Until You're Mine by Cindi Madsen
Series: Fighting For Her #1
Also in this series: Until We're More
Published by Entangled Publishing on January 22nd 2018
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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You might’ve heard of me, Shane Knox, the guy who rose quickly through the MMA fighter ranks, only to crash just as fast. No one cares about personal reasons when it comes to losing fights and money. I’m determined to get back to where I was. For you to hear my name again. I’ve finally convinced the owner of Team Domination to take a chance and get me back in fighting—and winning—shape. What I didn’t bargain for is the guy’s spitfire of a daughter. Factor in her two professional-fighter brothers who are acting as my coaches and the fact that my career hangs in the balance, and Brooklyn’s the last girl I should be fantasizing about. The closer we get, the more I want Brooklyn. The stakes are high, and I know there’s a big chance of both of us getting hurt, but I won’t stop until she’s mine.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I have this thing for literary MMA fighters (well, literary fighters in general if I’m being perfectly honest) and Ms. Madsen’s take on the fighting world was, in my opinion, absolutely amazeballs.
I don’t usually have a lot of patience for NA books but I’ve read Ms. Madsen’s work before and was again pleasantly surprised again. While the main characters in Until You’re Mine are in their mid-twenties they are not insufferable bubble heads out to party and whine about life in general.
Shane, a cocky, rough, muscled mountain of sexiness has had a very tough upbringing. Some bad choices and very shitty luck dealt him more than one smackdown during his meteoric career as a professional fighter. Now, having learned his lesson and with the main reason behind his fall from grace under control, he’s devoted to making it back to the top.
With not only his future but that of his team hanging from his shoulders, the last thing he needs is getting mixed up with the sassy bombshell at the reception desk who turns out to be the daughter of his new head coach as well as the baby-sister of his other two coaches.
Brooklyn has just finished her degree and has her dream internship all lined-up to jump-start her adult life, but when her brother begs her to come back to the family gym to help them out… well, she can’t really refuse.
While she grew up in the gym and loved being a part of the MMA world, it wasn’t so good to her. A bad choice of boyfriend, along long years of being set aside to other priorities by her father, made for a less than happy attitude towards her summer plans.
“Okay, so I might’ve forgotten the dopamine rush that came along with being in the gym, constantly surrounded by ripped guys who dropped masculinity. But I’d moved past my arm-porn addiction…”
Brooklyn was a hoot. She was tough, sassy and funny. Her daddy issues were quite understandable so while at some point her less than amicable attitude towards her dad got on my nerves, it didn’t really put me off. I liked how she was set on pursuing her dreams and had learned from her past mistakes. The fact that she could literally kick-ass was just the cherry on top for me.
Shane, oh Shane. He was not only the sexy fighter personified, but he was incredibly charming, considerate and loving. I really enjoyed him going for what he wanted, be that a title fight or in Brooklyn´s pants.
I must confess that the pseudo-love-triangle-induced-angsty feeling was not my most favorite part. I did immensely enjoy Brooklyn’s brothers and I’m hoping they’ll get their own stories soon.
With the hottest chemistry, Until You’re Mine is all about Shane breaking down Brooklyn’s walls, the steamy tension, great banter and sexy, sexy loving. For me, this was a KO in the first round…or whatever is said in fighting!
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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