Derna’s Review ~ Combative (Combative #1) by @JayMcLeanAuthor



COMBATIVE (Combative I) – by Jay McLean

Series: Combative Trilogy

Release: 16th May 2015

We all play victims to our pasts; to the choices we make and the lives we create.

They define who we are.
And sometimes if we’re lucky enough, the past stays where it belongs: in the past.
I’m not one of the lucky ones.
I never have been.
Because now the past is knocking on my door, offering deals I have no choice but to take… deals that will help bring justice—not just for me, but for my brothers.

The problem?
The deal is a ticking time bomb.
One I didn’t know existed.




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*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ***

You know what I love? When one of your favourite authors takes you by surprise and that is exactly what Jay McLean did with Combative, it was very different from her previous books. I don’t know much about it before I started it and that was great as it added to the surprise.

 “Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.” – Nicole Krauss, “The History of Love”

I enjoyed Combative the storyline was about love, loss, redemption, trust, friendship, family and secrets. The mystery and suspense element made it an intriguing read. Kyler and Madison are great characters, both are slightly broken, flawed and have secrets. I like the relationship that developed between them both are experiencing some new, feelings that they have never felt before, so it sweet and romantic at times but also intense.

“I don’t think it’s our pasts that define us, and it’s not even our life’s final destination. It’s everything we do in between, the actual living, that creates who we are.”

Even though Combative is different from Jay’s normal genre, it still contains the things that I have come to love about Jay. Great writing, great plot, characters that you instantly like, romance, humor, and secondary characters that add to the story.

I’m looking forward to reading Redemptive the next book in the series. I need to know more about Madison because I had a few questions about her while reading the book, but after the cliffhanger and the sneak peak that Jay gives us at the end of the book I now had many more.

If you love Jay, then you will love this book.unspecified-2


Coming soon ~ REDEMPTIVE (Combative II)

Redemptive E-book

It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die. It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.
Clearly, mine was not.

The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.
The blast of the gun as it went off.
The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.
And then darkness.
This replayed over and over.

When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,
hear, were those few seconds.
Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.
Gunshot, breath, darkness.




Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, as well as skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix. She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-    done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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