Fighting for Control : Against the Cage

  • by Melynda Price
  • Narrated by Luke Daniels, Rachel Vivette
  • Series: Against the Cage
  • 12 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For Nikko "The Bull" Del Toro, an ex-marine turned MMA fighter, only two things quiet the demons raging inside him - facing an opponent in the cage...and the memory of his hottest one-night stand. But when his PTSD resurfaces, causing him to lose control at a CFA press party, it's his career that may be KO'd.
Dr. Violet Summers is stunned to discover her newest patient is the man who rocked her world - and put her heart in a clinch after her nasty divorce. She's determined to delve deep into the darkness that haunts him and to keep all further encounters strictly professional.
Nikko doesn't want a shrink. What he needs is Violet. With the memory of their passion blazing between them, it's only a matter of time before they give in to desire. Can Violet help save this surly fighter from his own personal nightmare? Or will he forfeit his career and his last chance at love?


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I really didn't want to say goodbye to these characters.. characters that I'd laughed with, got annoyed with and felt compassion for as they struggled with their own personal demons.. and I savored and rejoiced in their hard won HEA ending. It was a road scattered with emotional debris and heartbreaking secrets from Nikko - a damaged soldier back from the war who was losing the battle against fateful decisions he made during a harrowing conflict that left only him alive from a Team of seven. It was a very blurred road that took Dr. Violet Summers from one crazy 'bathroom' encounter with a handsome stranger on a plane to six months later being hired to save him from himself.. and she would cross ethical, emotional and trusted lines to help the man she'd fallen in love with. It was also a road that had a drool-worthy, difficult but loyal Alpha hero, a strong but misguided heroine, sex, romance, twists, turmoil, a couple of nasty ex's dramas, passion and a love story that would be continually tested before the last words would be said.

Worth a credit? This was a riveting, enjoyable and emotion filled story as attraction waged war against ethics and sexual chemistry and love waged war against a stubborn MMA Fighter with unshakable resolve, ghosts and painful secrets. However, the one thing it didn't war against was creditworthiness because YES it definitely would have been creditworthy but, at under $7 for nearly 13 hours of a dual POV love story that was absolutely epically narrated, I reaped the rewards as I kept my credit, devoured the listen and basked in its awesome afterglow.

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Best In The Series - A Must Listen

Nikko went to New York to help his best friend Disco bring down Disco's dad and a mafia leader (the 2nd book Passing His Guard). This book starts with Nikko on the plane returning to Las Vegas. Nikko is sitting in 1st class next to psychologist Violet Summers. Violet is leaving NY after her divorce finalization and moving to Las Vegas to join a new practice. Violet wanting to do something wild and reckless which is very out of her prim, proper and controlled characteristic, asks Nikko does he want to have sex in the bathroom.

Prior to Nikko's two years with the MMA he was in the Marine Special Forces Recon for 6 years. Shit went bad on a mission that f*up Nikko. He was released from the Marines and came home very dark and suffering from PTSD.

Ahead 6 months: Nikko has a flashback blackout and injures his coach. He's suspended and ordered to see a psychologist at the practice that works with the MMA. guessed it...his psychologist is Violet Summers. Violet tells him she can't treat him for the obvious reason but Nikko hasn't been able to get Violet out of his mind since she joined the mile high club with him and he refuses to see anyone else.

Nikkos pursue begins. Violet wanting to truly help Nikko finally gives in to his chase. Their relationship takes you through a maze of emotions including Violets professional ethical struggle, her attraction to Nikko, Nikko not opening up about his demons, Nikko lying to her after they become involved, Violet betraying Nikko's trust, Violet's ex-husband blackmailing her, Nikkos flashback blackouts, there's also fun, humor and sex.

There is of course angst but not a lot of internal dialogue and filler. This book moves at a steady pace and keeps you invested in it until the end.

Melynda Price has written a MMA Series that takes you on a deep emotional journey into the lives of the fighters. Luke Daniels and Rachel Vivette give a great performance. Maybe the next book will be about 'Kill' and Penelope.

You don't need a credit for this book. The standard price is a steal at under $10. This is a book and series I will listen to over and over.

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- Vicki

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-22-2016
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio