Until You're Mine

Until You're Mine

by Cindi Madsen

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Overview

Until You're Mine by Cindi Madsen

Ways to screw up the MMA comeback I've been working so hard on:

1. Check out my trainer's little sister in front of him, which gets me hit in the head

2. Make excuses to stay at the gym afterhours so I can watch her face scrunch up while she balances the books

3. Forget that she's leaving at the end of the summer and we're supposed to be sticking to just friends

4. Get caught making out with her, earning even more hellacious training sessions, along with a warning to stay away

5. Switch my focus to proving I won't stop fighting until she's mine

Each book in the Fighting for Her series is STANDALONE:
* Until You're Mine
* Until We're More

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781640634503
Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication date: 01/22/2018
Series: Fighting for Her , #1
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 393
Sales rank: 16,423
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Cindi Madsen sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she'd be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they're sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, dancing, and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She is also the author of the young adult novel All the Broken Pieces.

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CHAPTER 1

Brooklyn

The past collided into the present as I stepped into the place that used to serve as my second home. The scent of rubber and worn leather accompanied the tap, tap, tap of gloved fists hitting punching bags and bare feet slapping mats. Phrases I'd heard a thousand times swirled into the mix, barked orders like "hands up," "move to the other side," and "stay on him." Even the slight tinge of sweat insinuated its way into the part of my brain that held all my memories, solidifying the you're home sensation rising through me, despite the fact that this gym — hell, even this city — hadn't been my home in years.

There was a time when I would've given up afternoons with friends and even the occasional weekend at the beach to help out Dad at his MMA training gym. Now it was the last place I wanted to be, and so not how the summer before my dream internship at a super hip gallery in San Francisco was supposed to go. Giving up afternoons with friends and weekends on the beach wasn't something I did willingly anymore, not for the guy who could never bother to show up at my things. Throughout the years, there'd been piano recitals, planned movie dates, art shows, and even birthday parties where he'd never showed.

Living several hours away made it easier, because then I didn't hold my breath, thinking that this time, Dad might actually show up. My goals and passions were never important enough to merit missing anything at the gym or in the cage, and since it constantly left me feeling torn up inside, I'd worked hard to get myself out of this world and put it mostly behind me. It was also why, when I was considering whether to go to the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia or the San Francisco Art Institute, I'd chosen San Francisco — I'd needed to get away, somewhere far enough that I wouldn't be easily tempted back. Now here I was. Only temporarily, but still.

A loud smack drew my attention to the raised cage in the middle of the room. My oldest brother, Liam, had his mitted hands held up for striking training as he circled a guy with thick dark hair.

The guy's jab was solid, as was his undercut, and I couldn't help noticing that his body was also very ... solid. Without a shirt in the way, I could see every muscle and how they worked together, flexing and bunching as he moved and struck.

My anxious, hesitant pace slowed even more as I got caught up in a moment of testosterone appreciation. The speed and power of his punches, the glistening muscles. Holy shit, his arms ...

My heart went from beating to skidding, the lack of full beats leaving me a tad dizzy.

Okay, so I might've forgotten the dopamine rush that came along with being in the gym, constantly surrounded by ripped guys who dripped masculinity. But I'd moved past my arm-porn addiction and the lifestyle that came with the cutthroat world of mixed martial arts, and was much healthier and happier for it. The last thing I'd ever do is fall for another fighter. One of my favorite things about my boyfriend was the fact that he couldn't name an MMA fighter to save his life. Even more important, I didn't always feel like I came in last place anymore. Spending two months doing the long-distance thing was going to blow, and I was dealing with more than a little bitterness over losing my last summer of freedom before I fully jumped into the world of adulting.

It made me feel like a sucker that all it took was my brother Finn showing up at my graduation ceremony and telling me, "I know you couldn't wait to escape, but you've been gone for long enough. You need to come home, at least for a little while. Dad knows he screwed up with you, and ever since his health scare, he's trying to do better and make up for the past. He needs you, Brooklyn." And just like that, my summer suddenly involved a semi-famous gym and the supposedly-ready-to-be-adad who owned it and trained some of the top fighters in the nation. Or used to — it was a little less shiny these days. We were all a little less shiny than we used to be.

