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fairly high 3sall of cara mckenna meg maguire s strengths are present here fairly fully realized, diverse casts of characters secondary and tertiary characters that nicely fill out the novel s world with a nice blend of believability, creativity, and unobtrusiveness plausible and usually enjoyable dialogue carefully crafted, non head desk y obstacles that ratchet up the tension in a reasonable way denouements that are satisfying without being over the top hot chemistry and sex scenes nonhokey humor strong, clever, clear prose.i m detracting points for two mechanical problems 1 a few clunker sentences a flaw atypical of her stuff , mostly revolving around explaining back story established in the first book in the series remember how in the second and third harry potter books jo rowling contorted things to sort of inelegantly reexplain hogwarts and muggles and quidditch, and we all rolled our eyes and were like, we KNOW it s sort of like that, but to a much lesser, briefer, degree 2 and for, on a number of occasions presumably to keep her word count in check offering glossed over, generalized statements, like, to keep the conversation going, lindsey asked him a few things about MMA he responded with interest this was awkward and usually left me saying, but WHAT did lindsey say this writerly device exposed mckenna s mechanics, which i don t want to notice or have to care about when i m reading instead, she ought to have taken the time to specify their dialogue, which for mckenna ALWAYS very carefully and intentionally develops protagonist chemistry so these shorthands not only stuck out awkwardly, they did her character development a disservice now, i m making a big point about these awkward segments, but there were really only a very few of these passages it s just that usually mckenna s editing and flow are so good that these few lapses became all the noticeable.still, a very fun read, as is all of her stuff and she avoided committing the cardinal sin of romance series she didn t overinvolve her former heroes and heroines in this new story rather, she wrote them into this new tale just enough to keep the world she d drawn three dimensional and interestingly populated, but she didn t bore us with huge postscript like sections about how the former protagonists lives and love were still Teh Amazing Fireworks Head Exploding On Fire excellent, admirable restraint but that s what you get with kick mckenna quality and a well and lovingly prepared novel.she s good stuff.
[[ READ EPUB ]] ⇟ Taking Him Down (Harlequin Blaze Book 762) ⇲ Rules Of The Ring No Unsportsmanlike Conduct Matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle Always Thought Rich Estrada Was A Whole Lot Of Sexy What S Not To Lust After He S A Gorgeous, Flirty Mixed Martial Arts Fighter When They Find Themselves Heating Up During An Unexpected And Superintense Make Out Session, Lindsey Is Readyuntil Rich Ends It With No Explanation Three Rounds Now It S Almost A Year Later, And Rich Has A Broken Foot, Which Means A Frustrating Recovery Back In Boston Before His Next Fight But This Could Be The Perfect Time For A Rematch With A Sexy Little Matchmaker And Minimal Clothing There S No Denying The Chemistry Between Them It S Full Contact, No Holds Barred Attractionand Only One Can Be On Top What I really love about this book and also the first one in this series, Making Him Sweat is that it s so realistic I feel like this story could happen to any one of my friends Well, the unmarried ones The men aren t super suave, their bank accounts aren t astronomical, and they don t always say exactly the right thing, but they re things I can actually hear a man saying.This is a fun story about the bad boy who s constantly flirting with and teasing the good girl the adult version of pulling pigtails on the playground how a simple misunderstanding can cause a bit of mayhem, and how being honest can turn things back around.Rich is cocky and confident when he s in the cage, but out of it he struggles with feeling unworthy and worries that the demons that plagued his father will one day taunt him His love of fighting began as a hobby, until he realized it was the only way to support his family, particularly his mother who suffers from heart problems.It might not be honorable, but Rich Estrada fought for money Because fighting was the thing he was good at, the diploma he d never earned, the only marketable talent he had.Lindsey, a matchmaker by profession, is convinced that Rich is just a playboy looking for a good time It doesn t take her long to realize that she s willing to give it to him.Lindsey wondered if Jenna was going to get soundly trounced tonight, and if so, she envied her She could use a sound trouncing herself Hell, she d take a spirited dry humping.Rich and Lindsey both think that a round between the sheets will cure them of their mutual infatuation Luckily, it doesn t, because the sex scenes in this book were dynamite Rich and Lindsey couldn t seem to get enough of each other, and I couldn t get enough of them Rich is stunned by their