Monday, September 30, 2013

Beneath the Surface (Reluctance Series)

Beneath the Surface (Reluctance Series) by M.A. Stacie

$6.99 Amazon

Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of Metro’s bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off-limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets. After receiving an unexpected left hook, Kyran gets exactly what he wants, though he makes the rules very clear.

When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels, she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing. The agreement to keep their lust away from the office is discarded when rules are molded to suit their ever-increasing attraction. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it even when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.

Kyran begins to wonder if he’s finally met his match, and with his family falling apart before his eyes, he turns to the two things he knows will keep him sane: boxing and Dale. Those crutches can’t last forever, and when Kyran finds it harder to function he is left with a decision he never thought he’d have to make.

Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

Beneath the Surface‏ (Reluctance, #1)Beneath the Surface‏ by M.A. Stacie
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's hard for me to review this book. Yes, I enjoyed it. I liked the characters, but I didn't feel the chemistry. I felt the lust, passion, but I felt that the relationship part was fully forced. Then throw in a junkie brother and lots of family drama, I felt that it took away from what the story should have been, what it could have been. I think focusing on Kyran and Dale more would have been better for the story. (Can I just say, I don't like the name Kyran.) Anyways. Again, relationship was forced. All I could see was sex only and the feelings "developing" was a little odd. The ending was good though. It was cute, I smiled. I'm just not sure how to rate this. It had so many pros and cons that I can't say I didn't enjoy it. I did. But there were things that just irked me. I did sit and read it all in one day though.. so that says something.

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