An up-and-coming MMA fighter trying to take on the world. An innocent teacher trying to make the world a better place.
He never expected her to become his best friend. But she fought her way into his life, one tongue-lashing at a time. Until one night, one mistake tore them apart.
Losing her… that gutted him. But now, as one of the top fighters in the world, he’s back and determined to battle for his girl.
But, from the sidelines, someone watches. Someone who’ll do just about anything to keep them apart.
Their second chance might be over before it even begins…
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
➳When an MMA fighter meets his biggest rival of a warm-hearted school teacher, sparks fly, and the chemistry between both individuals takes a stake claim in one’s heart…
➳When Catherine Cowles contacted me to read her novel, I was not expecting to fall head-over-heels in love with Carter and Austin and their true passion that they have towards each other. There is no denying that both have become one of my favorites this year. As a first point of view, when you first meet them, Austin is not the ideal individual whom Carter would go for because of his attitude. His past has made him rugged and into this wall-held-up individual that does not want anything to do with relationships, but to just focus on his career and what he is striving for in life. He does not see that Carter’s presence is one that would affect his everyday mind, making him crave her attitude, her spark, and most of all her true self of being a strong young woman.
➳After being put in a situation that Austin wants nothing to do with, but also does not want Carter to be in any sort of danger, Austin teaches her some moves to protect herself in case something does happen to her and if she is in any sort of danger. To the eye of the reader their evolved, first turned into friendship relationship is something that Austin does not expect to learn to admire and crave, and in which Carter does not expect to need in her life and to slowly learn to love Austin in more than a friends type of way. Her care for him is also something that throughout time she starts to realize may break her heart. To Austin’s eye there is only pure admiration and protectiveness;
“This was why I didn’t want Carter coming to my flights. I knew something like this would happen. She was too innocent, too pure, and it radiated off her for everyone to see. She was an easy mark, and an important one if people knew how much she meant to me…”
➳Obstacles are thrown through every page, stalkers are involved, enemies are brought into place, but no matter what Austin does not give up in fighting for Carter’s true passion and love. Overall this is a second chance and a friends-to-lovers romance that you do not want to miss out on. There is no denying that Catherine has done a marvelous job in acquiring that interest from the reader to the page and story plot, one thing that is something that I very rarely encounter upon. Make sure to grab your copy now because this is one book you do not want to miss out on!
➳ARC kindly provided by the author in exchange for an honest review…
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Writer of words. Drinker of Diet Cokes. Lover of all things cute and furry, especially her dog. Catherine has had her nose in a book since the time she could read and finally decided to write down some of her own stories. When she’s not writing she can be found exploring her home state of Oregon, listening to true crime podcasts, or searching for her next book boyfriend.