Meet Liv Michaels
It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget. Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.
Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway. Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.
When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?
Liv Michaels is driven and there is nothing, come Hell or high water that is going to keep her from achieving her goals. Liv is not a good writer, she is an excellent writer and with her degree and current internship, she is sure to land her dream job. All she has to do is keep her head down, outshine Little Miss Kiss Ass and nail her research and writing over the next several weeks. Consider it, done!
Vince Stone is determined and there is nothing, OK, maybe there are a few things that can distract him from his goal. For example, on more than a bajillion occasions a nice rack and ass have distracted him, alcohol and for a brief amount of time drugs have proven more than up to the challenge of distracting Vince and, worst of all is his addict mother. Though Vince is in beautiful shape and trains relentlessly, he knows the distractions are hindering his progress and could very well keep him from becoming a title holder in his weight class – after all, MMA is not a very forgiving sport.
Both Liv and Vince, though in very different arenas have their work cut out for them. Imagine their immense surprise and utter shock when their two very different worlds collide. Though it isn’t the assignment she had hoped for, Liv is determined her profile of the MMA fighter will secure her new job. Armed with a load of confidence and questions, Liv heads to the gym to meet her interviewee. In one single instant, everything in Liv’s world turns upside down when she realizes her profile is meant to be about the man who devastated her seven years ago and left her heartbroken and alone. In a moment of pure panic, Liv turns and runs hoping beyond on reason that Vince did not recognize her.
In a moment of pure panic and followed instantly by pure delight, Vince not only recognizes Liv but feels everything in his world shift into place. For the first time in seven years, Vince feels clear, committed, and absolutely determined to get back into Liv’s good graces. With no time to waste, Vince launches his assault on Liv and discovers that she is even more irresistible than she was back in high school. For Liv, Vince being back in her life is both exciting and overwhelming: she longs to be back in his arms but the risk of becoming involved is so very great and she isn’t sure her heart can take another blow.
Once Liv and Vince become entwined in one another’s lives, the drama and sexual intensity escalate quickly. One of Vince’s greatest distractions, his mother is in trouble yet again and this time it is big and ugly. For Liv, the excitement of Vince and his world is quickly overshadowed by her rat-bastard editor who has informed her of a nasty little bit of history that threatens to tear apart her life, Vince’s, his mother’s and, one seemingly spotless politician. By the time all is said and done, Liv is having the best sex of her life, Vince is convinced Liv is the one, there’s a career on the line for both Liv and Vince and a relationship that is seemingly doomed to fail, yet again.
The Bottom Line: I didn’t think it was possible to like a book so much but I am slutty in love with this developing series. Far and away, Vince is my favorite character: he is gorgeous, slightly damaged and so very in love with Liv. His background is dark but Liv is his light and he fights to keep her by his side. Even when he behaves badly, Vince is still committed to Liv. A further bit of awesome for me in this read was the appearance of Nico and Elle from book one, Worth the Fight. Nico is as grumpy as ever as Vince’s coach and Elle is as funny and calming as she ever has been. Though you don’t have to have read book one to appreciate book two, the knowledge from book one makes the appearance of Nico and Elle and the evolution in their story all the more special. As I have now come to expect from Vi Keeland, the plot is twisty and fun, the naughty bits are steamy (did I mention Vince is a master dirty talker?) and, the writing is smooth and easy and will take the reader from cover to cover in no time flat!
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
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