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Posted January 13, 2014
ARC Was Given TO Blog For An Honest Review I will be honest
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I will be honest and start out by saying I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I started out not really liking it. I got the feeling that is going to be just like the first book, which I did not like at all. It took me to about 45 percent in and things started to change around for me. The concept of the story became more interesting, a twist in the story made me take notice to the story. This time I did get some of the realism I was looking for in the story. I had a much better connection to these characters and was more emotionally invested.
Declan is introduced to us in the first book Without Boundaries, I liked him in that book. Hot tattoo, pierced MMA fighter, what is not to like. He seemed to have Alpha tendencies which I always enjoy in my books, and it seemed to stay consistence throughout the story.
Ava, she is a beautiful person but she annoyed me a lot in this story. I wanted her to pull her head out of her ass, wake up and see what was right in front of her. Stubborn is not a strong enough word for her. This story has a bit more sex in it although not descriptive; it was still either very hot or very sweet. I could feel myself falling for Declan. I do like how the author kept them on a level of maturity with the obstacles that were being placed in front of them, especially with how young Ava is.
Overall I enjoyed the book, I still feel something is missing when I read this authors work though. If I had to pinpoint it, I would say emotion is what is lacking. Never do I sense an all consuming feeling with her characters; I can see it there but never quite able to reach it. The supporting characters are in and out of the story in such a way that I do not seem to connect too much with any of them. The authors writing style seems better than the first book as well, I felt the difference as I was reading. I did sense a stronger character development. One other thing I would have liked more was to see more of the family dynamic with Ava, Declan and their daughter. This one I think readers will enjoy.
Posted January 8, 2014
Captivating Character-Driven Romance!
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The second book of CJ Azevedo’s Without series, Without Doubt, is a gripping new adult romance. Creatively alternating between Declan James and Ava Sterling’s first person voices, Azevedo effectively draws you into the story, so you fully experience what each character is going through.
Ava Sterling does everything she can for her very young daughter. Ava is a graduate student working on her PhD in psychology while she works full time at the local bar. With her life this busy, Ava is not looking for a boyfriend. Ava’s dedication to her studies, her job, and her daughter makes her a character to admire. Falling for the edgy alpha male, Declan James, a mixed martial arts fighter, is definitely not part of Ava’s plan. Declan is so completely taken by Ava that he decides to ask her out to dinner. She turns him down flat, but Declan is not one to take no for an answer. Instead, the next day he sends Ava a note along with a meal to eat during her break. Even though you just know that Declan is a possessive alpha male, early on he shows a tender side, which I really liked about his character. Ava and Declan are an engrossing couple because they don’t rush too quickly into a relationship. Instead they take their time, getting to know each other via phone calls and texts. Azevedo understands that Ava and Declan, like any young couple, will have disagreements, and takes care to realistically portray them. Ava takes her time before introducing Declan to her daughter, which further endeared her character to me. Everything changes when Ava’s sister returns and exposes a secret that has the potential to destroy Ava and Declan’s relationship. Ava is devastated by her sister’s news and betrayed by Declan’s reaction. With the help of an attorney, Declan devises a plan to keep them together, but Ava isn’t buying it. Both characters must give the other something that each needs before they are able to reach their happy ending. When I finished the story, I was pleased with the way everything ended. But, as I reflected on the story after I finished it, I realized that didn’t really like Declan after all. Based on some of Declan’s comments, we know he is deliberately keeping things from Ava, which, in retrospect, bothers me and has altered my opinion of his character. Although this couple finds their happy ending, they do have some unresolved issues. If this book wasn’t part of a series, I would be more upset. There is the possibility that these unresolved issues will be part of the next story.
Without Doubt is a captivating character-driven romance that will stick with you long after you finish the last word. I am looking forward to reading the other novels in the Without series in the future.
I received an eBook copy of the book for the purpose of an honest review. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Posted August 10, 2014
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