Adult book reviews, Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Maverick (Jane Valiante #1) by Jennifer Valenti – Tour Stop and ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five Stars

RELEASE DATE:  7 December 2020

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Broken Arrow

Source: Hyde Park Press

Today is my tour stop for The Maverick, thanks to @readthebooktours , @jen.valenti and Broken Arrow/Hyde Park Press!

Blurb

Jane Valiante had put so much of her life on hold to care for her father and little brother back in Florida since her mom died, that she’d all but forgotten she once had ambitions of her own. She had nearly resigned to a life of ordinary when the hottest tech company in the world offers to fly her to New York for the job of her dreams.

After what shapes up to be a whirlwind of an interview, Jane starts to feel overwhelmed and insecure about her chances. Feeling defeated, she’s surprised to receive an invitation to the holiday party from the CEO and Founder, Peter Wright, planned for that evening. Hoping this could be her opportunity to seal the deal, she happily accepts. That’s when everything in her world turns upside down, as she finds herself back at her hotel room with Peter after the party. What started as a drunken misunderstanding leads to a brutal sexual assault that leaves Jane shattered.

Torn by the violence of what happened that night and the shocking choices she inevitably makes, Jane embarks on a precedent-setting journey to right the wrongs she has endured that could ultimately define the fate of a generation.

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Review

Thank you so much to Hyde Park Press for providing me with a copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review!

Jane has been offered an interview for the job of a lifetime. Not only as an incredible opportunity for her own career, but working in a team that could change history in cancer diagnosis. When her interview goes well and she’s invited to a company holiday party, she’s on cloud 9… until she’s raped by the boss of the company. Falling apart, but determined not to let the experience cost her the job of her dreams, she accepts the offer of employment when it comes. But will she be able to face her rapist every day, while he goes unpunished?

The Maverick was the type of book I just didn’t want to put down. Jane’s story was so different to other books I’ve read with similar situations. Her choices were far from the usual portrayal of sexual assault survivors of either ‘make no waves’ victims OR kick ass heroines. Jane showed us the more realistic version – that you could be both. That you could make decisions out of fear, self preservation or anger. That there’s not always a clear path forward and importantly, society has a lot to answer for when it comes to the ways women view their requirement to ‘keep the peace’.

The Maverick is not an easy book to read, the subject matter means it’s often frustrating and devastating, but it is so thought provoking and  powerful too. I can’t wait to read the rest of the books coming to this series!

 

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