When Darcy Winthrop travels to Miami to organize a mixed martial arts event, she imagines sunshine, sand and maybe even a holiday fling if she stumbles across the right guy.
What she finds is a sexy brawler with something to prove.
Ford Cooper’s a man on a mission. MMA made him a star, but a major injury put him in the “has-been” category. He’s determined to fight his way back to the top one punch at a time and love is a distraction he doesn’t want.
Now Darcy’s in for a fight—a fight to keep Ford in the ring without breaking her heart.
Darcy Winthrop has exchanged her tennis career for a job in the family business and is making her rounds to make sure all of BIW International Hotels are up to par. Coming out of a failed relationship, Darcy doesn’t think she is ready for anything serious, but having a little fun couldn’t hurt. All that changes when she spots a sexy, muscular male specimen in the hotel lobby.
Ford Cooper is trying to focus on the comeback of his career. Previous hurt in a MMA match that left him with a serious injury Ford’s one and only focus is to get back in the ring and show everyone that he is not a has been. In order to stay on the track he tells himself that he will not have any flings because women are just a distraction and the only thing that matters is winning his next fight. Well Miami has other plans for him when he is introduced to Darcy Winthrop. One little taste can’t hurt right. Wrong.
This Round for Love was short and sweet. Cute story of two people realizing that nothing always goes as you hope for or plan for. In my opinion it was a little to short for my taste. It read more of a novella than a sequel in a series. I just felt like there should have been more to the story or that it was leading up to something extremely big, but fell slightly short. I loved the dialogue between the two characters and how easy it was for them to be comfortable for each other.
One thing that surprisingly bothered me was the back and forth of POVs. Not so much the switches, but how they kind of ended without a strong transition to the next POV. Ford’s point of views were always very short and I felt like more could have been said from him and even if it meant back tracking to the scene that just happened from Darcy’s perspective and then went back to express Ford’s. The book did have some instances of that which I loved, but again too short and the scenes just ended without transition. I always just felt like I wanted more to be said from either character.
The story was original and different from other MMA books I have read in the past. I loved how Darcy wasn’t portrayed as a snob because her family owned the hotel, or that Ford wasn’t letting the fact that he was injured hold him back from making a great comeback.
If you want a short and sweet read than I would recommend this book for a quick read.
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Malia Mallory lives in Hawaii with her husband and daughter. She’s been working with words since alphabet blocks rolled into her crib, not only writing her own work but copy editing and proofreading the work of others. She has loved to read about relationships since she first sneaked off with her mother’s Harlequin.
Malia Mallory is the author of The ABCs of Erotica series, which covers the erotic spectrum from BDSM to ménage and everything in between. More releases in the series are on the way. She has also released the Mia’s Cop Craving series, the Dominating BDSM Billionaires series and Santa’s Backdoor Baby. Her books are available in electronic format at major retailers like Amazon, Barnes & Noble, iTunes, Kobo, Smashwords, Bookstrand and AllRomance Books.
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