Summary from Goodreads:
What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose?
The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows, and more than she expects.
Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy Jonah Slade.
Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win.
Jonah trades in his bad-boy reputation and puts his heart on the line. But when her father contacts her, setting in motion the ugly truth of her destiny, Jonah must choose. In a high-stakes gamble where love and freedom hang in the balance, a war is waged where the price of losing is a fate worse than death.
Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves?
Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?
This was an excellent read… long…. and… good!! There was so much going on and portrayed in such detail that I just hung on every word! Don’t quite understand the 1 star reviews as most of the bitching seemed to be over how fast they fell in love. Four words for you people….LOVE. AT. FIRST. SIGHT.!!!! Just because it never happened to you, doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen! I for one HAD it happen to me… I was in love with my husband the first time I laid eyes on him and heard his voice.
Of course the book is dealing with a few very dark subjects… can’t tell you what they are, but it just broke my heart to see Raven’s Father’s expectation of her! Wow… I mean, wow! That threw me for a loop to say the least! Although life threw her that curve ball, she (with the help of Jonah) rose above and moved on. This was a very dysfunctional family and there seems to be no hope in sight! Now, even though there’s few downers in here… there’s plenty of wit, love, and even a little cuteness sprinkled on top!
Raven is one of those girls you love to hate… she’s beautiful, she can support herself, AND she knows how to fix cars… that right there was enough for me to fall in love with her! When the book opened with her reading through a stack of old Car and Driver magazines, I almost gasped… that was me 20 years ago. I subscribed to that magazine so I could read about all the up and coming new sports cars…. thanks to my Dad and his love of old automobiles I always had an interest in them! Raven’s family tree is more like a burning bush with prickers on it!! She’s strong willed and all, but to make it through the trials and tribulations that are her parents, she’s gonna need help… Enter Jonah! Ahhh… Swoooonnn… Squeeeee…. he’s just what the doctor ordered! Jonah is pretty much a closed book until Raven comes along. One look at her and he wants to tell her every sordid detail of his life and then some… hence the “love at first sight” comment above. I guess you could say she’s the WD-40 that loosened his bolts!!! LOL! The story boasts a wealth of supporting characters that I have no doubt will get their own books one day… but to point out a few, I’d have to say that Blake is one of my favorites. He was persistently on the prowl for more trim and joking about it the entire time! No wonder he made Raven laugh so much, he did the same for me! Now Eva (Raven’s bestie) on the other hand seemed strong, but at times I seriously wanted to smack the ever-lovin’ shit out of her for being so stupid!
The writing style was very thorough and complete… JB didn’t seem to leave a thing out when writing this book. It’s extremely detailed and incredibly meticulous. At 414 (kindle version) pages it took me a few days to read. I admit to being pretty busy and having to put it down for a day, but I never once felt like it was dragging on, it just very thorough and complete. I loved the multiple POV. It’s nice to see how the other half feels without having to read another book about the same story. There were plenty of high points and twist and turns to keep me coming back for more and that Climax… wowza… whadda goodie!!! I will unquestionably put JB Salsbury on my radar for her next installment of The Fighting Series. I’m sure if I miss anything Chris Letts will remind me to get it! LOL!! Hard to believe this outstanding book came out of her as her debut novel… Holy cowz superb job girl!!!