Monday, January 12, 2015

Review: Maya and the Tough Guy by Carter Ahsby

Maya and the Tough Guy
(Big Girl Panties, #2)
by Carter Ashby 
New Adult 
My Review of first novel in series
Asked to Review
Published on: January 20,2015

Before I get into my review, here's the synopsis from Goodreads:


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.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars. 

Disclaimers: I received an e-galley of this novel from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion. I was not obligated to write a good review nor did I receive any compensation for writing this review.

The Characters: Maya was a complex character. I wanted to like her, but she annoyed me a little bit. Maya has been through a lot. She grew up with an abusive dad, got pregnant in high school, and then trapped in an abusive marriage. That's enough to pity and like anybody. I liked her because she seemed nice and caring.

But she drove me nuts. I just couldn't figure out why she treated Jayce like crap. Yeah because of her past and it was understandable, but still it was annoying.

Jayce, I actually really liked him. He was a nice guy and he cared so much for Maya. Some would probably call him a wuss but he really wasn't. He was an interesting blend between bad boy and nice guy. I really liked Jayce and thought he deserved to be treated much better in the novel than he was. 

My Overall Thoughts/Impressions: I have mixed feelings about this book. I enjoyed reading it and it was a very quick read. I loved getting to know more about Jayace and Maya, as well as seeing more of Zoey and Kellan.

The novel was well-written and very comical. It was entertaining, but it just didn't really stand out to me in any significant way. I would recommend this to fans of contemporary romance though. 

So why 3 stars? It just didn't stand out, but was enjoyable. 

Can I read the series out of order? Yes, in many ways this acts as a stand-alone novel. 

Warnings/Side-notes: New Adult content leaning more towards adult. There were several pages I skipped/skimmed over because I did not feel comfortable reading them. Definitely for more mature readers. 

The Wrap-up: An enjoyable novel that is fast, quirky, and explores some tough themes. 

Love,

Danica Page

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