Dirty Boxing by Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George

There are a wide range of emotions expressed in the first Blood and Glory story, and each one is backed by much intensity. Whether a character is feeling joy or anger or very lusty, sentiments come across as genuine and convincing. With so many hurdles for the two main characters to overcome, I never knew if a situation would cause the couple to be happy or only push them further apart. Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt have created a series where love could be the most rewarding prize of all. DIRTY BOXING is an entertaining book packed with realistic sports details and a compelling romance.

When Julian Darcy became the director of marketing for the World Fighting Championship league, she hoped this career change meant her life was moving forward. A year ago, she had a brief affair with a MMA fighter. Jules now wants to put the painful memories of how things ended behind her, and she plans to concentrate on creating a successful campaign for the sports organization owned by her father. Bur her wishes are shattered upon discovering she will be working closely with the man whom she has never forgotten.

Though Nick Giannakis had thought he and Jules might have a lasting relationship, she apparently did not because of how he was unexpected dumped. While he would really like to show her that he no longer cares, she still deeply affects him whenever they are near each other. Jules does her best to promote Nick and help the WFC league, and also tries to pretend there was nothing special between them. But it is going to be extremely difficult to ignore the attraction which is even stronger this time.

DIRTY BOXING is an emotional love story about self-discovery. Nick and Jules had a memorable few weeks together, but fears about continuing their involvement cause her to suddenly end things. A complicated childhood makes her think there will be no long-lasting relationships in her future, yet seeing her former lover again makes it hard to stay away when she knows how good her life could be if she gives in to the temptation. And Nick is definitely a very enticing man. Though a tough fighter in the cage, he is exceedingly thoughtful and knows exactly the right words to say. He is also an exceptionally sexy individual who knows how to please a woman. There were times when I hurt for him, as his painful confusion is so clear. I did understand the reasoning behind many of the choices made by Jules, and it only added to my worry over how each would react during an impassioned discussion.

While the second chance romance between Nick and Jules is the major part of the storyline, there are also some enlightening facts about MMA fighting. The authors gave enough information to make me more interested in this sport, as I got background about how the fighters train and the excitement of trying to be a champion. Both characters in the next book were met, and I am eager to discover the ups and downs of their possible relationship.

I voluntarily reviewed the book from the publisher via NetGalley, and all comments are my honest opinion.

Series:  Blood and Glory – Book 1

Publisher: Pocket Star

Releases:  September 18, 2017

Purchase:  http://tinyurl.com/yd8ltzrb

Genre:  Contemporary

Author websites:  http://harperstgeorge.com/ and http://www.tara-wyatt.com/

Rating:  4 Stars

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