Renee “Ren” Miller was five when her Dad left to go to the shops and never came back.
Left to grow up with a cancer riddled mother, things have never been easy for a teenager who had to be wise beyond her years. Then one day they lose the battle and she’s all alone.
Now twenty-two, Ren reluctantly goes to find her estranged father. He owns the down and out boxing studio, Beat, and Ren finds herself drawn to the ring. She thrives on learning a new way of fighting a life that kept kicking her down…instead of struggling against the current, she kicks it right between the legs.
Then one day, Ash Fuller, her Dad’s star fighter comes back to town. Mysterious, handsome… Dangerous… Everything
Ren doesn’t need.
But he’s got other ideas…
…and so does she.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
wow…so where do i start? this was a really good book. the writing was strong and the characters were REALLY good.
ren is such a strong female lead that you can’t help but love her. she’s endured so much in her life and is totally alone but she has a big f*#k you attitude. and when she starts fighting…look out! i love how she took care of herself and didn’t turn into a depressed shell of herself after her mother’s death. i also loved her attitude of taking what she could from her dad since he had abandoned them so long ago. she handled it beautifully!
i like that ash is an alpha male but is totally attracted to everything about ren and let’s her have her way about most things. they are totally great together and how hot is it that they are both fighters?!?!?! there are still a lot of unanswered questions about ash that we need answers to!
the supporting cast is awesome – dean, lincoln, josie – i love them all. i’m hoping we get some side stories out of this deal!
i didn’t like the subtle use of the changing of colors of ash’s eyes…that is too much like another fighter we all know and love. it was very often but it did happen and it did turn me off.
there were a couple of grammatical/spelling errors that should have been caught, if not by an editor but by beta readers.
and then there’s a cliffhanger…needless to say we need book like right now!
My fist slammed into the heavy leather bag, the impact jolting up my arm and absorbing into my torso. The only light was from the back row of fluorescents I’d switched on over the ring. It was dark, murky and helped me pretend I was someplace else. The drama from the daylight hours was gone and it was just me and the darkness. Exactly the way I liked it. I began another set of punches, hair sticking to the sweat beading across the back of my neck. Structure. This was the only thing that was predictable in my life and I needed predictable.
Stance. Guard. Punch. Guard. Repeat.
There was a loud cough behind me and I spun on my heel, heart thumping in my chest, and my gaze collided with Ash’s.
“Fuck,” I exclaimed, holding a hand over my heart. “Don’t fucking do that, Ash.” Typical. The creeper was being all creeper again.
“What are you doing?” He stared at me, his gaze hovering a little too long on my bare midriff.
I steadied the bag with one hand, taking deep breaths.
“What does it look like?”
“I’ve never seen…” He trailed off and I wondered if I’d finally made the Golden Boy lost for words.
I turned my back so I didn’t have to look at him. “What? A woman in a sports bra? Highly doubt it.” I rolled my eyes and wiped my forehead with the back of my arm. Even though I couldn’t see, I felt his gaze burning into my skin and I suppressed the urge to squeeze my thighs together. Infuriating, self-absorbed, arrogant…