Thursday, December 25, 2014


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.

Kindle Edition, 156 pages
Published January 13th 2014 by Carina Press
Source: Netgalley
Purchase this book: Goodreads | Amazon

Our Review
  S: This was a nice surprise; it had been sitting on my Kindle for a while and I'd forgotten what it was about and, actually, the synopsis doesn't really do it justice. C: It was. Hello hot headed boxer, with an even more hot headed heroine. Yes, please! 

S: Bri is one of those rare heroines who is rough around the edges, makes no apologies about it, and really never loses that rough quality; I liked her..a lot. She's abrasive and opinionated and genuine and observant and interesting. She knows who she is (or maybe who she isn't) and she makes no excuses or apologies. 

C: I did too. She is definitely over the top, but I loved every second of it. She is a bartender, who is brazen, and wild and everything Shel said (see above, hah) and she made for a really awesome heroine, albeit for a dysfunctional love story (aka, my favorite)

S: Luke, Bri's love interest, is a little more of a mystery and still is. I know what he does and how he treats her but I never got a good read on what made him tick. Even though I didn't really feel like I knew him all that well, I did appreciate how he handled Bri; he seemed to understand when to press her for more and when to let her breathe. He was also secure enough in who he was and his relationship with Bri that things that may have derailed this relationship in other novels, didn't happen here. C: Yep. That was spectacular. I didn't understanding some of their plot, because like you said...we didn't have a lot of background on him and who he was...he just was. And I liked that about the novel too. The pace wasn't bogged down with backstory or shifts, or anything. We just hit the ground running, and I found it working for me in a very unexpected way. 

S: So what's this novel about? Well that's a good question. The external forces (friends, his job, her job) and the internal forces (her concern about turning into her mom) are in constant motion-- applying pressure and causing Bri and Luke to examine what the heck is going on between them and whether it's worth the assorted troubles that they are confronted with. I suppose if I had to be more specific, I'd say that it's about Bri trying to avoid her past as she looks to her future. C: It is all that. Except...hey, they could steam up the pages too. Which is always awesome in our book. The external forces made me want to strangle every one of them, but they definitely had the angst and drama wrapped up in a bow. 

S: I liked this novel--it was a little different than the usual in this genre. It wasn't without it's flaws: the timeline moved quickly and so I felt there were places that could've been more developed and the story more fleshed out; Luke is still an unknown for me--including the stuff going on with his "job"; and I felt that things with Jax were still unresolved. Despite these things, I found Bri and her story interesting. C: As did I. I rated this one pretty high, because despite some of the unknowns, I liked it...a lot. Spent my weekend reading it, and recommend you might try it too!!! 

About the Author

Kristine Wyllys is a hopeless romantic and an impossible dreamer with wild hair and trashy sunglasses. Born in the north, she spent the first half of her life in a town full of college kids and dying automotive plants outside of Detroit. These days she dances around a dusty kitchen in the south with a baby on each hip and the boy she fell in love with at fifteen.

A poet at heart, Kristine is author of New Adult Contemporary Romance that bites like a junkyard dog. She's got a thing for words, twangy music, Elvis, Diet Mountain Dew in a can, and geeky shows. She's never met a smartphone she couldn't destroy, a pizza she didn't fall in love with, or a pair of pants she didn't resent having to wear.

When she's not playing pretend with characters born in her head, you can find Kristine at her

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