Published: March 27th 2014
From: Net Galley
Rating: 4 out of 5
Olivia Beckett’s once-charmed life is falling apart. Her family is about to lose everything, and she has almost no chance of continuing her college education. She can't even seek solace from her high school sweetheart. He's changed. She doesn't recognize the boy she used to know— his violent behavior is escalating and it scares the hell out of her. Her whole world is crumbling, and she has no one to turn to……
Sebastian “Bash” McDaniels is an up and comer in the boxing world working nights at the local college bar until he can land the fight of his dreams that will get him the hell out of Boston and away from his family's tragic past. He’s weeks from his goal when Olivia Beckett comes tumbling into his life in a flash of silky dark hair and haunted eyes. When he saves her from a potentially brutal beating, they begin to grow close, but Olivia's ex isn’t ready to let her go so easily.
Bash can't bring himself to walk away, but fixing Olivia just might leave him broken…
This is a short story where we're introduced to Olivia and Sebastian (Bash). Olivia's long term friend and now boyfriend has been going through changes recently. More into drinking and impressing his friends, one night Olivia takes the brunt of his obsessive jealousy and nearly takes a beating from him. Bash steps in just in time and stops him.
Unfortunately that one action costs Bash his job as Olivia's boyfriend comes from an influential and bullying family. Olivia can't turn to her own family to help because things aren't too good for her parents. While Olivia opts out of a planned holiday she instead takes up self-defense lessons with a reluctant Bash. Bash himself has his own family problems. Plus he keeps being told by his brothers that he can't get "involved" with anyone now, he must keep his eye on his 'boxing' prize.
Ultimately Olivia and Bash can't deny their chemistry or connection. But things turn badly for one of them. And this leads straight onto....yes! the next book! Cliffhanger alert!
I did like this, and will definitely follow up with the next installment. I wouldn't say the story line is entirely original but there is certainly promise of being a great series.
And, sometimes I wished Olivia had a bit more of a spine but that's just me!
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