What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose?
The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows, and more than she expects.
Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy Jonah Slade.
Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win.
Jonah trades in his bad-boy reputation and puts his heart on the line. But when her father contacts her, setting in motion the ugly truth of her destiny, Jonah must choose. In a high-stakes gamble where love and freedom hang in the balance, a war is waged where the price of losing is a fate worse than death.
Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves?
Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?
So I’m at page 242 and so far, it’s been nothing special.
At first I was really excited because of all the great reviews and ratings – AND the blurb. I mean, really? A hooker/pimp baby, who has read about that?
And then we got to know, Raven, who I really liked. She didn’t have some magical immunity against Jonah’s good looks, she was realistic, quirky and cute.
But the moment Jonah told her about his father, I started have this annoying, nagging feelig in my gut.
The good-guy, perfect father who died when Jonah was young so now he had to ‘be the man of the family’ at fifteen and he was just sooo angry. Yep, haven’t heard that one before.
And then there are Raven’s daddy-issues.
I haaaate daddy-issues.
If they had something to do witht her dad being a pimp, yeah I could get into that, understand that. But of course that’s not the problem. She’s just always dreamed of her daddy coming back with a big pink present and being a perfect happy family like everyone else.
Well, perfect families don’t exist, and for a girl who says she’s a tomboy and wants to seem all though and special, so unlike other girls, she sure thinks and ats the same freaking way.
And throwing the fight? Seriously? I’ve JUST read about that in REAL and now here we go again.
To be honest, if I hadn’t had my hopes up so high because of the ratings, blurb, and first impressions of both the book and the characters, I wouldn’t be so fucking pissed an disappointed.
And I know it’s not wholly this exact book/writer’s fault, but I’m just so jaded from all these similar books and plots I’ve been reading, it’s just so tiresome. Especially when it comes to books about college and books about jocks. Too predictable.
Sometimes you find this rare beauty of a book, that’s just so mind-blowing that makes up for all the bad ones, but at times like this sometimes all this reading and searching I do just doesn’t seem worth it and kinda feels like a waste of time. But since I have so much time to waste, I just keep on keeping on.
I’ve been DNF-ing a lot of books lately, especially when I’m at the middle and especially when the book’s over 300 pages long, so I’ll probably come back to this one.
Maybe not tomorrow, maybe not even next month, but it’ll have to wait until my ‘hope and trust in writers is restored’.
Way to sound dramatic, buuut who cares, right?