Published by Eralde Publishing LLC on May 16, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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All men suck! They lie, cheat, and break women's hearts. I'd all but given up on relationships when I met Ethan Harlow, a drop-dead gorgeous boxer at Kidd's Gym.
He was sexy, muscular, tattooed, and talented.
So, I decided to give boxing - and men - one last try.
My name is Jaz. I'm a boxer. This story is about my rise to fame, all the while doing the two things I enjoyed more than anything on earth.
Fucking and fighting.
Along the way, however, I found out a little about love.
Brawler is a STAND-ALONE, HEA, no cheating, no cliff hanger.
I’m starting to see a pattern with me lately. There are a lot of authors that I have heard of and have bought their books but haven’t read them yet. Good for the author support, bad for the bank account. 🙂 Scott Hildreth is one of those authors. So as far as this goes, he’s a new to me author because this is the first book I’ve read of his.
I was instantly excited to read this book when I read the blurb. A bad ass female fighter? Umm, yeah, sign me up for that! Add the fact that it seems like she’s absolutely against men right now and I’m sold. Now I’m thinking angry bad ass female fighter and I’m all over it. Then I get this in the prologue…
“This is my story. It’s about fighting, fucking and falling in love. In that order.”
OK, my mind is so fucking on board right now, it’s ridiculous.
Jaz didn’t exactly have the best childhood. Her only outlet was boxing but when tragedy strikes when she was sixteen, she stopped training the one thing that she loved. After a few years of escaping away from where she grew up, she has to use her boxing skills to protect herself. As fate would have it, someone in the current boxing world sees her and takes her under his wing.
I just loved Ripp, her new trainer. You can tell that he’s a hard ass with a hugh soft spot. He gives it to her straight and puts in the time that she needs. He immediately sees her talent and zeros in on that.
“Fear will get you hurt and arrogance will get you knocked the fuck out. But confidence? Confidence will keep you in the game.”
Ethan is a current boxer who trains at the same gym that Jaz is now part of. At first, you don’t really get to know much about Ethan. As soon as Jaz lays eyes on him, she feels a connection. Strictly sexual at the time but there’s something about him that she just can’t seem to stop thinking about. So begins the chase. By Jaz.
I really liked Jaz. She’s not afraid to speak her mind. She’s strong, resilient and a true fighter. Emotionally and physically. She had the perfect mix of a strong alpha female lead but a little bit of that emotional need of being accepted and loved. She had just the right amount of vulnerability.
I went back and forth about Ethan. Sometimes he would seem like a strong male lead to me and then other times, I almost felt like he was meek. However, once he got on board with Jaz, he seemed to fall pretty quickly and said some of the sweetest things.
“You letting me part of your life satisfies me, Jaz. Completely. All the rest? Everything we do? The sex, the goofing around, the meals and the fighting? that makes each day with you seem like Christmas.”
His brow wrinkled and his eyes narrowed. “I’m lost. You said a minute ago that you didn’t want to stop
doing it. Then, you said if we continued, you’d be ruined. Did I hurt you or something?”
“I said I wanted some commitment from you that you weren’t going to just…I don’t know…walk away. You know, that you weren’t planning on hittin’ it and quitin’ it. Not that that’s never happened, because it has. But if it happens with you, I’d rather it happen now than after a while. I just don’t want to be left, you know, struggling to have orgasms later in life because I’m all hung up on thick cocks and I can’t find one after you’re gone. I know there aren’t any assurances in a deal like this, but I was wanting…I was hoping that you’d tell me that you
weren’t planning on…” I cleared my throat. “Are you going to fuck me again?”