Release Date: February 17, 2014
Genre: New Adult/Contemporary Romance
Book Two of MMA Fighter Series – Can Be Read as Stand Alone
Rating: 3.5 stars
Vi Keeland sure knows how to write hot, MMA fighter, Alpha males. First there was Nico Hunter in her first book. Now there is Vince Stone. One word comes to mind…YUM!!! We met Vinny when he was just a young teen that Nico took under his wing, but now he is not just a boy anymore. He is a walking, talking unapologetic bad boy who rides a motorcycle and likes a bit of kink in the bedroom. He’s one of those men who know what he has to offer and not afraid to use it to his advantage. He also is not modest and blunt as hell:
“You see, I’m a fighter. A pretty damn good one. And good ones have groupies. We call them GIMPs. Short for Groupie I Might Pound. Yeah, I know. It’s not nice. But who said I was nice anyway?”
This book is a second chance romance of sorts. Liv and Vinny (he goes by Vince now) knew each other when she tutored him in high school. They never dated or had a relationship, but they had something special. Something Vinny wanted to stay far away from at the time. So he disappeared from her life leaving her broken hearted and confused. Fast forward a little over seven years and their paths are crossing once again, with all those same feelings boiling to the top.
“I want you, Liv. I wanted you seven years ago. Want you even more now. So much that I can’t think about anything else. Need you.”
But this book is more than just two people reconnecting; it’s about trust and determining whether learning the truth about one’s past is beneficial or better off left alone. Liv is fighting for her dream job and she is forced to choose between her burgeoning relationship with Vinny or the job she’s been fighting for. Her decision becomes a lot more complicated as the story she is working on puts her in a precarious position.
I’d have to say that Liv and Vinny’s relationship was one of my favorite parts of this book. It was so very apparent that these two have not only chemistry, but something deeper that ties them to one another. The sex scenes were extremely hot – like grab the fire extinguisher hot!!! If you like steamy sex scenes with Alpha males, then you’ve found your next book!
“I want you in my bed. Underneath me, on top of me, bent over…fuck, we’re going to invent new ways for me to have you.”
As much as I enjoyed the story and the characters, I was left wanting MORE from this story. I felt like I got an outline of the events but never any real depth to the story. I felt like I was told a lot of things, but very rarely shown them. I don’t want to give any plot points away, but I will say that there was a big conflict towards the end of the book that drives a wedge between Vinny and Liv. In order to fix it, Liv has a plan, which she executes. The problem is the reader is never shown what she did. We are just told she handled it. I wanted to see her handle the issue. I wanted to see her go through each step of the plan.
I felt the same about Vinny and Liv’s past. Liv had a lot of questions about what happened when they were in high school that spooked him. I don’t know if she ever got her answers. Or if she did, I wasn’t aware of it. And then there was Vinny’s life with Nico. Nico played a huge part in Vinny’s life. I met Vinny when he was a thirteen year old kid (this was in Worth the Fight), but then the next twelve years were never really filled in. And if they were, it was brief and just touched on briefly.
Because I became so invested in Nico, Elle and Vinny in the first book, I wanted to know what happened in between the end of Worth the Fight and the beginning of this book. Maybe this wouldn’t bother someone who did not read Worth the Fight, which it isn’t necessary to read this book at all, but as a fan of that book, I wanted that. I think I would have formed a deeper connection to Vinny and truly understand who he is.
Ultimately, I just wanted more from this book. The storyline is great and the characters are fantastic. This author can create some amazing characters, but I just wish she dug a little deeper and gave me, the reader, more than just on the surface stuff. I want to know what motivates a character to behave a certain way. I want to see interactions with villians and conflict resolution. I want to be told the back story through flashbacks rather than in summary form. I think I could have really loved this book and I wish I did.
Side note: HOLY HOT COVER ALERT!!! I think I can just stare at this book cover for hours and still want to look at it more…swoon.
WORTH THE FIGHT (#1)
WORTH THE CHANCE (#2)
✭ About Vi Keeland ✭
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!