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Win by Submission: Against the Cage

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To win her heart, he'll be in for the fight of his life.

After an illegal kick during a CFA title fight fractures Cole Easton's spine, doctors say there's nothing more they can do for the bitter Vegas fighter. They say it's a miracle he can walk, if that's what you call his crutch-dragging limp. Unwilling to give up on him, Cole's manager sends the injured fighter to the best physical therapist he knows: his niece, Katie Miller. When Cole arrives in the small town of Somerset, Wisconsin, he quickly discovers his sly manager may have had reasons other than rehab for sending him to this frozen tundra.

After a year of running from an abusive ex-boyfriend, Katie has returned to her hometown to care for her father, who's recovering from a stroke. When Uncle Marcus calls in a favor, she reluctantly finds herself taking on a rancorous MMA fighter, broken at the height of his career. He's insanely sex-on-a-stick hot - and everything she loathes in a man.

If Cole thinks his fighting days are over, he's dead wrong. To save Katie from her past and to win her heart, he'll be in for the fight of his life.

©2015 Melynda Price (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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    CAROLYN Newark, New Jersey, United States 05-04-15
    CAROLYN Newark, New Jersey, United States 05-04-15 Member Since 2017
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    "VERY ENJOYABLE STORY & A GREAT START TO NEW SERIES"

    Welcome to an all new Cage Fighter series and it certainly kicks off with a very entertaining first book that throws a lot into a good storyline. Drop dead gorgeous Cole needs a miracle and that's just what he gets when he's sent to rehab with the beautiful Physio Katie but it wasn't just his broken body that she eventually healed, it was his whole way of life..... but it came at a very high price.

    The listen starts off well describing Cole's victory and tragic downfall, attraction and chemistry are then added to the mix which ups the listen, Katie's broken spirit, terrible past, mental and physical scars are soon revealed and, by this time, you're hooked into a good listen with likeable characters. Then the ever increasing looming danger in the present slowly slips in created by her mad, bad and scary ex which mixes things up, added to that are the inner turmoils of "should I say I love you", then a secret is overheard which leads to broken trust, drama, heartache and pain. This leaves you with a listen that has a tender romance as a physically broken Cole tries to heal a mentally broken Katie and vice versa, there's some sweet/tender and also a frantic sex scene and it concludes in a pulse-pounding confrontation of tears, bloodshed, death and heartache. But thankfully the Epilogue will leave you with a smile on your face.

    Worth a credit? Dual POV's, good narration, a bit of unrealistic healing time but hey ho this is fiction after all right!, nevertheless a very captivating story and YES it would've been worth a credit but my under $10 rule applied so I just bought it saving the credit for a pricier but maybe not as enjoyable listen. So, an entertaining and enjoyable listen at a bargain price.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-04-15 Member Since 2015
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    "sucker for bad boy fixes everything"

    I thourouly enjoyed book. it was a captivating love story with a thriller thrown in of crazy town ex! great story line, I did find that I would have to rewind 20 seconds every so often bc some bombshells would be thrown in and I would get lost, but then I would here some really great one liners several times over! Def worth an upgrade in audio from kindle or credit!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Reese Brown JOPPA, MD, United States 04-29-15
    Reese Brown JOPPA, MD, United States 04-29-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Glad I bought this book"

    I was very skeptical about getting this book. This is my first time reading /listening to this author. This book just grabbed me and I'm glad I held on! Great story line likeable characters. Worth a credit or credit card...

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    Kelli 05-08-15
    Kelli 05-08-15
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    "Heroine a little too needy but good all the same!"

    This is my first MMA book and I must say I truly enjoyed this book. I don't tend to go for the damsel in distress but the author did a pretty good job telling her story.

    Both of the main characters had issues to resolve though Kat's problem was more intense.

    Kat's was a little too victim for me but understand her background I can't say it is not aligned to how abuse victims may think and feel.

    I like that Cole found something else in his life worth is effort. He was my favorite in this book .... The alpha male take charge kind of man, with the understanding that he needed a gentle touch for Kat.