Finn had driven the guilt-stake home when he'd added, "We need you. The gym's struggling, and we can't keep up. Liam would never admit it, but he's feeling the burnout, too." A conflicting mix of resentment and regret had filled me when he mentioned Dad — and sure, I wanted to believe he could change despite also feeling like he was twenty-four years too late — but it was my brothers I truly came back for. Thanks to their busy training and fighting schedules, they'd missed a lot of my events and big life moments as well, but they'd also nearly killed themselves to attend the ones they could. They'd made it to more art shows than they'd missed. And if anyone ever so much as looked at me wrong, my brothers had my back. If I needed something, Finn showed up on my doorstep. He'd hopped on a plane or made the eight-hour drive from San Diego to visit me way more than I'd made the trip down.

I walked toward the open doorway to Dad's office and hung back, just out of view. I expected him to look different, worn by the tumor scare and the year and a half that'd passed without us seeing each other, but he'd stayed his burly, intimidatingly large self. Well, I wasn't intimidated, but most people instinctively were, and with the power he could put behind a swing if provoked, they should be. The hair on his balding head was buzzed short, the remaining strands more salt and pepper than they used to be. Same with his whiskered jaw. The lines in his forehead and around his eyes were pronounced in a way that only made him look more rugged, and the bump on his nose hinted at the fact that it'd been broken before. In his case, twice.

I leaned a hip against the doorframe. "Hey, Dad."

He looked up, almost as if he'd expected the voice had merely been a figment of his imagination. "Brookie. Wow, look how grown up you are."

"Which is why I don't go by Brookie. I'm not two anymore." If I were, I'd run into his arms and squeal as he tossed me in the air. Part of me wished for the little kid optimism and excitement I used to have. Honestly, it would be kind of nice to be wrapped in a bear hug right now. But I had to put up boundaries and walls or else my heart was left unprotected, and I'd grown tired of it being as beat up as a loser who stepped out of the cage, bruised, bloodied, and dealing with defeat.

Dad nodded. "Right, right. Finn said you were coming back to help with the admin stuff over the summer. I was afraid to get my hopes up."

I bit back the urge to say well, I've been afraid to get my hopes up when it comes to you for a good seven or eight years. Finn swore Dad was trying really hard to make amends, and asked me to give him not only a break, but also a real chance. Easy for him to say. He got to be the fun-loving, easy-going guy who'd always been one of the apples of Dad's eye, my other brother capping off the pair.

Speaking of, I spotted the instigator striding across the gym. Since Finn had always taken care of my heart, I didn't waste any time rushing over and wrapping him in a hug. He lifted me off the ground, and for some reason, when he treated me like I was a kid, I didn't mind.

He lowered me to my feet, and I glanced up at him. "Holy shit, did you get even taller?"

"I think you got shorter. Do you have to shop in the kids' section still?"

I slugged him in the shoulder, and he acted like it hurt, even though he took harder punches from guys twice my size on a regular basis. He and Liam were both following in Dad's footsteps, turning training and fighting into full-time careers. Between the three professional fighters in my life, dating in high school had been somewhere on the hellish to nearly-impossible side of the scale. They tended to scare off most of my would-be suitors, and the few they couldn't ended up being of the jerkish variety.

Dad had moved to the doorway of his office to watch Finn's and my reunion, and he nodded at us, the almost-smile that counted as an outright grin in Blake Roth World on his face.

With a firm hand square on my back, Finn — the ever-meddling glue that held our nonconventional family together — nudged me toward Dad.

He stepped forward and then we shared a quick, awkward hug. He followed it up with a hard pat on the back that almost dislodged a cough. "I'm so glad you're here."

Four years ago, he'd demanded I do my duty to my family and stay, so I couldn't bring myself to say "me, too," although a bittersweet sense of nostalgia kept tugging at me.

Hug delivered, Dad returned to the gruff, hulking dude who refused to show emotion and headed back into his office.

