Jake by L. Ann Marie
Series: The Baxter's #4
Published by Beau Coup Publishing on September 27, 2015
Genres: Biker / MC
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Jake’s been working with the Baxters since they were on SEAL Team 10. That’s more than ten years. He’s watched their kids grow up and his other team members and coworkers getting married. He wants that too. He’s sick of picking up random women and one-night stands. He wants a family and he wants it yesterday...
**CONTENT WARNING: This book contains adult language and sexual situations. It is intended for 18+ ONLY**
Jake’s book is my hands down favorite of L. Ann Marie’s Baxter Series. It was much slower paced than the other books, but that’s not saying much since her books tend to give me a whiplash feeling with all the things packed in. I also loved that we got lots of time with characters from her “MC” series. These two series have become so intertwined, I would suggest reading both together in published order.
I loved the quirky and fun heroine Sam. Like most of the h’s in these books, she has a tragic past that would have broken a lesser woman. Although suffering from PTSD, Sam has found a way to make her dream of becoming a doctor come true despite the many roadblocks in front of her, not the least of which being that she is completely deaf.
Jake has been a favorite of mine from the Baxter team and I was hoping he’d get his HEA, especially after things didn’t work out between him and Penny. Jake wasn’t as alpha as some of the rest of the guys at the MC, but that didn’t make him any less appealing. He was caring, sweet, and kind but he could take care of any threat whatsoever. As much as I liked Jake, I do feel like his backstory is missing. Sometimes it feels like unless the characters in these books were raised in the foster care system, they hatched from eggs fully grown with no history whatsoever.
One of the reasons why this book felt slower paced and less intense than its predecessors was because of all the completely romantic and lighthearted moments we were treated to. The water tower scene now has its place on my most sweetly romantic moments in a biker book list. The picnic with the solar panel light board could probably make that list too.
My main problems with the book are sadly some of the same issues I’ve had with Ms. Marie’s other books. They all need editing badly, including this one. The telling instead of showing, huge time jumps, and confusion of who is even talking need to be addressed. Also, the same scenarios seem to get repeated over and over which got old several books ago. Finally, once again we have beloved side characters doing complete character implosions and turning against the Baxter’s. Mainly it boils down to me wishing we had more quality original content and less quantity of overused plot twists.
Even with my pretty major for me complaints, I find myself still strangely fascinated with this series. For reasons I can’t quite explain, this series along with the author’s MC series have become a kind of comfort read when I just need to veg out.
Spice’s Rating: 4 Sweet and Fascinating But Needs Some Work Stars.
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