Publication date: December 21, 2016
Length: 259 pages
Reviewed by Meredith
There was once a time in my life where the only thing that mattered to me was fighting and winning. I’d step into that octagon with all the confidence in the world that I’d leave the victor. There was no challenge too great that I couldn’t handle. That was until I met a sassy and sexy reporter by the name of Aiden James and he flipped my world upside down.
I didn’t do relationships because I had to keep that part of myself hidden, but I couldn’t seem to get Aiden out of my mind. Maybe if I could just have my way with him one time, I’d be able to get him out of my system. But if I couldn’t, would I be able to sacrifice everything I worked so hard for to have Aiden? Was the reward worth the risk or could I live my life without Aiden?
I was thrilled when I landed an interview with MMA’s sexiest fighter, Anamacio De Niro. I had heard that he was a very private man, but nothing prepared me for his level of stubbornness. That didn’t stop me from soaking up every second that I was in the same room with my secret crush. I never expected to hear from him when our interview ended, so imagine my surprise when he contacted me out of the blue and asked to meet again.
I quickly learned why Macio was so private when he revealed the secret he hid from the world. As excited as I was that he returned my attraction, I had promised myself that I’d never fall for another closeted guy. My vow shattered the second his lips touched mine and I let my guard down for one night of earth-scorching sex, knowing it was all I would ever have with him. Or was it? Did it have to be all or nothing or could we find a way to be together without either of us getting hurt?
I have long been a fan of Aimee Nicole Walker and Nicholas Bella’s independent work. When I heard they had joined forces to write a book I knew I had to read it. If you’ve read their work you know they are on totally opposite sides of the writing spectrum. I was utterly intrigued! What kind of story do these two write together? A wildly entertaining, super-hot, well written one!
Each has brought their strongest talents to this book. It balanced out so well. Macio and Aiden are phenomenal characters. The romantic suspense in this book was fabulous. I love KNOWING it will all work out but being on the edge of my seat in wonder of how it will all come together.
Nicholas has a raw intensity that often times cradles on dark. Aimee has a sexy romance that is always emotional. They took these attributes and weaved a plot that will have you unable to put the book down.
Sports and homosexuality has long been a huge blockade in the LGBT community. Reading Macio’s struggle breaks my heart because we ALL know this is something that so many are dealing with.
Aiden’s strength was a huge beacon for Macio and I also felt that his strength is what pushed Macio to come out. It shows how much we need support. I thought Aimee and Nicholas did a wonderful job with each secondary character and their role in Aiden and Macio’s happily ever after.
I do very much recommend this book!
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