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…]

Review: Fighting for Irish by Gina Maxwell

fighting for irishReviewed by Shelly

I’m a fan of both Gina Maxwell and her ‘Fighting for Love’ series. Don’t we all get a little nervous about the stories within series and their likability? I’m glad I read this one because I actually liked the heroine better than the last story. I found Vanessa’s sister, Kat, much more complex than I did her. If you’ve not read any of the others in the series, that’s not a must.

Unlike some of the other stories I’ve read that revolve around the sport of MMA, this series is about active fighters. These guys are in no way retired and are young for the sport and are actually at the heights of their careers. [Read more…]

Review: Crossing the Line by Kele Moon

crossing the lineReviewed by Shelly

By far, this is my favorite story in the series and definitely my favorite from the author. What sucks about this is that it took me 2 months to figure out that it was published – I really need to do a better job of keeping in the know about these things. Juliet and Romeo’s (book 2) story impressed me and I wasn’t sure that Kele Moon would be able to keep up her storytelling skills. I was pleasantly surprised that she did. Wyatt and Tabitha’s story is that good. [Read more…]