I raised an eyebrow at Finn and coated my words in sarcasm. "Yeah, big change. I hardly recognized him." Not that I was surprised. When it came down to it, I didn't think people were really capable of changing. Sure, maybe they could tweak a few things about themselves, but big changes to their personality and who they were to the core? I didn't buy it, and in my opinion, it was healthier to accept that than to hold my breath and wait for something that wouldn't happen.

"It's not easy for him. You could summon up a little more enthusiasm so he has something to work with."

"Why do I have to? He's the one —"

"I know, I know," Finn said, holding up a hand. "I'm not looking for a fight."

"Funny, I thought fighting was kind of your thing."

"Yeah, but I only take on opponents I'm confident I can beat. I'm not volunteering for a verbal sparring match with you."

"Chicken," I teased, and he pulled me in like he was going to give me a noogie. I shoved at his chest, pushing him away. "I take it back, I take it back."

"Do you want me to show you to your desk?" Finn asked.

"Already? Don't you usually give new people the tour?"

Finn tilted his head. "You know every inch of this gym."

"I know every inch of the front desk, too, and I'd rather walk through the gym again. Or there's always the locker rooms." Maybe I could get the minor fix I was suddenly itching for in there, a testosterone contact-high to get me through the day. I also wouldn't say no to a quick introduction to every hot shirtless guy training here.

Careful, you're tiptoeing into dangerous territory. Territory I'd exiled myself from. Besides, hot shirtless guys were the daydream version of the locker room. Usually it involved ten different kinds of B.O. and an out-of-control stack of towels that needed washing, and guess who'd end up doing the laundry?

My brothers and dad had acted so shocked that I didn't want to turn the catchall admin and occasional cleaning lady into a fulltime career. When I'd told Dad about my plans to go to art school — after a disastrous gap year I never should've taken, nonetheless — he'd said, "Painting is a hobby you can do anywhere, when you have some time to waste. We run a family business, and you need to stay here and pull your weight. No one gets a free ride, and you can't just run away from your life every time a guy dumps you."

The following fight was uglier than any I'd ever seen in the cage, inflicting the kind of damage that didn't heal with stitches, ice packs, and time. We didn't talk for three months after I moved — against his wishes and without his financial support — and when he finally did call me, it wasn't to apologize or even check in to see how I was doing. He asked about a file he couldn't find on the computer's hard drive. Residual pain rose as I remembered how inconsequential I'd felt, like I was only useful if I was one of his trained soldiers, barking, "Yes, sir," after every order.

"B?" Finn waved a hand in front of my face, a mischievous gleam in the bright blue eyes we'd all inherited from Dad. "Are you on pause? Which button unfreezes you?"

"This one." I lifted my middle finger, and he laughed. I expelled a deep breath, trying to send the pains of the past out with it — this was my life for the next couple of months, so I might as well accept it and throw myself into it. "Fine, let's just get it over with."

As we started toward the front of the gym, I glanced at the cage again. A buzzer sounded, meaning the end of a round. Usually they switched from striking drills to ground-and-pound to takedown ones. Sometimes they did that circuit a few times through. Other times they also threw a five-minute sparring round into the mix, since that was how long each round of a fight would be. I ignored the impulse to look for the fighter I'd spotted when I'd walked in, and forced myself to focus on Liam and Liam alone.

"How's our big brother dealing with life without Chelsea?" I asked. Liam was the oldest and had always been the most serious of us, with a surliness that rivaled Dad's. But for a certain number of people, he turned into a big teddy bear. Finn, me, and the girl next door. She was one of the few people in our lives without a connection to MMA, UFC, TSE, SCC, or any other three-letter acronym that translated to us living and breathing the cage-fighting world.

Finn ran a hand over his head of thick hair that used to be dirty blond but looked closer to light brown these days, a couple of shades darker than Liam's and mine — well, like four or five shades from mine, but I had chemical help. "How do you think? He's grouchy as hell, and if you bring up her name, he'll just about take your head off."

