MMA fighter Henry Lorenz relies on discipline as much as strength to get through life. With his former mentor's boxing gym now in his hands, Henry is busy training a new generation -- including the troubled teen who reminds him of his own past. Despite a spirited social worker's attempts to intervene, Henry won't stop grooming the kid for success. The counselor is as stubborn as she is beautiful, but perhaps he can prove to her that there's more to fighting than knowing how to throw a punch. Guidance counselor Maggie Kavanaugh gives everything she has to keep kids away from the violence of the streets. She's busy teaching teens to use their brains, not their fists, to get ahead in life. When one of her most talented teens begins training in MMA, Maggie doesn't approve. The gym's owner may be covered in muscles and tattoos, but Maggie won't back down -- especially when a scholarship is on the line. She'll let the training continue, but she's going to be watching every step of the way. While Henry is trying to right old wrongs, Maggie is determined to shape the future. But as their attraction grows, a dark moment from Henry's past threatens to come between them. He may be a man of few words, but should he stay silent when speaking up may ruin everything? Even for a fighter like Henry, none of us are fearless -- particularly when it comes to love.
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I liked how the characters were all about helping the kids in their area. It was a story that was not just all about the main characters.
I liked listening to her read to me. I did however have to get past the point of trying to picture her as Maggie. Her voice just didn't give me a clear picture of what Maggie would look like. Not all narrators give you that clear picture but then you go back and re-listen and realize that it's the story that's important here.
I did want to listen to it in one sitting. You get so involved in what's going on that you get frustrated when you have to stop and go on to other things. But then you look forward to the next time you pick it up again. One thing I love about my car is that I can plug my iPod into the car system and listen to the book through the radio. I very rarely listen to music any more. I'd much rather listen to a book like this one.
This book is listed as a romance but I found that I was more interested in how Henry and Maggie were dealing with the kids they work with. I wanted to see their alliance in this project grow. The romance was secondary. I've not really ever watched an MMA fight but I can see having a fight play on the TV, have the sound on mute, and having Ms. Roberts read this book to me. I can't wait to catch up with the series by listening to Celi-Bet. Loving this author the way I do, I would also purchase the actual book - in case I want to hear my own voice as narrator :)
I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review