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Even when she won't fight for us, I'll go to war for her....

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I'm at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it's them or me. And I choose them.

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as f--k woman that I've loved for most of my life. She's the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to f--k my way out of feeling - all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven't earned her yet, but I won't stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she's worth the battle.

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I'm Deacon "The Hitman" Love - Welcome to the Cage.

©2015 Mandi Beck (P)2016 Mandi Beck

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PHEW, I THINK I GOT WHIPLASH!!!!


WOW!!! What an AWESOME story, packed full with a whirlwind of emotions! It was Intense! Suspenseful! Dramatic! Steamy! And Sexy!! I LOVED it! But geez, I thought I was going to get whiplash from all the push/pull between Deacon and Frankie!

Wen Ross, and Kai Kennicott should be up for an Audie!! Their performance was animated, flawless, and you can feel all the emotions throughout the story. This duo always does an outstanding job!

Love Hurts was a thrilling, suspenseful, steamy story, and all I can do is ditto all the positive reviews on this one!

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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On the edge all the time

This book leads me to what might sound like a contradictory review. I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed it enough to definitely want to read the next one. While I thought Deacon and Frankie needed to grow up at times and behave more maturely, that never once made me want to stop reading or took away from the story. Yes, I asked myself, why does Frankie keep "Flashdance" around when she knows how much it drives Deacon crazy. And, she knows she loves him and he would do anything for her. But, then Deacon and his tantrums are a bit over the top. YET, it's one of those stories where you are watching two characters go through what they go threw, childish behavior and tantrums and all, but its a great story. Usually these turn out to be badly written characters in a story that had potential, but just didn't quite come together. This was just the opposite for me. Despite the fact that the characters had these flaws, the story was engaging, made you want to know what would happen next, and I was still rooting for these characters. I'm an MMA girl, so I love the fight stuff. And, I wish that Frankie had taken some of the jujitsu and other martial arts since her dad owned fighting gyms. Nothing like a girlie girl who can kick butt if she has too. Not much else to say without giving away too much. I really enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next one.
I listened to the audio of this and enjoyed Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott. I've listened to several of their audios now and have become a fan. I don't always like multiple narrators. But, these two work well together.

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  • CAROLYN
  • Newark, New Jersey, United States
  • 02-03-16

WOW, WHAT AN INTENSE & RIVETING JOURNEY

He's all Alpha, he's gorgeous, he's volatile, he's a dirty talking hot MMA Fighter, his name is Deacon Love and his kryptonite is the woman he's loved forever - Frankie - his Princess. And, even though there's an invisible force field between them, the timing never seems quite right to tell Frankie just how he really feels about her..... but suddenly that all changes the moment when Frankie gets an Engagement ring on her finger.

Frankie's a Dancer, she's been a close part of the Love family since way back, her Dad and Deacon's Dad are good friends, there's three sons however she's closest and best friends with Deacon but she knows what a man-whore he is. So when he corners her at her Party and passionately professes his undying love she's shocked, angry, confused..... and very very turned on. His swift but heartfelt declaration starts off an intense chain of events that range from bloody dramatic and pulse-pounding shocks, passionate steamy and love filled highs and then anger and hurt filled lows as their push/pull relationship finally hits rock bottom.

You could really feel Deacon's anguish, confusion, hurt, rage, anger, jealousy, love and heartache as they both completely wrecked their all too delicate relationship.... and how can it ever be mended again? I loved Deacon's character - he was obsessed with claiming his Princess and remained devoted and focussed on winning her back however he also had qualifying Fights to prepare for that would, hopefully, get him to the Championship but the more they grew apart, the more his anger levels grew until he was a powder keg just waiting for the spark. I didn't think Frankie was fair to him and only fuelled his temper more and I thought the angst between them was nearly all her fault.... but I'm in Deacon's corner all the way.

Worth a credit? YES, I was hooked right from the start as they struggled to be together then there was scorching heat and dirty talking passion followed by a lot of emotional intensity and insanity. There's also the threat of imminent danger because her vicious and mysterious ex, who has already proved he's capable of murder, is somewhere in the wings waiting to strike again. It's a stinger of a cliffhanger but Hallelujah coz book 2 is already here. Mainly told from Deacon's POV but there are infrequent ones from Frankie's POV too and I love Wen and Kai's style of narration because they each stick to their own gender's voice so conversations, and the Chapters, flow smoothly so you're left to concentrate on all the unfolding delicious lip smacking drama.

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Hooked on the Hitman!

If you could sum up Love Hurts in three words, what would they be?

Angst, miscommunication, and passion

What did you like best about this story?

I loved the all the characters! Yes, it focuses on our hero and heroine, but the secondary characters are just as important to the story and I loved their big, crazy family. I especially loved Indie's honesty and all the hilarious things she would say! This family loves fiercely and whole heartedly. Yes, it's messy and complicated, but I loved it!

What about Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott ’s performance did you like?

Wen was AMAZING as Deacon! I really enjoyed Kai's performance too (especially as Indie), but Wen really stole the show on this one. His deep, rumbly voice was perfect and I could feel Deacon's anger and frustration. I loved this duet narration!

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There are definitely lots of laughs ("just the tip!"), but the last few chapters and the ending wrecked me! There were a few scenes that killed me and some I definitely wish didn't happen, but I know that I need to start book 2, Love Burns, right away!

Any additional comments?

You should go ahead and grab Love Burns right now, since this is book 1 of 2 in the series, and you will want to dive right into the next book once this finishes!

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My Two Pennies

Can I have my very own Deacon please? This man is strong sexy and a beautiful protector, Frankie "Princess" is damn lucky to have him as her best friend. There are some intense chapters where I'm practically holding my breath because of what happens. We're undoubtedly taken on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs more then once, just when I think it's all said and done BAM another drop and I'm basically back to square one trying to figure out what the happened. We are left with one helluva cliffhanger but have no fear because book 2 Love Burns is out now, you're going to want to start right in like I have did. I was left shock and need to know right now vibes about what just happened.

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What!?!?!?!?!

Is it wrong to want to call the author an evil hag? Quite possibly but let me explain.

Not only did Mandi Beck sucks me into the "best friend is in love with her and she doesn't know it" story immediately. But she made me cry out of heart break and despair.

Then she gives you a wonderful whirlwind love story...but what she does NOT do. What she forgot to mention is that she isn't done messing with your heart, hormones, or your instinct to fight.

So is it nice to call her an evil hag, no. Does it make me feel better- sadly no. Do I really think that of her...nope. But FYI, she gets off on drink the tears of her readers. - She told me that herself. She failed to mention that she was going to ruin my day with the crazy unanswered questions too!

Seriously, what the heck!?!
So in short, Mandi Beck rocked the story, kept me entertained, did not do what I thought, and left me hanging for book two...Love Burns. I salute evil Queen Mandi. I will bow down because I know I have been beaten.

Also, I totally got book 2.

If you have the chance do the Amazon Whisper Sync. It's totally worth the ability to switch between book and audio. More of an on the go friendly and the voices...hmmm yeah. Wen can growl in my ear all day long!

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OMG AMAZING!!!!

OMG AMAZING!!! THANK GOD FOR THE PREVIEW OF BOOK 2 "LOVE BURNS" AT THE END OR I WOULD'VE BEEN SCREAMING, YELLING & COMPLETELY UPSET!! SO THANK YOU FOR THAT MANDI BECK!! I ABSOLUTELY LOVE BOOKS BY MANDI BECK & I CAN'T RAVE ENOUGH ABOUT HOW MUCH I LOVE WEN ROSS AND KAI KENNICOTT!! I have my favorite Narrators that are ONLY Women OR ONLY Men....BUT AS A DUEL NARRATION WEN & KAI TAKE THE CAKE!! THEY ARE AMAZING ABSOLUTELY EPIC!! I found them by accident & I'M SO GRATEFUL I DID!! They go ABOVE & BEYOND when narrating!! YOU CAN TELL THEY LOVE WHAT THEY DO!! They DON'T each do a Chapter, they Mingle it TOGETHER!! They DON'T just say "HE SIGHED" They actually SIGH!! IT IS SOMETHING LIKE I'VE NEVER HEARD BEFORE!! I WILL LISTEN TO EVERY SINGLE BOOK THEY DO!! OK THIS REVIEW IS LONG ENOUGH....I MUST GO BUY "LOVE BURNS" RIGHT THIS SECOND!!!

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A Must Read Book

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, it was a great book. It had a great story line and Mandi Beck is an amazing author.

Any additional comments?

Love Hurts by Mandi Beck was another great book by the author. I have loved reading about Deacon and Frankie. From the beginning I wanted to see Deacon and Frankie together. They have been friends forever but never took their relationship to another level. I loved reading about how devoted Deacon is even though there were many times that I wanted to smack him upside the head. I can't wait to read more of their story and more of Mandi's books.

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Because we all know that love really does hurt

Where does Love Hurts rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Wow! I've listened to some pretty epic books, but Kai and Wen just do something for me. They have such great chemistry and they flow together so nicely. I just love these two. And they do romance like no other. I would say this is one of my top romance audios to date.

What other book might you compare Love Hurts to and why?

Sacrifice by Adriana Locke comes to mind, but that's probably because Kai and Wen narrate that book as well. Throw in the fact that it is also about a fighter who is madly in love with a woman and you have similarities. However, that is where those similarities end. The two books couldn't be more different.

Which character – as performed by Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott – was your favorite?

I don't want to choose because both are absolutely amazing, but there is something about Deacon, performed by Wen Ross, that calls to my inner romantic. He's tough, loyal, a fighter, a lover, and that voice is ah-mazing. I could listen to him all day.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I wish I could have finished this book in one sitting. It's books like this that remind me of why I'm a reader and why I love listening to books. If I didn't have other obligations, I would have finished this book much sooner than I did.

Any additional comments?

Love Hurts is a great book. It gave me all the feels. I found myself sighing and complaining and experiencing everything as Deacon and Frankie experienced them. Author Mandi Beck did a great job with these characters. Wen and Kai did an amazing job of making those characters come to life.

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How Not To Get Your Girl

What made the experience of listening to Love Hurts the most enjoyable?

Definitely the voice acting by Wen Ross and Kai Kennicott made this experience the most enjoyable :) Even when the characters were being idiots and I wanted to throttle them the actors kept me at rapt attention! The story was really good... But sometimes it was really hard to empathize with the two main characters. With this being an at least two part story I completely understand though. Reading this might have been difficult while listening to it was an experience not to be missed :)

Who was your favorite character and why?

My favorite character to hate was Christiano. He made it so darn easy! Weak and simpering, though self-centered and arrogant, he has to always get a dig in. He thinks Frankie is weak because she has been attacked and swoops in to try and weedle his way back into her life. Thinking she will glom onto him for safety and attention, forgetting why they didn't work in the first place. It was too funny :)

Any additional comments?

This series must be listened to (or read) in order. This is the first book. I can't wait to listen to Love Burns!


Frankie has grown up with the Loves and has always been the only girl. Well except for Indy. Noone gets more attention or love from the guys (and Indy)! She is THE Princess. The center of all of their worlds. And her life is perfect. She has her dance studio and her family. She even has a steady boyfriend, Andrew, who she lives with. When he proposes (and she says yes) it puts into motion an increasingly destructive sequence of events that spiral out of control until noone knows what will happen next. Why did she say yes? How will it affect the rest of her relationships? Will her life ever be the same?


Deacon has ALWAYS loved Frankie. And been in love with her since he doesn't know when. He has been hiding his time... For him to be ready to settle down. For her to be willing to look at him in another way. For both of their careers to be established. Now that Andrew has proposed he is panicking. He can't let her marry him! Will he be able to convince her to give them a chance? Can he even talk her out of marrying the nowhere near good enough for her douche she's already said yes to? How will he get her to see him? Can he convince her she is not like any other girl he has spent time with?


***This series is suitable for adult listeners (or readers) who enjoy MMA romantic thriller suspense with plenty of angst and violence as well as some intrigue and two characters who can't seem to get out of their own way that leads to more questions than answers with a cliffhanger ending lacking a HEA :)

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  • Carcoura
  • 11-12-16

Sometimes the audio version really makes the book!

I really loved the way this book came to life in the duet narration style. Really cool.
I don't know many people who consider themselves fans of cliffhangers but in this case it seems fitting with so much left to be resolved between the "Hitman" and his "Princess". So excuse me while I go ahead and jump into book 2!