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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.
MAYA AND THE TOUGH GUY (Big Girl Panties, # 2)
by Carter Ashby
January 20, 2015
214 pages, approximately.
Romance: Contemporary, Women's Fiction, Comedy, New Adult
** Provided by NetGalley in Exchange for an Honest Review. **
-- -- From the Cover -- --
Maya Bradley is on her own now. With the help of her dear friends, Zoey and Addy, she’s determined to give her children the lives they deserve, away from their abusive father. But the journey is destined to be difficult, and she meets her first roadblock when she asks sexy, tattooed bar owner, Jayce Gilmore, for a job serving drinks.
Jayce has two reasons for not wanting to hire Maya. One: she deserves a more respectable job. And two: he’s been madly in love with her since he was a young boy. But when he finally realizes how desperate she is for work, he has no choice but to bring her on.
With Maya struggling to earn a living, get an education, and raise two children, Jayce finally finds himself in a position to help her. And though she isn’t interested in a relationship, Maya is showing definite signs of physical attraction. Jayce is sure he can keep his love hidden and fulfill her every fantasy. Unfortunately, he has severely underestimated the needs of his heart. As the moment of truth fast approaches, Maya must decide whether to break a tough guy's heart, or open her fragile soul to the risks that come with loving again.
Heat Level: 3.75
This is the second book in the Big Girl Panties series. It can stand alone, but would be more meaningful if you've read book one first.
Eight years ago, Jayce and Maya almost had a "moment" on the night of their high school prom. When she backed out, Jayce was kind about it. He took her home and gave her his number. That was the night that irrevocably changed Maya's life forever. With Maya trying to gain some independence after a lengthy healing process and having Damon arrested, she tries to find a job. Not an easy task for someone afraid of her own shadow. After discovering the lengths she'll go to to provide for her children, Jayce employs her. Suddenly he's nearly as afraid of her as she is of him!
Emotional. I laughed, I cried. I love Maya and if I thought she broke my heart in the first book, it was nothing compared to this one. Jayce pulls off such a strong and confident persona for the world, but inside, he's still pretty broken too. What a wonderful pair. The secondary characters are terrific. They are strong and supportive without trying to take over the plot. The interaction and dialogue is real... it sucks you in, makes you *feel*. The plot is terrific and the story flowed quite smoothly. The conflicts are plentiful, some minor while some are complex and most were resolved. It's a small puzzle piece, but no further mention is made of Maya's dad's outcome. Predictability was not obvious. This story concludes well, but leaves you anticipating Addy and Grey's story.
Tina J / Unbound Passion
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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.
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