All work and no play makes Adeline Kendrick a dull girl, so when she heads to a casino resort for a friend’s bachelorette weekend, she’s ready to have a good time. Until she runs into Brendan Quinn, professional fighter and the one who got away—the one her family drove away—and things take a turn for the interesting.
Running into his ex won’t shake Brendan. Even if it brings up the old pain of loving her when she was only slumming. Even if she looks really good. In fact, what better way to get over the past than to take advantage of the still-sizzling chemistry running hot between them? He’s there to win an MMA fight, but he won’t say no to a little physical relief of a different kind.
But when the weekend is over, Adeline isn’t ready to give up her second chance that easily. Brendan is still the one for her, no matter what her family thinks. Now, if only she can convince him of that…
I love reunion romances. Because of the misleading blurb I thought this one was going to be about the hero being angry at the heroine for their past, but it’s more the other way around.
Shannon Stacey is one of the better contemporary romance writers out there because her voice is very current, and I can relate to it. Her characters act their ages, and use modern technology, and all of that. Her female characters also have friends and interests beyond the hero, which is something a lot of authors overlook.
This IS a novella, so there’s not a great deal of conflict between the two main characters. So while it’s no ground-breaking story, it makes for a solid, quick read.
I dislike MMA immensely, and skip over it as soon as I see it on television, but I thought that worked okay in this story. The author actually learnt a thing or two about the sport before writing about it, so I felt like I really was immersed in that world.
However, I do wonder why this book was released in February when it has a Christmas theme!
Review copy provided by NetGalley.