Life isn’t fair.
Hadley James learned early on in life the easy path was not in her future, and the past six months have been a testament to that. Losing her sister and getting guardianship of her nephew have knocked her world off its axis with no one there to help.
She takes the only job she can find to pay the bills, but it doesn’t exactly make her feel like the motherly type. Slinging cocktails ‘til two o’clock in the morning, then waking up four hours later to get her nephew out the door, leaves little time for anything but work and sleep.
Struggling to find a way to make ends meet, all Hadley wishes for is a normal life for her nephew, and a full night’s sleep for herself.
Is that really too much for a girl to ask for?
Life is damn good.
Tate Holten co-owns a successful karate studio, has a gorgeous house, a brand new car, and the freedom to do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. Life couldn’t have dealt him a better hand.
Although, spending most of his time at Powerhouse leaves Tate with little social life, and lately, he’s been looking for something different.
Something or someone to share his life with seems to be the only thing he can’t have.
Constantly searching for that one special thing leads Tate to Hadley, and he instantly knows she’s what he has been looking for.
Tate just wants to save Hadley and give her everything she needs, but Hadley isn’t looking for a handout from some stranger who watches her every night. Creepy much?
Tate is faced with his biggest challenge yet of convincing Hadley he isn’t some creeper looking to land in her bed for one night. But will Hadley give him the chance, or will Tate have to take love to the mat to prove to Hadley he’s just what she needs?
I was really impressed and enjoyed the first book in this series so I was very excited to start Love On The Mat. Once again I wasn’t disappointed, once I got into it I just didn’t want to put it down or stop for any reason, even though I had to. I think I can even easily say that I liked Love On The Mat more than Dropkick My Heart and I loved that book as well.
Every once in a while you connect with an author whether it be because of the story itself, memories that it brings up, their writing style, a million different things. For me, I am loving that this series is a martial arts series because as stated in my review of Dropkick My Heart I earned my black belt years ago and even though I no longer am training martial arts holds a special place in my heart especially now that my daughter is in karate.
Tate and Hadley are two very likable characters even though one is a definite alpha and one has a ton of sass, but these are the characters I love. They aren’t one dimensional, they have depth, the characters have character and I just couldn’t get enough. I connected with both Tate and Hadley, I laughed and smiled and sometimes may have wanted to slap someone a time or two but I just really liked them for each other.
Love On The Mat is a book that I loved and one that I can easily recommend to be added to your TBR lists!
Winter Travers is a devoted wife, mother, and aunt turned author who was born and raised in Wisconsin. After a brief stint in South Carolina following her heart to chase the man who is now her hubby, they retreated back up North to the changing seasons, and the place they now call home.
Winter spends her days writing happily ever afters, and her nights zipping around on her forklift at work. She also has an addiction to anything MC related, her dog Thunder, and Mexican food! (Tamales!)
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