There were a lot of days Chelsea and I were the only two girls at the gym. She'd become such a permanent fixture, I almost expected to see her sitting off to the side, red hair piled into a high bun, either cheering on Liam as he sparred, or with her nose in a book as she waited for him to finally call it a day. She'd moved away for a job a month ago, and when I'd heard about it, I'd worried Liam would take it badly. They both insisted they were just friends, but occasionally I'd caught one of them looking at the other in a way that spoke to something beyond friendship. "Basically you're saying that her move halfway across the country has made him a shoo-in for Little Mr. Sunshine."

Finn snorted a laugh. "Bingo. But don't even try to tell him that's why he's pissy, or the aforementioned off-with-your-head thing will apply again."

I stopped a few feet short of the half wall the front desk was nestled behind. "I know that in theory they were just friends, but did he at least tell her he cared about her before she left? Did he fight for her at all?"

"What do you think?"

I sighed. "Of course not — the Roth men are famous for being emotionally stunted."

"Hey!"

I patted Finn's cheek. "Except you, of course. You're all evolved and shit." My sense of humor evaporated when I rounded the wall and looked at the stacks of disorganized madness on the desk. "Are you frickin' kidding me?"

"I told you it was rough over here. We've had the hardest time keeping someone behind the desk since you left. We've tried nice old ladies, mean old ladies, college kids, and a couple of uptight accountant dudes." Not sure why the ages mattered, but Finn always was a bit of a chatty oversharer. "The last chick — a pretty coed who mostly distracted the guys by doing yoga in the corner — just up and quit, and when we started going through the books, it was clear that she hadn't been inputting anything for months."

"Of all those people, how many did Dad scare off?" Like I'd said, gruff and blunt was his M.O. Any losses the gym took, he, in turn, took out on whoever sat behind this desk. I'd told him dozens of times that a receptionist and an accountant were two very different things, but he'd insisted on saving money and getting a twofer deal. I was pretty sure I was the only twofer deal who could handle it, and that was because he couldn't plow over me as easily as everyone else.

Finn shrugged, and I crossed my arms, giving him the narrow-eyed look that — if I still had it — would get him to crack. "Fine. Like seventy-five percent." He lowered his voice and mumbled, "Plus, maybe another twenty."

"This is really why you wanted me back for the summer." I lifted a stack of unopened envelopes that most likely held overdue bills. "So I can fix the disorganized shit pile and do all the crap no one else wants to."

"Wow, a little heavy on the poop metaphors, sis." At my glare, his grin only widened. Then he sat on the desk, facing me. "It's not just that we don't want to do all that stuff — even though, yes, a valid assessment — we seriously don't have time. We can't keep up with our training and do the training and admin stuff. I've already had to postpone a fight, and if I do it again, it'll be a bitch to ever book another."

(Continues…)



