Jagger Caldwell is no one’s hero. With a reputation busting heads and breaking hearts on the underground MMA circuit, he lives for easy cash and easier women. But when he stumbles upon an all-too-familiar scene, painful memories awaken Jagger’s sensitive side and compel him to act. As a kid, he stood by helplessly as his old man beat his mom. Now, Jagger won’t let seventeen-year-old Tatiana Rand suffer the same fate. Nothing matters except saving her.
Tatiana is a prisoner in her own home, at the mercy of her violent father—until an unlikely savior bursts through her door and into her life. Six-feet-plus of tattooed muscle and raw power, Jagger is no prince charming—but Tatiana stopped believing in fairy tales long ago. Despite their differences in age and, well, everything else, the sexy bad boy sparks a fire that Tatiana never knew she had—and desires that only Jagger can quench.
“Don’t you see? You are everything good in this bad, bad world of mine. Hold me back, hold me any way you want to, but please, I beg you, just hold me and don’t let go.”
Jagger is one of those reads that is either going to be a hit or miss. For me, I thought Jagger was an ok read. One of things that first grabbed my attention about this book was the synopsis. It was right up my alley for books that I enjoy reading, and I’ve never read anything by this author duo before, so I decided to take a chance on it.
Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I really loved the idea of the story. I thought it had a lot of potential and I found the characters to be really intriguing. Jagger is told from dual points of view and starts off with a bang. I loved the dark feel to it and how both of our lead characters were damaged in their own ways and just trying to survive the best way that they could. Jagger and Tatiana had a connection that was undeniable and you could really tell that Jagger wanted to give Tatiana a better life.
I did have some issues with the story, my biggest one, being the pacing. For me, it wasn’t consistent. As I previously said, our story started off with a bang and was really going strong and then somewhere around 40-50%, the pacing started to slow down. The story was just dragging and I almost put it down a few times. But, I was able to stay with it and I did finish the story. My other issue was with our heroine, Tatiana. While I sympathized with her and really, my heart ached for how she was brought up and all that she endured, I did have some trouble connecting with her. Some of her actions weren’t very believable to me and at times, I found myself very annoyed with her.
I don’t want to say too much else about this book, because I do want to keep it as spoiler free as possible. So, I will just say that this was a quick read for me. This story does deal with some very difficult subject matter and I do feel the authors handled that well. This story does have some drama, and romance. It did frustrate me at times, and while I did have some issues with it, I am still glad that I checked this story out and gave it a chance.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*