Friday, June 3, 2016

Review: Dirty Boxing (T&A MMA Gym #2) by A.K. Layton

"Leena, you need to give us a chance. We have something incredibly special here. We could make each other happy. We can chase each other's loneliness away." - Gavril Alenin

Dirty Boxing
Series: T&A MMA Gym #2
Author: A.K. Layton
Publisher: Beachwalk Press
Release Date: April 18, 2016
Source: Author for Review

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She was resistant, but he was insistent. A heart isn't safe when you fight dirty.

Leena Clark is independent, fierce, and most importantly, always in control. As an event planner those are excellent qualities to have. Carrying those into a personal life doesn't translate well, but that isn't something that concerns her. She's content living blissfully in her spinsterhood. However, when temptation and foolish curiosity clash, she allows the one man she shouldn't to get close to her. After insisting it was a mistake, she finds herself relying on the fighter for help out of a difficult situation. But his help comes with a price.

Gavril Alenin has been waiting for the opportunity to get close to the beautiful, self-assured, and guarded Leena, and her moment of weakness is his chance to fight for the future he wants. Now in his fifteenth year as a professional MMA fighter, he's ready to get out of the game, but not without a very specific plan: fight for the title one last time, then settle down with the reluctant Leena. But when he finally gets close to the girl of his dreams, everything else in his world falls apart.

When life turns their world on its head they have to decide if what they have is worth the fight, or will they lose it all because of fears and broken dreams?

After reading A.K. Layton's Dirty Boxing I have come to one important conclusion... The world of romance needs more Russian heroes, especially if they are anything like Gavril Alenin. I fell hard for him as a secondary character in Don't Tap Out and that love grew immensely in Dirty Boxing. The man is sex personified. He wants Leena and will do anything, and I do mean anything, to get her. I loved his determination, both in the ring and with Leena. He'll fight dirty and has no qualms about it. Leena, on the other hand, shattered my heart. She's never known the wonders of love and she's envious of those around her that have it. She doesn't know how to react to a lot of Gavril's actions towards her because it is all foreign to her. When he professes his love, her first reaction is to run. But it is during their quiet moments that Leena's hidden loving nature comes out, almost without her realizing it. Gav and Leena truly brought out the best within each other. And because of that, I adored them as a couple.

I don't know which book I enjoyed more, Don't Tap Out or Dirty Boxing. I will say that Layton's fun writing style is evident in both books. I loved watching Leena and Gavril's story begin to form in the first book and I was totally enamored with them as they found happiness together in Dirty Boxing. The happy moments, the sad moments... I loved it all. Now I've got my fingers crossed that we see Kiki's book in the future because I would definitely want to come back to the T&A Gym again with new characters.

A.K. Layton has always been one to play by her own set of rules. In her youth she enjoyed writing poetry as it gave her a creative outlet which had no restrictions. Now, after years of reading all types of romantic novels she decided that she wanted to write stories her way. She pushed ahead as only a natural born Taurus can, with sheer stubbornness and determination.

She resides in Oregon with her husband and two children. When she isn’t over committing herself for school functions, play-dates, and volunteer activities she enjoys watching MMA fights, taking advantage of the beautiful Oregon Coast, and reading until the wee hours of the night.

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