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  • 11/2016
  • 9781946099051 B01M3NW6MN
  • 316 pages
  • $13.99
Unattainable

Adult; Romance

A career-ending injury leaves Brian reeling. With no clue what he’ll do now that his dream of becoming an MMA champion is over, he is shocked at an unexpected offer of help from a former champ. Terry has seen the top and is happy with his life in retirement. However, the chance to help a fellow fighter regain his dream is something he can’t resist. When Brian accepts Terry’s offer, the sexual magnetism between them catches Brian off guard. Keeping his attraction hidden becomes a bigger challenge than regaining his strength. Plus, Terry’s mixed signals leave Brian frustrated and confused. Though Terry is just as hot for Brian, he has secrets that could tear their budding romance apart. But he simply cannot resist the pull Brian has over him or the heat between them. Through it all, both men discover that love really can conquer all.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 5 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
Overall: 6.00 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Parkerson is at her strongest here when crafting romantic tension between two men who each believe the other is straight. Though that tension drives the first third of the book, and the pathos of the final third hits the right emotional chords, the intentional miscommunication of the middle section bogs down the narrative.

Prose: The straightforward text is sure to meet audience expectations for the genre, though it offers little in the way of nuance or sophistication. Still, it is peppered with humor and plenty of high-voltage sexual encounters.

Originality: Though never delving too far into the world of MMA fighting or the martial arts both men are passionate about, the backdrop of fight training, injury recovery, and touring to prove worthy of challenging the reigning champion gives a hint of unique flavor to a tried-and-true formula. A few twists along the way—especially the health risks—provide surprises before the expected happily ever after.

Character Development: Brian and Terry's relationship insecurities, and Terry's unwillingness to fully face his health condition, are the deepest flaws either of these "innately good" men have. But their niceness and generosity is never irksome—it just leaves little room for character growth beyond their relationship.

Date Submitted: March 01, 2017

Reviews
Mrs. Readalot

Where to even start with this review? First of all, Charity Parkerson can write. I mean, she can write some amazing plots, people! I have read all the books in this series. I like to think I'm an intelligent woman. I DID NOT see some of this stuff coming. As the plot was unfolding, I was 1) enthralled and reading as fast as I could to see what would happen next and 2) cheering in my head for the amazing skill it takes to weave such an entertaining, emotional story.

Did I say this story is emotional? I cried off and on for the last 90 minutes of reading. I should have known it was a little too easy when Brian and Terry connected so early in the story. Suddenly at 43%, things got real. And real intense. I'd actually like to blather on more about the book but....spoilers. I'll just say a) is there a support group for people who read this book and NEED to talk about it, and b) we have now met some characters that I cannot wait to see in the next book in the No Rival series.

If I could, I'd give this book MORE than 5 stars. Emotionally draining, love conquers all, promises must be kept stars!

Formats
Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2016
  • 9781946099051 B01M3NW6MN
  • 316 pages
  • $13.99

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