Strike is the second book in the Sphere of Irony series by Heather C. Leigh. This series is a spin-off of her famous series, and each book can be read as a standalone with interconnected characters. Strike is the story of Dax Davies, and I couldn't wait to get to know this guy better. Not only is Dax a fighter, but he is also a musician, so I knew he was going to be super sexy. While I did like this book and enjoyed it for the most part, there were a few things that kept this one from being great for me.
Dax Davies was raised by a father that had a strict set of rules to live by. He groomed each of his four sons to be the best fighters they could be to earn top dollar in his club. Dax couldn't wait to get out of his father's house though to pursue a life of music instead of fighting. Kate Campbell had loved Dax since they were kids in school together, but Dax never noticed Kate. When he finally did, things seemed to be going well for them. Until one night changed everything, and Kate wound up getting her heart broken.
I had a few issues with Dax and Kate, but for the most part I liked them. Dax was used to having to fight for everything and he lived according to what his father dictated. He was used to following his father's rules, and often times handled things poorly because of that. A lot of that wasn't his fault, yet there were still times that I wanted to shake Dax for how he handled things. He did really seem to care about Kate from the beginning, and it was nice to see him know that she was different and treat her accordingly. Kate was smart and athletic, and she was a really good friend. She definitely had a weak spot when it came to Dax though, and it often times made her seem like a bit of a doormat. She would get so upset over something he would do, but they would wind up at the same place and she would almost instantly get over her anger and forget everything that had happened. While I did like these two together and saw the chemistry between them, it was a bit frustrating at times with how things went between them.
I also thought that this book had some issues with transitions, and it came off as disjointed and confusing. There were several times that it would switch POVs, or from past to present with little to no warning. I also felt like it would jump from one event to another, sometimes with days or months in between and we weren't made aware of it until several paragraphs after the jump. It was confusing at times and hard to follow as a reader already trying to keep the POVs straight. So while I liked this book, I didn't love it. I am curious to read more in this series though, especially the first book with Adam and Ellie. They both played pretty big parts in this book, so I am wanting to see how everything went from their side of things. If you like sexy rockstar stories, this might be one you want to check out.
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