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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 ...more
Paperback, 238 pages
Published February 5th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars!

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It’s no secret I am a huge fan of Jay McLean’s. Once I read her ‘More Than’ series, I knew she would be an auto-buy author for me. Combative is different than her other books. It’s got more mystery and more suspense than I was expecting. From the cover, it looks like just another fighter book but it’s not much of a fighter book at all, so don’t let that fool you. It’s a story of remorse, getting justice, making amends, figuring things out, and just maybe… even falling in love.

Jennifer Kyle
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 Stars


Jay McLean delivered a hearttugging, steamy, mystery read folks!! Now where the heck is book two? The writing was spot on as was the connection between Kyler and Madison. The story is written in alternating povs of both Kyler and later Madison the gorgeous new neighbor.

Kyler Parker is a fantastic hero who has suffered a harsh past and recently returned home from his tour in Afghanistan. Pulled in by police for a bar fight, he is offered a deal by his brother Detective Jackson. Kyler is

Combative was an entertaining read. A veteran with a difficult past finds himself pulled into an uncover investigation, and falls for his neighbor, a young woman with secrets of her own.

Ky is consumed with guilt, choices he has made and people he has lost. Opportunity arises when he is reunited with an old friend, Jackson, who is now a detective. Infiltrate a fighting ring ran by a drug dealer, and maybe Ky will find forgiveness, and get a little revenge and retribution.

The man whose life I'
4 Mysterious Stars.

This is one of those books you better go blind. Let’s just say that Ky and Madison meet each other and what starts with a tentative friendship soon starts into something more. But when the secrets that both of them carry start to come out, everything will definitely not be the same again.


This was a nice surprise by Jay McLean. I had some itches with the plotline, but it was without a doubt a steamy and mysterious romance book, with nice and real characters and that kept
Alexis *Reality Bites*
4.5 S T A R S out of 5
This book is rated 'W' for Well Done
Genre: New Adult with Romance Mystery & Intrigue

You will not want to put this book down.

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“Don’t live in the past, Kyler, dream about the future. You and Madison—you can have a future. You can have it all.” -Christine

Kyler Parker (Ky)
A brawl ending with a possible attempted murder charge puts Kyler Parker in the hot seat with Philly PD. However it's his thirst for revenge that will have him fighting yet again but this time in an undergr
4 Stars!!

“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"


This one for sure was different from any other books I have read by this author. It wasn’t better, it wasn’t worse, it was…well, just different. Even the writing seemed different in some way. Anyway…I enjoyed it and that’s all that matters. I don’t really know why I waited so long to read this. If you have th
★★★★ 4.5 Stars ★★★★

I loved this! It was suspenseful and sweet and intense and I am dying for the next instalment. That cliffhanger was a killer!

Kyler Parker had just returned from completing 4 tours in Afghanistan, when he gets into a bar fight with a man who spoke out of turn. When Detective Jackson (Jax) Davis offers him a deal he finds it hard to resist, not only because he doesn't want to end up in jail but because Jax is family. This story goes from past to present where we learn of Ky's t
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like how Jay McLean writes. This book was a bit different from what she wrote before. It is a darker one, with underground fighting, drug dealers, police investigation and a lot of mystery. But still it's the same Jay's writing that I came to like. Her stories are not put on the platter for you. No. They are slowly revealed and with every page you read, you have to put the pieces together by yourself.

We have KY, a guy with a harsh past who got himself involved with police investigation. His jo
Jan 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Combative isn’t your typical Jay McLean book, but if you have been following her you know she isn’t a one trick pony. No, Jay is more than capable of delivering lots of different types of stories, but there are a few things that are always the same. Her books are addictive, full of heart and captivating.

When we first meet Ky it’s easy to love him. He is from a damaged home, full of abuse, but it doesn’t stop him from helping someone else. That’s how Ky and Jackson become best friends, brothers.
3.5 STARS! ★★★☆

"People do crazy things they feel like the clock is ticking too fast, or too slow, or not ticking at all."

After a few days of sitting on this read, I'm not even gonna lie that the events of this book still left me befuddled! The entire plot had me just riddled with questions and even after that huge bazooka cliffhanger, I can only say that it'll be an absolute torture to wait for the next book to know the answers we're looking for.

Combative starts off with Kyler Parker who ju
S.M. West
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
4 "I exist." STARS

No surprise, the writing was good, it is Jay McLean after all! This story caught my attention real quick. There’s not much of a fighting story here but lots of mystery and intrigue. Ky and Madison were cute together and I loved Jax, Ky's younger brother.

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Ky is sweet and so easy to love. The boy's been through a lot and his draw and intentions with Madison were sweet. I found Madison to be a bit frustrating. I felt like I had whiplash with her. The girl’s emotions and action
Kelli C
So a Jay McLean book is like a gift...a perfect something for no special reason. It is a known happiness that you know is gonna be written well, angsty, full of deep/profound love that is all consuming.

Combative showed up on my kindle and I was jumping up and down...I fell hard for Kyler and his "brother" Jackson whose childhood friendship was made out of necessity but created a beautiful family. Then I fell harder when rough life moments broke them apart only to put them back together. So when
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sports-nut, shawty
What the fuck did I just read??

I need book 2 as soon as motherfucking possible.

Lady Vigilante (Feifei)

So far I like the title...and the cover.... ;)
4.5 Combative Stars!

