In the searing fourth novel in the Mastered Series, following Unraveled, only one woman can set a hardened fighter free from his past....
In order to survive a life of tragedy, Deacon McConnell embraced his roughest edges and learned to fight on the streets. Then a life-changing jujitsu seminar led by Sensei Ronin Black led Deacon to become a professional fighter. With his muscular physique and his body covered in tattoos and scars, the MMA fighter defines mean, both on and off the mat.
But everything changes when innocent Molly Calloway signs up for his kickboxing class. Molly is Deacon's opposite in every way: she's kind, sweet, thoughtful, and educated. After a heated argument between them turns into a passionate encounter, Deacon realizes Molly is eager to experience more, and she looks to him to take her to the darker edge of lust....
The last thing either of them expects is how deeply their lives will be thrown upside down by the passion they find together.
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This Mastered series is one of my favorites! The mix of characters leaves a lot of potential for future books so I hope there are more on the horizon.
Molly and Deacon, what a pair--kind of like oil and water. These two weren't the most interesting characters in the preceding books but, Deacon's background and his 'alpha-maleness' *SWOON* made up for what was lacking in terms of Molly's character and storyline---It was a bit weaker than what I've come to love about LJ books. Also, although I love Phil Gigante's narration for some other books I have, he was overly dramatic in this; and the female narrator, wow, I won't rush to get a book with her narration anytime soon. All that aside, I would give the first half of the story 3-stars, and the last few chapters a whopping 10!!! It ramped up something fierce on every level, and I loved it!!!
Deacon and Molly make a stunning pair. I love the contrast in the characters. I love the relationship challenges & I really liked the evolution of their relationship against the backdrop of the stories of the dojo. I like the way miss James effortlessly weaves the background characters into the story to continue the entire saga. I've already ordered the paperback. I've got to have all of them.!!!
And Mr Gigante Ms Navarre can feel free to read to me anytime!
Don't continue to listen to if you are waiting for the main character to realize that she is self-centered and insecure. It never a happens. She continues to make excuses for her behavior and expect for others to change. I wish I didn't waste so many hours waiting for her to take ownership of her insecurities and to realize that it takes two.
Love the mastered series & this story didn't fail. But considering there were 2 narrators having the male narrator talk all parts in 1 chapter then the next chapter having the female narrator talk parts was distracting. If the narrators had gotten together (the female doing womens parts & male doing mens parts) it would have been 100% better to listen to. Sending this back & buying the book.
I liked this story a lot. The main characters were likable and you really wanted them to make it work. Mom, dad and sisters are reminiscent of Cinderella - evil doings - but good prevails. Worth the listen and a good addition to the series.
I love contemporary romance novels!
I loved Deacon, I enjoyed this book the best out of the entire series. I thought Deacon was sexy and kind hearted, awkward and goofy and fun. Deacon was vulnerable but strong and dominant. He is a perfect balance of man. He admitted his mistakes, he knew he had room to learn and was willing to put the work in for Molly.
Feeling Hot by Elle Kennedy. Both male characters were buff, athletic men. They supported their women emotionally by standing up for them when they were being bullied by family members. They both had to put in tough hours of physical training. Both stories are completely different but good and hot!
All the hot sex scenes for me because Deacon was Dominent and ever ready! He was non stop hot. Gentle but exciting. The book/story just did it for me the best. I loved that Deacon showed up to Molly's grandmother's funeral. I loved that he took the risk, not knowing if she wanted him there or not. The relationship was new at the time. Although at the same time I was mad that Molly up and left town and never told Deacon. He thought he messed up and scared her off.
I also respected that Deacon took things slow in the beginning of their relationship and he had to slow Molly down because he didn't want her to be turned off, afraid of who he was and what he wanted from her.
I just remember listening to the book and feeling like I wanted to write the review. It was ridiculous because I had no idea what direction this couple would go, the twist and turns their journey would take them. The vibe felt good, I just felt happy reading it.
I enjoyed the narrator Phil Gigante his voice was so deep and sultry. I believe this was my first time listening to his narration. Neva Nevarre was good as Molly. I didn't care for her performance as Amery or Ronin but I guess that is to be expected. The other narrators, Luke Daniels and Rachel Vivette from the other books set the tone/inflection of each character.
I know as reviews go this isn't probably a good review to judge this book. I don't like to give spoilers out when I review and if you want to know what the book is about read the description. I felt this book was worth it, I will definitely listen again.
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