Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.
Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.
Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?
Simply put, this is a beautiful story with well developed, likable characters. This is the second book in the Without Series but can be read as a stand alone. We first met Delcan is book 1, Without Boundaries,and I really liked him. I was excited to find out he was getting his own book, which is told in both his and Ava's POV.
Ava Sterling is a 22 year old full time student, full time mom to her sister's daughter Harper, and a part time employee at the local bar. She surely doesn't live the carefree life of a typical 22 year old. In addition to not having time to date, Ava is also anti marriage, believing that guys don't stick around.
Declan James is an up and coming MMA fighter who frequents the bar that Ava works at. When Ava picks up a shift at work and finally gets to meet Declan in person, sparks fly. There is an instant connection between the two that the reader can feel coming off the pages. Declan turns out to be the perfect boyfriend; sweet, caring and most importantly he is great with Harper.
Then, when all seems right in the world of Ava and Declan, CJ throws in a twist that you just don't see coming. A surprise visitor drops a bomb that threatens to destroy what Declan and Ava have worked so hard to develop.
I wont say any more than that because of spoilers, but this book is highly recommended. There is a HEA and it is NOT a cliffhanger. CJ Azevedo did an incredible job of bringing the characters to life and having the reader feel what the characters are feeling. I will definitely be reading more of her works!
About The Author
CJ has lived all over the state of California, Central, South, North and finally landing back somewhere in the middle. She married the boy she fell for when she was only eleven years old and together they have two beautiful heathens. CJ obviously loves to read and write. She can watch the Giant’s play baseball but hates football. She bakes when she’s sad, runs when she’s mad and dances when she’s happy (even if she cant find a rhythm to save her life) If you’re looking for her and can’t seem to find her, look on the staircase, it’s her favorite spot to read.
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