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Review of Grappling for Position (Against the Cage #4) by Melynda Price

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“You’re lucky I love you”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (MMA)

Book Length (Est.): 373 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

This battle of wills is about to go below the belt…

Willow Scott is sweet, innocent, and 100% untouchable. She’s the epitome of everything MMA fighter Regan “Rapscallion” Matthews has always wanted, but will never have. A woman like her deserves more than a scrapper from the wrong side of the tracks—the Scott’s charity case.

Unfortunately for Regan, his best friend’s little sister is all grown up and she’s tired of playing by the rules. When Willow sees something she wants, she goes after it—damn the consequences—and her sights are set on him. With a shot at the Welterweight title finally within his grasp, Willow Scott is a distraction Regan can’t afford. But this willful woman is determined to make him tap-out.

Willow has been in love with Regan Matthews since she was in pigtails and braces. Over the years, she’s all but given up hope of her brother’s friend returning her affection, but a part of her never stopped praying that someday he would see her as more than Kyle Scott’s annoying little sister. If Willow has her way that’s all about to change, and Regan must decide if he’s willing to risk losing his best friend and the Welterweight title for a woman he doesn’t deserve but cannot live without.

**All Against the Cage books can be read as stand-alones**

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

Regan has had feelings for his best friend’s little sister since she was sixteen and kissed him, but she was off-limits, and he went a little crazy trying to get over his desire for her. That is until four years later she declares game on and decides to stop holding back her feelings for him, making it extremely difficult to hold back his own.

Willow has been in love with Regan ever since she can remember, she’s even saved herself for him, and when an opportunity presents itself finally get what she’s always wanted she holds nothing back to get it.

Two people in love. A hidden romance from a brother who’d kill them. And a hitman trying to stop a testimony. Grappling For Position pulls you into the world of Regan and Willow and it’s easy to get lost in the pages.

The ending left a little bit to be desired, but overall the storyline was intriguingly capturing. What I wasn’t too fond of was how the books overlapped. I’d remember bits and pieces from the previous books, but couldn’t exactly remember all the details. It made me want to have all the books open at the same time in order to obtain the full picture.

“Why would Kyle send you to talk to me?”

“Apparently, he thinks we’re like this-” Regan held up his crossed fingers. “He obviously doesn’t know we’re like this-” He made a circle with his thumb and finger, then poked his index finger through the hole. “I’m supposed to find out who you’ve been fucking so he can kick his ass.”

– Oh what a tangled web we weave…

Jenn 4 Heart

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Blog Tour – Review of Fighting for Control (Against the Cage #3) by Melynda Price

Fighting For Control

His Clover

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (MMA), Military Romance

Book Length (Est.): 418 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

For Nikko “the Bull” Del Toro, an ex-marine turned MMA fighter, only two things quiet the demons raging inside him—facing an opponent in the cage…and the memory of his hottest one-night stand. But when his PTSD resurfaces, causing him to lose control at a CFA press party, it’s his career that may be KO’d.

Dr. Violet Summers is stunned to discover her newest patient is the man who rocked her world—and put her heart in a clinch after her nasty divorce. She’s determined to delve deep into the darkness that haunts him and to keep all further encounters strictly professional.

Nikko doesn’t want a shrink. What he needs is Violet. With the memory of their passion blazing between them, it’s only a matter of time before they give in to desire. Can Violet help save this surly fighter from his own personal nightmare? Or will he forfeit his career and his last chance at love?

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Loving the Book and Montlake Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Nikko “the  Bull” Del Torro is an ex-marine turned MMA fighter. His career is in jeopardy as he suffers from PTSD and looses control at CFA press party. The only that keeps his demons quiet is fighting. Losing his career could mean losing himself.  The only thing that can save his career is spending some time with a doctor.

Violet Summers just went through a nasty divorce. All she can think about is the one time she let loose on her flight to Las Vegas to start her new life. Being  a physiatrist she understands  how the mind works in funny ways. Her ex husband will not leave her alone but the one thing that stops her dead in her tracks is her new patent that walks into her office.

Nikko is just as stunned as Violet when he walks into his mandatory meeting with the psych doctor. They have both been thinking about each other ever since that day in the airplane. Violet wanting to keep this a professional and Nikko wanting to lick her from head to toe.

Violet wants to do her job and help Nikko with his temper and nightmares but she has to get to the bottom of what happened to him. Turning to her ex husband for help turns out to be a very bad move.

This is the first book in the series that I have read. This was such a fun read for me. Even though Nikko is suffering from PTSD he still has a sense of humor that just kept me laughing. Oh and his daughter, greatness!

My Favorite Moment: I loved the entire book!

Mindy 5 Heart

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Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from Loving the Book and Montlake Romance via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Nikko is ex-military turned MMA fighter. He doesn’t fight for the fame or the girls, he has his own personal reasons. It’s those personal reasons that have him facing a suspension and land him in therapy. A therapy that returns his Clover. And his sweetness. Dang this man can melt a heart.

