Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series #3)

Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter Series #3)

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**From New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author Vi Keeland comes the steamy story of Jax and Lily.**

They say men like a lady in the living room and a whore in the bedroom. I never knew the sentiment was reciprocal. Until I met Jax Knight. A gentleman in public, a commanding, dirty talking rogue in the bedroom.

Daughter of legendary fighter "The Saint," Lily St. Claire knows firsthand how fighters can be. As the owner of a chain of MMA gyms, she's no stranger to aggressive, dominating, and possessive men. That's why she's always kept her distance. But the day Jax Knight walks through her door she's captivated by his charm. Stunningly handsome, well mannered, Ivy League educated, and confident, he shatters all the preconceived notions she'd come to think were true about men who trained to fight.

But falling for someone so soon after her breakup wasn't something she'd planned on. And definitely not something her ex plans to allow.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150423565
Publisher: Vi Keeland
Publication date: 08/20/2014
Series: MMA Fighter Series , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 378
Sales rank: 43,906
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting New York Times & USA Today Bestselling romance author by night!

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Worth Forgiving 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a good read though not the page turner that I was hoping for. The hero is great. I like this in all the books from this author: the heros are real heros and love passionately without having to "dominate" the girl (aka, being a$$*****). They are equal partners and fully devoted to their love interest. What diminished my enthusiasm for the book was the female character. She did not have a backbone to fully resolve a past relationship of abuse but she throws a temper tantrum with the hero for a business omission that was not particular significant. The guy deserved a medal. That really weakened the storyline. So it was OK as a fast weekend read but not a book I woul read again.
Sugar0 More than 1 year ago
This is a book I’ve been looking forward to reading after meeting Jax in Worth the Chance, and it certainly lived up to expectations. Jax is a gorgeous guy who loves to flirt, and flirt he does with Lily. The author drew out the sexual tension between these two perfectly, and when they finally came together WOW!!! As with the previous books, Worth Forgiving is set around the sport of MMA with hot tattooed guys, or not in Jax’s case. Jax is a guy fighting his feelings after the family he has always believed in, turns out to be completely different than what he has always believed. Even though Lily has been around MMA gyms all her life she’s a sweet girl who catches the eye of a good guy, Jax. The author did a wonderful job of developing their relationship. I loved the fountain part!!! I really want more MMA guys though Vi!!!
Mustang64 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Good storyline, did not want to put it down. Jax and Lily were characters you just loved. Two people who needed each other.  Throw  in  some hot sex and love you have a good read. My only complaint...the cover....he did not have tats!, Cannot wait to read more from Vi!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## HOLY CRAP this book was magnificent! I absolutely adore Vi's writing style. Love, love that she gives us POV from the heroine AND the hero. And what a hero he was. Man, this guy was beyond perfection! Not just hot, but "Holy Sh*t" hot. Lily was great too, although for someone who had to run 62 gyms, she sure didn't work much. That she had so much time to sketch at her desk was a little unbelievable. But who cares? This book had plenty of witty dialogue and plenty of sexy scenes to make me happy. Also, kudos to Ms. Keeland for making Vince into someone I can like. He was such a jerk in the last book. I highly recommend this book and will be reading it myself over and over.
