Book Review – Without Doubt by CJ Azevedo

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Ava Sterling is tough and the most straight laced girl you will ever meet. Her family and her past have managed to alter her future permanently and she has no desire to allow anyone else into her life or her heart for fear of rejection or further altering. Ava is alone in the world with the exception of the grandest responsibility she did not create on her own but on her own she will carry for the rest of her life.

Declan James is a MMA fighter, party all night kind of guy. Responsibility is nowhere to be found in his life or so he allows everyone around him to believe. Coming from wealth and a carefree lifestyle, Declan gets what he wants, always. And what he wants is Ava. In his pursuit of getting what he wants, Ava in his bed, his plan changes quickly without his consent. Against his plans of being the next hot bachelor to cross the tabloids as he makes his way to being the Ultimate Light Heavyweight Champion, Declan falls in love. He falls in love without hesitation and without doubt.

Neither Declan nor Ava are aware that fate has inconveniently intertwined their lives forever. Will they be able to survive the aftermath of the truth?


I am completely swept off my feet and have a new Author that I will be reading everything she writes!  What a beautiful story about love and the challenges of life.  I did not read the first book in this series, but they do not need to be read in order.  That being said, Without Boundaries is now on my TBR list!  I was addicted to Ava and Declan’s story from the beginning.  There was an instant chemistry but other obligations made it difficult for them to find their happily ever after…
“I live a life that you wouldn’t possibly be interested in.  I have responsibilities and obligations that made me grow up way too quickly and I’ve adjusted to that.”  ~Ava
Ava Sterling is working at a bar, going to school full-time, and trying to take care of all the responsibilities that have landed in her lap at such a young age.  She tries to keep most people at arms length because she just doesn’t have time for it.  Her family left her, leaving her to figure out everything on her own, and she will.  She is determined, hard working, fierce, and the easiest person to get along with.  I loved her and how strong and confident she was!  But one night while working someone else’s week day shift she meets Declan James face to face for the first time.  And Ava is immediately captivated by him, but knows who he is and that he could never handle the responsibilities in her life.
“I’m going to get to you, Sunshine.  I promise you that.  And when I do, you won’t be able to deny me.  Not only that, you won’t fucking want to.”  ~Declan
Declan doesn’t do relationships.  He is a MMA fighter and enjoys his carefree lifestyle.  He is SO sexy, with his fit body and lip ring… OH MY!!!  Everyone assumes he doesn’t know what responsibility is, but that is just what he allows them to think.  He is smart and went to college, he just loves fighting.  Growing up he came from a wealthy family and always got what he wanted.  And from the moment Ava came to his table and stood up for herself, he wanted her… no he had to have her. 
“I can’t say what I need to say while you’re looking at me with your big stupid beautiful eyes.”  ~Ava
But when he finally asks someone out on a date… Ava says NO!  (I was screaming at her, because the sexual tension was OFF THE CHARTS) What Ava doesn’t realize is he doesn’t give up that easy.  She wants to try and just be friends, so that is what he agrees to… for now! 
“I like this girl a whole lot, and for some reason I haven’t figured out yet, I want to make this confusing, frustrating, hot as hell girl mine.”  ~Declan
When secrets cause jealousy to occur between “friends” feelings get hurt and leave them not talking to each other. After months of daily calls and texts Ava is lost and finally decides she has to just tell Declan the truth and hope he will not run away from her like everyone else who she loves has.  But what she doesn’t know is Declan is just as in love with her.  He was just waiting for her to come to him and be ready to open up and be his girlfriend, because there isn’t anything she could tell him that would change the way he feels.   
“I know that she’s a permanent fixture in my life and there will never be another woman who will be able to compare to her in any way and I haven’t even slept with her…”  ~Declan
Everything is amazing and beautiful and you can finally feel that beautiful HEA coming just as fate steps in and makes their lives a mess.  Decisions have to be made and sometimes those decisions can hurt the ones we love, even if they are for the best. ( I don’t want to give anything away because I want you to be able to go on the same intense journey that I did!!!)  Will Ava and Declan accept the decisions that have to be made to protect their family and still be together and in love?  Or will Ava just have to accept that she will always have to take care of life herself?
Without Doubt captivated me every step of the way!  I loved reading the story from both Ava and Declan’s POV.  This is a beautiful love story and I will be following this Author in the future!  Go check it out!