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Review: Legend by Katy Evans

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Title: Legend
Series: Real #6
Author: Katy Evans
Publisher: Gallery Books
Publication Date: 9 Feb 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

REVIEW 

One word for you Wow.

This is so hard to review. I’ll start by saying I was desperate to read it and yet didn’t want to start it. I knew as soon as I opened those pages that would be it, it would be over before I could blink. I wanted to savor every single second immersed back in the world of MMA, of flawed characters and devastating, all-consuming love. Did Katy deliver?? What can I say, not only did he deliver everything I wanted but she delivered more than I could have expected. Soul-mate connections, adorable characters and burdens based on heritage and upbringing. Prepare yourself when you start this book because you won’t be able to go anywhere until you’ve read that last page, and if you are anything like me I had to immediately go back and re-read the rest of the series. you know just to make sure the characters were still there 😉

Maverick (yes, I did immediately think of Top Gun, it’s my age I tell you) is consumed with proving himself in the world of MMA. Abandoned as a child by his father, he carries the weight of the sins of his father on his shoulders. There are hints and red herrings scattered through the narrative as to the identity of Mavericks father, the revelation not surprising but still poignant when it occurs. I was a little confused as to the age of the character with a child Mavericks age but that is probably because I always picture the characters in their twenties unless it is specifically stated otherwise.

For the most part I didn’t really feel as if Maverick had so-called ‘Daddy’ issues. Yes, he is on a quest to prove himself within the world of MMA and overcome the legacy he has been bound to. I did feel as if he was trying to prove something to himself as opposed to gaining his fathers approval. Insanely talented yet without the arrogance you would normally assign to young challengers. Maverick has an uphill battle to even be admitted into the ranks of the underground.

Reese would appear the complete opposite of Maverick in every way. Shy, introverted and suffering for low self-esteem especially regarding her body. Reese also happens to be Brooke’s cousin, staying with the Tate’s during Summer break to help with the 3-year-old Racer. Hints through the narrative suggest Reese has undergone a huge life crisis and struggled to take control of her own life following her life altering incident. Her struggle to fit in and find where she belongs was poignantly portrayed. I did feel as if Reese was a lot stronger than people gave her credit for and for the most part she doesn’t acknowledge her own strength. It is only with Maverick that she really lets herself be who she truly is.

There is no way I can divulge even the slightest aspect of the plot because you really, really have to read it for yourself. You need to experience the revelations as they happen and the emotions the characters experience as a result.

Maverick and Reese fill the hole Remy and Brooke left in my heart, they have the same soul-mate feel to their relationship you can’t help but swoon over. The inclusion of my favorite couple increased my enjoyment but it was all of the characters development that made my heart beat double time for them. Accepting yourself for who you are is one of the main themes that stood out within the Real series but is most apparent in Legend.

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Meet Maverick “The Avenger” Cage in Legend, the newest stand alone in the REAL series releasing February 9th

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SYNOPSIS

Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.

As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.

But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.

* LEGEND is the 6th and final installment of the REAL series, but it can also be read as standalone or after the three Remington and Brooke books (Real/Mine/Remy.)

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Mine  (Book Two) The Real Series

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Remy  (Book Three) The Real Series

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Rogue  (Book Four) The Real Series

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About the Author

Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!

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Review: Bait and Switch by Kendall Ryan

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Title: Bait and Switch
Series: Alphas Undone #1
Author: Kendall Ryan
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 9 Feb 2016
Source: Review Copy
Rating: 4/5

Synopsis from Goodreads

Love is a trap, a trick only other people fall for. Former Navy SEAL Nolan has no such illusions. The only things real in his life are his beloved bulldog and the two women in his life. One is soft and innocent, someone he could build a real future with. But the other is dark and gives him all of the wicked things he craves behind closed doors. What starts out as casual quickly becomes complicated. Can he walk away from a sure thing for something that’s foreign territory?

Nolan thinks we met by chance. We didn’t. I sought him out, seduced him, and in return got the sanctuary I needed to survive. But now, impossibly, I’ve fallen in love with him. I don’t care that he has another lover, because when he finds out who I am, it’s going to ruin any chance I ever had with him anyway. She’s the least of my worries.

Bait & Switch is Book 1 in the new contemporary romance series Alphas Undone, which will each feature a new couple.This is a standalone full-length novel. It does not contain cheating.

