My New Literary Addiction!!

Emily McCarthy is a girl with a damaged soul, that is riddled with haunting memories from her abusive and broken childhood. No matter how hard she tries to bury them, they are always there, lurking in the back of her mind, and causing her to constantly look over her shoulder for fear that they have finally caught up to her again. She tries her best to keep her past at bay by submersing herself into her work and studies, but she knows at some point she is going to have to come up for some air, and attempt to create some normalcy in her life...but the idea of opening herself up to others scares her beyond belief. When one of her customers at the cafe offers her a part time job at his gym, keeping the books, she is hesitant about taking it, the idea of working around a bunch of guys has her wanting to say no and flee the other direction. But she needs the money, and she wants to help him out, so she gives in and takes the position, never expecting it to change the course of her life, and give her the one thing her life has been missing for so long...love!

Cormac “the Hurricane” O’Connell submerses himself into his training, to no only keep his mind busy but also keep all of his demons at bay. He maintains a laser focus inside the ring, that is incomparable to his opponents, and is completely dedicated to his fighting career and doesn't let anything stand in the way of him coming home with the win. He is the type of guy that isn't afraid to go after what he wants, so, when he meets the gym's new bookkeeper he immediately knows he wants her, and doesn't hesitate to make that fact known to her, she however, wants nothing to do with him. He sees that as a challenge, and decides that he will stop at nothing to change her mind, even if it means just being her friend. She does something to him that he has never experienced with another woman, which only feeds his desire to want more from her... he just has to convince her that he's worth the risk!

As soon as I read the synopsis for this book I knew it was going to be good, and I am happy to report that my instincts were correct, it actually exceeded my expectations!! The chemistry between these two was electric, each encounter they shared was fueled with power and intensity, and several of those times I swear I could literally feels the sparks between them jumping off the pages!! The story line was inventive, engaging, thought provoking, and packed with so much raw emotion that it took my breath away! Definitely one of those reads that will tap into your emotions, have you feeling the intensity of every word typed on the page, and guaranteed to linger with you long after the last page is turned!! Highly recommend you give this read a try, it is sure to take you on one truly exceptional literary escape, and have you looking at fighters in a whole new light!!

ARC requested through NetGalley, and kindly provided by Forever (Grand Central Publishing) in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

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