GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel)

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GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel)

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GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel)

GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel)

To save her life, I had to win the fight. To keep her alive, I’ll have to get her pregnant.

The second I see Shayna, I know she doesn’t deserve to be mixed up in this world. Innocent, beautiful… being used as a prize.

She’s looking for answers in all the wrong places and I have to get her out of there.

So I do what I do best: I fight and I win.

When I take my prize home, my boss is waiting for me and gives me an ultimatum: get Shayna pregnant. If I don

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jlswainsboro/Judy Lewis

June 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
VERY ENTERTAINING!!!, April 30, 2016
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This review is from: GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel) (Kindle Edition)

Title: Game
Author: London Casey
Designation: Standalone MMA Bad Boy Romantic Suspense, NO Cliffhanger
Reading Platform: Kindle Unlimited
My Rating: FOUR ENTERTAINING STARS****
I became a London Casey/Karolyn James fan several months ago after reading several of her Back Down Devil MC Romance Novels and always look forward to her new releases. I’ve always been more attracted to Contemporary Bad Boy MC Romance rather than Contemporary Bad Boy MMA/Boxing Romance but I’m always willing to try something new, especially if I’m already familiar with the author’s writing style so I decided to at least give this book a chance. Fortunately, there wasn’t much actual fighting in this book and the fighting aspect is not the primary focus of the storyline. The male protagonist is a former Irish MMA fighter and now member of an illegal underground fighting ring who works for a dangerous Italian mob boss. The female protagonist is portrayed as the unwilling girlfriend/fiance of a rival Irish mob boss who has her own hidden agenda. Naturally the two mob bosses are supposed sworn enemies, each with their own fighters and turf. And never the two should ever cross! But all is not as it seems, it rarely ever is.

Like some of the other reviewers, I also had mixed emotions about this book and I will attempt to explain why. When rating a book, I ask myself several questions, the first being: What did I like about this story. My answer is: I very much liked the way the book began. The first chapter immediately drew me into the story. I was intrigued by the possibilities and wanted to know more. I also liked that the narrative was written in the first person with alternating his and her points of view. I really love having a perspective from both the male and female protagonist enabling me to always know their feelings and motivations. I enjoyed the raw, snappy dialogue which was well executed and flowed effortlessly. The entire story was well crafted and edited which is always a big plus for me. I enjoyed the elements of suspense woven into the story as well as the way it was written with several surprising twists that totally shocked me. This book had most of the components I truly enjoy in a good book including danger, drama, action, suspense angst, romance and sex.

The second question I ask myself is: What didn’t I like about this story. Sometimes that can be a loaded question since I don’t believe in openly criticizing an author’s work but in order to give the reasons for my rating, I must attempt to explain my feelings as honestly as possible. One thing in particular which has always been a pet peeve of mine – the characters. In every book I read, the connection I make to the story is always through the characters. If I can’t identify with the characters and their plight, then I can’t connect with their story and in this case, it just didn’t happen. I have a difficult time becoming involved in a story if I don’t know the full names of the two primary characters. I pose this question: If you really want to know someone, remember them and become involved in their life, don’t you want to know their first and last names? I always do. I’m a voracious reader and probably read 10 to 20 books a week. Surprisingly, I remember the majority of them but only if I make that special connection and truly enjoy what I’ve read. And in order to do that, I need a first and last name for at least the two protagonists of the story. Without being able to identify them, I can’t identify with them. If the author can’t be bothered enough to invest in a first and last name for the primary characters, then why should I be vested in them or their life? That’s how I truly know that I love a story – when the players become real and the story comes to life. I empathize with them, hurt with them, feel sad for them, cry for them and cheer for them to somehow, against all odds, find their happy ending. Sadly, I found I didn’t really like Finn, the male protagonist and supposed hero of this story. He was portrayed as self centered, self serving, arrogant, cocky and rather cruel through the entire first half of the book. There were no redeeming qualities or actual detailed reasons for his unfeeling behavior revealed until the last half of the book. Regrettably, the revelation for Finn and his character development didn’t happen until the last 30% of the book which was already a little too late for me to love him as the hero. Is this a dark story? Yes, and I love delicious dark romance and dangerous dark heroes but I need some indication that the hero is seeking absolution. Had a glimmer of redemption peeked through earlier, it would have made all the difference in the world. I did manage to form a better connection with Shayna, the heroine of the story. It was revealed early in the story why she was involved, her motivations and what she hoped to discover. She was much more likeable and relatable as a primary…

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Patsy Sacco

June 8, 2016 at 11:40 pm
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars
CAPTIVATING AND VERY INTENSE, April 30, 2016
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Patsy Sacco (Huntsville, AL USA) –

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This review is from: GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel) (Kindle Edition)
This was a very captivating, intense read that keeps you on the edge of your seat turning the pages as fast as you can. Finn is an Irish MMA fighter working for an Italian Mob Boss fighting in an illegal underground fighting ring. Shayna is trying to find her sister and has become attached to a Russian Mafia Boss. Finn is in the wrong place at the wrong time and ends up having to fight and win to save Shayna’s life, which he does. You won’t believe the ultimatum Finn’s boss gives them. He’s a real piece of work. I highly recommend this book if you enjoy fast-paced action, with suspense, drama, twists and turns, and romance. I received this book as a gift for an honest review, but I also purchased my own copy. Patsy Sacco
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mjfinch424

June 8, 2016 at 11:45 pm
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
This was a nice change from the normal and my favorite MC Romance, April 30, 2016
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mjfinch424 (Alabama) –

This review is from: GAME (A Bad Boy MMA Romantic Suspense Novel) (Kindle Edition)
Finn goes to a fight he never should’ve been at. He works for a mob family. While he’s there he gets in trouble for eyeing the fiancé (Shayna) of the boss from the other family. It causes a major problem and Shayna saves his life. He ends up in so much trouble with his boss and he is already going off the hinges. Finns boss is a danger to him and Shanya and he’s got to figure out how to save them. This was a nice change from the normal and my favorite MC Romance. This has a HEA
I received this ARC for an honest review.
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