Review of Chasing a Legend (Kavanagh Legends #4) by Sarah Robinson

“Pizza. Sex. Boyfriend. It was a modern day fairytale.”

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA Romance

Book Length (Est.): 227 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:

The most soulful Kavanagh brother tackles the challenge of a lifetime—with a little help from the girl of his dreams.

A topnotch manager and agent, Quinn Kavanagh pictures a life outside of his family’s renowned MMA gym. Beneath his sleek exterior, Quinn has a secret passion for sculpting. But after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident, he’s struggling just to walk again, let alone get back to the studio—and it doesn’t help that the doctor in charge of his physical therapy is his childhood crush. Quinn’s always ready for a fight, but the bittersweet sting of unrequited love has him begging for mercy.

Dr. Kiera Finley is determined to make her medical residency a success. Six years ago, she gave in and shared a single passionate night with Quinn. Now she’s just hoping the cocky lover from her past doesn’t derail her plans for the future. Little by little, though, Kiera gets to know another side of Quinn. She knew he was a family man, devoted to his parents and brothers, but he’s also a free spirit trapped in a cage—and only she has the key. To heal both Quinn’s body and soul, Kiera’s tempted to give him a special kind of medicine.

With their own heartwarming HEAs, Sarah Robinson’s Kavanagh Legends novels can be read together or separately.

Mindy’s Review:

*I received this book free from Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Quinn Kavanagh was in love with his best friend and got his heart broke when she left for college. Now, six years later he is a manager for his brothers and their MMA business. He does not really love the MMA circuit like his family does but wants to make his family proud. Quinn wants to do something else with his life but is afraid that his family will not support him.

Kiera Finley is in her medical residency and will not let anything get in the way of her dreams. Including her feelings for her old best friend. Now that she is older and is getting to know the real Quinn she finds herself falling in love with him. She opens his eyes to the possibilities of his dreams coming true.

This is the fourth book in the series. I have been waiting for this one and I was not let down. I love the Kavanagh family and how much love and support they have for each other. It really shines in this book.

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Review of Once Pure (Shattered Past #3) by Cecy Robson

Once Pure

Sometimes all it takes is Matchbox cars and M&Ms

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports Romance (MMA)

Book Length (Est.): 258 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

She bears the scars of the past. He blames himself for things he can’t control. Their defenses are up, but in Cecy Robson’s latest Shattered Past novel—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—true love lands a knockout punch.

Sofia Tres Santos remembers a time before her life went sour, before her innocence was ripped away, before she began punishing herself with risky behaviors and unworthy men. Now, at twenty, she just hopes she’s ready to rebuild some of what she lost. One way or another, it always comes back to her childhood friend and longtime crush, Killian O’Brien.

As strong as Killian is, Sofia has always been his one weakness. He knows Sofia has suffered and wants to ensure she’s never hurt again—not like before, and definitely not under his watch. When Sofia agrees to work at his mixed martial arts gym, Killian seizes the opportunity to help and protect the sweet girl he’s always cared for. And yet, as he trains Sofia to defend herself using his hard-hitting MMA techniques, he’s drawn to the vulnerable beauty in ways he never expected.

As Sofia grows stronger, she also grows brave enough to open herself up to love. And along the way, she challenges everything Killian believes to be true, showing him that no matter how much he dominates in the ring, the real battle is fought in the heart.

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

If you’ve read the previous two books you understand when I say…now we’ll know why Teo is so angry at Kill and can’t say that I blame him at all.

For the longest time all that’s told is how Sofia is scared of Killian learning about her past and all of her baggage, it’s not until closer to the end that we find out everything Kill has be hiding. Their secrets will tear them apart. Their love will bring them back together.

Sofia will learn how not to be afraid. She’ll learn how to defend herself and when push comes to shove, others. She comes a long way both emotionally and physically throughout the pages.

Killian broke a promise that cost him more than he ever wanted to admit. Now’s his time to make up for that, but is just making up for it enough?

There’s not really much I can say without giving away a lot of the details and I don’t want to ruin the surprises for anyone. Once Pure is an emotional up and down read that’ll keep you tied to the pages because you’ll want to know what happened to cause everything to turn out the way it has. However, I do just have to say that the epilogue was completely weird.

My Favorite Moment: When Finn and Wren setup Sofia in order to help her overcome her fear. 

My Favorite Laughable Moments: Wren is hilarious and I kind of hope to see her get her own HEA. When she grabs the kid in her class…OMG the things she says to him are so bad that you can’t help but laugh and then at her brother’s fight the things she says to his fans was perfect.

Jenn 4 Heart

 

Mindy’s Review:  

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Sofia Tres Santos is the youngest of the Tres Santos siblings. Trying to rebuild her life she returns home after being a rebellious teen and letting guys get away with more than they should. Helping out a childhood crush with his website and accounts brings back all of her feelings for the now MMA star.

Killian O’Brien was raised in the same neighborhood as the Tres Santos siblings. Being best friends with Sofia’s older brother Mateo means he must watch out for her when Mateo is not around.

Killian has always had one weakness….Sofia. He knows she has had a rough past and he feels he is to blame for some of that. Teaching her to defend herself with some MMA techniques proves that she can try to overcome her past. But will she let him in on a deeper level?

Opening yourself up to love proves to be hard when you can’t overcome the past. With Killian by her side and love starting to bloom anything can happen.

This is the third book in the Shattered Past series. I have been a fan of this series since I read Mateo’s story in Once Perfect and this story is no different. The characters are well developed and you really feel Sofia’s pain while reading her story. I did feel the epilogue was rushed but overall this was a very good read. Being known as the poor girl who got raped can make your confidence very low. That is until you have Killian on your side that does not take anything from anyone when it comes to his girl.

My Favorite Character: Besides the main characters I absolutely loved Killian’s sister Wren. I really hope that she has a story of her own that we get to fall in love with. 

My Favorite Moment: I have to say my favorite moment was when Killian was talking to his mom on the phone in front of Sofia. Absolutely hilarious!!

Mindy 4 Star

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Review of Yield to Me (Club Excelsior #1) by Sarah Castille

Yield to Me

Now that’s how you grovel!

 

Genre: Romance, Erotica

Book Length (Est.): 208 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

No-holds-barred attraction…

Amateur MMA fighter, Marcy Foster is determined to win the state championship. But dark secrets and a broken trust mean there’s one submission she just can’t master. Fortunately Club Excelsior has hired a coach who knows all the right moves.

Sexy, confident and commanding, fight consultant Jax demands control, both in and out of the ring. But once he has Marcy against the ropes, Jax knows he’s in too deep. He has the dominance to give her what she needs, but once he unleashes her hidden passions, there’s no going back.

Under Jax’s skilled hands, Marcy submits to her deepest desires. But when her personal and professional worlds collide, she is forced to face a brutal truth — yielding to her darkest needs may be the one thing that costs her the fight…and her heart.

*This novella was originally published in the New York Times bestselling anthology, Unraveled, and now contains 50% new content*

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Barclay Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Marcy strives for perfection and doesn’t want or need some know-it-all critiquing her fighting style. She’d rather quit than have an incredibly hot man pinning her to the mat all day in hopes of bettering her style. But hello hot guy trying to help her…no should never have crossed her lips.

“Uh … hello.” Val jabbed her in the side. “You keep looking at him like that and he’s gonna think you want to eat him up.”

“I do.” 

Jax is an ex fighter/psychologist who moves from one gym to the next helping fighters. He’s good at his job…until he meets Marcy. She challenges his self-control at every turn and when he has to put his professional opinion over his personal one things get ugly.

“I’ve already practiced with a partner tonight. I don’t think -“

“On your back. Legs apart. I’ll mount and take the dominant position.” 

If you put fireworks to a flame you’ll get Marcy and Jax. Their relationship is hot and explosive.

Yield to Me will suck you in, turn you on, and leave you wanting more. It has a lot of great characters and I look forward to reading more about them in future Club Excelsior books.

My Favorite Moment: A simple challenge. I love Two Step!

“That was seriously hot. He is so into you. Lookit him over there getting all ready to do the primal male thing and prove himself to you. Too bad it’s gonna be so painful to watch. Two Step will crush him like a bug.” 

Jenn 5 Heart

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Review of Once Perfect (Shattered Past #1) by Cecy Robson

Once Perfect

Sweet, Sexy, and Emotionally Unraveling!

