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Strike

(Stronger #4)

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4.67  ·  Rating details ·  353 ratings  ·  90 reviews
Release Date: October 29, 2019

Warning: This story is for mature adults only. It contains violence, mature and explicit content and non-consensual/dubious, graphic sexual activity that some readers may find upsetting. This series is a dark erotic thriller and absolutely NOT a dark romance. Please don't confuse the series with something it's not.

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Jay Marie Sorry, but my life is really hectic. I work full time and I'm a part time evening law student, two things that are very difficult to manage when you'r…moreSorry, but my life is really hectic. I work full time and I'm a part time evening law student, two things that are very difficult to manage when you're trying to write books on the side. I also got married last year, so between planning a wedding, and all the other things that comes with trying to manage your life, sometimes I just can't keep up with it. But I do what I can. Strike was a huge struggle for me for a long time. I had really bad writer's block and I was having trouble connecting with my own characters again, so it took some time to warm up to the story. Strike is now 640 pages long, 185k words, and I feel much more confident about it now. The final draft is finished and its currently in the hands of my formatter who should have it back to me in about a week. So the release of Strike will be in the next few weeks. I hope if you decide to read it that you find it was worth the wait. (less)
Jay Marie Nope, but I'm shooting for the summer :) …moreNope, but I'm shooting for the summer :) (less)

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Maddy
Jay Marie hit it out of the park once again. This book was amazing. I literally was trying to read this every spare moment I had...it was that gripping. I never wanted it to end.

Jaden is back...and she is kicking @ss and finally starting to get her revenge...the ending was superb. This is NOT a dark romance. Darren needs to die a terrible, painful death...the things he put Jaden through were horrific and there just isn’t any redeeming quality in him...yes he is obsessed with Jaden...he loves her
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Natalia
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc
Omg... This was one hell of a trip!! So much happened... Jaden had it rough for a while but after a special meeting in a bathroom her all demeanor change!! She found her focus and it was amazing... I was team Daren till this book... I thought that maybe she could redeem him... But after this, there's no salvation, even when without him knowing he is in love with her... I feel sorry for the child he was once but that man is pure evil.

The psychological warfare use in this books are simply my favor
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Maria
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars !!!!
This is by far my favorite book in the series.
The way we can see the damage that Darren has caused Jaden, how he manipulate her mine and body and all the conditioning is show in a manner that you can understand how Jaden is so strong for all she has to endure and how she knowing she is conditioning she still has fire inside her.

How little by little she is gaining more strength and is learning to fight dirty to finally have her revenge and be free.

I love to hate Darren. He is so des
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April
Nov 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I wasn’t sure how to rate this book.
I enjoyed the ending quiet a bit, I felt like it moved at a faster pace then the rest of the book and I kinda didn’t want it to end.
I have mixed feelings on how I want the final book to end for these characters, but I’m so ready for it to be out already!
Wendi
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Jay Marie has always told us devoted followers of her books that they are NOT a love story. The helpless romantics in us didn't quite believe her. Well, after reading this book, I get it. This is NOT a love story. This is not even close to being a love story. This is about control, obsession, power and reigning over all others. The metamorphosis of Jaden in this book was astounding. She's always been a strong character but she turned the tables in this book and is not just trying to survive,, sh ...more
Taonga
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. Totally worth the wait.

I won't say too much but the ending was spectacular and left me cheering for the heroine. Darren seriously has it coming for him. He definitely won't see what hit him. Jaden's growth throughout the serious has been consistent and beautiful the hurdles she faced, God knows I would have been dead by page 30 of the first book. Jason's devotion to her is awe-inspiring. His sheer determination could move mountains. One more thing. There was a line towards the end
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Kaylee Johns
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Cécile Smits
I’ve been waiting patiently for Strike,knowing that Jay Marie had a lot on her plate,knowing it would take a while.
Seeing it on pre-order on iTunes made me jump with joy,and having it in my library was even better!
Having read it,i know it was more than worth the wait......and leaves me wanting that final part,Stand.
Because where Strike ended?
How Strike ended?
Damn! IT WAS GOOD!

Rising from the ashes of her former self,is the Phoenix Jaden.
A stronger,tougher version of the strong girl Darren did h
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Amanda Marie ❤'s Alpha Reads
Unbelievable!

