The closer we get, the more I want Brooklyn. The stakes are high, and I know there’s a big chance of both of us getting hurt, but I won’t stop until she’s mine.
MMA is not my thing, but apparently a series about the MMA fighters with Team Domination (aka the Fighting for Her series) totally is!
I really enjoyed Brooklyn and Shane’s story–their chemistry is off the charts, and I love the sacrifices they’re willing to make for each other to make things work out in the end–and the teaser for Liam and Chelsea’s story at the end practically had me salivating…thank goodness it’s next, because Liam grouching his way through this one had me dying to get to his story ASAP 😉
I’ll admit that the fact that Brooklyn was in a relationship at the start gave me pause. She didn’t technically cheat on him, but Shane did push pretty hard. I’ll give him props–he did back off physically when she asked him too, but verbally he did push things more than a little. Once we actually meet the fabled Trey it’s pretty clear that they’re not actually right for each other, though, and even if I do think Brooklyn got over their breakup fairly quickly, overall I did like how Ms. Masden handled it. However, if cheating is one of your triggers, there are some undertones here, so be warned.
The second half of the story, when Brooklyn and Shane are finally together? It’s pure gold. I always forget how much I love Ms. Madsen’s writing until I’m completely immersed in it. And even though the descriptions of fighting and training and the details of setting up matches and winning titles pretty much flew right by me, I was right there with Brooklyn while she appreciated watching Shane train. And yes, I totally agree that the “getting-fighters-ripped-abs-budget” should totally be a thing that needs balancing and don’t care (much) if that makes me sounds shallow. I can live with that 😉
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
USA Today Bestselling author Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children.
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Cindi is the author of YA books All the Broken Pieces, Cipher, Rift, Resolution, and Demons of the Sun, and adult romances Falling for Her Fiancé, Act Like You Love Me, Resisting the Hero, Cinderella Screwed Me Over and Ready to Wed.