Review: Redemptive (Combative #2) by Jay McLean



It’s said that your life flashes before your eyes when you die.

It must only happen to those whose lives were worthy.

Clearly, mine was not.

The only thing that happened to me was a repeat of what I thought was my death.

The blast of the gun as it went off.

The loss of my breath as two hundred pounds of dead weight dropped on top of me.

And then darkness.

This replayed over and over.

When the guy squatted down next to me and asked if I was hurt, the only thing I could see, feel,

hear, were those few seconds.

Even now, as I sat in the back of a blacked out van—it was the only thing that ran through my mind.

Gunshot, breath, darkness.


I was kindly provided an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review; I was so freaking excited to read this because Jay McLean is among my favorite authors, and BAM! she delivered a great story again.

It was her. And it was two words I’d never expected that left me ruined. “Thank you.”

After that cliffy ending in Combative, we were left with so many questions about Madison and her past as Bailey; but if there was one thing we were sure about it was Ky, but yeah, McLean was laughing behind our backs the whole time. Redemptive is Bailey’s story, and on the one hand we get to really understand what Bailey had to go through, and how the girl we know as Madison came to be. But on the other hand our only certainty is destroyed; I swear I tried to stay faithful to Ky, but honestly, I can only think about Nate right now.

“What are you thinking?” I exhaled loudly but refused to look up at him. “How wrong this is.” His hand froze in my hair, along with the rest of him. “Funny. I was just thinking how right it was.”

As they are forced to live together, Bailey and Nate develop feelings for each other, they become each other’s everything, and although it’s beautiful, it’s also painfully clear that it’s a disfuctional relationship. And that makes it even harder to imagine what’s going to happen in the last book.

He was the epitome of the perfect calm, right before the most dangerous storm.

Anyway, this book was beautifully written, McLean has a way of making you feel everything her characters are feeling, and she makes the experience the more intriguing thanks to a whole lot of suspance and the turns the story takes. I’ll need to reread Combative soon just totruly appreciate everything.

Release Day: March 8


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Jay McLean is an international best-selling author and full-time reader, writer of New Adult Romance, and most of all, procrastinator. When she’s not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, playing house and binge watching Netflix.
She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her hurt and make her feel.

Jay lives in the suburbs of Melbourne, Australia, in a forever half-done home where music is loud and laughter is louder.

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