What a ride! Sweet Jesus, this book. I have whiplash myself from the mood swings and back and forth exhibited by Darren. At one point Jaden accuses Darren of not knowing what he wants from her, and I have to agree. Poor Jaden is dealing with a moving target. It isn't possible to satisfy someone whose idea of satisfaction is constantly shifting. He wants the impossible- for her to maintain her fire, fight, and hatred, but also for her to be submissive to him. She is set up for failur
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Ashley
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You know what is completely sexy and what I admire about Darren Davis despite the mental ride he's taken me on for FOUR BOOKS? The fact that he's evil to the core and he damn well owns it.

No sob story. No redemption.

It's so REFRESHING to read about a male villain who is purely that a VILLAIN.

A villain who knows exactly what he wants and doesn't care what anyone else thinks. This I can appreciate.

Dare I say I haven't felt this fascinated by a villain since my Darkling Shadow and Bone days:P

Ok
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A Sharkey
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
WoW!!!! Fantastic job Jay Marie!! We've waited a long time for this book and it did not disappoint. This is book number 4 in the Stronger Series. This series is so addicting. Strike is my favorite book in the series. It's well written and surpassed my expectations!! There were a lot of twists and turns that made me not want to put it down!! I like that you find a lot about the history of some of the characters. I know Jaden is a smart person but what she pulls off in this book is amazing. Jay di ...more
Karen  Dee
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you have not read the first three books of the Stronger Series than you need to do that RIGHT NOW. All of the books in this series have to be read in order NO EXCEPTION:

Now what you need to know before beginning Strike:

1. Congratulations you have just decided to read the best book of 2019 and it cost you less than $4.00 bucks!
2. Be prepared for the biggest book hangover of your life. Have other books ready to read in a completely different genre in your e-reader so that you don't want to toss
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Cait
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. That is what this book left me thinking. Wow.

As the fourth book in this incredibly addicting series, I had high expectations of Jay Marie, and she didn't disappoint. This series is a force to be reckoned with, and not for the faint of heart. However, if you've held on through Jaden's sadness, fury and frustration in the first three books, the fourth is NOT going to disappoint.

A year after her first kill, Jaden has evolved into the strategic killing machine that Darren wished for, but he d
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Ewa
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
OMG, I haven't read such a good, suspenseful dark for a long time, playing on reader's emotions and so unpredictable. After the spectacular ending of the previous part, you can expect that Darren has achieved his goal: he broke Jaden to later wake her up and shape her according to his own desires, to become the queen of his underground empire. And he doesn't sort out the means to achieve it, to always arouse in Jaden the fear of returning to the basement and unimaginable pain. He trains her for ...more
Angel
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely freaking amazing. Strike is book 4 of the Stolen series. It's well written and surpassed my expectations. Jay did not disappoint! The setting is 1 year after the last event in Spark (book 3). So much is happening, and Jaden is a bit more involved with Darren’s day to day life. I’ll try not to give any spoilers. Camero is so cute and grown up :) Jaden speaks more conversationally with the staff and others around her. Things are explained regarding Darren’s hatred toward Katherine and w ...more
Bonnie
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Stronger series had me hooked the first minute of the first book. Jay Marie knows how to right a deeply intriguing, wonderfully woven story about Jaden's trials, strengths, weaknesses, and rebirth. Strike was absolutely worth every minute of waiting for this release. If you think you are good at predicting the outcome of stories, and wanting something that keeps you on the edge of your seat than this is the series for you. We are reintroduced to the Jaden we all fell in love with during the ...more
NC Reader
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 disappointing stars.
After waiting for almost 2 years for this book, I was expecting so much more.
The over the top matrix bullshit with Jaden’s character was too much. This chick is supposed to be a 115lbs, 5’ something, athletic woman. I understand she trains all day everyday but come the hell on. Taking out an entire army of guards? It’s over the top and ridiculous. I spent way too much time reading about blade throwing, roundhouse kicks and head bashing. Seriously, the book could have been
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Kim Whitehead
Nov 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
OMG!! This series is unbelievable!! Awesome and exciting on all levels!! I have never been so consumed with a story like this! Freaking phenomenal and heart pounding! I mean definitely made for movies! So full of angst! Just explosive on all aspects! So action packed that my blood pressure went through the roof! Phew! I Need more!!!!
William Winegarner
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This series is truly phenomenal. As we continue to follow Jaden through her gut wrenching journey, Jay Marie doesn't tell you Jaden's story she shows you her story by making you see and feel everything. Strike is an all encompassing and riveting story that will absolutely leave you speechless and gasping for your next breath. This book exceeded all my expectations. Wonderful job Mrs Marie ...more
J Love Lemon
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Finally!!! I absolutely loved the book! There were a few really shocking moments I didn’t expected, at least not until final book, but I enjoyed jt very much. Jaden was on a whole new level, big suprise especially after the ending in previous book, and still one of my favorite characters. Can’t wait for the next one, I have a feeling it will be the best one!!
Sabrina Barsetti
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Omg this book!!! I loved it so much! I’m so proud of Jaden, she’s probably one of my favorite badass characters! This story was so addicting and amazing. I couldn’t stop reading it! Jay is getting better and better! I really can’t wait to read the next book! I need it so much!! Jay’s writing is so good and beautiful.