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. This is the third book in the MMA Fighter series. I absolutely loved it! Jackson (Jax) Knight is a character I have been wanting to meet since I met him in Worth the Chance. He is a very determined person, with a mind of his own. He is a fighter in spirit and body, though when he meets Lily St. Claire, he knows he's in for the fight of his life. Lily St. Claire is a wonderful character. She is full of sass and has a stubborn streak a mile wide. I really liked her a lot. Being the daughter of a renown fighter, she is determined to keep her father's gyms in business, but she is unprepared for her attraction to a charming and sexy fighter. I was looking forward to reading this story because I had really enjoyed the other two books. This one didn't disappoint! I was hooked from the first page. The descriptions of the characters and the places were very vivid, and I could picture the scenes with ease. The story is told from the alternating view points of Jax and Lily. I loved Jax and Lily's first meeting; the scene made me giggle! Their attraction was palpable and fairly sizzled on the page. There was one character, however, that really got my hackles raised; his name was Caden. He's a real piece of work! Although he got what was coming to him in the end, I still think he got off a bit too lightly. Another character I didn't care for was Jax's father, who came across as a total donkey's bottom (I don't like to swear). However, I really liked his mother. Although, I personally don't understand her dependence on a lying, cheating pig of a husband, she obviously loves him. Or maybe it's the life she loves. In any case, she is a charming and warm lady. It was nice to meet up with Vince, Liv and Nico again. I was a bit disappointed that Elle wasn't there, but I suppose being a attorney kept her busy elsewhere. The story was a fast paced roller coaster ride from beginning to end. I am not a huge fan of mixed martial arts, kick boxing or any kind of contact sport containing physical violence. However, the author has written the fight scenes with such detail that I actually felt like I was there watching them. I could even hear the crowd cheering; it gave me goosebumps! I felt sad when I reached the end of the story, because I wanted to keep reading. However, all good things must come to an end at some time or other, and I am now looking forward to reading more books by this author as soon as possible. Vi Keeland has written another exciting erotic romance that kept me hooked from start to finish! I love her writing pace, which is fast and exciting. The story flowed wonderfully too. I love reading this author's work. She is one of my favourite contemporary romance writers, and I will continue to follow her career with interest.  As this is an erotic romance, there are several scenes of a sexual nature that are rather hot and explicit. Therefore, I do not recommend this book for readers younger than 18. However, if you love hot, steamy erotic romances, this book is for you! - Lynn Worton
Shadowplay4u More than 1 year ago
I am left in complete awe of this brilliant masterpiece that will without warning capture your heart and touch the depths of your soul. Provocative, exquisite, and completely mind-blowing, this story will burn its mantra of loving deeply, fighting courageously, and surrendering completely onto your heart. Prepare to ride a gut-wrenchingly exhausting yet emotionally fulfilling roller-coaster that will challenge you every step of the way. If you are looking for a jaw-dropping storyline, stunning characters, and a pulse-pounding thrill ride with twists and turns you never saw coming, then this is the book for you. Lilly St. Clair thought she was happy. She had a few bad spots in her life like her beloved father passing away and her friend turned lover who just can’t seem to take the hint that things are over, but otherwise, things are going well enough. The business is thriving albeit with a few hiccups, but it’s still very much alive. She has a wonderful best friend and business partner who are always there to help and provide a shoulder to lean on when things get tough. Life has a way of spicing things up every now and then, and it is also good at giving you exactly what you need even if you never knew you needed it. Just when Lily starts to get comfortable and think that she is exactly where she wants to be in walks Jackson Knight. He throws her entire world out of orbit, and yet she is drawn to him like a bear to honey. Lily has no idea what life has in store for her, but she is more than willing to find out no matter how long it takes. When I think of a way to describe this story, all I can picture is an uncontrollable yet beautiful hurricane that doesn’t leave destruction in its path but clears the way for a love between two people that is just so perfect and right that nothing can rightfully stand in its way. Lily and Jackson come from two completely different worlds and yet they are drawn to each other and compliment the other in a way that no one else can. The characters found in this story are absolutely breath-taking. Their sheer beauty comes directly from their quiet strength and honest heart. I loved the depth of heart and soul that I felt through each word and each character. It’s not often that you find a work of art that has a vibrancy and life all its own, but this is definitely one that I would classify as such. This is the first book that I have read by Vi Keeland, and it will not be my last. She completely blew me away with her masterful writing, her uniquely unforgettable characters, and all of the heart that she poured into this tour de force. I didn’t know what to expect when I started reading, but I was very pleasantly surprised at discovering this incredible jewel!
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Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent as well as all of the other books in the series!!!!!
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I enjoyed it. Good read.
Seltzer More than 1 year ago
Love this authors style! Great characters Great storyline!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this series. Can't help but love the characters. Enjoyed the story line.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously love this series! How can you not love Jax?! Gorgeous CEO/MMA fighter who's a perfect gentleman except in the bedroom (sigh). Wish he would have done a Gideon Cross on Caden though! You can either read as a stand alone or with the others (characters appear in all the books but each one is its own). Highly recommend all of them! :)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really wanted to give this 5 stars. I loved the story, and the hero. The heroin not so much. I just didn't connect with her. She was weak willed when she should have been strong. She needed some more oomph somehow. Otherwise an enjoyable read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a fan of pretty much every book Vi Keeland has written!! Classic romance with a sexy twist! Love me some MMA sexy fighters who arent afraid for going after what they want.
