Monday, September 1, 2014

Blog Tour: Worth Forgiving (MMA Fighter #3) by Vi Keeland - @ViKeeland

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Cover designed by
Model: Jamie Dominic
Photographer: Jamie Dominic Photography
Genre: A New Adult/Adult Contemporary Romance novel


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.

Excerpt: Meet Jax and Lily

Dinner and a dirty mouth
My face pinks when the waiter clears his throat, no doubt he’d heard Jax’s last comment.
“Are you ready to hear the specials?”
“Are we?” Jax arches an eyebrow, his eyes gleaming with delight. He’s not the slight bit embarrassed, but knows I am and is quite enjoying himself.
“Yes. Please.” I give him the evil eye and force my full attention back to the waiter. The entire time the waiter talks about the specials I feel Jax’s eyes burning into me.
“I’ll give you a moment to let you decide.” Graciously, the waiter excuses himself.
“Why did you do that?” I scold, my voice low.
“Do what?” He leans back in his seat, crossing his arms over his thick chest.
“You know exactly what I’m talking about.”
“Do I?”
“You enjoy watching me flustered, don’t you?”
Jax arches both eyebrows. Bad choice of words.
“You know what I mean.”
Leaning in, his voice gritty and sexy, he looks me straight in the eyes when he speaks. “I love watching you. Period. But what I like best is watching you pretend you’re unaffected. It’s like an unspoken challenge.” He pauses and leans in even closer. “I love the pink that creeps up your cheeks when I say something dirty. The way your pussy throbs when I mention what I’m going to do to you later, and you wiggle in your seat trying to control it. So yeah, I guess I do like watching you flustered. You sit and give your attention to the waiter, trying to pretend you’re listening to whatever he’s saying instead of thinking of me feeding you my cock later, but we both know you didn’t hear one word he said. Hell I didn’t hear one word watching you, just knowing what you were thinking about.”
This time, I see the waiter before he’s close enough to hear us. He smiles as he reaches our table. “So what can I get for you this evening? Did I interest you in one of our specials?”
I look at the waiter, then Jax, who arches an eyebrow with a knowing smirk on his face, then back to the waiter. “The specials all sounded delicious. I just can’t decide for myself. I’m going to defer to my date to pick one for me.” I return my eyes to Jax with a cheeky grin.
He throws his head back with a chuckle and looks at the poor confused waiter. “We’ll take whatever two are your favorites. Surprise us.”

I have to say I really adored Jax so much and I was a little skeptical about his character after meeting him in Vince's book. Jax is the half brother of Vince Stone and their "dad" wasn't much of a human being so the fact that Vince and Jax turned into two amazing individuals just blows my mind. 
It's ironic that they both had this passion for fighting. This book starts off in Jax's POV and I adore being in a mans head. See you add that POV to Vi Keelands imagination and you got a alpha playground. 
I was in book lust with this bad boy. His determination to be the opposite of his cheating and despicable father...just melted my heart. His drive and his loyalty just spoke volumes. 
From the moment he laid eyes on Lily , Jax was a goner. It might have been physical at first but these two had the sweetest romance blossom. 
 The way I feel about this woman, so intense and powerful, it scares the hell out of me.
I can say that I just enjoyed fully their sweet and romantic banter. They way they shared everything from dreams to the food of their plates was so endearing. Ok then since this is the love scene master Vi Keeland you throw in some sexy sizzling love scenes and things just got even better. 
 Jax and Lily had this passion that just exploded and the gentlmen on the street was the dominant dirty mouthed sex god in the bedroom. 
Total perfection! 
But really on a serious note. They made LOVE and it was beautiful! 
The obstacles that were thrown in the way of this sweet couple were basically misunderstandings and once they cleared the air it was a perfect conclusion. Lily had to make a choice and really her heart had already decided. 
All she had to do was just let it go. Every thing Jax did was because he loved her. 
To add to the perfection of this read..we got to see Vince and Nico and oh baby that was adorable seeing two grown men learn how to be brothers.
I'm really sad that I think this is the last of this series but I can say it's one of my favorites for sure.
I was lost in this story from page one till the epilogue and Vi Keeland remains a romance genius and in the top of my favorites  on my book shelves.

Really, there is one great quote from this book that basically sums up what Lily needs to do - and actually what we all need to decide and do at some point in our life....

This is what Lily has to do.  Forget Caden, because that man is freaking crazy.  Seriously, I was ready to call the police on him, and kick him in the junk for how he acted towards her - and then smack her a little, because she kept taking his phone calls!!
Luckily Jax showed up at the gym when he did.  Little did Lily know that Jax would be helping her out in more ways than she could ever imagine.  They really were so good for each other, the only problem was that if Jax didn't soon tell Lily his own "little secret", it was going to cause issues.  And, this is where Lily would have to truly decide whether to Forgive or Forget.

One of the problems with forgetting someone, you think about all their qualities and what you'll miss when they're gone. I think Lily explained Jax the best.

How was she going to let that go, along with everything else that Jax brought into her life?

I really enjoyed this book, it had my emotions all over the place at times, but in the end I was so glad that Jax and Caden got what they both deserved.  It was also good to see Jax get to connect with his brother and start to build a relationship with him.  As always, you can't go wrong with this MMA Series - these guys are all wrapped up in the best package ever!

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MMA Series Reading Order
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Worth the Fight  (Book One)

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It didn't matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she's been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it's boring...and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle's office and everything changes...for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.
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Worth the Chance (Book Two)
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Meet Liv Michaels
It may have been seven years, but I'd know him anywhere. Sure, he's grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I'd much rather forget.

Liv Michaels is almost there. She's smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she's dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.

Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I'm damn good. But there's one woman that isn't interested. Not again, anyway.

Vince 'The Invincible' Stone is every woman's fantasy...strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he's learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own...for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.

When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there's no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?

***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the 18.

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Additional Books by Vi Keeland
First Thing I See
Belong to You (A Cole Novel, Book One)
Made For You (A Cole Novel, Book Two)

About the Author:

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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 smut author by night!

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