chemistry, and for the first time in her life, Lindsey feels like than just a shadow of the people surrounding her.It doesn t take long before either of them realize a no strings attached relationship just isn t enough, but it s come at an inconvenient time for Rich, and feels like he has to let Lindsey go.I loved Lindsey s honesty with Rich, how she saw something in him no one else outside of his family did, and that she helped him see it, too I m glad it was her words that finally brought him around to what they could have together and convinced him that he was so much than a fighter.For so long, she d been fantasizing about the man from those videos the fighter But here in reality, he had so many dimensions Who Rich Estrada was had nothing to do with his stats or record or stills posted on the web None of those could tell a woman how hot his body ran, and how hot that fever burned when they were pressed so close.This book is perfect if you want a quick, fun, steamy read So I found this new website similar to oyster scribd playster and decided to give it a shot since there was a free trial, for the most part there s not a lot to choose from but they are rocking it with these harlequin books So this website s apparently still in beta and they have a LOT of things to fix I had chosen the third in this series last night as today s read but this one topped my history for some reason SO i accidentally got 10 or so pages in before realizing it wasn t the one I wanted Then I got about the same amount in before I realized they were a series That irks me to not end to read things out of order so i came back to this one 15 pages later I started to wonder if this wasn t the first in the series because until like page 30 I had absolutely 0 clue how all these people knew each other and since they kept referencing it that made me very confused That counts against it than it maybe should Let s face it authors how many reader s short of the dedicated author fans read harlequin series I don t know that I ve ever actually read than one of these little book by the same authors and i ve been reading these a VERY long time Gauge you audiencesince this audience isn t particularly likely to have read the previous book in the series give a blurb so that a new reader doesn t spend too long confused I really enjoyed this book a lot but it had a lot of flaws First the characters the hero was super fleshed out he had thoughts and hopes and deep dark emotions I have no clue who the heroine is beyond her big sister status and her infatuation with the hero we re halfway through the book before her family is even mentioned and though she apparently has relationships mom, dad, 7 siblings, at least 1 friend boss none of them with the exception of her one sister were fleshed out She whines about wanting to be independent or in the spotlight or whatever but then all she ever does is overanalyze everything that happens or doesn t happen between her and the hero and pout when he can t give her what she wants despite knowing that was the case all along For some reason I liked these two together but they made a horrible couple He spent a shocking amount of time acting cold indifferent toward her and he seemed to totally be using her to scratch an itch But even still I liked him because she was just shy of that girl who thinks that sex love but almost worse because she acknowledged that she knew better and even droned on and on about how she wasn t a hopeless romantic Maybe that was my issue she was either lying to herself or to usshe wasn t authentic and it showed Also the HEA didn t jibe with the rest of the book He doesn t seem to have any catalyst to change his decision and even worse he asks her to be his girlfriend and they ride off into the sunset never once acknowledging that she s totally in love with him and he s inlike with her Total recipe for disaster says the realist in me The sex scenes were well written but had oddly specific details about random thingslike his obsession with putting lube on his dick before the condom Major props for her dedication to safe sex thoughthey act like reasonable adults and just dry hump when they don t have condoms The plot was ok I liked that she fleshed out the MMA world enough to educate the novice but didn t bog us down with a ton of technical language I also give her major major props for her understanding of the Latino culture I personally am not Latina but I ve been introduced to the culture through several people I ve known and it can be very very different from what people are used to and I appreciated that she portrayed it accurately and sensitively I felt like the focus again here though was on the herohis career is super fleshed out hers iswell honestly kinda pointless for plot purposes Give me she takes him as a client and falls in love with him insteador she sets up his sister and that s how they meetanything that actually makes it somewhat relevant rather than just white noise The writing was ok solid spelling wise but several sentences were very awkward and I had to read them several times to figure them out.Bottom line i know this