REVIEW : Midwest Fighter (Kendalls #2) by Jennifer Ann
June 30, 2016
Title : Midwest Fighter
Author : Jennifer Ann
Series : Kendalls #2
Release date : June 29th 2016
Rating : 4 Stars
Blurb : James Kendall has spent his entire life being protective of those he loves. When unforeseen tragedy strikes, he finds solace in the boxing ring. But when the pressure of being the family leader causes his anger to spiral out of control, hurting those he vowed to always protect, his rockstar brother-in-law sends him to New York to cool down and train with a boxing legend.New York socialite Sharlo Rockford was raised in the lap of luxury, but with an absent dad and drug addict of a mum, she can hardly classify her childhood as happy. Still, she’s able to remain upbeat as well as a loyal friend even after her last boyfriend was unfaithful, she was traumatized in a home invasion, and her flatmate married America’s hottest rockstar. With so much going on in her life, it’s a miracle Sharlo can still be the rock everyone around her needs. Following a chance meeting, James and Sharlo are unable to shake each other from their thoughts. When they reunite, it’s with a bang…literally. But when James feels an obligation to return home to run the family business, he questions if his feelings for Sharlo are strong enough to fight for, or if he’d be better off throwing in the towel and admitting defeat.Little does he know, fate is about to deliver one helluva sucker punch.Warning: This book involves the whirlwind love affair between a brooding boxer and a strong, witty British heroine. If you’re looking for an entertaining read with knicker-melting sex scenes, then sit back and enjoy the ride.
Review : Jennifer Ann seems to be developing to an author with surprises. Opening a new book of her ist starting to remind me of reading a Colleen Hoover book.
Not so much the content or the writing style – but more the fact that you KNOW that you will be surprised as the book in a series will not follow a certain plot style that you might have expected.
I vividly remember reading “Brooklyn Rockstar” the first book in the “Kendalls” series and if you asked me afterwards I would have a clear idea on how the next book in that series was supposed to “be”.
Also I remembered thinking that the author must have had several ideas on plots for the book and she seemed eager to bring content into her novel. Maybe even to much – others would have written 2 novels with far less content that she used up for only one (hey and I do NOT mean that in a negative way) – also there was an idea I very personally developed on what I wanted to read about “Charlie”
So to say I was surprised when I opened “Midwest Fighter” would not even sum up half of what I felt. This Kendall family is really a unique bunch of people and I would not even dare to come up with an idea on how the next book will develop.
Ms. Ann came up with an interesting way of spinning a story around this family that is not tiring to the readers as some novels of this kind are. The Kendalls remain fresh – as their stories are all very different and unique – mostly due to the fact of the very different places that they encounter their love.
It is not the family relationship that carries the story – this relationship is more a loose line to connect the stories.
The weight of the story is carried by events in the story that are heavy and raw.
James is so much more that the short idea of him the reader got in the first novel and Sharlo is much deeper that I would have imagined at that time too.
If this is the style the next books in that series will continue – I am sure I just found a new favorite author. BUT I truly hope she also spins something out of the first novel – there were some strings that would have deserved more lines.