Blog Tour Stop and Giveaway: Without Doubt by CJ Azevedo

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Synopsis:

Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering.  Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.

Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.

Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?




Review:

This book was a lovely little surprise. It was set to a slow simmer at the beginning, but soon switched to a sizzling passion filled with sexual tension and mysterious undertones. I didn't read the first book in this series, but you don't necessarily have to read them in order. The first book, Without Boundaries, is about Declan's cousin Talon. After reading Without Doubt, I am definitely going to read the first one!  Declan is one hot bad boy fighter that melts the girls panties right off without even trying.

"I want nothing more than to take her bottom lip in between my teeth and gently tug until an unavoidable moan escapes, but I won't."- Declan

Declan is the typical bad boy that every girls swoons for. Ava is a hard working, driven, tough girl who is set on a quest to better her life. The beginning had the familiar set up of boy-meets-hot-girl-he-wants-more-than-any-other-girl-he-has-ever-wanted, but girl-denies-overwhelming-pull-to-have-what-she-most-desires. Of course Ava's attempt at denying Declan, only makes him yurn for her even more. The thing that makes this story different, is the mysterious reasons as to why she's denying her womanly urges for him. Ava believes that her life is far to complicated for anyone to be a part of it and once Declan finds out the truth he will go screaming for the hills. Declan decides that he must know Ava and decides to be there for her in any way he can, even if it's just as friends...for now. A friendship grows between them, which comes to mean a lot more to her then she ever thought possible. After a big misunderstanding fueled by jealousy on both sides, Declan decides to give Ava some space. This space forces her to come face first with her undeniable feelings for Declan. Ava finally makes the jump to get him back in her life and tell him the truth in hopes he will stick around. Declan surprises the hell out of her by not only being understanding of her situation, but also stacking a possessive ownership of her and her baggage. Ava finds out that Declan is much more than just a rough, sexy as sin, bad boy fighter everyone thinks he is.

"My heart swells some more with my feelings for Declan James. He's a bad ass, but he's a bad ass with a heart. I couldn't ask for much more."-Ava

The connection that Declan and Ava share is unbearably scorching, but also filled with much emotional depth. They both want each other, but Declan tames his lust, so he can prove to her how much more she means to him. Their relationship flourishes and everything seems to be growing naturally between them. That is until some horrible force of nature comes barreling in to trample their little slice of paradise.  I pretty much pieced together what was going to happen, only because I tend to question every bit of detail that is given. I was filled with dread and fist pumping frustration when all the drama was unloaded and left there to fester. I usually don't mind giving a away little bits of spoilers if it doesn't take away from the overall story. In this case however, I will leave the mystery and intrigue right where it is (insert evil mad scientist laugh).

"I rest my hand down on her from backside and curse the sunlight and the public and the law that prevents me from making love to her right now because of them. Whoever wrote that law obviously didn't look into the further and see how bad a decision that was going to be for me today." -Declan

They both think they are doing what's best for everyone involved, but in Ava's mind she couldn't let it go and felt utterly betrayed by the man she loved. She has dealt with too much  abandonment in her life to give up the last thing in her life that she loves.  Declan knows his love is pure and forever, but Ava can't drive that deeply seeded feeling of doubt out of her mind. Will they be able to overcome their stubborn idealistic views and reach an agreement. Or will the actions involved just drive them apart for good?

"Ava makes me feel like the word 'love' was established just for us. Her and I. Me and her. I know that I would do anything for her, even become a damn accountant if that's what she wished for on a bright, shinning star. I would. i would be the toughest thing to possibly imagine but it wouldn't be impossible. Surviving the loss of my relationship with her? That would be impossible." -Declan

I enjoyed this read. It was a bit of a build up to the good stuff, but once it got there...the angst and passion made up for everything else. I was quite satisfied with the storyline and the characters. Like I said before, I kind of saw everything coming, but I read like a wannabe Sherlock Holmes, so it takes some very skilled trick writing to sneak too much past me. I would recommend this book to my fellow readers out there.

3.5 out of 5 Angst Filled, Frustratingly Heart Squeezing Stars!





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Author Low Down:


CJ has lived all over the state of California, Central, South, North and finally landing back somewhere in the middle. She married the boy she fell for when she was only eleven years old and together they have two beautiful heathens. CJ obviously loves to read and write. She can watch the Giant’s play baseball but hates football. She bakes when she’s sad, runs when she’s mad and dances when she’s happy (even if she cant find a rhythm to save her life) If you’re looking for her and can’t seem to find her, look on the staircase, it’s her favorite spot to read.




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