From one of Australia's Queens of Romance comes the debut in a brand new YA series about secrets, strengths, and what lies beneath the surface.
Jasmine Thomas may not be completely normal, but she's a pretty typical seventeen–year–old girl. She hates the rich mean kids, loves her best friends, and can't wait to get out of school each day. Her spare time is spent at The Ring – a boxing gym where she practically grew up – learning karate, boxing and street fighting. So, yeah, Jaz can kick some major butt.
Life seems pretty normal until the day Ryan Fletcher enters her gym…mysterious and hot with heaps of bad boy charm. Sure, she checks him out. Who wouldn't? But what doesn't show on his gorgeous abs are secrets and lies that dominate his very grown–up world. Now Jaz has to figure out just how far she is willing to go to know more. Could Ryan really be offering the life–fulfilling life path she's always dreamed of?
The first in the MTG Agencies series.
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I'm already a huge fan of Fiona Palmer's Rural books and this YA book is a total depature from her normal books but I was willing to give it a try. Have to say SO GLAD I DID! This was a great book and I'm soooo happy its just the start of a new series. The Recruit is about Jaz, almost eighteen, in her final year at a fancy Perth High School and spends all her spare time working and working out at 'The Ring' everything from boxing & karate to yoga. She has two best friends, Anna who lives a few doors down and Taylor, the High School Heart Throb who Jaz which would notice her as more than a friend. Things are going relatively calmly in her life until Ryan walks into The Ring. Suddenly this hot mysterious 'bouncer' is everywhere and has a proposition for Jaz that could change her life. She soon learns that not everyone is what they seem and sometimes what we think want in life isn't what we need. But is Jaz up to the challenge and can she lie to those who she really cares about? This is a great read, not just for YA and in parts keeps you on the edge of your seat and guessing. You just want to sit down and read it all in one go. I'm so glad that Fiona is going to turn this into a series. I'm hoping it comes out in print.
A girl who can kick ass, a boy with secrets, an opportunity and a whole lot of unanswered questions. I liked Jaz. She's a kick ass fighter, there's nothing she won't do for the people she loves, she's a protector, a girl that will stand up for people, even people who are terrible to her. I was so excited to see that Jaz takes the time to think about the opportunities she has been presented, to think about how it will impact her life, the people she cares about, the very real danger she'd be in, instead of just jumping in. Ryan. We get to see him protective, vulnerable, as a savior, as a teacher. I get the feeling that we've barely scratched the surface with him, that there's a lot more that we haven't learned yet. The supporting characters, Jaz's awesome friends, are smart and independent and a great addition to the book. I have suspicions about what is going on and I'm excited to continue reading this series and see if I'm right. Disclosure: ebook provided in exchange for an honest review
3 stars - I expected to like this one more This book gave me a lot of mixed messages. The cover, to me, screams adult book. The blurb says YA. The story had me confused between middle grade and adult. Why? I'll tell ya. The book is set in Australia and I will admit to cultural differences. Not so much that I didn't get things, just enough to give me pause a few times. It might explain my biggest issue with the book. I'm not sure what high school students are like at a private school in Australia but I do know what high school students from a public school are like in the US. And this isn't like it. The relationships screamed middle grade to me. Yet at the same time, Jaz is dealing with adult issues. I was just really confused and uncomfortable with it. Jaz is a strong girl that kicks behinds and asks questions later. She brings the hurt. She's very drawn to weapons and fighting. She's also in love with her best friend, though he's oblivious. She's also involved with "running" the ring (a gym) while the owner is out of town. I found this strange. She's been working there since she was 10. It felt too convenient as a plot element. When Ryan shows up at the ring, he gains her attention with his muscles and good looks. He's in his mid twenties, which didn't go with her age of 17. Their connection made the book feel like NA. It was very confusing. I really liked Taylor and Anna despite their flatness. There was a lot of potential with them that I don't think every was realized. I guess that's how I felt about the whole thing. There was potential there. I liked the premise, though I think it should have been NA through and through. But the whole thing just didn't satisfy me. I found myself longing for it to be over and not in a good way. I just wanted more. I'm not sure who would enjoy this book. Perhaps a YA would enjoy it.