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Denitra Smith
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Survival of the Fittest!!

Once again Jay Marie has given us an explosive addition to this twisted tale of obsession, submission, acceptance and a long awaited retaliation. At the end of book 3, Jaden was broken, defeated. The perfect little companion for the sadistic a**hole aka Darren. In the beginning of this book that theme continues. Jaden remains his little princess; living only to make him happy. It's painful but understandable to read her compliance. She will do anything to avoid a repeat
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◬❍Nastja❍◬
Binged all four books in four days.
The hangover is gonna be something...
Copy/paste review for Book 1

Holy. Shit.
This is really dark.
It's also addictive as hell.
And NOT a romance.
But... it made me... feel things...

I'll be writing a lengthy review once I finish the whole series.
I need the last book ASAP...

★★★★★ stars
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lilly
Speechless, perfect turn of even

This book was everything i was hoping for, finally after seeing Darren winning in past three books, we will be able to see Jaden's dominoes falling into places. Can't wait for stand that book is going to be mindblowing
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Laura M.
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Somebody please make this series a movie!!! This is one of the best series I have ever read!! It was a long book but so good that it did not seem that long at all. I was so bummed it ended, but now waiting for book 5 begins and I know it will be just as explosive!
Jennifer Wilson
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is the fifth book ready to be released...?

Because I. CANNOT. WAIT.... Holy guacamole! So intense. Cannot wait to see how all the clowns fall! This will be good...
Michelle
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes, Strike completely knocked it out of the park in terms of surprises, intensity and storyline! As the book right before the conclusion, there's a lot of ducks to line up in a row and so many things happened in this story. I was completely submerged in this series already and have nothing but admiration for Jaden, but she took it to the next level in this one. I see how much her experience has transformed her, that she is ruled by fear due to deep conditioning and her survival instinct ...more
Tye
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! Strike was action packed and quite the roller coaster of emotions. Two years is a long wait to read the continuation of a series - however a Strike was well worth the wait! The storyline and characters are so good, so compelling, I was literally able to pick up this story and get fully immersed without having to reread the previous books.

Jaden goes through yet another transformation in Strike, which picks up one year after the last book. Jaden is continuing to train while she deals with th
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Priscilla
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈🙈 oh my god what a piece of work!!! I received an arc for this master piece and well...
.. pregnancy hormones be damned! I was thrown into an emotional rollercoaster that had me sitting, standing, pacing and flat out on my back 🤪.
Jay Marie: an exceptional writer, not afraid of exploring the raw intensity of volatile relations and the consequences. She perfectly draws out the dark from Jaden, subtle and sensual yet devastating by the end. As for Darren what
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Darkreads
Nov 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say that I was very conflicted on how to rate this book. I adored the first three books of the series and was eagerly awaiting book 4. On it's own, Strike is an excellent book that's extremely well written, engaging and exciting with many edge of your seat moments. Ms. Marie's writing has really matured and developed and this book flowed really well and allowed the reader to experience the events alongside its characters. Strike delivered on uncovering some mysteries from the first thr ...more
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Jay Marie has been writing since she first learned the alphabet, but it wasn’t until 25 years later that she finally decided to take the deep plunge into the depths of publishing. Her written work conveys the darker side of writing, bringing in to light what most may shy away from. She has a passion for writing strong female characters with a brain that can override their sex drives, deliver one h ...more

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