Author: Jacob Chance
Genre: Sports Romance
Release Date: 15th June, 2017
Cover design by PopKitty
Reagan is the one who got away – or should I say the one I drove away? Now, four years later, she’s back to manage the gym where I train. Seeing her everyday is a distraction I can’t afford. I’m so close to achieving the big payoff I’ve been working for. Nothing’s going to keep me from winning this belt – not even her.
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Reviewed by Donna on behalf of KFF
Punched is a second chance MMA sports romance surrounding the lives of Noah Nolan and Reagan Collins. Four years ago, the two seemed to be hopelessly in love, however Noah was working towards progressing with his fighting and Reagan was heading for college. Not wanting to hold her back he lets her go breaking her heart in the process.
Four years later and Noah is working towards championship status and being trained hard by Reagans father Jimmy at the gym. To his surprise, the one that got away is back after qualifying with a business degree to help run the gym is none other than Reagan. She seems to act indifferent to him and he can’t afford distractions with the most important fight that’s imminent.
Noah is a strong alpha as you would expect from a MMA fighter, but he has this deep sensitive romantic side to him making him totally swoon worthy. I had a feeling there had to be more to him giving up Reagan to just solely focus on his fighting then what we are led to believe. He seemed to have some hidden feelings about his life growing up that he kept well hidden. Reagan is beautiful, intelligent, and full of sass not to mention strong, which probably is more to do with being surrounded by fighters at her dad’s gym through her growing up. Being around each other again certainly brings the old feelings for each other back to the surface showing they never really went away.
“No matter how much I miss you, we won’t happen.”
“Everything is riding on this fight and I can’t afford to blow this opportunity.”
Throughout this book there is chemistry and passion between the two even if they do try to deny it, but it’s there waiting to ignite fully. The story is told in dual point of view which is always a favourite of mine. What I enjoyed is the flashbacks to four years ago when things were so right but went drastically wrong to the build-up of present day. It’s clear they are made for each other but too stubborn to admit it.
One year ago, this author made his debut. Eighth book along and the writing has gone from strength to strength. The author has a way with words that reels you in from the first page right to the end. The creation of likeable characters, captivating storylines, and the ability to always throw in a surprise or two makes me keep wanting to read what’s offered again and again. The indie world is a particularly competitive market but with a diverse ability to tell a good story there’s something for everyone. Kudos to the author for another great story.
Jacob grew up in New England. He’s a martial artist, a football fan, a practical joker and junk food lover.
An author of erotic thrillers, he plans to write many more sexy, suspenseful stories.
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