    Nice read!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 02-01-17
    Ndulgent Bloggrs Virginia, United States 02-01-17 Member Since 2010
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    "It's a Win"

    This was a good listen. I enjoyed the story line, laughed a little and was moved by the more emotional scenes. The heroine's story was so sad but the hero's protectiveness endeared him to me. With a sweet HEA, the book finished nicely. The dual narration was a good choice. Overall, entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Staci Ditzer 07-31-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Audiobook is worth it"

    While I am not a huge fan of audio books (I want to finish the book not put them down), I really enjoyed this one. Not only does the story line pull you in, it has revelations along the way. This is my first audio with two readers and that was fantastic, each took on the character to make them come to life.

    Highly recommend, this is more of building romance and trust vs many of the just fall in to bed with the hot guy.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-21-15
    Lia Sutton, Australia 11-21-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Great book under $8"

    The cover and blurb were what caught my interest and having never read anything by this author I decided to give it a go and found it to be an enjoyable listen, even with the delicate topic of abuse that dominates the book. While I would have liked a little more on the MMA/Cage fighting aspect what was in the book I thought was well done and the way that the author tackled and presented the issue of abuse and how it can rule the way a person thinks, feels and just lives day to day, as well as how it affects those around them in a realistic way.

    Katrina/Katie/Kat is a likeable character. She’s witty. strong and intelligent even though she is damaged on the inside on the most fundamental of levels. Her ability to pick herself up and continuing to live is admirable even though there were times where I questioned the decisions she made when it came to her situation with her stalker ex, but couldn’t fault her for choosing the path she did. Cole I actually adored. When we first meet him, he is definitely cranky, but there is a reason and anyone in his shoes would be acting in the same way. As the story progresses we get to see that while he is an MMA/CFA star, he’s also down to earth and has a very realistic outlook on life and the that he wants to help Katie, not just because he’s interested in her or that she’s his managers niece, but because he really does like her and doesn’t want her to have to live the nightmare anymore was what made me like him even more.

    Cole and Katie’s relationship has a lot of ups and downs due to a variety of factors from their working relationship, Cole’s career and the abuse that Katie suffered at the hands of her stalker Ex boyfriend, so the roller coaster feel of it felt right. There were some great light and fun moments where you could feel the chemistry between the two and the way Cole did his best to help Katie when her past caught up with her really showed what kind of man he is.

    My only issue is that we didn’t get to experience more of Cole’s road to recovery. There is some in the beginning and then he’s better. Going through physical therapy is long and tedious and I could see how it could slow the pace of the story down, but I’d have liked just a little more on that end.

    Overall: This is an enjoyable listen and I have the next book downloaded.

    Neva Navarre , William LeRoy were good with the delivery of the story. But as I have often said one narrator is enough unless the female reads the female dialogue and the male reds the male dialogue.

    8 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Beatrice M. Taylor 05-04-15
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    "Romance and Action!"

    One cannot help getting personally invested in this " hitting too close to home" tale of overcoming hardships; learning to trust; and recognizing the value of what is truly important in life.

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    Malinda 09-01-17
    Malinda 09-01-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good fighter romance :)"

    4 stars

    This was a very good story. I liked both Katy and Cole and liked their story. This is the first story I've read by this author and I liked it well enough that I'm likely to try more of her work. Well...I actually already own book #s 2 & 3 so I definitely will be reading more of this series but even if I didn't already own them, I would still probably try more of her work.

    Katy is a physical therapist and that's currently living in Wisconsin. She grew up in Wisconsin but moved away years ago and only came back to help her father recover after he had a stroke. Katy was involved with a man named Carter but he was abusive and possessive and it took a lot to escape him. Even after she got away from him though, she had to keep a low profile to make sure he didn't know where she'd moved to.

    Cole is a CFA fighter that just won a championship when he was illegally kicked by his opponent, causing spine injuries that left him mostly paralyzed. He worked for 6 months on getting mobility back and had some progress but still had a lot of work to do in order to walk again, let alone get back in the ring.

    Cole's manager convinces him to go to Wisconsin to work with his niece, Katy, who is a great physical therapist. The paparazzi have been plaguing Cole and writing all sorts of crappy articles about him so getting out of the limelight of Las Vegas is a good idea, even if it means dealing with a Wisconsin winter. Cole's not in a good state and is trying to deal with anger over his injury but it doesn't help that the jerk that kicked and almost crippled him (after the match had ended) wasn't kicked out of the CFA. When he gets to Wisconsin, Cole is surprised at how attractive Katy is and he has trouble keeping his thoughts about her out of the gutter. Katy is attracted to Cole in return but with Katy's past relationship issues, she's not interested in getting involved with any man.

