Combative by Jay McLean REVIEW

February 25, 2016

Combative (Combative, #1)Combative by Jay McLean
My rating: 4 of 5 stars


“Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”—Nicole Krauss, The History of Love.

Will your past really defines you? What if it comes knocking at your door offering deals you have no choice but to take?

The man whose life I’m about to ruin. His name— Nate DeLuca—repeats in my head over and over , playing hostage in my mind. I have to live and breathe him ; that’s what Jax said. And that’s what I plan to do. Because Jax isn’t just some newbie detective. He isn’t even an old friend. Jax is my brother.

Combative follows the story of Kyler... ex-combat vet suffering PTSD… his journey through life...a glimpse to his past...the past that he thought defines him...the past that made him chose the life he leads on...and the past that made him take the deal he doesn't have a choice...for deaths...for Justice.
...and Madison Haynes...the beautiful and timid neighbor of Ky that soon became his girlfriend...

"Her chest rises when mine falls.
She exhales.
I inhale.
She takes.
I give.
She pushes out a breath. I pull one in.
So here we are— taking each other’s breaths away."

But more than that, lies the secrets and past she holds back.

Oh!What a beautiful story filled with so much heart gripping scenes that will captivate you right from the start and keep you wanting for more. I enjoyed every single moment of it. No dull moments and I so love how it was written. From the present to the glimpses of the past that will torn your heart into bits of pieces. To the interaction of Ky and Maddy...revelations...forgiveness and acceptance...Wow! so much emotion was involved.

But there's more than the story'll keep on asking questions and keep on seeking for answers because the mystery keeps getting stronger. Maddy for instance, she's a mystery to me. Sure, I love and enjoyed how their feelings towards each other blossomed but there's something in it. Her constant communication to 'Sarah'...her innocence...and that mailbox obsession. Ahhh... I want answers...but more than that, I was so in love with Ky and Christine's cried my heart out.

But that ending that just confirmed my suspicion??? Ahhhh...what the hell??? That cliffy just made me want to crawl into the author's mind because wow I need the next book like right now. I really can't wait.

To Ms. Jay, you never fail us readers. Good job!

Jay McLean




Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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