Saturday, September 26, 2015

Review of BREAKING A LEGEND (Kavanagh Legends #1) by Sarah Robinson

"I figured stalking you and then plowing into your chest would be a more memorable experience." - Clare Ivers

Breaking a Legend
Series: Kavanagh Legends #1
Author: Sarah Robinson
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: September 29, 2015
Source: Netgalley

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Perfect for fans of Katy Evans and Monica Murphy, Sarah Robinson’s blistering-hot series debut introduces the Kavanagh brothers—mixed martial arts fighters who work hard, play hard, and love with all their hearts.

As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.

Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.

I have been wanting to pick up one of Sarah's books for some time now. I've heard many good things about her romantic suspense Photography trilogy, so when I saw that she was releasing a new series with Loveswept, I jumped at the chance to read it. Going into Breaking a Legend, I was expecting (and kind of hoping for) a dark, gritty romance. Not necessarily on the level of her Photography series, but something with a punch. Well, there are punches thrown in Breaking a Legend, but it turned out to be a sweeter romance. And you know what... I really liked it. There was a part in the beginning that I could have done without (leg injuries are icky)... Nope, no thanks. Let's not revisit that paragraph. I fell in love with Rory and Clare from the moment he is drawn to her at the bar. Life after a horrible leg injury hasn't been all sunshine and daisies for Rory. Forced to the sidelines, he drowns his sorrows in alcohol. That all changes the moment Clare walks into his life. He's instantly attracted to her and goes to great lengths to not only show her that she is worthy of love, but that he'll rally the troops (aka his family) if she's in trouble. Poor Clare. Her ex really was an asshole that should be castrated. Slowly... Now that she's finally away from him, Clare is able to grow stronger and live the life she deserves. The more Rory got under her skin, the more she blossomed. As the saying goes... The bigger they are, the harder they fall. And Rory sure did fall hard for Clare.

There is quite a cast of characters in the Kavanagh series and I am so looking forward to seeing how the series progresses. I loved all of the characters that we get to meet in Breaking a Legend. Sarah's writing style was fun and had a great flow. After conversations that she shares on Facebook between her and her husband, I knew there would be funny moments in the book. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the time I spent with the Kavanagh family. Crossing my fingers that this is going to be a long series...

If you want to know more about the Kavanagh family, I hosted a guest post with Sarah this past Tuesday. To check out the Kavanagh family tree, click HERE to be taken to that blog post.

Sarah Robinson is the bestselling author of The Photographer Trilogy and the Sand & Clay rock star series. A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal psychology. She is married to a local police officer who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescue and foster animals.

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