My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is the debut novel from Nikki Ash and I thought it was well crafted. I enjoyed the storyline, the hero/ heroine and also some very promising secondary characters that I am very intrigued with for reading in the future.
Liz met Cooper when she was on her last vacation before heading to college. The moment they met they were instantly attracted to each other. The lovebirds were having a fun time – one thing lead to another and Liz ended up spending the night with Cooper. But soon after, Cooper went home without leaving his contact information. Other than a few sweet gifts he sent to Liz’s hotel, he disappeared without a trace to follow his dream. But what he did not realize was that he left more than one broken heart behind.
Fast forward 5 years, Liz ran into Cooper and all the memories came rushing back. Liz has some resentment toward Cooper but for the most part she still has feelings for him and wants to build a relationship. Cooper is now an MMA fighter well on his way to success. But something has always been missing in his life – Liz (the girl that got away). He regrets putting his career first. Can he win Liz’s trust and her heart again?
Liz and Cooper have a difficult road ahead laced with trust and insecurity issues from both of their pasts. The sparks and the chemistry is still there but they have to learn to live together, trust each other and fall in love. For the most part, I love these two characters. Cooper is pretty much a hot, sexy alpha – a little broken but once he comes around he is very protective of his girls. Liz has been through a quite a bit on her own but she is smart, strong, and a determined young lady. I only find it a little unrealistic for Liz to not have any intimate relationship with anyone for 5 years, especially after only the one night stand with Cooper. I think what they had was not deep enough for her to be unable to connect with another person on a physical level. But who knows – she had a busy life after Cooper, and if I was left on my own to deal with the aftermath I’d probably close my legs for a long while too 🙂 🙂
Overall, I was impressed with this debut story – full of humor, heart-warming, sexy second chance love story that kept me captivated the whole way through. I am very interested in reading about Kayla and Bentley – I am a sucker for angsty romance and I can feel load of angst coming from these two.
Sport romance (fighter)/ Second chance romance. Nicely done!
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