Tapout by J.C. Valentine
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I loved Knockout. I could not wait for Tapout to see how J.C. Valentine ended the series for this couple.
The beginning of this book was a little slow for me. I didn't get the "can't put it down" stage until I was a little more than half way into the book.
Jami and Alyson were a great couple, their sex scenes were playful at times, loving and tender at times and hot as hell at times. I love a good alpha male hero and Jami was that in spades.
I liked how the author developed the relationship between these characters even though they knew each other as children they were slowly learning about each other as adults. It was nice to read the progression of the relationship. The fact that Alyson felt she couldn't be honest with Jami about her problems seemed to not mesh with me because for me Jami never gave her a reason to believe that he wouldn't be there for her. He always wanted to help and protect her. But I did like how that part of the story unraveled later it just took awhile to get there.
The background characters were a good addition, Don annoyed me sometimes I felt like his reason for not liking Alyson was a little silly. Alyson never did anything to Don personally he was just comparing her to other girls and his own life experiences and never gave her a chance. But in the end I thought the author did a good job resolving that conflict. When Jami needed Alyson most she was there helping him every step of the way and I think Don had no choice but to like her once she showed him she was in Jami's life to stay.
The side story of Spencer's issues gave the book some excitement that I felt it was missing in the beginning of the book. I would have like to see Jami and Spencer talk out their issues since they were like brothers, maybe a novella someday lol. I love an epilogue and this book had a great one.
All in all I enjoyed both books the first reads for me from J.C. Valentine, they definitely made me want to read more of her work.
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