Jaxon has been that character that I’ve been dying to know more about since reading Catching Summer (my first LP Dover book). Never mind that he’s been the biggest asshat ever, which is a huge understatement, but he was the one that captured my interest and then seeing where he was at in Defending Hayden I was more than ready for his story and I wasn’t disappointed! I loved finding out what made him tick and watch as he changed his outlook on the way he was living his life.
Now, I have to make a little confession here. This book is ALL.About.Jaxson for me. Much of, if not all of my enjoyment of this book was because of Jaxson, everything else felt more like vehicles to help him grow as a person than anything else for me, so didn’t really factor to much into my rating. It really was All. About. Jaxson. But this isn’t to say I didn’t like any of it. Take Bristol. I actually liked her. I loved her honesty and how upfront she was with Jax about where she was at in regards to getting into a relationship and why she was hesitant. She was sweet, witty and had an inner strength that I loved.
If you’ve read any of the Second Chance books you’ll know that things tend to happen quickly when it comes to the MC’s relationship, and while it’s no different here in general, I did like how it wasn’t an insta-love situation. There was insta-attraction and insta-interest between Jax and Bristol, but they did get to know about it each other, at least in one sense, before jumping into the ‘I Love You’s’. The whole revenge thing wasn’t as intense as I thought it would be, but did add a good dose of drama and anticipation to the story about how Bristol would find out about it. There is also a little plot twist thrown into their relationship and I’m on the fence about how I really feel about it, I have to say I liked how the resolution to it wasn’t sugar coated in any way.
But while all of the above was enjoyable, it was all about Jaxson. I love it when an author can take the asshat of a character, show me what makes them tick and have them evolve into a character that I adore without giving them a complete makeover and that’s what happened here. Jaxson hasn’t gone soft, his confidence that borderlines on arrogance is still intake, but he’s slowly coming to realize that he can have so much more if he’d just be himself and not constantly try to poke, prod and bait people all the time. And if Intended for Bristol is the first book of this series that you are reading, or if you’ve skipped a couple, I must insist that you read Catching Summer and Defending Hayden first. Ms. Dover does a good job at getting the reader caught up with all the crazy that happened, but that the impact of Jaxson’s evolution won’t be as intense, or satisfying.
Intended for Bristol was an enjoyable read overall. There were some spots that dragged for me, but that had to do more with the fact that Jaxson wasn’t apart of them than anything else. I enjoyed spending time with Derek, Hayden, Evan, Aaron and the rest of the characters as well as getting introduced to a few new faces and am interested to see who will be next up on the chopping block.
~ Copy received from the publisher via NetGalley & reviewed voluntarily ~
Trying to live down his very public indiscretions, Carolina Cougars kicker Jaxon Reed feels like the most hated man in the NFL. Fans and teammates alike treat him with the disrespect he figures he deserves. Unfortunately for them, Jaxon’s no easy target. As payback, he sets his sights on the quarterback’s sister: a sultry brunette who’s curvy, confident, and sexy as hell. But what begins as a revenge fling turns into so much more—a lesson in humanity, and in love.
Bristol Thomas doesn’t have time for games, especially those played by her brother’s Neanderthal teammates. A talented interior designer with lofty goals, she doesn’t know the first thing about football, or Jaxon—except that he’s exactly the type of man she usually avoids. But when his deep laugh and deeper kisses break through her walls, she becomes the target of a fan who’s obsessed with Jaxon. Now she needs to know that Jaxon has her back . . . because he already has her heart.
NYT and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries. Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, whitewater rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols. Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.