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Heroine: Liz Michaels – Writer, Determined
Hero: Vinny Stonetti – MMA Fighter, Commanding
The first time we met Vinny Stonetti was in Worth the Fight, the first book. He was thirteen years old and Nico had taken Vinny under his wing, trying to keep him off the streets and help him make something of himself by training him to be a fighter. It’s years later and Vinny is twenty five. Nico has since retired as a fighter and is training Vinny, who has become a fierce competitor in the MMA known as Vince “The Invincible” Stone in the ring.
Vinny is one sexy mofo - raw, primal, strong, and confident with a dominant side. The women love him and are always coming and going, in and out of his bed. But that’s all they are to him – a good time – never letting them know the true Vinny, never forming ties to them. He has struggled over the years with his mother being a drug addict and his father being dead. Life hasn’t been easy and he’s made some mistakes, fallen a few times. But, with Nico’s tough love and discipline, he’s managed to pick himself back up and become the toughest fighter there is. When he comes face to face with the girl he once cared about, now a woman, from his past, there is no denying the fiery chemistry that still burns between them.
Liv Michaels was Vinny’s tutor in high school and she fell hard for the bad boy but then he broke her heart, leaving her devastated without an explanation. It’s been seven years and Liv has grown into a beautiful, strong, and determined woman, not the mousy, nerdy girl, she used to be in high school. She’s now a writer, competing with another woman for a job at the Daily Sun Times. This job is her dream and the most coveted job in Chicago. She was given an assignment to interview a fighter but didn’t realize the man she was interviewing would be Vinny until she walked into his self-defense class at Nico’s gym. Vinny brings back memories and feelings she managed to tamp down all these years. She can’t ignore how strongly she’s still drawn to him. But Vinny has his work cut out for him in order to keep Liv from keeping her distance. She can try all she wants but staying away from Vinny proves impossible.
Liv forgives Vinny for what happen in high school and gives herself fully to him. Liz is the only woman who has been able to tame Vinny as he goes from a man-whore to being a one woman man with Liz. They form a beautiful and sexy relationship. Their feelings for one another are strong and tangible. They have heart-pounding chemistry. I felt the passion they have for one another with every kiss and every touch and every sensual word.
"I want you, Liv. I wanted you seven years ago. Want you even more now. So much that I can't think about anything else. Need you. All you gotta do is say no, Liv. But, I'm giving you fair warning...if you don't tell me no, I'm going to take you. And then you're mine to do with as I please."
Vinny is intense. I love alpha possessive men and Vinny definitely dominates in the bedroom. He made my girly parts scream. And Liv… I can’t blame her for responding to his commanding presence and… his spankings. *wink*
Grabbing my ass firmly, he growls. "Do that again and I'm gonna be feeding you here on the kitchen counter, and your food's gonna get cold while you're busy taking what I'm gonna put in that sexy damn mouth of yours."
(See what I mean… so demanding... SA-WOON!)
As strong and passionate as their connection had become, they still have issues to deal with. Vinny is under a lot stress due to his upcoming fight. Plus, his mother’s addiction has gotten her into deep trouble and Vinny is left cleaning up her mess. Liv has been forced to make a choice between Vinny and the job of her dreams. This decision for Liv should be a no-brainer. And I was a bit aggravated she kept her secret from Vinny for so long. When her secret is revealed, in the worse way possible, their relationship is put to the ultimate test. But Liv is redeemable by the end.
Worth the Chance had the right mix of sexy and emotion with an engaging storyline. I love a good second chance love story and love how the story flipped back to the past several times and we were able to see Liz and Vinny in high school together – where it all began. This couple had quite a few ups and down, with its fair share of drama and some angst, but it wasn’t written over-the-top. If you love to read fun and romantic MMA stories with a sexy alpha hero and strong heroine, then the MMA Fighter series should definitely go to the top of your TBR list. These books can be read as a stand-alone but I’ve enjoyed the whole series thus far.
About the Author
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
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