sounds like a lot of bad but i did actually enjoy reading this book and look forward to reading the next in the series Contrived conflicts annoyed me I wanted of a story.The sex scenes were good But not good enough to make me want to buy the book The secondary story about Lindsey s sister had my interest I would have liked of that The main story didn t do anything for me Most of the time is spent in Lindsey s head as she ogles, desires, and pines for Rich The conflicts that annoyed me were view spoiler She has been desiring and pining for him for months When he finally asks her out, she turns him down Her reason Sleeping with someone extraordinary was no substitute for feeling like someone extraordinary, and she couldn t handle being cast aside like that, not at this point in her life That didn t make sense to me.Another After the first sex scene which was great for both of them Rich acted cold and impersonal as he dressed That was not explained So then Lindsey acted cold and impersonal, and then they each thought the other didn t want them Too contrived.Rich s job is to accept fights with the highest ranked competitors He just got an offer to fight one of the highest and he accepts it That means he ll be away from Lindsey for a couple months Now Lindsey is depressed that he didn t love her enough to turn it down and stay in the area with her What That s stupid I wouldn t mind her sadness and depression over this, but her thinking that he didn t love her enough annoyed me That made her inconsiderate, selfish, and unsupportive less likeable hide spoiler 2.5 StarsMiddle of the road Harlequin Blaze which is odd because usually I love anything written by Meg Maguire aka Cara McKenna There are some good, emotionally satisfying scenes between the hero heroine but the Mixed Martial Arts backdrop along with the subplots didn t appeal to me. 3.6It s good Another time I really wished GR did half stars This woman is wonderfully adept at getting into the interior of the psyche Her characters are always well worth it. This was way better than the first and third book in the series One of the things I love most about Meg Maguire Cara McKenna s stories is that they don t do that thing where the entire conflict of the book could be resolved with one five minute conversation Her characters are generally honest with each other, and that is just really, really refreshing It s possible that they re a little honest that people are in the real world, but I m okay with that They re stories about people that I genuinely like, who don t stir up unnecessary drama or angst, and who don t knowingly hurt each other in the name of love I want these characters to be real people so I can be friends with them.Also, loved the MMA portion of these books As a fan, I was really happy with how accurate they are The only tiny thing that was incorrect was the mention of putting vaseline on a fighter s body before the fight This is a no no in a sport that involves grappling Other than that, I was impressed. Lindsey has been fighting the attraction she has to Rich since she started working at Spark Matchmaking She has a boyfriend and even though they are on again, off again she s convinced that Rich is all talk and after a one night stand Watching him win a fight and knowing that he s leaving for bigger and better things she lets loose a bit and gives in to the attraction only for Rich to back off after receiving a text message Lindsey is convinced that its a girl and its for the best, I mean he s leaving right So for ten months she absorbs anything she can about MMA mixed martial arts and about Rich She even orders the fights to watch Then all the sudden he s on the way back to Boston with a broken foot Now that the boyfriend is completely off what ll happen with Rich or will anything happen.All Rich knows is fighting He s been doing it forever and its how he pays for things his family needs He s the bread winner and takes on the responsibilities that his dad left behind when he committed suicide His mom has health issues and needs a bunch of surgeries and his sister needs help with her school, along with a great deal of other things he feels like are his job to take care of Now that his foot has put him out of commission, what is he going to do with himself He has to stay in fighting condition so that when his foot is healed he can get back in the ring He didn t count on Lindsey not only warming his bed but his heart Fighting that was pointless.I don t know what about Rich made me love him so much, but I did He s all tough and cocky, but when its just him and Lindsey, hes soft and open He lets his walls down and he doesn t even realize it He also doesn t realize that he s given his heart to her until its much too late He takes care of his family, he loves them and he s so tender with his mama There was just something, a magic he has that draws you in I really liked that even though Lindsey knows hows its going she falls in love with him, but doesn t try to get him to stay with her She lets him go do what he wants to do with his life These two are just appealing Fantastic story Very enjoyable.