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This is not made for TV. This is the raw, brutal underground of no-holds-barred combat. Inside the cage there is nothing but me and the pain I inflict on those who dare enter. In the cage, I never have to worry about anyone but myself. Yet, when she began standing outside of the cage, everything changed. I was no longer fighting for the money or the glory – I was fighting for her.
Told in Shay’s unmistakeable Male POV style, I was immediately transported into the world of undefeated Cage Fighter Liam ‘Takedown’ Teague. He is a bit of a mystery, living hand to mouth and fighting 2 nights a week at a local bar.
One night he spots a lone woman, walking home from work and has no choice but to intervene when he sees 4 men go after her, his protective streak kicks in and he saves Tria from a fate worse than she could ever imagine.
Tria has left her small town behind, much to the chagrin of her family, and is working and studying in order to make a better life for herself. She’s very naive considering where she has come from, but sweet and the perfect compliment to Liam’s pent up personality.
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As this is the first book in the trilogy , it is more of an introduction to the characters, and a what I would consider a slow burn. Liam and Tria form a friendship which slowly turns into more and we discover that they both have secrets that neither is that keen to share.
The last 20% of the book took a turn that I was not expecting, at all, but I have to say that I am very interested in how it’s all going to play out. I really liked being in Liam’s head, he was an interesting character and quite funny at times.
There isn’t much of him in the ring but we do get a sneak peek into life of a cage fighter, and I was very interested in his training partner/manager, Yolanda. She is definitely a character who I’d like to know more about.
If this trilogy could be compared to a meal, this was definitely a starter that has me gagging for more, and I can’t wait to see their relationship develop, especially with the crazy goings on that they found themselves embroiled in at the end. This did end on a cliffhanger, but luckily the next book is out in a few weeks.
This is the first book of a trilogy, told from Liam’s POV. Books 2 and 3 will be out very soon after. Ends on a cliffhanger.
ARC gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review
“Are you just stupid?” I probably would have gone on, but she wrapped her arms around herself and glared up at me.
“Stop yelling at me!” she screamed. She turned away, but I saw her reach up with the back of her hand to swoop underneath her eyes.
I turned slightly away from her and practically bit down on my tongue to keep myself from saying anything else. I brought my fisted hands up against my stomach and tried to pull the tension inside of myself, work through it, and calm down. I could hear her crying combined with choked breaths and sniffles.
“Fuck,” I mumbled under my breath. I was starting to come off the fighting high I had been on—the tears might have helped with that—and my stomach felt tight.
After three long, deep breaths, I looked back to the girl on the ground and saw her frantically rubbing at her eyes and cheeks. She didn’t look at me as she reached out and pulled her mostly empty bag close to her. She looked inside and then looked around her at all her things on the ground.
“Sorry,” I mumbled. I wasn’t all that great at apologies, and I figured now wasn’t going to be much different. I’d obviously upset her with all my shitty comments, though. “I didn’t mean to…I just…”
I stopped talking. I didn’t know what to say, and I felt bad about yelling at her. She looked at me all red-eyed with tears staining her cheeks.
“Just don’t do that shit anymore.” I let out a big sigh.
She nodded once and then reached out to grab something off the ground near her and shoved it back into the bag. From the amount of stuff scattered all over the street, my estimate on the size of the so-called purse wasn’t too far off. There was an umbrella, a little flashlight, a bunch of tubes and bottles, and at least a half dozen pens. As I looked around some more, I saw a small notebook, a paperback book, keys, a bottle of hand lotion that was nowhere near travel sized, a stack of tissues wrapped up in a Ziploc bag, two sets of earbuds, and a checkbook. There was also a whole pile of ponytail holders, bobby pins, and those little hair-holder-things that looked like teeth.
There was shit from her bag from one side of the fucking street to the other.
She started crawling around, gathering it all up, and cramming it back inside, which gave me a fabulous view of her ass in the short-shorts style waitress uniform the place up the street usually demanded. I could kind of see how she might have thought she could use the bag as a weapon—there had been more stuff in there than really should have been able to fit. I looked around on the ground to see if there was an actual kitchen sink, or at least part of one, but I didn’t see anything metal. There was something that looked like a small rock, though.
“How do you even carry that thing around?” I asked.
“That…that purse-bag-thingy there,” I said, pointing and shaking my finger at it. I wouldn’t have admitted it, but the whole idea of the thing scared me, and I wasn’t sure why. I felt like if I got too close to it I might get sucked in, never to be seen again. “It’s insane.”
Her eyes became little slits as she looked up to me.
“There is nothing wrong with my purse!” she growled.
“It’s huge,” I said.
“It has everything I need in it.”
“It has everything you and ten of your friends could need for a week,” I replied with a laugh. “I know there are people who carry Chihuahuas in their purse, but you could fit a Dane in there.”