Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Book Review: Grappling For Position by Melynda Price




Grappling For Position
Author: Melynda Price 
Series: Book 4 in The Against the Cage Series
Pages: 373 Pages
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Kindle Press (March 2, 2017)

Links: Goodreads // Amazon
Overall Rating: 4.5/5


eARC provided by publisher
Plot Summary:


Willow Scott is sweet, innocent, and 100% untouchable. She’s the epitome of everything MMA fighter Regan “Rapscallion” Matthews has always wanted, but will never have. A woman like her deserves more than a scrapper from the wrong side of the tracks–the Scott’s charity case.

Unfortunately for Regan, his best friend’s little sister is all grown up and she’s tired of playing by the rules. When Willow sees something she wants, she goes after it–damn the consequences–and her sights are set on him. With a shot at the Welterweight title finally within his grasp, Willow Scott is a distraction Regan can’t afford. But this willful woman is determined to make him tap-out.

Willow has been in love with Regan Matthews since she was in pigtails and braces. Over the years, she’s all but given up hope of her brother’s friend returning her affection, but a part of her never stopped praying that someday he would see her as more than Kyle Scott’s annoying little sister. If Willow has her way that’s all about to change, and Regan must decide if he’s willing to risk losing his best friend and the Welterweight title for a woman he doesn’t deserve but cannot live without.

**All Against the Cage books can be read as stand-alones**

My thoughts:

This was the second Sports Romance/MMA Fighter book I've read in the past few days, and it solidified my feeling that I sort of love the sub-genre. I don't know what it is about a strong, muscled, tattooed tough guy that falls head over heels in love {and isn't afraid to proclaim it}... Well, I guess that's sort of self-explanatory! I love them - and Regan is no different. He has been struggling with his deep feelings of love for Willow, because of self-doubt and low self esteem thanks to a terrible childhood - not to mention the fact that she's his best friend's little sister. Willow has been in love with Regan since she was a little girl and no matter how much Regan tries to hold her off, resistance to their strong emotions becomes futile.

I think my favorite part of the story was that it wasn't strictly about their romance - there were several layers to the story line. It led to lots of drama and angst - Regan and Willow each had serious issues to deal with individually, and the side characters had their own dramas as well. While I was fine jumping into the series at book 4, the other characters {mainly fighters from the gym where Regan trains and Willow works} are featured so frequently and prominently that I want to go and read the first 3 books in the series and will continue on with it as well.

Rating

Plot: 4.5/5
Characters: 5/5
Writing Style: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5

Final Thoughts:

I truly enjoyed the book and want to read the rest of the series as well {it's available on Kindle Unlimited which is AWESOME!}. The only slight drawback is that most of the characters have multiple names that they go by and there are so many of them that at times it was difficult to figure out who was being talked about. I think that if you start at book one, it's easier to distinguish between all of the fighters and their storylines. 


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