Author: J.B. Salsbury
Release Date: 4 November 2014
Series or Standalone: Series
Genre: New Adult Erotica; Sports Romance
The toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.
Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse
. . . they do.
Stay on your feet.
It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.
When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.
Will they risk it all and fight to be together?
Or does defeat lie within the fall?
So, I have a love/hate relationship with this book.
I'm glad that Eve finally realized that she needs to learn to love herself, I just wish that realization would have come earlier in the story. I too have Daddy issues, so I clearly understand some of what she's going through. I'm just glad that I was able to recognize it early on and have learned to deal with it.
Cam on the other hand is a giant ball of a hot mess. Yeah he's a bossy, hot. alpha's alpha male, but dude has some serious background issues going on that would probably bring a generic alpha male down quickly, but Cam is too bad ass and holds up with all his problems for as long as possible. But when he breaks, it's not pretty but damn it's a bit emotional.
Now let's mix Eve and Cam together and your end result is one helluva book that I really enjoyed. The only drawback for me was that Cam didn't tell Eve himself (if you read it you know what I'm talking about), that is something he needed to say, not his son. Other than that, my hat's off to Ms. Salsbury for another great story!
ARC provided in exchange for honest review.