Friday, June 12, 2015

review || UNDEFEATED { blog tour }

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unDefeated by J.C. Valentine 

Series: Wayward Fighters, book 3
Publication Date: May 26, 2015 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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Rating: ★★★★★

Spencer Bradley ruins everything he touches. Addicted to gambling, he’s lied, cheated, and stolen to get what he wants. Now, in order to protect those he cares for, he’s keeping his distance. Rehab’s taught him a lot, but when his time runs out and he finds himself with nowhere to turn, he seeks help from the one person he’s capable of destroying. 

Olivia Carter fell in love the day she met Spencer Bradley. Despite him being responsible for the downfall of his best friend’s career and landing himself in rehab, she can’t bring herself to stay away—even if it means risking her own recovery. 

*Note* While this book is a part of the Wayward Fighters series, unDefeated can be read as a standalone. 

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About J.C. Valentine

JC Valentine
USA Today Bestselling author J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.
She lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.

This is the story of two broken people, but two who deal with their shattered pieces differently.

Spencer is an addict -- to gambling. After a bet fine terribly wrong, he lost what few friends he had and spent time at an inpatient rehab center. Every Thursday, he was granted visitors and while he knew she showed, he couldn't face the one person he cared about the most, the one person he thought was better off without him.

Liv has her own demons, but having grown up in a highly social world, she learned to cover them up. To anyone she meets, she's just a normal girl. Very few people know her secrets and the one person who does, the one person she cant help but care for regardless of his actions, keeps trying to push her away.

We first met Olivia and Spencer in KNOCKOUT (Side note: it's free! Side note 2: not totally necessary to read). As their friendship grows to more, it is highly evident that Liv's best friend, Ally, does not approve of Spence for her. While I did not read TAPOUT, I'm guessing the brunt of Spencer's mistakes happen in that book. Again, not necessary to read but UNDEFEATED left me curious to know more.

Back to Ally not caring for Spencer. Obviously the woman is going to stick up for her man, but she could be brutal about him when trying to pull Olivia away. It was no wonder Spencer felt like he had no one. He was trying to fix his wrongs but felt like his apologies were falling on deaf ears.

I enjoyed watching Spencer heal and grow as a man. He always loved Liv, and was terrified of going to her especially when pushing her away the previous weeks, but Liv cared for him too, and continuously gave him chance after chance. It took some fighting and Liv falling to her demons for Spencer to realize that he had something to fight for.

She was the center of the hurricane that had become his life. --Spencer

These two had the ability to be in a seriously toxic relationship, but "it takes one to know one" and the noted "love conquers all" allows them to heal together. Both of their problems aren't problems that can be solved over night-- they are issues that will take years to overcome and will always lurk in the shadows but if there's one thing that these two show one another again and again in their story, it's that they will always have the other's back.


...when would people stop throwing it back in his face and let him move forward with his life? -- Olivia

On a less serious note? These two have really fun times too! I was laughing during a conversation about inappropriateness...

I really loved these two and watching their healing process. I felt that JC Valentine did a very good job on both Spencer and Olivia's problems; she hit all of the emotions and thought processes head on.

{ also in the WAYWARD FIGHTERS series }


Knockout by J.C. Valentine 
Wayward Fighters #1 
Publication Date: April 6, 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 
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From the wrong side of the tracks... 

Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces. The one person she can’t forget... 

Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life. 

Two paths collide… 

After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector. 

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TAPOUT (99c!)

Tapout by J.C. Valentine 
Wayward Fighters #2 
Publication Date: July 8, 2014 
Genres: Contemporary, Romance 99c: 
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History brought them together. Circumstances may keep them apart.

Alyson Blake’s past left her with scars. Scars that she tried to fix the only way she knew how—by helping others. But actions have consequences, and Alyson is about to find out that being na├»ve is no excuse. Fighting is Jamison Weston’s passion. Alyson is his obsession. Despite the past and a few lingering concerns, their relationship is as solid as ever. Until a shocking lie is uncovered and all of his plans begin to unravel. Now, Jami is rushing to pick up the pieces, but as relationships are put to the test, will he be strong enough to keep it together, or will it all just fall apart?

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