Now, she's putting herself through college, avoiding all things fight related, and keeping her fists to herself. That is, until her uncle's failing health draws her back to his gym and her old pounding grounds. With her demons still haunting the cage, she's determined to keep the wall she's so carefully constructed between the past and present.
Until pro-fighter Max Estrada saunters into her life.
The temptation to go glove-to-glove with the sexy Columbian is too much, drawing her back into the world of MMA-a world where her ex-partner reigns as current Middleweight Champion. The secret they share is a liability to his career, and he'll do anything to keep her quiet. If she wants her old life back, and a future with the fighter she's fallen for, she'll have to do more than just survive. With her life on the ropes, she'll have to face her past and fight like she's never fought before.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Fierce was good MMA love story. It was only POV from Tori so we didn’t have a chance to know Max better just through the eyes of Tori. Tori was some real badass chic with her stubbornness and from time to time annoying determination. In the end she overcomes a fear of failing again and not only did the love for sport come back but also victory in her cathegory and love. It was a story full of action but I am a little bit more disappointed that we dint see a lot of action between Tori and Max in bed.
Definitely not your average chick-lit. This author really knows what she's talking about and the strong female lead is relatable and believable. Great story and easy read.
Tori is a boss. Oh my god, I love her. With Tori as a kick ass heroine, Fierce pulls you into the world of MMA right away. I'm not really into MMA, but I'm SO glad I read this book. I loved seeing the inner workings of the sport as much as I adored getting to know Tori and Max. I love it when you start getting to know someone and are surprised to find out the things you have in common. That's one of the most exciting phases of building a relationship. My favorite common interest that Tori and Max share is their love of books of course! I got a kick out of him telling her he didn't know she reads, and she responds by saying how would he when all she's done up to that point is serve him pie and coffee. Moments like those in this story left a grin on my face that wouldn't go away. No matter how much Tori tries to stay away from MMA, she finds herself drawn to it. More than that - it sings to her like a siren. A few years ago, after the incident that caused her emotional trauma, she decided to go to school, and her parents agreed to help her get through school as long as she quit MMA. But I rooted for her to get back into it. She's drawn to it like a magnet and has immense talent with the hard work and dedication she's put in over the years. Fierce is an exciting and thrilling ride through MMA, romance, and learning to trust again. Even if you may not be into MMA, I highly recommend reading this beautiful and amazingly written story. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
"I took the road less travelled by." Fierce is original and has definitely lived up to its title. I have never read a material like this---a woman getting on her fists and is the star of the book that usually has hot, alpha males getting into MMA action. LG Kelso's venture into the contemporary world will surely pay off. Raw and intense in small details. The author knows her theme. She knows where to punch the readers with sensitive issues and she knows when to tap and put the idea that she wants to convey. I can be bold enough to say that I get her. Girl power. Feminists will surely love this novel. Fierce showed the courage behind Tori's fright. She is an imperfect woman who failed in her past but is definitely triumphing in her present. Having Max by her side, she knew that she had to fight and never cave in to her fears again. "Never let fear create your fate." LG Kelso had left me content and very satisfied. I have digested her words, deep and solid. This is not only a book for commercial use or for entertainment. Fierce talks about abuse, getting out of it and helping other people out. Abusers do not have a place in this world. May Tori's silence, in almost half of the book, teach us never to be. May readers not only admire Tori's braveness towards the ending but may apply, not only to themselves but to others as well, the importance of fighting; of fighting not alone but with our friends' hands too. "We live by the scars we choose." LG Kelso nailed this!
Where do I even begin with this book? I absolutely LOVED it. It was refreshing, realistic, heartfelt and powerful. The characters were so well written and brought to life off the pages of this book. The storyline was believable and I stayed up till the wee morning hours to finish this book! For a debut novel, this was fantastic and I cannot wait to see what LG Kelso has in store for us in the future! Let’s talk about these well rounded characters. Tori was such a strong female lead. It wasn’t just because of her fighting skills but because she had such a big heart. Her determination was inspirational. When life was horrible to her, she tried to re-evaluate and see what else she could accomplish in life. Yet with all true dreams and passions, you cannot help but come full circle to what you were meant to do. In this case, she was meant to be a fighter, a leader of women in the MMA, a role that she played so well. Max is definitely book boyfriend material! I mean who wouldn’t swoon over this man, librarian by day and MMA fighter by night. I don’t know about you but that is one sexy combination in my mind! It was refreshing to read about a fighter who has a sweet and compassionate side. Max had a great balance of all the qualities, without becoming an alpha male determined to conquer. Max and Tori’s personalities were perfect for each other, both willing to do what it takes to make it through sacrifice and self-discipline but unwilling to trample those around them to get there. Then we have Will. He is such a well written villain. I found myself so angry at him and his lies. I just wanted to slap him across the face and wipe his smug smile off. The other secondary characters were great! Sean was hilarious. That boy’s personality is begging for his own book! Leah was a great friend and roommate for Tori. All the guys at the gym and Tori’s family added to the story but never took away from the storyline! You can have a great set of characters but it is the plot that brings them to life and allows them to thrive. LG Kelso accomplished that so well. When the story opens, Tori is working at a diner and subsequently fired for defending herself and co-worker from a grabby drunk patron. As a result she encounters a bit of trouble on the way home. Max, a patron of the diner, comes to her rescue and delivers her home safely, both assuming that their paths will most likely not cross again. As the story develops, their paths continue to cross, implementing each other deeply in one another’s lives. Tori finds another job, but lo and behold, it is working the front desk at her old gym, the same one that contains her memories of trauma and heartache. Desperate for an income, she takes the job, planning to leave as soon as she finds something more suitable to the life she feels she must lead, yet she is sucked in to her beloved MMA world. I loved watching her path to self-discovery. The way she was able to rekindle her dreams and overcome her demons was powerful. The easy way out would be to work in the business world like she was planning, yet she is a fighter, both literally and figuratively. She was determined to allow her fighting community to sharpen her but not rely on them. At times I found her independence and silence about her past from the other fighters a bit frustrating but in retrospect it makes sense why she did it. It was a true character point. I love that she was a strong woman who could handle the world around her. She didn’t need to be saved. Her relationship with Max was on a level playing field and that fact alone was so wonderful to see. In a world of characters and storylines with needy situations and dependent personalities, this book was refreshing. They both had issues and scars, but they were strong enough to rise above in their own way. I could go on and on but you should just read this book! An incredible debut novel. I would have to say that LG Kelso is now on my one-click list!