REVIEW 

I may have had some reservations about Bait and Switch due to the nature of the synopsis, I mean he has two women on the go at the same time. Yet, with the promise of no cheating, and wondering how the heck that was going to be avoided, drew me into reading Bait and Switch. Let me tell you I am so glad I did :)

Nolan, ex- navy seal of deliciousness that he is has white knight syndrome running through his veins. Convinced he has escaped the repercussions of seeing so much tragedy while on active duty he holds tight to his unconventional relationship with Daniella. Although it is obvious from the start that he doesn’t embrace the same tendencies he is purely fulfilling a role within Daniella’s life. Nolan is extremely protective and nurturing, something he doesn’t give himself enough credit for. Instead hiding behind Daniella’s presence in his life as a way of preventing anyone from getting close to him. He isn’t truly happy and feels a desperate yearning for something unknown.

I don’t normally quote in my reviews but I felt so strongly about this one I had to share it:

Sometimes our greatest scars are the ones we don’t wear for the world to see. They’re buried inside our hearts. 

It is obvious Lacey is hiding something, desperate to escape whatever is chasing her and desperate enough to pretend to be something she isn’t in order to be taken under Nolan’s protection. Her vulnerability shines through the narrative.

Although neither of them anticipated the reaction to the other. Although the sparks are electric it was the way in which the characters develop and open up to the possibilities available to them that really made Bait and Switch stand out.  I did feel as if some of the twists were easy to guess however, their execution exceeded all expectations. I adored the way in which Lacey feels safe and protected against anything when she is with Nolan as well as the sense of peace, calm and belonging she gives Nolan. If that doesn’t scream love I don’t know what does.  embracing who you are and what you can be together makes up an extremely cleverly crafted story on Kendall Ryan’s behalf.

I am so glad I put my reservations to one side in order to get to know Nolan and Lacey. A terrific start to the Alphas Undone series, I cannot wait to see who features next and maybe where I can find one of my own 😉

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BAIT & SWITCH
By Kendall Ryan
Print Length: 211 pages
Publisher: Kendall Ryan
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
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 ABOUT THE BOOK

Love is a trap, a trick only other people fall for. Former Navy SEAL Nolan has no such illusions. The only things real in his life are his beloved bulldog and the two women in his life. One is soft and innocent, someone he could build a real future with. But the other is dark and gives him all of the wicked things he craves behind closed doors. What starts out as casual quickly becomes complicated. Can he walk away from a sure thing for something that’s foreign territory?

 Nolan thinks we met by chance. We didn’t. I sought him out, seduced him, and in return got the sanctuary I needed to survive. But now, impossibly, I’ve fallen in love with him. I don’t care that he has another lover, because when he finds out who I am, it’s going to ruin any chance I ever had with him anyway. She’s the least of my worries. 

Bait & Switch is Book 1 in the new contemporary romance series Alphas Undone, which will each feature a new couple.This is a standalone full-length novel. It does not contain cheating.

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About The Author

Kendall Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance novels, including Hard to Love, Unravel Me, Resisting Her and When I Break.

She’s a sassy, yet polite Midwestern girl with a deep love of books, and a slight addiction to lipgloss. She lives in Minneapolis with her adorable husband and two baby sons, and enjoys hiking, being active, and reading.

Visit her at: www.kendallryanbooks.com for the latest book news, and fun extras

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Spotlight plus Give-Away: Searching for Mine by Jennifer Probst

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1001 DARK NIGHTS: SEARCHING FOR MINE by Jennifer Probst
A Searching For Novella

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SYNOPSIS

The Ultimate Anti-Hero Meets His Match…

Connor Dunkle knows what he wants in a woman, and it’s the three B’s. Beauty. Body. Boobs. Other women need not apply. With his good looks and easygoing charm, he’s used to getting what he wants—and who. Until he comes face to face with the one woman who’s slowly making his life hell…and enjoying every moment…

Ella Blake is a single mom and a professor at the local Verily college who’s climbed up the ranks the hard way. Her ten-year-old son is a constant challenge, and her students are driving her crazy—namely Connor Dunkle, who’s failing her class and trying to charm his way into a better grade. Fuming at his chauvinistic tendencies, Ella teaches him the ultimate lesson by giving him a special project to help his grade. When sparks fly, neither of them are ready to face their true feelings, but will love teach them the ultimate lesson of all?

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AUTHOR INFORMATION 

Jennifer Probst –  Bio

Jennifer Probst wrote her first book at twelve years old. She bound it in a folder, read it to her classmates, and hasn’t stopped writing since. She took a short hiatus to get married, get pregnant, buy a house, get pregnant again, pursue a master’s in English Literature, and rescue two shelter dogs. Now she is writing again.

She makes her home in Upstate New York with the whole crew. Her sons keep her active, stressed, joyous, and sad her house will never be truly clean.
She is the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of sexy and erotic contemporary romance. She was thrilled her book, The Marriage Bargain, was ranked #6 on Amazon’s Best Books for 2012. She loves hearing from readers. Visit her website for updates on new releases and her street team at www.jenniferprobst.com.

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