Marianna-ALustForReading More than 1 year ago
Jax is dealing with the aftermath of his father's scandals and it is beyond aggravating. The paparazzi are hounding his every step and he hopes that getting out of D.C. will get him out of the spotlight, even for just a few days. His business trip to New York City to check out a potential investment is just what he needs. Including some work out time in the ring. Lily has had a rough go of it as of late. After losing her father, she turned to the first man to make her forget the pain. Now she is having a hard time getting rid of the crazy, possessive jerk. She is hoping that once she secures a silent investor for her father's chain of gyms, she can finally get Caden out of the picture. Sigh. Where do I start? Let me go with Jax because I loved him. I mean, what's not to love about a sexy MMA fighter who can talk a little dirty when needed? Add in the fact that he also looks damn fine in a designer suit and just...yeah. He's got just the right amount of alpha going on, not too over the top, and he knows just how to use it. Despite his father being the lowest of scum, Jax in the complete opposite. He is sweet yet determined to move things with Lily out of the friend zone. And then there is Lily. Normally, I don't read reviews of a book before I start the ARC, but I caught a quick glimpse of a few for this. One thing I notice was that not many readers were fond of Lily. Sadly, I have to agree with them. I like a strong female lead who also carries some vulnerability, but there was absolutely nothing strong about Lily. She lets Caden bully her and is incapable of cutting him out of her life for good. I wanted to scream at her to grow a pair and stand up for herself. At the same time, I couldn't hate her for that. I understand how an emotionally abusive and manipulative man can damage a woman's self worth and confidence and because of that I could also be sympathetic to her situation. So yes, she was definitely one of the most frustrating female leads that I have read in a while. However, I did not let that get in the way of enjoying Jax and the story.
kimberlyfaye More than 1 year ago
I've read several "fighter books" and, if I'm honest, they never really did it for me. The guys were far, far too aggressive and territorial to a fault. I was nearly ready to write off that trope entirely. Then I stumbled across Vi's first book, Worth the Fight. It had everything I was missing in other books of this type. I've throughly enjoyed getting to know Vi's characters and their stories throughout this series. Worth Forgiving was no exception.  Worth the Fight brings Jax Knight into the spotlight. We met Jax in Worth the Chance and, after his life was turned upside down with the revelations in that book, I was thrilled to get his story here. Jax was smoking hot. I loved his character. He was so different from the other men in this series so far. An investment banker with manners outside of the bedroom, he had a penchant for dirty talk inside it. *fans self* It was easy to like him and understand what he was going through after finding out most of what he thought he knew was a lie. Lily St. Claire was a great heroine. Strong, business-smart and sassy, she was easy to like. Between spending time around fighters with her father, and after getting out of a bad relationship with one, she's kept her distance from them. But there's something about Jax that is different and that she just can't deny. Jax and Lily were explosive together. I thought the speed at which their flirtation went from that to something more was realistic. They had a ton of chemistry from the start and they made a great pair. Of course, no book is complete without a bit of drama, right? Between the crazy, stalkerish ex-boyfriend Caden and Lily's struggles to keep her business above water, Worth Forgiving had a healthy dose of that drama. It also had a great focus on friendships and family relationships. I was really pleased to see Vince, Liv, Nico and Elle have been up to since their books ended. I really liked those characters, so it was great to catch up with them.  I don't know if Vi has plans to continue this series beyond three books, but you can bet I'll be happily reading on if she does. And if not, I'll be keeping an eye out for her next book regardless. I love her characters and writing style and really enjoy getting lost in her books. You should try the same if you haven't already.  I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Jennifers_Book_Obsession More than 1 year ago
