Wednesday, September 16, 2015

BLOG TOUR REVIEW & GIVEAWAY - Raven (Flight or Fight #1) by Ashley Suzanne

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Flight or Fight #1
Ashley Suzanne
Re-Releasing Sept 8th, 2015

In the debut of Ashley Suzanne’s blistering-hot Fight or Flight series—perfect for fans of Monica Murphy and J. Lynn—two sparring partners put their hearts on the line and push their bodies to the edge.

Rian Fields is done being a punching bag. When Rian was thirteen, her only friend walked out on her, leaving Rian alone to mourn when she lost her mother three years later. Then he came back into her life senior year, igniting new desires—and breaking her trust permanently when he enlisted in the army. Now Rian has finally found an outlet for her rage against the world: mixed martial arts. But just as she’s learning the ropes, Garrett Rhodes turns her life inside-out one more time.

As much they hurt each other, Garrett never got over Rian. So when he gets the call that she’s in jail, he bails her out, no questions asked. The years have toughened her. Made her harder. Sexier. All she needs to make it as an MMA fighter is the right coach, and Garrett’s man enough to train her. He just has to go toe-to-toe with “Raven,” the fearless woman who takes control in the ring . . . without falling for Rian, the vulnerable girl who still drives him crazy.

This was my first time reading Ashley Suzanne but I can promise it won't be my last. I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't quite sure what type of character Rian would turn out to be; from reading the blurb, it sounds like she could be one of those meek, doormat women who is always treated like crap by everyone in her life.

I'm happy to say that Rian is NOTHING like that. She's a pretty kickass female lead. She's not had an easy life: bullied because of her male name, bullied because her mom is a hippie holdover, bullied because she's different. Some of that changes when she meets Garrett, who recently moved to the area because of his Army dad's assignment. They become best friends, until the day that Garrett is no longer there. Rian's life is upended even more when she's 16, and she moves in with her aunt. Imagine Rian's surprise when she encounters Garrett again.

Now, you might think this is the point where the story becomes one of those sweet, sappy, second-chance-at-love stories, but I'm here to tell you that couldn't be further from the truth. Instead, we get Garrett, who is no longer the sweet young man Rian remembers from childhood. The Garrett we get today has served his country, and has matured into a man that you just might find yourself wishing would appear on your doorstep.

Or in your bed.

Or the shower. get the idea.

Now, I've given you enough about the story without telling you how everything will turn out, because if I did that, you wouldn't read the book. And I think you should read the book. Then read it again simply because Garrett is a great book boyfriend. One that you will find yourself wishing that he'd appear on your doorstep.

Or in your bed.

Or the shower.

Yeah, you should just go and read this book. 

ARC provided by publisher via Netgalley in exchange for honest review.


Ashley Suzanne has been writing for as long as she can remember. As a youngster, she was always creating stories and talking to her imaginary friends. Thankfully, her parents also carried this love of fiction, and helped her grow into the bestselling author she is today. When Ashley isn’t coming up with her next story, you’ll most likely find her on the couch, telling her husband all about her new book boyfriend, or spending quality time with her two gremlins . . . er, adorable children.

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