Loved it and am now absolutely hooked!! Need the next book like now!!!

This was my first book by Jay McLean and will most definitely NOT be my last! It's extremely edgy and the story has a ton of layers. Any mafia and MMA lovers, you need to hop on this train. I am kicking myself for waiting so long to pick up this author.

Yes, there is a major STORY cliffy at the end...not with the couple, but with the story.

Full review to follow...
• Lisa •
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review to come ...

**A complimentary copy was generously provided by the author.**
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Madison ... who are you??

I need some answers!!!

Well, as you can see there is a big cliffhanger at the end of this book ... and I hate that!!! ...

This was a quick and easy read ... with some unanswered questions ...

Ky and Madison both had a shitty past ... while Ky's past is wide and open, Madison is still keeping something ...

"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
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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TITLE: Combative
SERIES: (Combative #1)
AUTHOR: Jay McLean
GENRE: Contemporary Romance | New Adult
RELEASED: May 16th 2015

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Sneaky sneaky Jay Mclean this slipped by me like a ghost!!

Jackson (Detective - Childhood friend)
Nate DeLuca (runs the underground fighting ring)
Madison (New tenant in Ky's building - female character)
Kyler (main male character)
Steve (Ky's half brother)
Christine (Jackson's mother, Ky's stand in mother)
Ashlee (Ky's first love)
Jeff (Jackson's d
❥ KAT ❥ Kitty Kats Crazy About Books
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TITLE: Combative
AUTHOR: Jay McLean
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: May 16th, 2015

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Re - reading this so that I can jump onto the next book in the series. And the sucky thing with a re-read is you lose your original review :(

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Combative is told in dual POV so you get a glimpse into each of these characters minds..

What I love about Combative is that it's told in present time, but has moments of reflections where we get to see glimpses of the past. How Ky came from a h
NiCoLeTa E. {Addicted To Books}
***4,25 "Just exist!!!" stars***

“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.”

Wow! Wow! Wow!!!
And now, I'm questioning everything... Especially Madison and her reasons behind all of her actions!!!!
Honestly, i don't know what to think right now.. My mind is playing games with me and I'm so satisfied with myself for not reading this series earlier, cause how could i
Alissa Evanson

OMG I have no idea what this book is even about but

1. It's by Jay McLean
3. Obviously something to do with fighting


CAN'T WAIT FOR THIS RELEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Sammy ⭐️
Feb 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 4-star
This was nothing like what I've previously read from Jay McLean. It had a totally different vibe and feeling to it, one that had me glued and flying through the pages, but now I'm sat here dying to have so many questions answered. I must of jumbled so many different plot twists round in my head while reading this.

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Let's pray book 2 isn't far away!!!

Jo - •.★Reading Is My Bliss★.•
After having a dig around the unread books on my kindle, this one caught my eye and kept me turning the pages once I started!

Kyler has recently left the military, after six years of service, he joined the day he turned 18 years old. He has moved into an apartment and is trying to figure out what to do next when he gets himself into a spot of bother, bringing him face to face with his foster brother, Jackson. A local policeman.

It’s been a while since these two saw each other and there is a big ba
Sentranced Jem
Jan 17, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think I see it?
There's so much hype about this series and I honestly don't know it took me this long to start this series considering I more than adore Jay McLean's books.
Combative almost lives up to its hype. Almost. But it's got me more than intrigued to start book 2.
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
~**~ 4.5 Best-Kind-Of-Different Stars ~**~

First things first: I absolutely L-O-V-E this book! It's something different than all the other works I read by Jay McLean until now. But it's an unbelievable good different.

What I loved most about this book is the relationship between Kyler and Jaxon! These two aren't brothers by blood. They are so much more than that....

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Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are not enough words in the world to describe my love for this author! She writes it, I read it! But what had me most intrigued about this particular book, is that it is completely different to anything Jay McLean has written before.
This novel grips you, packs one helluva punch and delivers one intense story!
The crime behind this storyline is not your ordinary bad guy meets good girl followed by rainbows and unicorns....NOT AT ALL!! The characters are full of mystery, and each page keeps y
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That One Time JMAC Nailed A New Genre! (this book)

Combative. Much wanted by the fans and we were not disappointed. Jay McLean took a HUGE step out of her normal writing zone and fucking nailed it. The love, the mystery, the lies, and the web that weaves all of it was consuming, beautiful, and heart-wrenching all at once. The mysteries of Madison and Ky will enrapture you and take you hostage.

***not a fighter book***
Donna ~ The Romance Cover
Combative (Combative, #1) by Jay McLean
4 stars!!

"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

Well, well, well, this was a surprise from Jay McLean. I downloaded this book totally blind, I had not even read the blurb and had stayed away as usual from reviews and spoilers. I love going into a book blind, I love knowing absolutely nothing and I am glad I did with this
I love when an author steps outside their comfort zone and starts to think outside the box. But what I love even more is when they NAIL it so hardcore that you are left wanting to do a re-read right away. Combative is not a Jay McLean book. I mean she doesn't always write fluffy words and candy pop characters. But all of her others books have this vibe to them.

COMBATIVE is one of a kind. It stands above all the others out there. With writing that is the tits, character development that you searc
Jess-i-ca ~Sometimes a Gif Witch~
The guy on the cover is HOT!!!

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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult and Young Adult romance, and skilled procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her three little boys, investing way too much time on True Crime Documentaries and binge-watching reality TV.
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