Jax

Cristin Harber
Jax
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Publisher
Mill Creek Press
Release Date
October 2017
ISBN
9871942236825
Series
Book 13 of Titan
Genre
Contemporary Romance, Romantic Suspense/Mystery

SUMMARY
Seven is an enigma. A motorcycle club princess. The daughter of a notorious gangster. The best friend of the deputy mayor. A coffee shop owner. The single mom of two young, adopted children. She's colorful, in every way possible—from her attitude to her piercings and bright pink hair—and she's a woman on a mission with the power to help broker a clean break between a powerful motorcycle club and a South American drug cartel. But not all players are ready for the game to change, including the ones she can't see like the CIA.
Jax Michaelson has a bad attitude and a good shot. The former Navy SEAL has been on Titan's problem list for running his mouth since the day he showed up for work, but he does a hell of a job, and they'd never let him go. Call him cocky, that's fine, because then you'd have to admit he's the best at anything and everything—except diplomacy.
When Titan is forced into the seedy drug world filled with cartel glitz and Harley-riding MCs, Seven and her family become an unexpected bargaining chip right after she and Jax find a way to stand each other—in bed.
Will friends become lovers? Or are they too far gone to be opposites that attract? Is Jax nothing but a bad boy who leaves her hoping for a military hero when the burden of living as Mayhem royalty backfires and her children disappear.

JAX is a standalone romantic suspense novel by New York Times bestselling author Cristin Harber. It features characters from the Titan, Delta, and Only series, but readers do not have to have read those books to enjoy this one. There's a guaranteed happily ever after and no cliffhanger! Enjoy!

Book Review by Delta (reviewer)
Oct 19, 2017   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
20 people found the following review helpful
5 drug-free stars for JAX!

Jax Michaelson is fascinated with the pink-haired spitfire named Seven Blackburn, even more so when she rebuffs his advances and slaps him. Something about the Mayhem MC princess makes him want to do dirty dirty things to her, and when the two are partnered up on a MC situation, he's a goner. Seven is thrilled that Mayhem is getting out of the drug business, less so that they've tapped Titan to help negotiate a peaceful end of relations with the cartel. But it's her men, her dad's club, and she'll do whatever needs done. She never expected to fall for the surly, sexy Italian warrior, but when he puts his own job on the line for her kids' lives, there's no turning back.

Ms Harber has done it again with JAX! She creates the sexiest, badass Titan characters over and over and I LOVE it! JAX is book 13 in the Titan series, which is one of my favorites! Each story sucks you in with smokin' hot sex, killer character development and suspense that has you ready to suit up and help. Seven was a seriously kick ass character. I loved the dichotomy of pink hair, piercings and MC royal lineage with the OCD coffee shop owner, mother and caretaker to both her mom and the kids she adopted. I had a tough time reconciling her badass'edness with her former marriage to Johnny. What a douche! Jax, however, was made for the tiny whirlwind. He gave zero fucks about her MC princess status and would partner up with any of the gang to keep his woman safe, even if it's from one of them. I love everything that Ms. Harber releases, and I can't wait for more!!

Bottom Line: No OM/OW or sharing; condom use; no BDSM/kink; no sexual assault; violence, murder.
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Book Review by Pip (reviewer)
Oct 26, 2017
18 people found the following review helpful
One consistent thing about Cristin Harber's characters is that they do tend to behave in ways I'll never expect. Jax and Seven are no exception to this general rule that I've come to learn of the Titan gang; neither is the direction that Harber takes in this book that completely surprised me. Characters whom you thought you can't warm to can suddenly turn around and show that the notion of ‘heroism' doesn't always conform to some pre-determined idea that you have…though as much as I hate to say it, the opposite applies too.

Titan's ops thus far have been more paramilitary covert ops, so when Jax's story came wrapped up in a MC's dealings, I couldn't say I was entirely enthusiastic about this turn, but it's clearly my own sub-genre preferences speaking here. Jax, the known arse and the bastard-to-go-to in the past few Titan books, had a story and I was itching to uncover it, and this itch surpassed even my general dislike for MC stories.

The result is an MC-centric book that I couldn't really get into but for Jax's and Seven's dance around each other and the fact that they aren't quite the stereotypical characters I tend to read in such stories. There is action, of course and Jared Westin's mobilisation of his Titan troops is always an awesome thing to read about, but that only comes much later...past the talking, posturing and the laborious sifting through truth and lies.

Above all, Jax made the story for me, as self-titled as this books is anyway, I didn't expect anything different when Harber fleshed him out to be a protagonist who was so much more than his crusty, abrasive surface. I couldn't quite say the same for the rest of the characters, who were simply varying shades of unlikable. In fact, I cheered Jax for giving it stubbornly to the Titan team who admittedly hadn't been on his side to begin with and Jared/Sugar—a couple whom I'd adored when their book came out—behaved in fact, like idiots for most of this, tarnishing the sheen of the halo I'd initially put on them. Soon enough, it got just as hard to like Seven, whom I felt simply needed to grow a spine where Jax was concerned because she couldn't decide where her loyalties were going to lie when it was all said and done.

‘Jax' is a very different type of Titan book for which I needed a huge effort to suspend disbelief. That Jax's so-called mortal enemy was dealt with all-too-easily—he was flitted in and out, appearing to play an important role but didn't, and realising that he was ultimately, another plot device to help alter other characters' perception of Jax tanked the read for me.

But I'll reiterate that my own response to the plot and characters is just that—a catalogue of issues that just didn't work for me, which simply outweighed Jax as the shining star of his own book and explains my half-hearted rating of it.
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