★★★★ 3.5 – 4 Stars ★★★★
In the ring, Regan has control. Outside the ropes, she fights to survive.
Regan Sommers spent her life fighting. Fighting foster parents, kids in the group home, and classmates. But the night she has to fight for her life changes everything.
Now, she’s fighting for money in the ring, and from the first punch she’s addicted. Every addiction has a price though, and this one is the gym’s star boxer, Gage Lawson. He may come in an enticing tattooed package, but his demands are more than she can handle.
The responding officer from that night, Anthony Fields, comes with no demands. He want’s whatever she’s willing to give, and Regan can handle that. She can definitely handle him.
But no help comes string free, and Regan’s not the only one with a hard past and scars to cover. The life she was trying to escape is nothing compared to the danger she’s in the middle of now, and she can’t fight her way out.
***Reader please be aware: Story contains mature content such as: Drugs, sex, abuse, and explicit language that may be upsetting for some.****
A great debut from Ashley Claudy, I had trouble putting this one down and will definitely recommend this to those who love a fast paced romantic suspense.
Regan Sommers is a nineteen year old girl struggling to survive after spending her childhood in the system. Her fortunes change however when she is mugged one night and makes the acquaintance of brothers, Gage and Dexter Lawson and their boxing trainer Silas. They see how strong she is and persuade her to come and fight for them in the women’s boxing division.
Meanwhile, she finds herself in a relationship of sorts with the cop who was first on the scene at her attack and knowing she will never want anything serious with him, begins to use him for her own needs. Anthony offers her a place to stay when she needs somewhere to sleep and other benefits on top.
Her life seems to be on the up, she makes new friends within the boxing circle and she is starting to make decent money from her fights. Relationship lines are starting to blur with her and Anthony, and she also finds herself becoming attracted to Gage. Gage is quite indifferent towards her and you never really know what his feelings are but it’s not long before he tells Regan that he wants her for himself.
Shit hits the fan quite considerably when Gage’s history collides with Regan’s present and he has to make some tough decisions in order to protect both her and his brother, Dexter. Regan is torn between helping her friend and standing by the man that has penetrated her heart so deeply.
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This is very slow building romance but it’s simmers quite nicely in the background whilst everything else that is going on in Regan’s life is changing so rapidly. I really liked the side characters, especially Dexter – he is like the funny kid brother who want’s everyone to be happy all the time.
If you are looking for a quick story where the MC’s get together quite quickly and everything wraps up nicely then this probably isn’t for you. It’s quite a complex storyline and I am looking forward to continuing with books 2 & 3 to find out more about Gage’s history within his criminal family.
Told in Regan’s POV, this is the first in a trilogy and ends on a mild cliffhanger.
Review copy gratefully received from the author in exchange for an honest review