Violet’s world got turned upside down and she ran away, but she’d better off in Vegas. She has her practice and a great best friend/receptionist…oh and a sexy new client that she met the day she moved to Vegas. One in which her fantasies had hoped to meet again, just not as a patient. It’s hard trying to remain professional and ethical when you know exactly what you want.

“Closing the short distance, Nikko pressed his mouth against hers. Ho-ly hell, if he was hoping to prove that his memories of her kiss were nothing more than overinflated imaginations, then that plan was an epic fail.”

I absolutely loved this book! Nikko and Violet’s first meeting starts off with one hell of a bang and every interaction after that is full of surprises. You never know if she’s going to kiss him, smack him, or throw his sexy ass out. Their chemistry is completely off the charts.

Fighting for Control is exactly that, two strong-willed people fighting for control. Their pain will make your chest ache, their passion will make your heart race, and this story will leave you both satisfied and wanting more.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: When Nikko and Kill are discussing Nikko’s sexuality. I think I laughed so hard I cried.

Jenn 5 Heart

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Excerpt:

Violet could feel her cheeks heating. Her heart rioted in her chest, fight or flight flooding her veins. Right now, all she wanted to do was run out of here and go home where she could put on her fuzzy slippers and drown her embarrassment in a bottle of wine while watching reruns of Gilmore Girls.

Nikko’s eyes never left hers, waiting for her answer. Oh, what the hell, her pride and self-respect was already shot to shit. Why not give him the truth? Let him know how ridiculous it was for them to be here together. Maybe then he’d see it for himself, and whatever this thing was between them would disappear. It’d be quick, not so painless, but she’d get over it. She’d dealt with far worse disappointments in her life.

“It’s just that if you knew the real me, you wouldn’t like me, Nikko. I’m quiet, safe, predictable and . . . well . . . boring. I always pay my parking tickets, I never use expired coupons, and my biggest pet peeve is when people don’t put their shopping carts away. Why are you laughing at me? I’m being serious, here. You and I, we’re like complete opposites.”

“I’m not laughing at you.”

He really was.

“I just didn’t realize that expiration dates were that important to you.”

“Well, they are,” she quipped defensively.

“I can see that. I hate it when people don’t put their shopping carts away, too. Pisses me off when they bash into my car. It’s just rude.”

A bubble of laughter broke from her throat. It was like a release valve for her tension, and possibly his, too, because his smile broadened. It was the second time he’d done that since she’d gotten here, and he’d better quit because it was doing funny things to her feminine places.

“As for the parking tickets, I have a stash in my glove box, and I don’t use coupons, so . . .” He shrugged. “One out of three’s not so bad. I’m not scared off yet. What else you got?” He arched his brow, giving her a flirtatious grin.

She never made the conscious decision to sit back down. Her knees just sort of went weak at the sight of him grinning at her. When her bottom touched the chair, he released the corner of the envelope. “Well . . . let’s see. I hate large crowds, keep to myself, and I never get drunk.”

“Large crowds make me irritable, I prefer to be alone, and I try not to get drunk because bad things happen when I do.”

“Is that how you got in trouble with the CFA?”

“Yep. Large crowd”—he held up one finger like it was strike one—“too much whiskey.” Second finger—strike two. “Equals you and me for the next six weeks, baby.” Up went his third finger—strike three.

In her attempt to prove to him how wrong they were for each other, he was proving to her how right they just might be. Or was he telling her what he thought she wanted to hear? “I don’t buy it,” she challenged. “An MMA fighter who doesn’t love the attention, the parties, the women?”

He leaned back in his chair, stretching out in a lazy sprawl. “That’s not my thing.”

“Then what exactly is ‘your thing’?”

“Uh-uh . . . We’re not here so you can get into my head. You were explaining to me why we’re incompatible, and I’m explaining to you why you’re wrong. And while we’re on that subject, I’d like to point out one glaringly obvious reason.”

“Oh, yeah? And what’s that?”

“The sex is incredible. And you can deny it all you want, Clover, but that was all you.”

Her breath seized in her lungs, her response frozen on her tongue. She couldn’t decide whether to be flattered or offended. It pleased her more than it should to discover he thought the sex was as amazing as she had. Especially when she only had one other person to compare it to, while he probably had dozens.

“I thought you said that wasn’t why you asked me here.”

“It’s not. I’m just countering your argument. Oh, and you should also know that I like puppies, stargazing, and moonlit strolls on the beach.” His top lip twitched, barely suppressing his grin.

She gasped in mock outrage and reached across the table, cuffing his shoulder. “You’re teasing me,” she accused.

He chuckled, a low and throaty sound that heated the blood in her veins. “Maybe a little bit. That stuff is for chicks. But my point is, would you like me any more if it was true?”

She thought about it a moment and shook her head.

“Well, I don’t like you any less for your reasons. Now if you tell me you don’t want to see me because I’m a fucked-up mess, then that I understand, and I can accept it. I’m not saying I’m any good for you, Clover, I’m just saying that as much as I’ve tried, I can’t stop thinking about you. I don’t want to like you, but I do. So if you’re trying to scare me off, you’re going to

have to try harder than shopping carts and paid parking tickets.”

