Monday, 13 April 2015

ARC Review ~ Kyle's Return (Gloves Off #5) by L.P. Dover

Kyle's Return (Gloves Off, #5)eARC received via the author in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: TODAY! April 13th 2015

I promised myself I’d stay away from dangerous men, but I couldn’t live up to that when Kyle Andrews came back to town. He’s a manipulator, a guy who’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, sabotaging anyone who gets in the way. After a fatal fight left him wounded, his UFC career came to a close. He has nothing, but he’s determined to get it all back.

My name is Megan. I’ve known violence, pain, and what it feels like to be scared to live another day. All of that changed the moment I refused to be a victim. Now that my psychotic ex, Alex, can’t find me, I’ve been given a second chance. I owe my life to my friends. The same goes for Kyle. Without him, I wouldn’t be able to feel.

Everyone hates him. But for the life of me I don’t. There’s something about him I can’t ignore. Being with Kyle makes me want it all. However, in loving a hated man, I didn’t know it’d bring the life I fled from back to haunt me. Everywhere I go danger lurks and bad things happen. Kyle believes it’s because of him, but I’m starting to think otherwise. I think Alex has found me, and if so, this time he’s not going to let me go.

My Opinion

I can't believe this series is over. I first got into L.P's books when I picked up Meant For Me on NetGalley. Since then I was hooked and I've loved her fighters the most. Also, since reading her work I've never found an MMA romance that compares and I'm sad it's come to an end.

I knew Kyle would get his redemption in this book, but what surprised me is that the author somehow made me forgive him too. He's been the constant bad guy in the series who I loved to hate, yet in this book I slowly grew to love him. He shows he's changed and I liked his sweeter side around Megan as well as his fierce protectiveness.

I was surprised that the book starts with Kyle being able to walk again. I assumed his recovery would have been written and used to further his change. Whilst that's what happened, it's not something you get to see. I would have liked a few chapters or even flashbacks where I could have seen his thoughts in the wheelchair, but doing it this way did mean the author skipped a slow recovery that probably would have left little to work with.

Anyway, Megan was also a great character. She was feisty but also compassionate. The fact she gave Kyle a chance when no one else would drew me to her and made her loveable. She helped me see beyond Kyle's past and drew a new side out of him to help him grow even further. Similarly, her own past still haunts her and for that reason she's an easy character to feel for.

It doesn't really need to be said again, but L.P weaves and intriguing story that had me unable to stop reading again. The action, romance, and character development are brilliant making this one of my favourite series.

Overall this was a great conclusion. I do hope there will be a few more novellas or the characters link in other novels, but I can't wait to see what this author releases next. I love her Second Chance series just as much and I'd highly recommend both series.


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