gym. She ran it. She was the boss.  However, with working at such a “manly” place, came a few strings. Lily could not avoid her ex, Caden. He had worked his way into her life and he simply did not make it easy on her. She dumped him and yet he would not let it go. He acted as if she belonged to him.

Gently, he pushes the hair that has fallen on my face back behind my ear. “I want to be here to catch you if you fall from now on, Angel.”

Upon meeting, Jax and Lily connected. Their banter was funny yet sexy. Their chemistry sizzled and despite Lily trying to avoid it, them becoming a couple was simple inevitable. They were HOT together. Talk about some steamy scenes! Yeah, Vi Keeland can definitely work the HOT factor in a book.  Trust me.

But really, what it all came down to was the fact that Jax treated Lily completely opposite to how Caden treated her. He respected her. He valued her and that was something Lily had noticed from day one. Problem? Or rather, problems? Jax had a secret. It didn’t help either that his dad was a douche or that Caden was a raging psycho!!! So see? There sure was DRAMA throughout the book. Some juicy, page-turning drama.

Towards the end, I was at the edge of my seat and I could not turn the pages fast enough. There was one scene in particular where I was practically reading with only one eye opened! So yes. It was one hell of a ride and I loved every minute! I HIGHLY recommend you buy and read this book. Truly wonderful. Amazing in every way. Vi Keeland knocked it out of the park with this series!  FIVE BRILLIANT STARS!

A man worth forgiving, because I could never forget.

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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.”
“Do I?”
“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.”

 (Each book a standalone)

Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter, #1)
Author: Vi Keeland
Genre: A New Adult | Adult Contemporary Romance novel
Series: MMA Series, Book 1
It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same. 

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.
***Author's note*** 
THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

MMA Series #2

Meet Liv Michaels

It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget. Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love. 

Meet Vince Stone 

Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway. Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training. When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead? 

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Vi Keeland

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 New York Times & USA Today Best Selling smut author by night! 

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