by Jennifer Miller
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.
Let me start by saying that I loved Fighting Envy... I mean, how could you not with a synopsis like that?! That being said, no matter how much I loved it, I still feel like it was lacking a bit in the drama department. I'm not a huge fan of drama just for the sake of having drama but in some cases it's warranted, and I believe that this is definitely one of those cases.
Rowan had a horrible childhood with a mom that was unhappy and never failed to mention that to her kids. She was a drunk, a druggie, and an all around horrible person. The prologue gives us a glimpse of what Rowan dealt with on a daily basis and it wasn't pretty.
Fast forward a few years and Rowan and her twin brother, Tyson, have moved far away from their mother and haven't spoken to her since. Rowan is pregnant, to a complete douche I might add, and Tyson is in jail. From the first chapter we know that Rowan's baby daddy is nothing but trouble but let me tell you... The bomb he drops at the end? I did not see that coming!
Jax is an MMA fighter who just happens to be in the emergency room getting fixed up when Rowan is there in labor. I absolutely loved their first meeting and couldn't wait to see how everything played out. You could just tell that Jax was going to be the perfect book boyfriend and he did not disappoint. He was there for Rowan when she needed someone most and even took care of her from afar for a while before she'd let him into her life.
Like I mentioned before, there was very little drama in this book and this would have easily been a five star read for me if there was a little something added. I mean, with all that Rowan's been through I expected a lot more, but once her and Jax got together it was a perfect cookie cutter romance. There was a little tension when Jason, Rowan's ex, shows back up but even that was solved rather quickly in my opinion. Heck, even a little cage bunny drama would have been warranted in this one.
Lack of drama aside, Fighting Envy was a great read and I absolutely cannot wait for the rest of this series. All the guys were awesome and I know I'm going to love watching them meet the woman that brings them to their knees.
Author Jennifer Miller was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois but now calls Arizona home. Her 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. The important lesson she learned about dreams is that they don’t just fall into your lap – you have to chase them yourself. 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 work on. For more information about Jennifer Miller, please visit www.jennifermillerwrites.com.
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Disclosure: I was provided with an ARC of Fighting Envy in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.