Paxton's Promise by L.P. Dover
Series: Gloves Off, #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance, MMA
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*~*~* Danger lurks around every corner in this STEAMY, romantic suspense novel by New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. DOVER. Find out what happens in the highly anticipated conclusion to Paxton's story. NO CLIFFHANGER.*~*~*She hates him, yet she can't get him out of her mind.Female Bantamweight fighter, Gabriella Reynolds, has a bad habit of falling for forbidden fighters. Enter Paxton Emerson. He's tall, tattooed, and the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. Everyone wants a piece of him, and he only has eyes for her. Through no choice of her own, she's fallen in his debt and he's now demanding payment. Too bad it doesn't involve currency. Gabby's decision to fulfill her promise to him ultimately brings out her true feelings, but also spurs the unwanted attention of another.
Rage's fixation on his newest obsession reaches dangerous levels. Unfortunately, Paxton Emerson has become a roadblock to his end goal and needs to be removed from the equation--by any means necessary.
Gabby will do anything to save Pax, but what happens when she's the one who needs saving?
Paxton’s Promise is the third book in the L.P. Dover’s Gloves Off series. We pick up right where we left off in Ryley’s Revenge. In order to help save her best friends, Gabriella Reynolds had to agree to pay Paxton back for risking his life to help her and her friends. As much as Gabriella hated the idea she wanted to help save her friends more and agreed. Not only did she agree to pay a debt, but she agreed without knowing the terms. Which brings us to the story of these to hotties.
“I know you’re there, sunshine,” he quipped. “I’m sure you can admire me much better from in here.”
Gabriella Reynolds is new to the UFC fighting word as a fighter, but not as a fan. Her brother Matt Reynolds is a former famous fighter and there for has been around it all her life. And with it comes knowing and being involved with sexy ass male UFC fighters such as Paxton Emerson, the current UFC Light Heavyweight Champion and biggest admirer of Gabby. As much as Gabriella hates Paxton for being mixed up with Kyle (Kacey’s brother) her body betrays her every time she is near Paxton and Paxton knows.
“How did you know I was there? There’s no way you could’ve seen me.” Wiping his hands on a towel, he finally looked over at me and smiled. “I don’t know, I can just tell when you’re near. It used to drive me crazy at the gym.”
Paxton Emerson has had it hard for Gabriella for years and when he wants something he never gives up until he gets what he wants and what he wants is Gabriella Reynolds. He can feel their sexual tension and lust every time he is around her. And the more she fights against it the more he wants her. So when the perfect opportunity comes to win her over and make her admit her feelings for him he jumps at it. After laying out his terms of the agreement in order for Gabby to pay the debt she owes him the story starts to pick up.
“I’ll do what I have to do to keep you safe. I can promise you that.” “And you always keep your promises, right?” I teased. “You’re damn right. I’m not going to let anything happen to you.”
Meanwhile, Gabby is being stalked and as the days or weeks go by the more freak out she is and wants to find the psycho and put an end to it. Until she is visited by Scar of the Underground fighting scene she dealt with in Vegas with Ashleigh and Ryley. If she doesn’t cooperate things could go south quickly.
“is it becaue I didn’t tell you I love you? Because I do I love you, Gabriella. I just thought I would show you first.”
This story was a bit slower starting than the rest of the Gloves Off novels and not as intense as the rest. I still enjoyed the story and loved learning more about Gabriella and Paxton, but I felt like there may have been something missing. It could also be that things in Ryley’s Revenge were so extremely intense that the situations that take place in Paxton’s Promise don ‘t seem as extreme. Still very much disturbing at times as the rest, but not as action packed or gut wrenching as the others stories. Nonetheless, the sex scenes were still extremely steamy and the liners that were giving by Paxton to Gabby were still drool worthy.
“I’m not going anywhere, Gabby. As long as you want me, I’ll be here.” He smiled and kissed me, before leaning his forehead to mine.”
I loved that both characters were both stubborn, strong independent people. And even though they cared much for each other they still could and were willing to take matters into their own hands in order to protect one another. Dealing with two fighters in a relationship together it’s pretty much expected.
“You know, I thought I could handle you leaving, but not knowing what’s going to happen is totally fucking with my head. My instinct is to keep you here and fight every motherfucker who tries to come after you.”
And the stalker, holy cow, L.P. Dover had me playing detective trying to figure out who Gabby’s psycho stalker was the entire story. I was trying to find clues and suspect every person that came in and out of the story, but it wasn’t until the very last moment before the creep was revealed that I knew who it was and that was near the end of the darn book. She got me and she got me good. I was a shocked. I had suspected this person, but then was like no it couldn’t be because it just couldn’t. Boy was I wrong. I think that was my wtf moment. Again I don’t know how L.P. Dover comes up with these plots and twist, but they are great! Love them! Even though this story wasn’t as in intense as the others, it was still a good read.
L.P. Dover still has a thing for writing really good fighter romances that reel you in and don’t let you go until the very last word on the last page. It’s why I will always keep coming back to read the next installment every time.
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About the Author
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.
Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can’t forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.
Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over nine novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.
L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.
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