Published by: Jennifer Miller
Release Date: April 11th, 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance/New Adult
Some people get a tattoo - a piece of art that enhances or reveals something about them that they like. Other people, like me, are branded by something - actions or words. "No one will ever love you, Rowan, you're not worthy." Those are the words that created my blemish, my scar, my mark upon my soul. They were words whispered by the woman who should have loved me most. But in the darkest moment of my life, one where I stood abandoned and alone, one man proved to me that she was wrong.
When I desperately needed someone, MMA fighter Jackson Stone crashed into my life. He wasn't the one who should have been there, but he was exactly the person I needed. He believed that only fools live in the past. He showed me that a real relationship is full of dreams, faith, trust and passion. He taught me that love is worth fighting for - even when it's unexpected and more of a collision of hearts and souls. He proved that the wrong man at the right moment can heal everything
I have to say that Fighting Envy was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting a story filled with all kinds of angsty drama, but instead got a quick, sweet story that is filled with really likeable characters, with a few exceptions of course.
Jax really is the star of this entire story. He’s sweet, sexy and has just enough of that bad boy swagger that gives him an edge without crossing over into that domineering alpha spectrum. He’s got his head and life together and really is just a good guy who laid everything out on the table and followed through on what he said he was going to do. At times in the story I thought he was too good to be true, but as I got to know him and see how he views the world it totally worked. Rowan. The girl has issues, not that I blame her considering the emotional abuse her mother piled on her, but there were quite a few times, especially in the first chapter (I almost had to put my ereader in the freezer because of it) , where I wanted to reach out and smack some sense into her. But with as many ‘moments’ as I had with her, there were also some sweet ones and ones where she showed that she had the will to want to break free of her mothers hold on her.
The way that Jax and Rowan meet was awesome, especially after what Jason (the asshole baby daddy) did, and I really enjoyed how their relationship progressed from there, it wasn’t a full blown insta-love situation but they both went with the fact that they were attracted to each other and for the most part didn’t have many unnecessary angsty drama moments interfere with their courtship. I will admit that there were times where I felt things were a bit too coincidental and easy, but when I thought about what the flip side could be, I had no problem with it at all and just went with it. Also, the way that Jax integrated himself into Rowan and Lily’s lives was awesome. He wanted to help them out and did it in a way so as not to step on Rowan’s toes. Big, BIG kudos on that one. I know I said that there wasn’t an overabundance of drama, but there was drama and when it reared it’s ugly head, it worked.
Outside of Jax and Rowan’s story, I really liked all off Jax’s friends and Tyson, Rowan’s twin. They were fun, caring and the author did a great job of bringing out each of their personalities and making me want to know more about each of them, especially Cole. On the MMA side of things, I thought they were really well done and gave a great look into how things worked in that world.
Overall: I just really liked this book. It was a quick and sweet read with fun characters and I am looking forward to reading the next one.
Author Jennifer Miller was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, but now calls Arizona home. Jennifer’s love of reading began when she was a small child, and only continued to grow as she entered adulthood. Ever since winning a writing contest at the young age of nine, when she wrote a book about a girl with a pet unicorn, she’s dreamed of writing a book of her own. Quickly learning that dreams don’t just fall into your lap, she knew she had to chase them herself and not be afraid to dream a little bigger. Most importantly, she is a wife and mother, and is very lucky to have a family that loves and supports her in all things. She also has an unhealthy addiction to handbags and chocolate covered strawberries, neither of which she cares to change.