on July 3rd 2012
Genres: Romance, Contemporary
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He's a Heavyweight UFC fighter with a criminal past and deep family ties to the Italian Mafia. She's from the small southern town of Garnet, where her family has been the law for the past six generations and MMA is the only language people in her neck of the woods speak.
Their MMA camps are rivals.
Everything about their lives makes them enemies.
Their love isn't just forbidden, it's deadly, but they can't seem to help themselves.
Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his unwanted ties to organized crime cause him nothing but pain. Everything changes when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long-time enemy. After a steamy, one-night stand he faces the fight of his life, but it's not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.
The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff's deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can't stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of the UFC, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.
As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.
5 Spicy Stars!! O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?? He’s in this book, and he’s SCRUMPTIOUS!!
I was captivated from beginning to end! My fan nearly blew up!! Yes, it was hot, hot, hot, but Jules and Romeo’s chemistry and the overall story is what made this read such a treat!! Romeo and Juliet you say?! Maybe you’re rolling your eyes and snickering…well don’t because it worked and it worked VERY WELL!! I never once winced over the choice of names and when Romeo uses Jules’ given name…Juliet…YOU WILL MELT!!
“I’m not your enemy.” Romeo lifted his gaze to hers and studied her beautiful face under the bright Nevada sun. “Juliet.”
She gasped in surprise, her eyes growing wide. “I don’t—” She floundered. Her cheeks flushed pink as she narrowed icy eyes at him. “How?”
“That’s what Jules is short for, isn’t it?” he asked simply, refusing to look away. “Juliet.”
“I go by Jules,” she said rather than rise to the bait. For a brief moment it looked like she might reach over and snatch the card back. Her guard was obviously up, but instead of lashing out and rescinding the offer, she looked to his left hand that was wrapped in a white gauze bandage and sighed in defeat. “I’ll see ya at eight, Wellings.”
“I go by Romeo.”
Ahhhhhh *sigh swoon faint*!!!
The story starts off with a bang…deliciously steamy! Then it goes back to where Defying the Odds left off. So if you haven’t read the first book in this series, I strongly suggest that you read it before starting this one. It’s a gem!
Big bad hot MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings is a terror in the ring, but he’s a gentleman outside of it. He’s self-assured, proud, but not arrogant. He’s loyal and very devoted to his brothers.
Jules is feisty, an incredibly strong woman in mind and body, tells it like it is, and her family and friends come first!! I had a huge girl crush on her. He’s city, she’s country, two worlds collide, but together they are…PERFECTION!!
She was a little too fit, a little too tall, and she probably intimidated most men because of it.
Romeo was six-six and weighed two hundred and sixty-one pounds at his last weigh-in. Most women tended to wilt under him, but he could tell this one was different, and he found that decidedly enthralling.
The heat begins early on, but it feels right because Romeo and Jules are RIGHT for each other. Raw passion, overwhelming need, their initial sexual encounter is EXPLOSIVE!!!
This is not just an erotic read; it’s about family and acceptance. Giving someone a chance and understanding that sometimes the person that seems so wrong, can be so right! Compromise and working towards a common cause, especially where it concerns your family. And in the case of Wyatt… meddling, overbearing, pain-in-the-ass Wyatt…don’t assume, not is all as it seems…so don’t jump to conclusions!!
The introduction of some new characters added another layer to the story. Chiuto’s an up and coming fighter, and Casanova “Nova” and Valentino “Tino” are Romeo’s younger brothers. Nova is edgy and protective and Tino is snarky and soft at heart, just like his older brother. I’m hoping each of these guys gets a book of their own. Of course, we catch up with Melody and Clay, and Wyatt, Jules’ meddling twin!
The book is fun, witty, sexy, and addictive. It’s well written, the dialogue is plentiful, it’s extremely sensual but appropriate considering the amazing chemistry between Romeo and Jules. It hit all the right buttons for me and it’s going to be hard to top this one as the series goes forward, but something tells me that Kele Moon is up for the challenge!
Review originally posted 7/2012