Author: M.L. Young
Summary: Bailey Wrenn is a small town girl with a big back story. Her mother left when she was young, leaving her in the care of an out of touch alcoholic father that barely noticed her existence. After trudging through life with no clear direction, she begins to wonder if she needs to leave this scarred memory of a town behind and finally move on. When Bailey hears from her friend Julie that life in Chicago is great and she should come out sometime, she takes that open invitation, and comes to visit her old friend with no idea of when she’s going to leave.
One night, after Julie drags her from the apartment to see a local fight, she sees Kyle, a mysterious MMA fighter with a winning streak and an elusive personality. He doesn’t talk to anybody after his fights, and disappears faster than Bailey can blink. One day during a chance encounter filling out job applications, Bailey runs into Kyle at his work, and the electricity between them is bright enough to light up the city.
It’s only when they begin to get close, though, that things are turned upside down. An old boyfriend and a brutal and devastating past makes Bailey believe she can’t be close to another man ever again, even if he seems perfect. She feels alone. She’s broken.
HEA and no cliffhanger! This is a standalone novel.
*This book is recommended for readers 17 and up for violence, language, and some adult situations.*
My Thoughts: A copy of this book was graciously provided to me through Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.
This is probably my least favorable review I have written. I dislike writing them because I know others will have a totally different opinion and someone took time and poured themselves into this piece. With that said, here we go.
I want to say this book had potential but I found it to be very surface deep. The hurdles that Bailey went through were either so expected or so out of the blue that they seemed as though Young had spur of the moment decided to add them. If there had been some foreshadowing into the events it would have made a bit more sense. It all seemed reactionary instead of planned.
Even the dialect between our two leads read off. They tended to speak very old proper English or very generic with no characterization. In fact, through most of the story it read as Mary Sue-ish. I love strong developed characters and this book did not have those. If you are going to have heavier content I feel like that characters should be able to carry the weight of the burdens. And that the heavier content should be dealt with properly.
I wanted more out of this book and wish we had gotten more.