Author: Ashley Suzanne
Rating: 4 stars
Buy Links: Amazon
Type: Novel in Series
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Blurb: Ashley Suzanne follows up Raven with the next round in her scorching Fight or Flight series—the story of a damaged MMA fighter from the wrong side of the tracks, and the sizzling affair that forces him to grow up.
Cutter Greer lives at the gym—literally. Abandoned by his parents as a teen, Cutter dropped out of high school and ended up on the streets. In a simple act of kindness, mixed martial arts trainers Garrett and Rian put him up in the apartment above their gym. Now he’s got a surrogate family and a shot at MMA stardom—but he still has a lot to learn about women. And he certainly isn’t prepared for the earth-shattering consequences that desire can bring.
Josette Morelli believes that she and Cutter have something special—more special than just being hot in bed. So when Cutter is scouted to go big time, the thought of being left behind scares her. And then Josette learns a shattering truth that could change everything between her and Cutter . . . unless she learns to set him free. Instead, she tells a lie that destroys their chances at happiness—and forces them both to fight for a future neither knew was possible.
Review: I’ve read several MMA and boxing novels the last few years, and you often don’t get much more alpha male than that. This story started out with a love story gone wrong, with best friends getting together and then that unforeseen event happens and one decides to break up because it’s better for the other person. We all know how well that works out, right? Because who doesn’t love someone else making decisions for them?
Rosette couldn’t shake a creeper when she was out at a bar with friends, so she hatched an idea. Her friends were hooking up with two guys who happened to have a third friend along. Maybe if she had a large, strong guy acting as her boyfriend, the creeper would leave her alone?
Cutter couldn’t believe this gorgeous girl was asking him to pretend to be her boyfriend. He’d already picked her as the prettiest girl there and had intended to introduce himself. Luckily they hit it off and spent the night talking. Coincidences kept pushing them together, and from a great friendship grew a love. But when Cutter gets a chance to fight in Vegas, he’s ready to go. Since they’d decided they’d stop being lovers whenever that became inconvenient, now seemed like the time.
Secretly? Neither wanted to, but the timing was really off. He needed to be in Vegas; she had a job in Lexington. So when Cutter left, he was devastated by a note from Josie, dumping him. What gives? He’d thought at least they always be friends?
Cut away to more than three years later. After being incredibly successful in Vegas, Cutter is exhausted and homesick. Taking a break, he returns to Lexington fit the first time since he’d left.
Guess what? There have been some changes.
Sweet and emotional, this book circles familiar tropes and makes them fresh again. Enjoy meeting and getting to know Josette and Cutter!