 

Genre: Contemporary Romance, MMA Romance

Book Length (Est.): 263 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

His life was never easy. Hers wasn’t supposed to be this hard. They come from different worlds, but fate lures them together in a way neither expected in Cecy Robson’s raw, steamy series debut—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn.

Evelyn Preston’s future once looked perfect—until her wealthy father was caught in an embezzlement scandal and took his own life. Alone and struggling to pay her college tuition and bills, Evelyn finds a job as a waitress at the ultra-hip nightclub Excess, where she used to have more in common with the privileged private-school clientele than her fellow staff members. But something attracts her to the sexy six-foot-four bouncer and underground MMA fighter Mateo Tres Santos. Although they’ve led different lives, their troubled pasts bonds them in both survival and love.

Mateo is ex-army who wound up in prison for assaulting the man who harmed his sister. Now he’s feeling the same protective impulse for this petite blond waitress. When Evelyn experiences a panic attack at the club, Mateo comes to her rescue. And when Mateo is wounded shielding her from a brawl, Evelyn returns the favor and comes to his aid.

As their attraction intensifies, Mateo is determined to find out what nightmares are lurking in Evelyn’s past—even if that means tackling his own to save her.

 

YAY – Double Review!

 

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Evelyn doesn’t want to appear weak and when Mateo finds her on the verge of a breakdown the last thing she wants is to admit how affected she is, but when he pushes the attention away from her she begins to see him in a new light. Of course his friend, Ant, may have helped with that too.

Mateo has noticed Evie since the first moment he saw her. It was about the same time he realized he’d never be good enough for her, but when she risks everything to protect him his realizations becomes a little blurry. He wants her and he will have the patience of a saint waiting for her, but to him she’s worth the wait.

This story had plenty of heat, but it also had a lot of pushing away. Mateo kept holding Evie at a distance, not letting her too close, but she isn’t exactly the sit around and wait kind of girl. She knows what she wants and she’s willing to fight for it. He, on the other hand, has family issues he doesn’t want her to know about let alone be part of, and they’ll eventually drive a wedge between them. She also has a past that will crash into her present, but there’s too many people rooting for them for it not to be worth the effort.

Once Perfect is a blend of troubled souls, tangled relationships, and a love worth fighting for. It is a MMA Romance so of course there’s also graphic fighting, both in and out of the ring. Overall it was a really good book, but the constant off again/on again feeling between Mateo and Evie was a little too much.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Noelle’s ‘medicated’ release from the hospital. The things that came out of the girl’s mouth were hilarious, especially when it resulted in two men locked in a staring contest. 

My Favorite Word: HOT – and Lourdes detailed explanation of what the letters stand for. 

Jenn 4 Heart

 

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from NetGalley on behalf of Random House Publishing Group – Loveswept in exchange for an honest review*

Evelyn Preston should have had a perfect life. Having family money means you can have the best in life, right? After her father takes his own life, her life turns completely upside down. Between bills and student debt Evelyn takes a waitress job at Club Excess just to get by.

Mateo Tres Santos has had a rough upbringing including beatings from his father. Adulthood has also had its challenges including serving prison time. Now he’s the lead bouncer at Club Excess and is drawn to Evelyn the minute she walks into the door. However the impulse to protect her is strong.

Evelyn has nightmares that she just does not understand. When things happen at Club Excess that bring on some triggers she finally realizes that she might need some help to understand her past. With the attraction between her and Teo growing they both realize that they are each hiding their past from the other, and just maybe their love is strong enough to help overcome the pain of their pasts.

I enjoyed reading this book. With the storyline being very intense I enjoyed that the author was still able to make me laugh. The friendship between Evelyn and her roommate is just hilarious. The book kind of went a little slow for me but overall was a good read. I love the relationship between Evelyn and Mateo and how much love they have for each other.

My Favorite Moment: I love how Mateo covers for Evelyn in her time of need.

“She’s claustrophobic,” Mateo answered for me. It wasn’t true, but I think he knew that. 

My Favorite Part: Oh, I absolutely love what HOT stands for. You definitely need to read this book just to understand why I love this so much.

 Mindy 4 Star

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