Kane Kavanagh has always had one goal: being the best mixed martial arts fighter alive. With the MMA National Championships in Las Vegas fast approaching, the man they call “Killer” has no intention of letting anyone or anything get in his way. Somehow, though, a feisty opponent has slipped beneath his guard—and stolen his heart. Fiery and passionate, Nora Hannigan is harder to pin down than any rival Kane has faced in the ring. And she isn’t afraid to tell Kane that she wants nothing to do with him.
With her best friend about to marry into the Kavanagh family, Nora has been resisting Kane’s shameless attempts at flirting for months. But after their undeniable chemistry finally takes over, leading to the hottest night of Nora’s life, she’s running scared. There’s a lot about her life Kane doesn’t know, and she won’t be responsible for ending his career. Now Kane’s out to prove that he’s ready for commitment by winning her heart—and he’s never lost a fight.
I enjoyed this book. And I appreciated the idea that it is possible to be atttracted to someone, and yet at the same time be in a place in your life where the addition of a relationship is an issue. Life happens, and often in romance novels, the reality is set aside for the flutters of love for the characters. It really appealed to me that this reality, for both Nora and Kane, was addressed and had an impact. I did believe the choices they would make, and I think that it made them both more human and more compelling for their difficult choice.
I thought the pacing of this was strong, as well as the writing, which was also strong with good dialog and no points where I felt the characters were speaking oddly or out of character in any way. I found both of them appealing and realistic and I liked who they were as people, not just as characters.
I do recommend this book. It has a lot of depth that not only keeps it interesting but moves the story along smoothly.
Full disclosure: I read the 2nd in this series and did not like it. My review and rating for this other book reflect this. Generally, this means I don't read the others. In this case, the author was gracious, reached out, and said she hoped I would read the next one. So I did.