Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Review ~ Passing His Guard (Against the Cage #2) by Melynda Price

Passing His Guard (Against the Cage, #2)eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: August 25th 2015

Publisher: Montlake Romance

Aiden “Disco Stick” Kruze walked away from it all—money, family, friends, and a successful career as a lawyer in Manhattan—to pursue his dream of being an MMA fighter. When a sexy private investigator shows up at Aiden’s gym, he mistakenly assumes she’s a cage-banging groupie.

Ryann is determined to haul Aiden back home. She’s desperate to claim the reward money that will pay off her father’s creditors before the man who killed her father comes to collect from her.

Aiden is done living his life under the microscope of being a senator’s son. He’s not going back to New York—ever—and there’s nothing this tenacious redhead can do about it. Or is there?

When the demons of Aiden’s past catch up with him, he realizes the lies, deception, and betrayal run deeper than he ever imagined. Aiden must put his career and his life on the line to save the woman who’s stolen his heart.

*NOTE: Can be read as a standalone*

My Opinion

When I saw the length of this read I didn't expect to read it in one sitting. However, that's exactly what I ended up doing because I couldn't put it down.

Having never read or heard of this author before I wasn't sure what to expect. I have a high expectation for fighter romances after having read so many, but it's safe to say this one lived up to previous books and is one of the better ones out there.

From the start it had my attention. Once again this is a book with a female lead in a job that wouldn't typically be considered 'women's work'. As a PI, Ryann, was an interesting character. She wasn't over the top with her kick-ass attitude, but she was strong and resilient. I believed in her emotions and I thought the author combined her weaker moments in a way that was realistic.

Similarly, Aiden was an interesting character. From player to good-guy, I thought the two sides to him were well defined and the transition was believable. I liked how he softened around Ryann, yet he was unsure of himself. It was easy to see he cared, even if he tried to hide it with anger.

Moreover, there was definitely chemistry between the two. The passion and lust that started off was filled with tension and I thought the author kept the intensity up well. It grew with their emotions and changed in a natural way as feelings changed.

As for the plot, it was good. This book had the added bonus of involving the mafia as well as MMA so I can't fault it for that. It had plenty of secrets to reveal and plenty of plot strands to keep things interesting. At times I did feel description or thoughts went on a bit too long and it could have been cut down slightly more. There were also a number of questions left unanswered in the end (to view spoilers visit Goodreads version). It just seemed a bit rushed and small details weren't considered. That is the reason this isn't a five star read for me.

Overall though, a great read. I'm hoping Nikko is going to get a book next, but for now I'd definitely recommend this.


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