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Until You're Mine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
I picked this one because of Cindi Madsen's name on the cover and she didn't let me down.  Shane's brash, cocky attitude is fun and not annoying, while Brooklyn definitely can give as good as she gets.  Together they throw sparks for all sorts of reasons and it's a treat to be there to witness it.  There's also a good amount of family drama on Brooklyn's side, as well as some minor setup to the next story with one of her brothers.  It all flows well together and helps to flesh out the complications of a relationship with Shane. And speaking of complications ... I should warn people that Brooklyn is in a relationship for part of the book.  There is no physical cheating but the interactions between her and Shane have caused some reviewers to lower their rating.  To me it was a little (naturally) awkward, especially the inevitable break-up, but it seemed a realistic reaction to the situation they find themselves in.  Just a heads up, though, if this is something that might bother you. With family issues to resolve and an attraction that she's finding difficult to resist, Brooklyn's summer may not be going as smooth as she'd hoped.  But it definitely turned into a darn entertaining read for me :) *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Forbidden love is often the sweetest! He doesn't need the distraction, and she's already got a life elsewhere ... so why are they so drawn to each other? A fun story of falling for someone when you least expect it ... even when you really don't want to! The characters are easy to like, well developed and keep us hoping for a happy ending. MMA fighter Shane Knox was heading to the top of his game when a personal issue took his concentration away and made the sport the last thing on his mind. Now he's back and life is looking bright again, but he now has to work his way back up from the bottom ... and this time carries the stigma of plummeting to the bottom not so long ago. He's finally found a strong team at Team Domination to get him back into fighting shape and believe in him to get the job done. Brooklyn Roth is begrudgingly back home for a few weeks before starting a new job. Her big brother guilted her into helping out at the family gym, and since he's always been there for her, she couldn't say no to the big lug. Supposedly her Dad wants to reconnect with her after years of a strained relationship, but based on the fact that he's training someone for a big fight, she doesn't see him taking his mind off of anything other than his sport ... as usual. The last thing she expects, or wants is to start falling for said fighter ... but as hard as she tries, she can't deny the sparks!
nelriv More than 1 year ago
Received an ARC at no cost to author..(netgalley) I enjoyed book, I went back and forth with Brooklyn, I was happy that she was not a push over and I was also happy that did not cheat on her boyfriend even though the attraction that she had with Shane was combustible., but there were times that she did annoy me. I loved Shane, he was loyal and loving and just the whole package. I kind of wish that they did get together sooner but it finally did happen and it was heartbreaking when she left him so that he could pursue his dream and hers. But luckily that wasn't for long since they truly did love each other..I can't wait for Liam's..Enjoy!
Alwaysahappyeverafter More than 1 year ago
There is an instant spark between Shane and Brooklyn. But Brooklyn has a boyfriend and issues with dating MMA fighters after getting burnt. Shane knows he shouldn't want the daughter of his trainer, but you can't stop some things. A great book with family trauma and politics, and great characters. I can't wait for the next in the series.
Nicolerko More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars I highly enjoyed this one. It has the family dynamic I love. Engaging characters that you root for to get their HEA. I loved Brooklyn. She calls to my sympathetic heart, but she's also kick ass. I loved her and Shane together. Shane gets her and challenges her in the best of ways. Shane also calls to my sympathetic heart because of his history. I wanted him to succeed so bad and gain his HEA with Brooklyn. I'm a fan of MMA romance so this book was right up my alley right from the start. I'm also a fan of Cindi Madsen's writing.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
MMA is not my thing, but apparently a series about the MMA fighters with Team Domination (aka the Fighting for Her series) totally is! I really enjoyed Brooklyn and Shane's story--their chemistry is off the charts, and I love the sacrifices they're willing to make for each other to make things work out in the end--and the teaser for Liam and Chelsea's story at the end practically had me salivating...thank goodness it's next, because Liam grouching his way through this one had me dying to get to his story ASAP ;) I'll admit that the fact that Brooklyn was in a relationship at the start gave me pause. She didn't technically cheat on him, but Shane did push pretty hard. I'll give him props--he did back off physically when she asked him too, but verbally he did push things more than a little. Once we actually meet the fabled Trey it's pretty clear that they're not actually right for each other, though, and even if I do think Brooklyn got over their breakup fairly quickly, overall I did like how Ms. Masden handled it. However, if cheating is one of your triggers, there are some undertones here, so be warned. The second half of the story, when Brooklyn and Shane are finally together? It's pure gold. I always forget how much I love Ms. Madsen's writing until I'm completely immersed in it. And even though the descriptions of fighting and training and the details of setting up matches and winning titles pretty much flew right by me, I was right there with Brooklyn while she appreciated watching Shane train. And yes, I totally agree that the "getting-fighters-ripped-abs-budget" should totally be a thing that needs balancing and don't care (much) if that makes me sounds shallow. I can live with that ;) Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
