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- Publication Date: January 20, 2015
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While I enjoyed the storyline of Maya and the Tough Guy I felt it fell a bit flat for me. I couldn't enjoy the characters. Maya annoyed me and Jayce seemed desperate. I get why Maya was as reluctant as she was but after a few chapters, it got to be old. I would be interested to read the first book just to see how that storyline played out, and maybe it was just Maya and Jayce and not Carter's storytelling.
I would absolutely recommend this for someone who likes a sweet romance with some frustrating character hang ups.
Spousal abuse, child abuse, rape. These might be triggers for some.
I really liked some things about this book, but I was reading some extraordinary books in and around the same time as "Maya and the Tough Guy", and unfortunately, this one didn't stand out as much as I had hoped.
Let's see, we've got Maya, the girl who's been abused by men all her life. We met her in the first book of this series, "Zoey and the Nice Guy", when she finally left her husband after a brutal beating. Then we've got Jayce, the "tough guy", who's been in love with Maya since grade school, despite her seeming lack of interest. We know that these two will get their happily ever after, because that's how romance books work, but the fun part is in the journey. How will these two get past their hang ups in order to be together?
I really enjoyed how Jayce was able to bring Maya out of her shell a bit - he showed her how to stand her ground and not feel bad about demanding the respect she deserves. I know it is difficult to put yourself first, especially when you're used to putting your own needs aside to please everyone else, but by the end of this book, I felt confident that Maya had made some big, positive changes in her life and that she will continue to become stronger and more confident in the future.
I also really enjoyed how Jayce's relationship with Maya's son developed. Matthew started off hating Jayce and didn't have a problem letting Jayce know his feelings. Eventually, through giving the boy time and space, as well as some boxing lessons, Jayce was able to build a bond with Matthew, and I thought this part of the story was exceptionally well done.
Although it seemed to take forever for Jayce and Maya to finally hook up, I think that slow build up was probably necessary, considering Maya's previous abuse. Still, I think the slower pacing is why my interest wandered while reading this book. The other problem was Jayce's temper, and there was one incident in particular that really turned me off! I don't want to give anything away, but I suppose I can say that even though things were resolved reasonably well, I was still irked.
All in all, some good, some not so great, but I'm glad I read "Maya and the Tough Guy" and I would recommend it to anyone looking for something a little bit different in their contemporary romance reads.
She's several years from turning thirty, has two children, a deadbeat husband, no job, no education, and no way to support herself. She lives with her best friend, who helps her with childcare. When she goes for a job as a waitress in a bar, the bar's owner, the hot and studly Jayce, sends her to a strip bar for employment.
You're feeling pretty good about yourself, aren't you.
Thanks to some intervening by the aforementioned best friend (Zoey, whom you met if you read Zoey and the Nice Guy), Jayce hires Maya after all. But he doesn't want to, not at all. See, he's loved Maya since forever, and it devastated him when she refused to give him a chance and instead wound up with the loser she married. Having her around will be a challenge for Jayce because of the whole unrequited love thing.
This is one of those books in which the guy is the one pining away, the one wishing and dreaming that the object of his affection would realize, just for one little minute, that she belongs with him.
He's so gloriously gorgeous that he can have anyone, but the one he wants doesn't want him.
Except she kind of does, only it must be completely on her terms.
Maya has two kids. She has a husband. She has obligations and duties that Jayce can't begin to understand. She also has goals: she wants to go to college and get a job that can support her family. Jayce is either going to have to get in line or leave.
This being a new adult romance, he does a little of both.
When Maya does let Jayce get close, he gets as close as his private parts can take him, and he rocks that headboard just as hard as he can. Maya is built of sturdy stock, though, and she manages to take a taste every now and then but avoid staying too long at the Jayce buffet.
Can Jayce be patient enough for Maya? Can Maya realize that she has room for Jayce in her life? Well, I'm not going to answer either of those questions. If you read the book, though, you will get your answers. Plus, you'll enjoy a fun, hot read.
The problem for me with this book is that Maya is so adept at keeping people at a safe distance that she kept me there, too. I didn't feel close enough to her to care about her as I needed; I was far more invested in Jayce, to the point that I kept thinking that surely there must be a better woman for him out there.
The good news? You get to spend some time with Addy, whose story I will review later. Addy, faithful readers, looks like hers will be a more entertaining and emotionally compelling tale.
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Overall Rating: 3
Maya and the Tough Guy was a very emotional read for me.Read more
Part of a series but can be read as a stand alone. I didn't read the first book and was fine.Read more