Title: Fighter’s Secret
Author: A. Rivers
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: July 24, 2021
He’s too wild, too unpredictable, and completely off-limits by my coach’s decree.
My life imploded and now I’m halfway around the world, sleeping in my brother’s spare room, and trying to get my sh*t together. A new relationship is the last thing I need. Especially one with my coach-slash-brother’s protégé, cocky cage fighter Devon Green.
Devon’s big heart, sexy swagger, and determination to coax me out of my shell appeal more than they should. I’ve spent years building my defenses, but every stolen moment with him tempts me to tear them down. Unfortunately, I need to keep my hands to myself unless I’m willing to risk losing my home, my job, and my family.
I’ve stepped into the ring dozens of times before, but fighting for love is the most terrifying prospect of all. When the final buzzer sounds, will Devon and I be left standing?
Fighter’s Secret is a standalone sports romance with a confident hero who knows what he wants and a badass heroine who makes him work for it.
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Overall Rating 3.5
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Reviewed by Ladyballs
This book was ok for me. It was a take on the forbidden older brother’s best friend genre. Harley is a muay thai fighter who has been living in Thailand for years. She’s recently returned home to stay with her UFC champion brother Seth after a devastating end to her relationship. Her brother owns a gym and she starts to train their with him. Naturally, all the guys in the gym have the bro-code that no one is to hit on or go near Seth’s little sister.
But hot, up and coming start Devon must not get the memo and doesn’t care. He and Harley are attracted to each other immediately and are constantly being thrown together. Once they start having feelings for each other it’s the “I want you but we really shouldn’t” type scenario. There is the usual sneaking around so Seth won’t find out.
This wasn’t super exciting to me for some reason. I didn’t feel the connection between Devon and Harley which kept me from fully engaging. You might find this story completely different and really enjoy it. In fact, I hope you do.
“So,” Devon continues, rubbing circles on his chest. “This is the part where I ask you out again, yeah?”
I sigh. “If it was, I’d have to turn you down.” Strangely, I find myself regretting that fact, and not just because my body is still wired with attraction to him. He actually seems like a nice guy, but officially off-limits, and not the right match for me anyway.
“Damn.” His lips quirk, but he doesn’t seem upset at all. “Have you decided whether you want me to back off and stop flirting with you?”
My breath quickens. Why does he have to keep asking that and putting the responsibility on me to reject him? Why can’t he be like any other douchey guy who’d ignore what I want and flirt anyway? Because while I can’t date him, I enjoy exchanging hot looks across the gym floor and I don’t want it to end.
“No, I haven’t,” I say, something fizzing in my chest. “I need more time to think about it.”
“Okay, then.” He grins crookedly. “Can I ask what’s holding you back?”
I drag a hand down my face and battle to pull myself together. Dare I be honest with him? I moisten my lips. “The thing is, I’ve recently gone through something that makes it hard for me to trust people, and I’m not denying that I’m attracted to you, but you seem like a good-time guy and that’s not what I’m looking for.”
He cocks his head, the humor fleeing his expression, and his eyes become uncharacteristically serious. “I could be more than a good-time guy for you, Harley.”
A lick of heat runs down my spine. His gaze is so intense. So honest. But from what I’ve seen of him, I’m not sure whether to believe him. The fact is, I hardly know Devon. I knew Thaklaew much better, and I still didn’t see his betrayal coming. Why should I think I’m any better at reading this guy?
“Think on it.” He touches his glove to mine. “Ready for round two?”
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ABOUT A. RIVERS
A. Rivers writes romance with strong heroes and heroines who kick butt and take names. She loves MMA fighters, cops, military men, bodyguards, and the protective guy next door who isn’t afraid to fight the odds for love.
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