By L.P. Dover
When you’re told to stay away from someone or something it only drives the urge to go after it more. In this case, that was exactly what happened. For years, Gabriella Reynolds–younger sister of MMA’s Heavyweight Champion, Matt Reynolds–was warned by him to stay away from his fighter friends; she deserved better and they would only break her heart.
Did she listen? Yes, for a while, but temptation can only consume you so much until you fall into its trap. There’s a certain fighter she’s interested in, and it just so happens that he’s her brother’s best friend, the only one that is completely off limits to her. However, she’s not the only one fighting temptation. Tyler Rushing can’t deny his attraction to her, but he’s afraid she’ll want more and he can’t give that to her. When he finds out that’s not the case … everything changes.
Secrets can be dangerous, but they can also be thrilling and intense. Gabriella and Tyler have no choice but to keep their time together a secret … and it’s a secret that’ll stay with them forever.
A FIGHTER’S DESIRE: PART 2 is a prequel novella to the Gloves Off series, introducing us to a slew of new characters as well as touching base with a couple from the previous novella. Tyler and Gabriella have been dancing around each other for a while now. Gabriella’s brother, Matt, is Tyler’s best friend, and Matt has warned each of them to stay away from the other. But Gabriella’s a big girl and decides it’s time to make a move on Tyler, and with Ryley’s help, she’s able to get her man, even if it’s just for a weekend.
Tyler is another manwhore, rivalling the likes of Ryley and Camden from PART 1. Other than that, there’s not much you learn about him. Gabriella seemed like a strong and confident woman, going after who and what she wanted, but at the same time she was willing to be used and forego her self-respect just for a chance to have sex with Tyler. Gabriella knows he’s a manwhore and Tyler knows absolutely nothing about her past, but both were willing to have sex without a condom right from the start. Apparently being on the pill is good enough. A lapse in the heat of the moment I could understand, but what they did was not safe or smart and it’s a big pet peeve for me.
So I’ll be honest here, I’m still not sold on this series. After finishing PART 2, I took a good look at the rest of the series to see if it could help me decide whether I should continue on or not. Spoiler Alert: Tyler and Gabriella don’t even end up together; both have their own books with different love interests. My first thought when I realised this was “What’s the point of this book then?”. Gabriella gave up a man who was crazy about her to be with Tyler, and he was willing to risk his friendship with Matt to be with her, so I just don’t get it. Call me old fashioned or just plain silly, but when I read a story about two characters, I expect to see a happy ending for them…together. Despite the amazing reviews this series has received, I feel that it isn’t one for me and I don’t think I’ll be continuing on with it. I’ll stick to her other series that I’ve enjoyed.
A Fighter’s Desire: Part 2 (Gloves Off # 0.6)
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