HEA and no cliffhanger. It had its moments where it was slow and predictable but it was a great read. I will get the next one in the series because the author did a great job with the supporting characters and I can't wait to read about their HEA.
BeckyRendon More than 1 year ago
Until You're Mine is a lesson in self control. The chemistry between these two is off the charts hot! But past hurts have a way of rearing their ugly heads! Oh and that whole "I have a boyfriend" thing too. She maybe a painter but she has a whole lot of fight in her. He maybe a fighter but he thinks of her as the fight of his life. These two long for more in life and fear for the unknown. Doubts, fears, and dreams hold them hostage. Its hard to cling to something you don't even have... Until You're Mine had my inner hopeless romantic cheering, pouting, and ready to throw down!Don't let the middle aged, overweight mom vibe fool you- I will toss the gloves and come at you with crazy eyes for my HEA. I'm not the only one able to, but are they willing? Until You're Mine was filled with hot MMA fighters to make your curiosity roam but only one will make you beg...until Liam's story of course.
lenorewastaken More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy through the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion. 4.5 stars — OK, that one ended with a freaking bang man. I was actually a little wary at the beginning, b/c while I was enjoying myself, I worried it might not be a complete winner for me personally purely based on the focus on Shane’s muscles…which, you’re going to say, are you nuts Lenore? Well yes, I suppose I am. You see, I belong to this strange small subsection of humans (I was going to say women, but I’m sure gay men might feel similarly) who isn’t that attracted to large muscles. Tone? OH YES. Muscles? Ummm… *shrugs* Don’t throw stones. When it comes to the physical appearance aspects of a hero, my draws tend to be in eyes and smiles and cute butts. And quite honestly, personality and attitude always trumps all of that. So when Brooklyn obsessed over his muscles and his arms and his shredded abs, well…I might have felt my attention wandering. *gasp* right? What can I say, I’m a unicorn. So all that to say that I was worried that this would be a romance based mostly on the physical, which are cool, but don’t tend to be rockstar winners with me, you know? BUT THEN…OMG THEN… Then Ms. Madsen came out with the double whammy character clincher!! A hilarious kickass heroine, that I have basically zero in common with, but that made me laugh and feel for and root for; and a swoony hero, who despite his alpha tendancies, had a seriously kind heart and vulnerable chewy center, and did I mention he was also hilarious and a smartass? Yup, I was done for. Honestly, the two together had so many witty rejoinders, I was in “want to highlight it, but seriously Lenore why are you highlighting that?” heaven. I did rein myself in…a bit. And I was so freaking worried about the boyfriend!! Cheating is a button issue for me, so I dance around it like I’m walking on coals, people. But Ms. Madsen balanced it nicely so that I didn’t end up hating Brooklyn, or Trey, or Shane. She amped up the sexual tension to the max, but didn’t cross that line. And all without making anyone a bad guy, not easy to do… Well, except Conrad, but he was supposed to be. And the great thing about the way the plot was set up is that we got to see Brooklyn and Shane connect on a deeper level b/c they couldn’t initially give into their chemistry…which just made that moment when they finally good that much steamier. And damn, this one had good heart too. I totally got weepy a few times at the end. I loved the way it played out, even if I was worried for a bit. I thought the elements of MMA (which I don’t follow, though have watched a bit with my bro) and training really added to the story… I really loved how Shane saw Brooklyn as strong, and not just for a girl. And I loved the elements of her paintings that were added in, and I really kind of wish they were real, b/c I can picture them in my mind. I also really loved the way Brooklyn’s relationship with her Dad worked out. I don’t like easy magic turnarounds, and this was believable for me… And DUDE, Finn and Liam are da bomb!! I can’t wait for their books. I’m so curious about Liam and Chelsea, and I’m already halfway in love with Finn, so I want him to have a good love story too… Now for the painful waiting exercise…something I’m definitely not good at. So yeah, despite the rocky start with all those muscles, this one ended up being a total hit for me.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
