Friday, November 24, 2017

Take Down
by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt

Title: Take Down 
Series: Blood and Glory #2
Authors: Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt 
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: November 13, 2017

The second novel in the sizzling Bloody and Glory series—perfect for fans of Katy Evans’s REAL series and Sidney Halston’s Worth the Fight series—reveals that fighting for your heart is sometimes the only way to beat the demons in your soul.

MMA champion Gabriel “The Sandman” Maddox prefers to live his life quietly and intensely. He plays by the rules, respects the sport, and trains harder than any other fighter. It’s this unwavering focus that helps him block out the pain from a devastating loss in his past. He spends his days slaying his monsters in the octagon, and his evenings numbing himself with sexual conquests. With his painful baggage, he’s not looking for anything beyond his no-strings-attached lifestyle.

But journalist Megan Sinclair won’t leave him alone. She’s intensely drawn to Gabe from the moment she meets him, and wants to know more about the secretive man who both intrigues her and makes her heart race. As she gets to know the quiet, brooding fighter, she realizes that giving in to their intense chemistry could mend her scars. Will these two be able to heal each other, or will ghosts from the past keep them apart?

This is the second book in the Blood and Glory series. 
I liked Dirty Boxing and I was interested in reading about the next couple.

Megan Sinclair feels an attraction to Gabriel Maddox from the moment she meets him. She's a journalist and her next assignment involves learning more about the MMA, its fighters and what makes them tick. She was not counting on her own's body reaction towards Gabriel just from their first interaction. He intrigued her. She knew there were things he was avoiding and this piqued Megan's curiosity. By the end of the interview, she couldn't deny his allure. Soon after, when he offers a fling, no strings attached, she doesn't want to walk away from it. 

Gabriel “The Sandman” Maddox suffered a terrible loss. For this reason in the last few years, he has dedicated himself to the MMA sport. His training routine is punishing. He's also the current champion in his class and he wants to keep it this way. He lives a quiet life and he likes it this way. Nevertheless, meeting Megan has caused chaos in his self-imposed romantic detachment. He will fight their connection and he will make it clear to her that nothing else can come from their arrangement. But, we all know about best-laid plans.

Like I said earlier, I enjoyed reading Dirty Boxing and I couldn't wait to learn more about Maddox. He was punishing himself for an event which changed his life. He was trying to keep himself from love or being loved. He didn't think he deserved happiness. He was sure he couldn't offer anything else to Megan. 

I can understand why Megan wanted more. On the sexiness department, there were no complaints but after what she has dealt with, she was not going to settle.  As soon as she knew things were changing for her, she was honest with Maddox. 

In the end, I think they both grew as characters and they were able to help heal each other.

I do have one complaint about the plot and it had to do with something that happened during the last fight scene which is the main reason for my rating. I thought it was unnecessary. 

Anyway, I was happy with the ending and I do want to read the next one in the series.

Cliffhanger: No

3.5/5 Fangs

A complimentary copy was provided by Pocket Star via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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