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After reading some of the other reviews, I was skeptical about listening to Ryley's Revenge book two (book four if you consider the two novellas books .5 and 6.) in the Gloves off series, without going back and listening too the other stories. However, I went ahead and listened, and "WOW" this story was a really good! Yes, there's history, but honestly this one's more of a "second chance" love story versus a "meeting and falling in love." I enjoyed it enough, I've already wished list book one, and will be on the look out for the other books to be released in audio.
I love a WIDE variety of romances from clean, cute, sweet, funny, dark, erotic, dangerous, steamy, and suspenseful; I love them all, and I felt this story had a good balance of some of the attributes I look for in a good romance. The plot was slightly on the darker side, and full of drama; especially with the secrete Ashleigh had. There was also drama building from the jealously between Ashleigh's ex-boyfriend and Ryley.
In addition to the drama, there's suspense, and an air of danger as Ryley's brother, Camden, tries to break Ryley, and Ashleigh up by any means necessary. Camden even resorts to challenging Ryley in an underground fight, where MMA fighters have been know to be killed. Rounding out all the drama, suspense, and danger, the relationship and love between Ashleigh and Ryley become solid, and the sex scenes were really hot!
This was the first book I've listened to narrated by Melissa Moran and it was GREAT! I enjoyed her performance, and liked both her male/female voices.
I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest opinion, and have to say "I liked it! The story started off a little slow, but as the plot unfolded it really grabbed my attention, and brought me right in, and held my attention to the very end. I'm definitely looking forward to continuing this series! If you like your MMA romances with a slightly darker plot, this is a story you will want to add to your collection.
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Maybe I needed to read the previous books but I received a free copy for review from Auduibooks Boom. I don't see how reading 1, 2, or 3 could change the depth of the characters or emotions. It was a sweet enough romance but just icing sweet. There wasn't a two layer cake beneath it. I love a HEA ending but not enough obstacles in their path made me expect it. The lack of research about genetics makes the ending more like a fairy tale than a modern romance.
There were a few grammatical errors that caused me to pause but overall, it was well written. I have returned books when they couldn't hold my attention and this one grabbed it in the beginning and held it enough to listen to the end. That is saying something.
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