    Despite their mutual attraction, they both know that getting involved would make things more difficult and they're both unwilling to go there. Also, Cole's never been in a relationship before and so he's unsure and a bit weirded out by the feelings that Katy is spawning in him. As they get to know each other, Cole quickly realizes that although Katy is a smart and spunky woman, she has some reactions that may indicate some emotional scaring from something in her past. Cole is protective of Katy but doesn't push for anything right away and they become friends at first. With some time, their relationship does develop into more but Katy does have some emotional issues that keep her from accepting that Cole's feelings might be true...and it doesn't help that she happens to overhear something in a way that makes her doubt Cole. This causes some drama and leads to some danger that has to be dealt with but once everything is settled, Cole and Katy end the story starting on a HEA together.

    This was a very enjoyable story. I liked Katy pretty well. She was a bit unsure of herself (emotionally) but considering her past abusive relationship, I could accept a certain amount of emotional issues from her. Cole was a very good hero. He wasn't completely gung-ho in the beginning of the relationship but he hadn't been in love before and Katy had issues he needed to get around so I could see his reasons for being cautious. Overall, I liked the characters and story very much and would recommend this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Love2reaD 07-07-17
    Love2reaD 07-07-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great surprise!"

    I listened to this story as it's part of KU. I have to say that I really liked the story. It had great fighting scenes, fun sexy times and I loved watching the relationship develop between the hero and heroine. Both narrators are amazing, they are definitely being added to my favorites! I am looking forward to more books by this author.

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  • David Gillett
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    "One of the best romances I've heard in years"

    As a legitimate fan of mixed martial arts I did not know what I was getting myself into here. The concept of the story intrigued me but the prospect of reading another over hyped romance story like... you know what, clouded my judgement. I'm afraid I should have listened sooner, for I now feel I gave this story the same judgement hesitation as experienced by Katie in this novel. But like Katie, I'm so glad I took that leap of faith and, as Cole would say, 'dove in head first'.

    Melynda Price has a way of blending the 'glorified' life of an MMA champion, with the kind if flare and sexual tension other 'lesser' authors can not even contemplate.

    Her characters are engaging and endearing and if not for my own experiences I would have been horrified at Katie's final confession of the horrors she reveals in later chapters.

    The 'action' is both stimulating and suspenseful, if not for the simplestic 'tension' others less familar with this genre would call 'cheesy'. The unfortunate 'lip-biting' tease reers is over-used head here too I'm afraid. But as the old saying goes, if I ain't broke, don't fix it.

    Melynda Price is the undisputed CFA champion of MMA romance. William LeRoy and Neva Navarre portray the leads brilliantly making this one of the best romance novels I've heard in years.

    Please, give it a go.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    10/9/15
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    "great storytelling"

    I enjoyed it. I personally struggled with the female narrator, if I'd read the book I'd have read it as a strong woman but the voice over sounded a little bit febble and continued in that vein so only 3 star performance.
    It made me laugh and get a bit teary, I liked the story line, although physiotherapists are a lot more savvy about assessing the physical form, so being surprised he was so tall was a lot unbelievable. Over all just shy of a 4☆.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue
    8/18/15
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    "Romance with a little action on the side."
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not too shabby. I like that the author mix a little action into the plot. Both narrators did a great job too!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs Michelle Clarke
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    6/24/15
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    "Loved it!"

    The story was enticing and exciting with every other emotion thrown in. The performance was excellent and I completely fell in love with the characters as they came alive. Highly recommend!

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  • Amanda
    6/7/15
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    "love this Bad boy knight in shining armor"
    Where does Win by Submission rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    i've listened to a lot of audiobooks and this is one of my favourites recently. Really good story line,


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    who doesn't love a bad boy and cole soooooooooooooo has the right combination of bad,hot and heart to make all the women swoon


    What about Neva Navarre and William LeRoy ’s performance did you like?

    narrators that were really easy to listen to. hope William LeRoy does more audio.Neva had really easy emotional voice that made the character come to live


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    so many parts of this book had be laughing out loud and the flirting content made me look forward to more from this writer


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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