love with all their hearts.
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.
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.
The crowd roared around him as the bell sounded, vibrating through his entire body. Rory Kavanagh immediately moved into position, his head low and his fists in front of his face. His arms were tucked in, shielding his body as he advanced on his opponent. This was it. A lifetime of practice, sparring, training: It was all for this moment.
It was all for this fight.
He was bigger than his opponent; this would be a simple win. He had the strength, he had the power. He towered over him by several inches, his shoulders broader, and his muscles thicker. This fight was in the bag. Punch, block, jab, shield, kick, sidestep. His opponent was moving fast, but Rory practically danced around his attack. He rained down jab after jab, his opponent staggering backward with a bloody lip. The bell sounded and both men retreated to their respective corners.
“Water,” Rory grunted, leaning against the cage side as his father handed him a water bottle, his brothers eagerly watching from outside the cage. He dumped a mouthful of water onto his tongue before swirling it around and spitting it out into a nearby bucket.
“You’re doing great, Rory, but remember technique. You’re too heavy-handed on power, and you’re not focusing on skills. That’s how fighters get hurt.”
“I’m fine. This is in the bag.” Rory tossed the bottle at him, strutting back toward the center of the ring as the ref began announcing the start of the second round.
“Fight!” The ref backed up quickly as the men converged on each other. Rory landed the first hook, blocking the return. Breathe, focus.
And that’s when it happened.
He blinked in surprise as blinding pain coursed through him. He looked down for a second, just a second, and it was over. Rory hadn’t even seen it happen; his opponent had been too fast. He looked down at his leg, but it was entirely twisted at the knee and bent the wrong direction. Bones were protruding and blood trickled morbidly down his calf. Searing pain inexplicably mixed with tingling numbness shot through his body in pulsing currents as he wavered.
Then all he saw was black. He felt the cage floor hit the back of his head as he went down hard. He heard the screaming from audience members, his family included. The ref’s whistle was blaring and medics were asking if he was okay.
Rory said nothing, and gave in to the black.
If you are looking for a nice little book, which can be read in one day, I’d say you should read this book.
Rory is an ex MMA fighter, coming from a big, well-known Irish family (oh man, I loved his family)! Since an injury stopped his career in the MMA word, he’s becoming quite addicted to pills and booze. Not a good combination I’d say.
His whole world is going to change the day he meets Clare. Freshly arrived from a place and people she’s running from, Clare has an ugly past. She decides to start anew and leaves everything behind her….and that’s where she wants it to stay.
Unfortunately her past comes back full force and both Rory and Clare (And the whole Kavanagh Family) have to take matters into their own hands in order to live in peace.
I liked the main characters. Rory was not ashamed of his feelings and proves it by being quite a gentleman, picking her up from work, and helping her to fight her fears. He is a big man with a soft heart. He’s a public figure, well know first because of his last name but also because he was a really good fighter.
Clare on the other hand, is a girl who doesn’t want to be someone’s burden, she tries anything in her power to take care of herself on her own. But sometimes it was just too much. Don’t get me wrong, she has a lot of reasons to be insecure. Her whole life she’s been told that she wasn’t worth anything, but as we see Rory proving over and over that he wants to be with her and love her, it feels like she is blind to it. Yet, when he says something, she never needs a lot of convincing for her to say yes to it.
But I must say that I liked the cute little couple they made and some scenes were really funny.
And above all, I felt in love with the Kavanagh family. They are so supportive, and close to each other. I loved that. And I must NOT forget to mention ACE, who was such an adorable character. He was so faithful and lovable!
native of Washington, D.C., Robinson has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal psychology. She is married to a local police officer who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescue and foster animals.