Hot MMA fight? Check. Broody MMA fighter? Check. Emotional? Check. Said MMA fight falling for an everyday, average working woman (i.e. not an impossibly thin, “Barbie” type? Double Check.
I enjoyed E.J. Shortall’s Silver Series but in her stand-alone recent release, Prepared to Right, I was blown out of the water. Meet Olivia Buchanan. A recent college graduate and currently working as an architect in her best-friend’s father’s company she is fighting to make a name for herself in this male-dominated field. Fast-shamed at her local coffee shop, Liv decides to go to the gym her best-friend is a member of to work-out and possibly lose weight during a month-long trial period. However, she only embarrasses herself flying off a treadmill. As she is leaving the gym locker room trying not to embarrass herself any further, she meet a tall, dark, sexy training-little does she know that this sex-on-sticks trainer is the owner of the big account she is trying to win for the company she works for Go Sports and Leisure. After wowing Nathan “Nate” Oakes, owner of the gym and trainer, he offers to work with Liv to improve her health. After Liv finally accepts Nate’s help, they find themselves spending a lot of time together, first becoming friends and eventually developing feelings for each other. Nate asks Liv to join him in France to research for something he’s like for her to design while he also trains for his big upcoming fight.
I flat-out loved this book. The character of Olivia was easy to relate to and I found myself rooting for her. Who hasn’t felt or experienced some type shamming as Olivia did? Nathan, even giving Liv whiplash from his ever-changing emotions, was easy to fall in love with also. (Again, who hasn’t had some guy want them one minute and then change he mind later?) The book flowed smoothly rarely, if at all, staling out. I personally couldn’t put this book down and read through it in one day. It was hot, intense, and such a guilty pleasure reading it.