Title: In the End
Release Date: August 2, 2013
Author: Erika Ashby
*Novella-Prequel to Moving Forward*
Jake Reynolds’ life had always been perfectly mapped out for him as he was growing up. The only time he ever felt like he had any control over it was when he was inside the cage—the same cage that held no for sure outcome. In his twisted mind being inside that ring with his opponent was the most freeing feeling. In that moment alone he was able to let his perfected guard down and be who he wanted to be.
From the outside looking in, everything about Jake’s life looked perfect, but he knew that he wasn’t. His whole life had been set up for him before he was even born, and even though it’s not the life he wanted, he continued living it.
When you have everything you could ever want at your fingertips, why screw it up?
That was his mindset until the night Jesika showed up at his fight. He knew she was different from the get-go. He also knew he didn’t deserve her, but that didn’t mean he didn’t want to try. Jake had skills inside and out of the cage and he was known to always get what he wanted no matter the risk. But was he willing to change who he had always been in order to keep the one that he thought was worth the fight? Will it all be worth it in the end?
Wow this book had me balling my eyes out. It was short and to the point but damn if it didn't make me love Jake even more. From the moment Jake stepped on the page in Moving Forward I knew I was going to LOVE him and despite what happened I continued to love him regardless. Just in the little time you got to spend with him you could FEEL how much love he had for Jesika and that he would do anything to make her happy.
In The End lets you see just how much he did love Jesika. It takes you into his mind and lets you feel everything he was feeling right up before the tragic accident. You get to see how remorseful he was for everything that happened and how much love he had for his family. Yes I know he cheated and he lied but when you get this glimps into his head you get a better understanding of what happen. Was it ok what he did HELL NO but he made a mistake and I believe he was truly remorseful for it.
So I know I might be in the minority here but I truly loved Jake and I loved getting to see inside of his head to get the closure I think we all needed. It was a brilliant idea and Erika executed it perfectly with the letter in between the story. Erika did a fantastic job and I love her for giving me more Jake!!
Being born an "Army Brat", Erika Ashby has been residing in Oklahoma the last 10 years finally putting an end to the nomad tendencies she had grown accustomed to. She's a happily married woman who has 5 kids between her and her husband. She has an insane passion for music and embraces her Inner Groupie any chance she has. It wasn't until the age of 29 that she realized she also had a hidden passion for reading; before then she claimed to have hated it. Six months after unlocking that deep desire she never knew she held, she turned the key to another chapter of her life which has become the desire to write. And the rest is still history in the making.
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