Bri Martin likes her skirts too short, her heels too high, and trouble close at hand. So when big, brooding underground boxer Luke Turner comes into the bar where she works and starts a fight before she brings his first drink, she can’t help being intrigued. Luke is everything she never wanted and everything she can’t resist.
Soon, Luke is showing up everywhere Bri is, and she can’t break free of his hold on her, nor does she want to. When her best friend turns on her, it’s Luke who is there. When Luke’s opponent comes after her to send Luke a message, it’s he who comes to her rescue.
Before Bri knows it, she’s caught in the midst of a rivalry between her boyfriend and her boss, both of whom are not content to settle their scores inside the ring. She swore she’d never live this life, so like the one she once ran from. But only by confronting her past can she decide where her future lies…and whether Luke can be a part of it.
Wow … I mean just … wow. I should’ve hated this book. I really should have. The characters are fundamentally flawed and a bit broken and just not good people … and there is so much yelling which, fifteen years ago, would send me running into a small dark enclosed space to hide and cry.
Plus while there is some growth, it’s not like this epic epiphany that has a bad girl or bad boy turning into some stepfordized version of themselves who sings in the forest with tiny animals and only wore white linen outfits that they never got dirty.
Oh, right, that’s why I loved it.
Because, in spite of everything else, these two worked together. They really, really did. They’re effed up beyond belief, from beginning to end, but they still manage to complete each other. To make each other crazy and yet happy.
I dunno why, but sometimes you just need a reminder that, even in romance novels, life isn’t perfect.
(And I’m not doing the what I loved and what I didn’t in this review, because what I loved was the dysfunction of it all and what I didn’t love was that I loved it … since there was some gritty shit that normally has me sneering and this time just had me turning the pages)
Who I’d recommend it to:
Anyone who likes a little grit in their romances and who doesn’t mind the lack of white knights and/or heroic ladies and/or the transformation from toad into prince(ss)
I received a free copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.