ETHAN “Long, Tall Texans #5” (originally published January 1990 in Silhouette Romance #694 and reissued numerous times)
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Logan Rettino never imagined she’d fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she’s gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she’s ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she’ll do whatever it takes to earn his trust.
Keane O’Shea is unbeatable in the octagon. A former marine, he fights with a ruthlessness no gym jockey can match. He knows his brutal strength is too much for the delicate ex-ballerina, regardless of how fascinating he finds Logan’s tight dancer’s body. But one private performance and he’s drawn to her in a way he can’t—or won’t—resist.
As Logan discovers the heartbreaking truth that lies beneath this handsome warrior’s rage, she’ll need to forfeit everything she thought mattered for the one thing that matters the most: saving Keane from himself.
MMA-champion-turned-model Caden Kelly is hell-bent on reestablishing himself as the best fighter in the country. He’d been on a roll, too, until that loudmouth reporter hit him in the head with a camera on national TV. The headaches he’s suffered since are nothing compared to the one he gets when she shows up, seeking an exclusive. That Sophie’s gorgeous is undeniable…but she’s also the most infuriating woman he’s ever met.
Stepping into the ring with Caden Kelly is not for the faint of heart, but Sophie’s never been the delicate type. This champion may have finally met his match—both in and out of the bedroom.
Bracken Kelly is a lot of things. A ball buster. A hardass. An undercover narcotics detective who’s gotten in too deep with a biker crew and landed himself in big trouble with Internal Affairs. Posing as a trainer to clear his name and uncover the methamphetamine being run out of Reno’s toughest fight club is the easy part—Bracken’s been fighting for half his life. Convincing a female featherweight with a smart mouth and a hotter body to let him train her? That complicates things.
Huntley Wittaker left a lot behind when she moved to Reno—her family business, her overprotective brothers, her psychopathic ex-boyfriend and her Southern Belle persona. In Nevada, she can be whatever she wants to be. And what Huntley wants to be is a fighter, even if her punch stinks. All she needs is the right trainer. The domineering brute of a biker who answers her ad isn’t it, but he’s all she’s got.
Bracken has a job to do and this time, he plans on succeeding, even if that means lying his way to getting sweaty with Huntley outside of the ring. But as he and Huntley grow closer and lies turn into truths, they’ll be faced with a different kind of fight—one neither of them is prepared for and one that threatens to tear them apart forever.
Complaint: I felt Sophie’s past issues weren’t resolved. MM brought up Hank Cawfield multiple times but her demons were pushed aside to make room for Caden’s. For me, the brush off was noted and not appreciated.
Out for the Count: Yes, MM focused her attention on a female fighter. This pleases me to no end. 🙂 While the men of the octagon are badass, this tale reinforces the knowledge women are a force to reckon with as well. Trainer, undercover cop, DEA agents, rogue cop, gangs…. This story is a thrill ride from beginning to end. Loved it!
And way to kick some major ass, Huntley! Oh yeah, Bracken wasn’t so bad either. *winks*
Complaint: Again, we find another woman throwing themself at a man. Why? It’ not needed.
For this repeated offense, my score went from a 5 to a 4.
Overall Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)
Two brothers bound by more than blood fight to change a brutal destiny in the heart-wrenching new novel of the Black Dagger Brotherhood by #1 New York Times bestselling author J. R. Ward..
Trez “Latimer” doesn’t really exist. And not just because the identity was created so that a Shadow could function in the underbelly of the human world. Sold by his parents to the Queen of the S’Hsibe as a child, Trez escaped the Territory and has been a pimp and an enforcer in Caldwell, NY for years- all the while on the run from a destiny of sexual servitude. He’s never had anyone he could totally rely on… except for his brother, iAm.
iAm’s sole goal has always been to keep his brother from self-destructing- and he knows he’s failed. It’s not until the Chosen Serena enters Trez’s life that the male begins to turn things around… but by then it’s too late. The pledge to mate the Queen’s daughter comes due and there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide, and no negotiating.
Trapped between his heart and a fate he never volunteered for, Trez must decide whether to endanger himself and others- or forever leave behind the female he’s in love with. But then an unimaginable tragedy strikes and changes everything. Staring out over an emotional abyss, Trez must find a reason to go on or risk losing himself and his soul forever. And iAm, in the name of brotherly love, is faced with making the ultimate sacrifice..
Red alert! There’s a sadistic new red-skinned Hulk in the Marvel Universe, with keen intelligence and a radioactive touch! Who or what is he? And with Marvel’s heroes powerless against him, will it take a Hulk to catch a Hulk? It’s an explosive battle as the red and green Hulks collide! But even as Bruce Banner is attacked by a pack of wild Wendigos, She-Hulk recruits a cavalry of super heroines including Valkyrie, Thundra, Ms. Marvel and Storm! Plus: the Defenders are reassembled to take down the Red Hulk, but he’s got a team of his own!
Hulk has to be the most badass character Marvel has created for us. He is a “man” of few words. Yeah, I like he lets his actions speak for himself.
In this collection, we met Red Hulk (Rulk) who was a chatterbox but also brought the pain. His battles against everyone under the sun created a fast pace storyline.
Most memorable scene à When Rulk took Thor’s hammer. Sorry folks but I like when Thor gets taken down a notch. He irritates the hell out of me.
Now the epic flow of words wouldn’t have packed quite the power punch without the illustrative talents of Ed McGuinness, Arthur Adams, and Frank Cho.
You three have mad skills!!!! Errrr, you four. We mustn’t forget Jeph Loeb. 🙂
And Super Chicks, better luck next time!
Heart Rating System – 1 (lowest) and 5 (highest)