Book Review – Combative (Combative #1) by Jay McLean

Hey lovely readers!
Here’s a book review for you! Book three of this trilogy is finally here. So I’m finally reviewing the first book. Haha. Enjoy!

“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.
Kyler Parker is not one of the lucky ones.
He has never been.
Abused and neglected until he was sixteen, Kyler needed an out. A way to escape. And he found it in the most unlikely friendship.
But at seventeen, tragedy struck, and he made himself disappear.
Now, at twenty-four, Kyler’s past is knocking on his door, offering a deal he has no choice but to take… a deal that will help bring justice—not just for him, but for his brothers.

The problem?
He’s distracted by the girl across the hall.
Madison comes with her own past, her own secrets… and her own deal. And those deals?

They’re ticking time bombs.
Ones they didn’t know existed.



I can’t believe that I waited so long to read this book! I couldn’t put it down. It was so freaking close to perfect and I enjoyed it so much. Let’s start with what I liked about the book.
I love stories that feature veterans, because I really feel like they are some of the most genuine book heroes and heroines. I also loved that the story brings attention to homelessness, because it is such a big issue everywhere.

Honestly, this book has so much packed into it. Kyler had such an awful childhood and when he finally finds so happiness it gets tragically taken away. Madison ends up alone and on the streets at a young age. They both have endured so much pain and now they both have secrets. Kyler is trying to get Justice for his brother and Madison has been sent to keep tabs on Kyler. Who sent her? Who is she really? And what does she want with Kyler?
Meanwhile Kyler is undercover and dealing with Nate DeLuca. Yet something is off about Nate.

The one issue I have with this book is the pacing. Sometimes it seemed to just speed through things and jump around a bit. But otherwise I absolutely loved it. It ends on a pretty big cliffhanger that makes you want to jump straight into book 2. And that’s exactly what I did!

Thanks for reading guys! Talk to you soon! ❤ Adrianna

*Cover and synopsis from Goodreads

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My name is Adrianna. I’m a 27 year old wife, mommy, book lover, and librarian. I have a deep love for books and an unhealthy obsession with iced tea! I can quote almost any Disney movie, Belle is my favorite Disney princess, and I live for Harry Potter! I enjoy reading New Adult Romance above anything else. I have one beautiful baby boy named Jace and 5 cats and 1 dog who are basically my world (along with hubby of course)! And when I’m not reading I enjoy writing, puzzling, trivia, and long walks with the hubs, baby boy, and dog! Thank you for visiting and I hope you enjoy! ❤ Adrianna