Review: Maya And The Tough Guy (Big Girl Panties #2) by Carter Ashby

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 Review :

* Copy provided by Patchwork Press – Cooperative via NetGalley for an honest review *


Maya and the tough guy wasn’t an easy read to me, I’m kind of conflicted about this story.
This one is very emotional and the two main characters had both a very tough past with abusive relationships, hurting and destroying them deeply.

Maya is young woman escaping from an abusive relationship. Jayce is the guy in love with her but unable to reach her because if her issues. They both knew each other since they were young.

The story began with a flashback of Maya’s senior prom; she was with Jayce and we could sense that he was in love with her. Maya wasn’t obvious of it and was too scared of her father that couldn’t see what was in front of her. She went with the wrong guy. She escaped from a monster to an another monster. She endured so much pain, hate, leading her soul destroyed and all his husband behavior had impacts that were difficult to heal.
More years later, she escaped and lived with her best friend, being also protect by her brother in law.
She met Jayce again.

Jayce, is a tough big guy, with a muscular body, intimidating but with a big heart inside and he had a weakness: Maya. He had also a similar past of abused childhood, but he decided to fight back and be tougher! He didn’t do relationships, didn’t let anyone take advantage of him, lived his life without being emotionally involved, since Maya broke his heart. But poor guy, he was helpless with her and tried to help her, to be there for her as a friend. Maya pushed him away until he couldn’t fight it anymore, too tired of die trying. He really liked his character a big guy with a softie side, and he wasn’t hiding his flaws!

his story had good material, potential, but Maya and Jayce’s romance was a little bit repetitive. I enjoyed it as Maya became to fight back and taking control of her life but damn I wanted to shake her sometimes to make her realize that Jayce was totally, desperately in love with her.
It was quite good enough but I had difficulties to really get into the story. I gave 3.5 stars!



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