Review: Sin and Ink by Naima Simone

Reviewed by Sara

Sin and Ink is a Contemporary Romance that follows the story of Knox, a former MMA fighter and now proprietor of Chicago tattoo shop, and Eden, Knox’s office manager and his late brother Connor’s widow. Eden’s was widowed two years before the book begins when her husband, also an MMA fighter, was knocked out and a previously undetected aneurysm bursts. She’s just now starting to crawl out from under her crushing grief and gain her independence. She is also in love with Knox.

Luckily for Eden, Knox has been secretly in love with her since the first time he saw her, before her marriage to his brother. He never would have said anything or done anything, but his mother saw and when Connor died, Knox’s mother confronted him in a state of hysteria accusing him of Connor’s death and making him promise never to touch Eden. Knox tries to bury his feelings in meaningless sex and by treating Eden as if she were a sister. One chance encounter ruins all Knox’s best laid plans and the two discover their feelings for each other and give in to the chemistry they create. The question is, will it last? Can Eden become independent and begin her life again, this time with Knox by her side and will Knox allow the secrets of his past and the accusations of his mother destroy his chance at love? [Read more…]

Review: Dirty Boxing by Harper St George and Tara Wyatt

Reviewed by Elle

Jules and Nick had a hot fling for a few weeks in Chicago, but just as Nick began wanting more, Jules left without explanation.

A year later, Nick, an MMA fighter, has joined a new club and has his eye on the championship belt that will make his career. He thought he’d moved on from the intense feelings he’d developed for Jules during their short time together. That is, until he realises Jules is the new marketing manager, assigned to work on promoting the club. And to make matters worse? She’s the boss’s daughter. [Read more…]

Review: Jagger by Chelsea Camaron and MJ Fields

jaggerReviewed by Joanna

Lots about this book appealed to me, the concept, the names and places, the cover, but it didn’t quite deliver the goods. Jagger left me unmoved.

Here’s the premise: Jagger Caldwell, an illegal MMA fighter and youngest of the Caldwell brothers, one day hears his Russian landlord beating up his daughter. Jagger witnessed his father beating his mother and can’t bear to listen, so he goes ’round, fists blazin’ and pounds on the guy. The daughter, 17 year old Tatiana, is grateful but doesn’t take up his offer of help and won’t press charges. [Read more…]

Review: Tough Love by Lori Foster

tough loveReviewed by Shelly

So much better than Holding Strong (book 2)! Although I enjoyed heavyweight MMA fighter Denver Lewis and his buxom ladylove Cherry Peyton’s match up, there’s something about Stack and Vanity’s story that was much more captivating and interesting to me. Don’t get me wrong, Stack is just as alpha as the rest of the guys, but he was just enough of a good guy that it was a-okay. [Read more…]

Review: Holding Strong by Lori Foster

holding strongReviewed by Shelly

I like Lori Foster’s older stories, but to be fair, I’ve not tried any of her more recent stories – shame on me. This is the 3rd book (there’s a prequel) in her ‘Ultimate’ series about a group of MMA fighters and the women in their lives. I’ve not read the two previous stories, but I didn’t feel lost, so I would say it’s fine as a standalone read.

Denver Lewis is very busy man. During the day, he’s an accountant by trade, but somewhere along the way he got into MMA fighting. He’s a recent addition the to the SBC lineup of fighters; he’s been training out of the gym that belongs to his friends Conner Colter (book 1) and Gage Ringer (book 0.5). Dear readers, I can’t help it but I’m an MMA fan and the geek in me comes out when I read these kinds of stories. [Read more…]

Review: The Look of Love by Crystal Bright

look of loveReviewed by Shelly

I’m always looking for an IR romance that’s not the typical storyline that I’ve read in the past. I had great hopes for this story because I’m a sucker for an MMA story. This is the first story in the Mama’s Boys series and while it started out promising, it went downhill and not because of the climax. After about halfway mark, I don’t even understand what started happening. [Read more…]

Review: Ice Games by Jessica Clare

ice gamesReviewed by Janell

I think these Games books are like crack for me. I start reading and everything is so fun and breezy and interesting, and then I have to stop everything else in my life to read, and then it’s over too quickly and I’m left wanting more, again, now. So, thanks a lot, Jessica Clare.

Zara was an Olympic figure skater at age fourteen when she literally crashed and figuratively burned all of her bridges. She was blacklisted from the skating world, left to teach kids at a mall and to occasionally play the role of “Pink Dinosaur” in skating shows. When the show “Ice Dancing With the Stars” offers her a position as a pro skater, she jumps at the chance to salvage her career. [Read more…]

Review: One Night of Sin by Elle Kennedy

one night of sinReviewed by Shelly

This is my first but not my last from Elle Kennedy. The way this read made me think that these are spin off characters from another series – not sure which one, but the vibe was there. One Night of Sin is the first novella in the ‘After Hours’ series and is about good girl Skyler Thompson on a first date with a forgettable character at the all-exclusive club Sin. Former MMA fighter, Gage Holt, is one of the 3 owners of the nightclub. During her date with the Captain of the Douchebags, Skyler gets her first look and taste of Gage. And Gage being the responsible citizen that he is, tries to be the good guy with Skyler but she does tempt him to distraction. [Read more…]

Review: Once Perfect by Cecy Robson

once perfectReviewed by Jen

Though contemporary and new adult aren’t usually my genres of choice, something about the blurb on this story called to me.  It promised a good guy with a rough past, compelled to protect and shelter an emotionally wounded young woman. And he’s a tattooed bouncer. And he is ex-Army.  And he is an MMA fighter.  He crushes lesser men every day, but treats her with gentleness and respect.  Lots of good stuff here.  There’s tough stuff, too. But for the most part, it works. [Read more…]

Review: Hard Knocks by Lori Foster

hard knocksReviewed by Carrie

Lori Foster + MMA heroes = sold without even looking at the blurb.  Hard Knocks is the short prequel novella introducing the group of guys of her new contemporary series.

Gage is back in his hometown in Ohio where he normally trains.  He’s still a bit sore that a slight injury that occurred during a sparring session caused him to lose out on his first big main card fight in Japan.  Harper has been holding out for Gage for a long time.  Harper was a bit stung when he took off without a backwards glance to go train at another facility for the big match even though she knows it’s the way of their world. [Read more…]