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Author: L G Kelso
Publisher: Self Published
Publication Date: 14 Aug 2014
Source: Review Copy
Synopsis from Goodreads
Tori’s MMA career was taking off, until she beat the wrong man. Her training partner, nursing a bruised ego, snapped—shattering her trust and confidence.
Three years later, Tori’s keeping her fists to herself as she struggles to put herself through college. But when a group of gangbangers hassle her at work, old habits kick in and her fists fly. Max Estrada, a frequent diner customer, steps in and gets them out of hot water, but Tori is still fired… days before tuition is due.
With no other option, she’s forced to take a desk job at her old pounding grounds, where her demons still haunt the cage and the temptation to go glove-to-glove with familiar pro-fighter, Max Estrada, is too much. The sexy Colombian draws her back into the world of MMA and revives her dreams of becoming a professional face-puncher—until Will, her old partner and current Middleweight Champion, struts back into the gym. The secret they share is an unexpected liability to his career, and he’s determined to keep her silent.
With her life on the ropes, Tori will have to face the past for a shot at winning back her future, or carry the weight of a loss even greater than before.
OK you know I hate comparing books BUT in this case I have to mention that it really reminded me of Katie McGarry’s Take Me On with respect to the main female character. The grit, determination and strength to overcome her own personal demons and carve a path in a male dominated sport.
I really loved the characters in Fierce. Each having an internal battle with aspects of their lives that have shaped them. The story is told from Tori’s point of view, I would really have liked to see inside Max’s mind, there were some things I would have liked his thoughts on especially the Nicole situation. I utterly adored Max, this guy is the real deal; physical perfection, a committed athlete AND *fans self* he’s a LIBRARIAN.
The training and atmosphere portrayed in the narrative is utterly realistic and draws you into the world of MMA. The way in which the fighters push themselves during training, both mentally and physically especially during the weigh-ins makes you appreciate the commitment and dedication athletes show to achieve their dreams. I loved how that commitment and dedication also applies to other areas of their lives especially their friends and relationships *swoon*
The story focuses around Tori’s character development and the overcoming of past demons. It was easy to relate to Tori and her training being a part of who she was. It was a large part of her and to lose it was like losing a part of herself leading to lower self-confidence and therefore poor decision-making.
Fierce is a story of overcoming fear and failure, it truly is a case of what doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger