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Combative (Combative #1) by Jay McLean REVIEW

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Combative (Combative #1) by Jay McLean REVIEW

We all play victims to our pasts; to the choices we make and the lives we create.
They define who we are.
And sometimes if we’re lucky enough, the past stays where it belongs: in the past.
I’m not one of the lucky ones.
I never have been.
Because now the past is knocking on my door, offering deals I have no choice but to take… deals that will help bring justice—not just for me, but for my brothers.

The problem?
The deal is a ticking time bomb.
One I didn’t know existed.

Tick.
Tock.

Review

★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

I loved this! It was suspenseful and sweet and intense and I am dying for the next instalment. That cliffhanger was a killer!

Kyler Parker had just returned from completing 4 tours in Afghanistan, when he gets into a bar fight with a man who spoke out of turn. When Detective Jackson (Jax) Davis offers him a deal he finds it hard to resist, not only because he doesn’t want to end up in jail but because Jax is family. This story goes from past to present where we learn of Ky’s terrible upbringing and his close connection to Jax who is like a brother to him.

Jax needs Ky’s help to bring down Nate DeLuca who is the leader of a fighting ring but is also rumoured to be involved in drug dealing. Ky agrees to infiltrate the fighting club and put his fighting skills to good use.

Madison Haynes is the new neighbour across from Ky’s apartment, and she is one big mystery from the start. Ky is drawn to her innocence and even though she is keeping her past from him, he can’t deny the feelings that he’s developing for her, she brings out his protective streak and he loves spending time with her. Madison is naive, but she’s endearing, and we don’t really know much about her other than she is in text correspondence with a lady called Sara.

I won’t go into any more detail relating to the plot, because the great thing about this book was all the questions that kept popping up in my head. I have so much going on in my thoughts right now because the plotline was very mysterious and I can’t wait to find out what happens next and how all the characters relate to the story.

I loved the bromance between Jax & Ky, I loved that even though Ky had been hurt by girlfriends in the past, and that he felt worthless with nothing to offer, he just risked putting his heart on the line for a woman who couldn’t (or wouldn’t) share her whole self with him. I loved Christine, Jax’s mum and how she was a badass and took Ky in.

Also, I can’t frikking wait to learn more about Nate DeLuca, he’s on my radar and I have a feeling there is more to him than just being a baddie.

As you may have gathered, this ended on an almighty cliffhanger, so be prepared!

This is book one, it is told in dual POV, but mainly from KY.

Images featured in this review were created by me using stock images either purchased from deposit photo or from free stock sites.

About the Author

Jay McLean

Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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More in this Series

Combative (Combative #1) Redemptive (Combative #2)

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