Fighting Envy by Jennifer Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“In my experience, no one ever does something without wanting something in return.”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎
Character development: ☹️🙃☺️🥰
Narration Type: Dual Narration
The heroine: Rowan – Rowan grew up with her twin brother, Tyson in the home of her abusive single mother who constantly berated them, especially Rowan. Their mother was left by their father when he found out she was pregnant and she blamed the kids. She constantly told Rowan that she, like all the women in their family, was unworthy of love and no man would ever stay with her. Rowan and Tyson were determined to leave the day they turned eighteen.
The Hero: Jax – He grew up with his father and grandfather. His father was always angry and never happy. His grandfather owned a gym where Jax and his friends trained for MMA fighting and when he died, he left the Gym to Jax. Jax kept his father on at the gym because of his connections, and he was the one that scheduled all the MMA fights for the fighters at the gym. Though he always berated Jax and sponsored one of his friends instead of Jax. He always scheduled Jax against the toughest fighters, while he scheduled the other guy against fighters he could easily win.
The Story: Rowan and Tyson were able to leave their mothers home in California. They moved to the Phoenix area and live together in an apartment. Rowan had a boyfriend Jason who she thought would stick by her when she was pregnant, but when the day came for her to have the baby, he drives her to the hospital and takes off, not answering her phone calls after that.
Jax is in the hospital at the same time, for some stitches on a cut he got while sparring with a friend. He ends up helping Rowan out and they become friends. Though both of them have issues they are dealing with and both come from terrible backgrounds. Jax has been romantically interested in Rowan since he first saw her.
This book is told in dual points of view via dual narration. It was narrated by George Wickham and Angela Moore. George is a good narrator and puts a lot of feeling into his voice, but I would like a deeper voice for a muscular MMA fighter. Angela’s voice matches Rowan perfectly. She is soft spoken with a very feminine voice and she embodies the girl with low self esteem to a T.
I liked the fact that Jax had his own issues with his Dad, but he was able to talk openly about them and he draws Rowan out slowly by getting her to talk about her mother and the things she would shout at Rowan and how she struggles with that. Jax is also so great with Rowan’s daughter Lily. It is always good to see a man who isn’t afraid to change a diaper or take the kid even when the mother is around.
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