I so love this story. Jax and Lily were super sexy together. Jackson Knight was such a pantie changer! Meaning, once you're done with the book, you will need to change your panties. ;) Jax is the super sexy business man who always loved MMA fighting but followed the path that was expected of him. Lies and secrets are revealed and has Jax re-evaluating his life. He no longer wants to do whats expected and finally live his life the way he wants. His whole world changes on a business trip to New York. Lily has been in the MMA world from birth. After her father passes away she takes over his place in running the training gyms he built with his partner and long time friend Joe Ralley. An ex-boyfriend who doesn't get the hint and lies and betrayal she doesn't see coming. Will her world and business come crashing down? This was A.MA.ZING!! I loved every word, every sentence, every dirty word that came out of Jax's mouth. ~ swoon ~ Jax, Jax, Jax...... super sexy, smart, a gentlemen, and an absolutely perfect drop-your-panties-now dominating man in the bedroom.  "It means you're going to ride me. I'm going to lie on my back and watch you take my c**k inside of you, greedily pulling me until you're grinding your a** against my b*lls." ~ sigh ~ Pantie changer!!! Smoking hott, sexy and beautifully written. Although this is the third book in the series it is a standalone but after reading this book I cannot wait to read Books 1 & 2. This was a great story line and great characters throughout.  Definitely had me totally consumed and quite possibly drooling from time to time and wishing I could lick my kindle and run my tongue all over Jackson Knight. Vi Keeland did an amazing job bring strong sexy characters, a story line that will have you at the edge of your seat and staying up til all hours of the night because you absolutely will not want to put it down and a perfect love story.
BlushingReader More than 1 year ago
Vi Keeland's MMA Fighter series came into my life and I fear I may be ruined for all other books about fighters. I know! (Don't worry I will still read plenty of fighter books in the future)  I love the way Vi writes her characters, they have heart and they come off as real people and it is going to be hard to find another series like this one (where I LOVED every book).   I knew I was a fan of Vi's writing from reading her previous books, but Worth Forgiving had me at page one.  I loved Jax right off and the writing just sucked me right in, I had to set alarms so I would get my kids from school  and remember to make dinner, it was that good!  Right from the beginning to the very end this book it was a solid 5 star read. I could have read about Jax and Lily (and of course Vince and Nico too)  for chapters and chapters more and still never be tired of this book.  I will miss this series and these characters but I am completely satisfied with how it all came to an end and found myself tearing up when I finished the last page, it is hard for me to let go of great characters  (yes I realize they are make believe).  Vi Keeland can write a damn good book!!  I was completely invested and lost in this story. I can't pin point why her writing is so amazing, it just is. The story flows beautifully, it has wonderful pacing and the characters she creates are so realistically human that you forget you are reading fiction. While reading you get lost in the words and start feeling what the characters are feeling and really connect to the emotions and characters on an intimate level. Vi Keeland has done this again with Worth Forgiving (and with all the books she has written so far, go get her back list.. they are all fabulous reads). Jax (Jackson) and Lily.  I loved them together.  Their chemistry was intense but their friendship was what melted my heart.  These two were cute without being obnoxious and HOT (worth getting a fan).  I loved their mix of sweet romance, fun flirting and dirty talking hot.  Vi Keeland created such a great pair with these two that it is really hard to let them go.  I need more story, I need a book 4 in this series so I can check in on them like have been able to check in on my other favorite MMA fighter characters, but every good series must come to an end and this one ended so great that I am still smiling about it days later.    Worth Forgiving had everything that I look for in a great romance; two strong characters learning to accept love and fight for what they desire without destroying each other in the process. This story was touching, romantic, sexy and addicting (with the perfect amount of drama, nothing too over the top). Jax and Lily will make you smile, make you sweat and make you love falling in love all over again.   Worth Forgiving is the third book in this series, but can absolutely be read as a stand alone book.  However, if you want to treat yourself to one of the best series I have read in a while, then grab up Nico (Worth the Fight) and Vince's (Worth the Chance) stories too.  I PROMISE you are in for a treat.  If you have never read a fighter series or Vi Keeland, you must, the MMA Fighter series it really is one of the best fighter series out there, you get the hot alpha males,  strong women and great romance! If you have been reading this series you are going to LOVE Jax, Worth Forgiving may be my favorite in the series (sorry Nico, you are very close second if not tied with Jax) Go grab Worth Forgiving and see for yourself why Vi Keeland is one of my all-time favorite authors! This is a definite 1-click now book!