Goodreads Rating: 4.08 / 5 Stars
My Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Genre: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
Publishing Date: September 29, 2015
Summary (Goodreads) :
This book is recommended for 18+ years old
As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.
Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.
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This one is a great New Adult series to start and I’m surely gonna read the rest of the series. If you love books with badass MMA Fighters in it, I recommend this one.
Rory Kavanagh is a famous Irish MMA Fighter. He made a promising career out of it until one match changes his entire career when he had a bad injury during his match. He underwent physical therapies during his recuperating period and his injury caused a major reputation on his career. After a year, he still feels pain on his injured leg and as a way of numbing it, he tends to drink a lot and take his pain medications. He is totally a messed up. He tends to party a lot, hooked up with women and seems lost.
Then he met this girl who changed his life…
Clare Ivers is a young, charming, beautiful California girl but moved to New York to start a new life after her parents passed away. That’s not all, she runs away from his abusive ex-boyfriend. Since then, she’s not dating anyone because she feels unsafe. She attends a self-defense class on Legends which is owned by Rory’s family. Meeting Rory and getting to know him makes her feel comfortable. She trusts him and found a safe haven. The guy might look scary and tough, but he has a big heart filled with passion.
I really like this book because of its great character developments, romance and plot. I really like the Kavanagh family. They have a strong family bond and all of them are supportive to Rory despite of his bad injury. They constantly motivated him and I simply adore the Kavanagh brothers: Kane, Quinn and Jimmy. Talk about hot men in this book as well as their cousin, Casey.
The characters here are flawed but I’m charmed by their personality. Let’s start with Rory. At first I’m a bit skeptical about him because of how the way he acts but his love for animals just made me love his character more. Taking care of an injured dog from animal shelter and became his companion just captivated me. As for Clare, she’s bubbly, charming and a little sarcastic (but adorable) woman is surely likable and she’s not a whiny heroine.
Despite of their issues, I love how they battle their own demons. Their love story is really entertaining and they have a great chemistry. A wonderful start for the Kavanagh series! I haven’t read any books by Sarah Robinson. I’m glad this is my first and I will surely check out her other books.