Author: LP Dover
Series: Gloves Off #1
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Genre: Erotic Romance, New Adult
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Purchase: Amazon US
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She was what he wanted … but she was also his undoing.
Through mutual understanding, Tyler’s secret affair with Gabriella Reynolds has come to an end. It was a decision that not only saved their friendship, but it was one that would change Tyler Rushing’s life forever.
For the past couple of years, Tyler was known as being one of the UFC’s most memorable and sexy heavyweight fighters. Now he has the chance to win the title and claim the fame he so deserves. Having all the women he wanted was the highlight of his days; at least until Kacey Andrews walked through the door of his gym. He couldn’t keep his eyes off of her; there was an innocence about her that sparked his interest and he wasn’t going to give up until he had her. Little did he know that Kacey Andrews wasn’t a stranger … she was part of his world; he just didn’t know it. It was a secret she’d worked hard to keep hidden.
Kacey spent years trying to get away from the fighting world, away from the man who was hated among the MMA elite … her brother, Kyle Andrews. Unfortunately, she was brought back into it when Tyler’s relentless battle for her heart won her over, drawing her in. The only problem is that secrets never stay buried forever. In the end, Tyler will have a decision to make, and it’s one that could possibly destroy his and Kacey’s life … forever.
Spreading my legs with his knee, he smiled down at me and covered my body with his, leaning on his elbows to keep his full weight off of me. I was small underneath his body, utterly at his mercy. It was an archaic feeling, but I wanted him to take me, to claim me for his own—
leave his mark on me.
“I love the way you look when you’re happy, it’s breathtaking the way your face glows,” he claimed, brushing his fingers down my cheek. “However, your eyes are what I love the most.”
“Why is that?” I asked, kissing his fingers as be brushed them over my lips.
He brought his own gray gaze down closer and looked deeply into my eyes. “When I look at you, I see that light, beckoning me closer. It’s that light I’ve been so afraid will burn out if you let me in, but the more time I’ve spent with you, it’s only gotten brighter. I’m addicted to it … to you. These days I can’t seem to think of anything else.”
I felt the same way.
“And once you make love to me it’ll only get worse,” I admitted tenderly. “Is that a risk you’re willing to take?”
He lowered his lips to mine and I closed my eyes, loving the way my lips tingled every time they touched his. “Yes,” he answered. “I’d risk just about anything for you.”
Though we received a small taste of some of the players in the prequel, nothing prepared me for how much I would come to love them in this full length novel. In fact, I was fully prepared to hate the main male character, Tyler. I’m all for man-whores who find the “one” and fall hard, but I just couldn’t see it happening for him. Oh ye of little faith…
From the beginning, we were privy to the secret that our main female, Kacey, was hiding. And let me tell you…as far as these characters go, it was a doozy. As in, probably the biggest thing that could have mattered to any of them. So while I thoroughly was enjoying watching her fight her attraction for this fine male specimen, I craved the eventual fallout that was surely to come. While I was waiting anxiously though, I fell in love with her. Kacey was an extremely strong, relatable character that anyone would be lucky to be friends with. Her snarky outlook on life all the while being boggled down by this secret that she felt others would judge her by only endeared her to me all the more. As I am sure all these books are going to be somewhere interconnected, I look forward to seeing more of her in the future.
Tyler was just…whew… Behind the cocky demeanor he flaunted to the world lay a man who would willingly through his heart at the feet of the right woman. Watching this strong fighter literally being brought to his knees was humbling. To be crippled by love is one of the best and worst feelings in the world. Best because you can imagine nothing better and worst because you are susceptible to indescribable pain. I loved how he was always completely open with her about his past and his feelings. I love that when the time came, he was quick to fight for her. Sure there was angst. Sure there was pain. Sure there was pure terror. But when it came down to it, there was an abundance of love, support, and happiness (and of course many HOT sexy scenes).
Besides the prequels, this was my first journey into L.P. Dover’s mind, and I can safely say it is a place I hope to revisit very soon!
A Fighter’s Desire contains two prequel novellas to introduce the main characters in the series. IT IS ONLY TO INTRODUCE THEM. They’re happily ever after’s will come, but it doesn’t happen in this book. (Fair warning) Each fighter will have his own book where their stories will continue and end to that HEA everyone wants.
Two is always better than one.
Knowing a fighter’s desires and needs are one thing, but actually experiencing them is another. A Fighter’s Desire gives you not one, but two stories full of hardcore passion, angst, and action that’ll leave you breathless and aching for more.
Part One: Ryley and Camden Jameson, well-known MMA fighters and identical twins, were just as aggressive and passionate in the bed as they were in the ring. They loved a good fight, and that’s exactly what they got when they met Ashleigh Warren. The brothers had a habit of sharing things—including women—and she happened to be the only one they truly craved. However, the problem was getting her to agree to their proposition. It was one she couldn’t refuse, but she knew it wouldn’t be easy to win. Nonetheless, she sure as hell was going to enjoy it.
Part Two: Fighting temptation isn’t easy when you’re constantly around the one person you’ve desired more than any other. Gabriella Reynolds was warned by her brother, MMA Heavyweight Champion Matt Reynolds, to stay away from his friends; they only wanted one thing, and in the end they’d break her heart. She heard it, but the desire to have the one man she couldn’t led her down the forbidden path to pursue him; he also happens to be one of her brother’s best friends. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, and he’s afraid she’ll want more than what he can give her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes. They have no choice but to keep their time a secret, and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.