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Review of Against the Cage (Worth the Fight #1) by Sidney Halston

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length (Est.): 229 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis: 

In her Loveswept debut, Sidney Halston turns up the heat as a sexy cage fighter shows a former bookworm how delicious a few rounds between the sheets can be.

For Chrissy Martin, returning to her Florida hometown always seems to bring bad luck. The day starts with a breakup text, followed by a jailhouse phone call from her troublemaker brother. Now a routine traffic stop has ended with her accidentally punching an officer . . . in a delicate place. Then Chrissy realizes that the hot cop on the receiving end of her right hook is none other than the man from her teenage fantasies.

Jack Daniels knows how to take a hit. After all, when he’s not chasing reckless drivers, he’s kicking ass in a mixed martial arts ring. So what takes his breath away isn’t the low blow, but the woman who dealt it: a gorgeous knockout with legs Jack wouldn’t mind being pinned under—who just so happens to be his best friend’s nerdy little sister, all grown up. Soon their instant chemistry leads to a sizzling affair, but Jack and Chrissy are fighting an uphill battle if they want to make love last beyond the final bell.

 

YAY ~ Double Review!

Mindy enjoyed this book so much that I just had to go and request it myself, and I suggest anyone who loves a sexy MMA alpha man to definitely go buy this! ~Jenn

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing Group – Loveswept) in exchange for an honest review*

Chrissy Martin must return to her hometown after eleven years to bail her brother out of jail. Her first day back is very interesting. After having a flat tire, breaking the heel on her shoe, she gets pulled over for speeding and ends up punching the cop in a very delicate spot. She finds out after the officer gets himself back together that he is no other than her brother’s best friend and her childhood fantasy that she just also happens to hold a grudge against.

Jack Daniels is an officer and does MMA for fun on the side. He cannot believe his eyes discovering he has pulled over the one person he thought he would never see again. Not understanding why she is so bold and harsh with him he decides he cannot let her out of his sight.

Chrissy does not understand the MMA world and wants nothing to do with any kind of violence. She is a doctor and fixes people for a living. Her brother Slade and Jack break people for a living causing her to perform stupidectomies.

Chrissy and Slade have a lot of differences that need to be talked about but no one wants to do the talking. With all the fighting with her brother she decides to stay with Jack at his house and has a very special connection with his dog Drogo.

This book is hilarious, happy, sad and one hell of an emotional rollercoaster. The chemistry between Chrissy and Jack is HOT! The sexual tension between them is rewarding to say the least. And whatever you do, do not think of Jack and Chrissy as brother and sister.

If you love a HOT romance and MMA fighters you will love this book. I cannot wait to read the next installment. (Please say this is a series!!)

My Favorite Moment: My all-time favorite is when Chrissy gets pulled over.

My Favorite Character: I am going to choose a couple of characters for this. This might sound crazy but I have a soft spot for Drogo. And Jack…well let’s just say who doesn’t like a strong alpha male that does MMA for a side job.

Mindy 5 Heart

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received an ARC of this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Forever (Grand Central Publishing Group – Loveswept) in exchange for an honest review*

With a life filled with regrets and responsibilities Chrissy isn’t the happiest of people. The things she does for her brother, Slade, are down out of a sense of obligation and she doesn’t want to be the one driving down to bail him out of jail or be the one helping to take care of his problems, but she does it because she’s all he has. Too bad Slade doesn’t realize exactly why she does it and he tends to just make things worse in the process.

Jack grew up alongside Chrissy and Slade, literally right next door, and had been best friends with Slade since they were kids. Having the hots for his best friend’s baby sister could be complicated, but that doesn’t really stop him from pursing what he wants.

With Chrissy “the town’s sweetheart” back in town, everyone she runs into wants to fix her up with their son, or brother, or any other single male relative they can come up with. And at times it’s downright hysterical how forward some of those single men are…even when they’re literally all next to each other competing for her attention. Not to mention the way Jack feels about the unwanted attention toward her.

She may have left a shy timid girl who would do anything asked of her, but she returned a spitfire who had no issues with speaking her mind.

I thoroughly enjoyed Jack’s unwavering and straightforward approach toward Chrissy. The things he said to her would knock any woman off kilter, and she was no exception. As Chrissy’s reasons for staying away Jack begin to unravel things get a little more interesting and a lot more HOT! 

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Chrissy getting pulled over after an already very crappy day was so hilarious. Everything from rolling down her window to the so-called sobriety test kept me smiling and occasionally laughing out loud. Of course the police officer’s thoughts on the situations were quite funny also. Too bad he didn’t actually say what he was thinking.

“Did you just call me ass, right after punching me in the balls? Ya’ know, I’ve tasered people for less.” 

My Favorite Moments: I loved all the sexual tension between Chrissy and Jack and definitely enjoyed all the ‘foreplay’. He is one determined man! 

Jenn 5 Heart

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