Review: Jerk It by Lani Lynn Vale (Madd CrossFit #2)
Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via Uplifting Author Services.
Jerk It is the second novel in the Madd CrossFit series, and this cast of characters and their stories are quickly becoming my favorite from Lani Lynn Vale. If you've read the series starter, No Rep, you'll recall that there isn't a whole lot of love lost between Murphy and Mavis. It was clear that there was history between them, and now, readers find out just how deep that history goes. This book may be read as a standalone, if you choose to.
There was a point in time when Alessio Murphy Romano and Mavis Jean Pope were actually the closest of friends. That is, until Mavis's grandmother went and fired Murphy's mother, rendering the mother and son homeless and cutting the twelve-year-old Murphy and nine-year-old Mavis's friendship short. Now thirty-one, Murphy is a mechanic with his own garage and wants for nothing for himself. Except maybe a new heart, even if his broken one belongs to Mavis once again, along with her baby boy, Vlad.
Lani Lynn Vale brought the angst and the wit alongside the romance, and I reveled in it all. Murphy and Mavis were the poster children for the saying about there being a thin line between love and hate. I enjoyed seeing these two rekindling that closeness they shared as children, and Murphy's relationship with Vlad was certainly one of my favorite things about this book. Then there was Murphy's heart issue, and goodness, how this aspect of the story got to me. I don't want to give anything away, but I needed a couple of tissues at one point in the book. All in all, Jerk It was a wholly satisfying 4.5-starred read.
Read my reviews for the Madd CrossFit series:
No Rep (book one) - 4.5 stars - My Review
Jerk It (book two) - 4.5 stars - My Review (posted above)
Release Date: 07 September 2021
Date Read: 04 September 2021
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