Passing His Guard

Passing His Guard

by Melynda Price


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Award-winning Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards' Fiction: Romance Category

Aiden “Disco Stick” Kruze walked away from it all—money, family, friends, and a successful career as a lawyer in Manhattan—to pursue his dream of being an MMA fighter. When a sexy private investigator shows up at Aiden’s gym, he mistakenly assumes she’s a cage-banging groupie.

Ryann is determined to haul Aiden back home. She’s desperate to claim the reward money that will pay off her father’s creditors before the man who killed her father comes to collect from her.

Aiden is done living his life under the microscope of being a senator’s son. He’s not going back to New York—ever—and there’s nothing this tenacious redhead can do about it. Or is there?

When the demons of Aiden’s past catch up with him, he realizes the lies, deception, and betrayal run deeper than he ever imagined. Aiden must put his career and his life on the line to save the woman who’s stolen his heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781503945517
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2015
Series: Against the Cage Series , #2
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.30(d)

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Passing His Guard 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Jessicasbookobsession More than 1 year ago
Passing His Guard is the 2nd book in the Against the Cage series, but it can be read as a stand alone as I didn't read the first book, and had no problems following this one. This is the first book I have read by Melynda Price and I really enjoyed it. Enjoyed it enough that I am thinking of going back and reading the first one just to have a little more time in this world. Aiden is all kinds of yummy! He is fun, sweet, sexy, totally kick butt, and very smart. Aiden is a multifaceted character. He tends to hide the real him behind his alter ego "Disco Stick" the womanizing MMA fighter. Aiden feels like people and women only want to be around him because of his fame, Which makes him feel used and gives him a vulnerability that is endearing. Aiden tends to put his foot in his mouth a lot when it comes to Ryann, jumping to wrong conclusions and getting himself in trouble. I love how protective he is with Ryann. Aiden makes a perfect swoon worthy Hero. Ryann is a very likeable heroine. She has a very realistic and down to earth personality. She had the perfect balance of independence and sass without coming across as a witch. She has had a lot thrown at her and she is still fighting. She is brave, strong and sweet. Ryann is a good match for Aiden because she sees and likes the real him and not "Disco" Aiden and Ryann have some massive sexual tension going on in this book. By the time they come together it was explosive, wild, and hot. I love them as a couple and was totally invested in their relationship. I loved the story plot. I found it suspenseful and thrilling. There are a few curveballs thrown in there that I didn't see coming. Nikko OMG Nikko!!! I want me some Nikko. Please Melynda Price Please write Nikko's story. I fell in love with Aiden's friend Nikko he was such a great character. The only problem I had with this book was there was a little to much internal monologue. Not enough to make it boring or anything just enough to slow the book down a bit. I am a sucker for a sweet epilogue and this book gave me one that had me feeling all warm and fuzzy. I thought this was an awesome and exciting read with lovable characters, scary realistic bad guys, and a delightful ending. I will definitely be reading more books from this author especially if she gives Nikko his own book!!!!! *ARC Kindly Provided By Netgalley In Exchange For An Honest Review* Check out my blog for my full review on this book at
mwiegert2007 More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I loved this book! I read the first book in this series and thoroughly enjoyed it, so I had to grab this one to see if it was just as good. Boy, I was not disappointed AT ALL! I love MMA stories, but it’s always nice when you are able to find one that’s a little different than all that others! Aiden…….(Sigh) that man is one sexy beast! How can you resist a man who sexy, funny, and had just the right amount of confidence? You can’t! It’s impossible! Not only does he have all of that, he’s got a sharp wit about him (I guess being a former lawyer will give that to you). Aiden leaves everything behind to finally find his happy and he finds it in MMA. But with everything in his past, how long will this happy time last? Ryann, I loved her! She’s sassy and definitely can stand her ground with Aiden. The only issue is, though she’s undeniably attracted to this man, she’s supposed to take him back to the one places he’s trying to stay away from. She has her own past (and those of her father’s) that she has to deal with, and she will do anything she has to, to make sure Aiden gets back. They’re love is strong and true, but is it strong enough to last through all their secrets? Will they see that though they both have their reasons, it still doesn’t dismiss the fact that they were meant for each other? Will their love survive when it’s all said and done? This is the second book in the series, but have no fears! You won’t feel like you’re missing anything in this story! I am interested to see what Mylenda has in store for Nikko, I’m really hoping his book is next! **ARC was provided through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Melynda Price is a new author to me, but after reading Passing His Guard, she just jumped to my favorite list. This is a definitely a book for your keeper shelf. The sexy dialogue, the amusing antics, and the unexpected twists in this story make this a must read. The characters are well-developed and completely memorable. I don’t think I will ever forget Aiden “Disco Stick” Kruze. Together, Ryann and Aiden make Passing His Guard impossible to put down. The emotions jump off the page and stay with you throughout the story. If you only buy one book this year let it be this one! You won’t be disappointed.
FromTheSouth More than 1 year ago
**Bumped my 2 star rating up to 3 only because of the action-packed ending*** Though I thought Passing His Guard had all the ingredients for a good book recipe, this literary batch of MMA romance was not so palatable for this NetGalley reviewer. There was too much internal dialog added for my taste and too little character likability, especially regarding the hero. The constant back and forth inner thoughts of the main couple became rather exhausting. Also, it seemed to take forever for the storyline to progress. As if that wasn’t enough to make dampen your reading appetite, the intermixed, big heaping doses of indecisiveness/mistrust of each other thrown in at random did not help. Seriously, Adian and his friends treated every woman they met disrespectfully. Had no qualms about using women, but Adian would become furious when he thought a woman might use him. Say it with me, sisters. I know you want to. Regardless of how great he looks in or out of his Armani suits, that still makes him a j-e-r-k. Yes, eventually some action-packed drama with quite a few unexpected twists and turns got things cooking. Yes, at the end, Adian’s willingness to put himself on the line for Ryann finally made me like him. However, by then, I was so disengaged that I found myself skimming through what should have been the best part. Sadly, the problem was I just wanted it to be over. So here’s to hoping others like it. Honestly, I hate writing critical reviews, but this one just didn’t seem to work for me. I bumped my 2 star rating up to 3 only because of the action packed ending. Title: Passing His Guard (Book 2), Series: Against the Cage, Author: Melynda Price, Pages: 400, stand-alone, very steamy, HEA, no cheating, some violence Book 1 – Win by Submission (Cole & Katie), Pub. Date: 4/28/15 (This review is based on ARC ebook generously provided via NetGalley in exchange for an honest, unbiased opinion.)
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! This is the second in the Against the Cage series but can easily be read stand alone. I enjoyed Aidan's character in the previous book so when I saw this was his story I eagerly grabbed it and I was not disappointed!! Aidan comes from money. He was a high powered attorney in Manhattan, but something made him turn his back on it all. The mystery comes to light when Ryann Andrews shows up at his gym. Ryann is in a world of trouble. The only way to get out of it is to find Aidan and haul him back to Manhattan, and that is exactly what she intends to do. It doesn't matter how attracted she is to him or his reasons for leaving. This is their whirlwind story and it's a great one. I highly recommend this book!