3.75 stars--UNTIL YOU’RE MINE is the first instalment in Cindi Madsen’s contemporary, adult FIGHTING FOR HER romantic, MMA series focusing the Roth family: Finn, Liam and Brooklyn Roth who, along with their father Blake, own and operate the Team Domination professional MMA Club. This is artist and only daughter Brooklyn Roth, and MMA fighter Shane Knox’s story line. Told from dual first person perspectives (Shane and Brooklyn) UNTIL YOU’RE MINE follows the forbidden relationship between Team Domination’s newest acquisition, MMA fighter and champion Shane Knox, and Brooklyn Roth, a struggling artist and the only daughter of Team Domination owner Blake Roth. With the finances and paperwork a mess, artist and painter Brooklyn Roth is called home to San Diego to clean up the mistakes of the previous bookkeeper and accountant. From their first meeting, Shane and Brooklyn’s reaction to one another is palpable; their sexual attraction to one another is sizzling and hot, and does not go unnoticed by the men in charge but Brooklyn is in a committed relationship, a relationship that will suffer as Brooklyn is pulled into the whirlwind that is Shane Knox. What ensues is the building relationship between Brooklyn and Shane, and the potential fallout as their time together comes to an end with Shane’s approaching championship fight. Brooklyn Roth is no stranger to heartache; a previous relationship with an MMA fighter ended badly, and too many memories of her parents’ disastrous marriage leave our heroine struggling between head and heart as it pertains to our story line hero. Shane Knox had it all once and needs a championship fight to bring back the glory of what once was. Partnering with Team Domination meant Shane had another chance at the top prize including a shot at a happily ever after with the woman he loved. The relationship between Shane and Brooklyn is one of forbidden love: Brooklyn is the boss’s daughter, in a committed relationship (or so she claims) but Shane is persistent and struggles to accept the boundaries Brooklyn has drawn between our leading couple. The $ex scenes are intimate and seductive without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. Addressing the elephant in the room, there is no cheating per say but the emotional affair between Shane and Brooklyn, and Shane’s pursuit of Brooklyn, and his persistent flirting and sexy banter will be the death of her current relationship back home. The early one on one banter is rife with nasty innuendo and cut downs that felt more like two siblings fighting to get the upper hand. We are introduced to Team Domination and the Roth family of MMA fighters: father and patriarch Blake Roth, and his sons Liam and Finn; Shane’s mother Tammy Oliver, his best friend Hector; and Brooklyn’s boyfriend Trey, and her ex (MMA fighter) Conrad ‘Croc’ Rochenski. Liam and Chelsea’s story line is next in UNTIL WE’RE MORE. The world building looks at the battle to be number one, and the fractured dynamics of one family pulled apart and pushed together by the world of the MMA. UNTIL YOU’RE MINE is an energetic story line. The premise is exciting and realistic; the romance is sensual and passionate; the characters are spirited and colorful.
TerryL56 More than 1 year ago
Shane has already been to the top of the MMA world and fell, so now he’s fighting his way back up. All he has to do is keep his mind on training hard and nothing else. But when he meets his new coach’s daughter (Brooklyn) he falls head over heels and can’t keep his mind off her. Brooklyn fell for a fighter once (who cheated on her) and that was enough for her ... never again! But when she meets Shane, she has a hard time keeping her own promise. This book took me by surprise because even though it is a romance with a lot of steam ... it was really funny! The banter between Brooklyn and her brothers (Liam and Finn) was so good ... Brooklyn was such a hoot and I liked that she could laugh at herself. And even though Shane was this big tough fighter, he had a vulnerable side that just made you love him more. This book also set up the back story for the next book with Liam and I can’t wait to read it. I received an ARC copy courtesy of Entangled Publishing through NetGalley in exchange for a honest review.
Lorizen More than 1 year ago
Let's start with that cover shall we? That's one of the best covers I've seen since??? Right. Moving on. The cover is just the start of what is one hell of a read. You read the blurb, I'll hit the high points, there were no low points and this book is a winner. Brooklyn- I loved her. The inner dialogue, the banter with her brothers and yes Shane. Brooklyn is an art student, now graduate and has a internship back in San Fran waiting for her. She's beckoned home by her brother who promises that their Dad wants to try to make amends. Right, not so much. The family owns a gym that trains MMA fighters. When Brooklyn agrees to come home to help for 2 months she's met with months of back paperwork, bills and a huge mess and of course Shane. Growing up in this life she wants no part of it. She's mostly made peace with the past and her father's lack of any sort of acknowledgement of her, her brothers and the gym came first. She was just a p.s. She's knows what she's getting into when she comes home, what she didn't expect was Shane. The minute they made eye contact it was game on. Shane chased and Brooklyn ignored. I loved it. The witty banter between these two was spectacular. I laughed, melted a little (yeah I really did) he was just over the top. A really good guy. And the chemistry between these two was sparking right off the pages. He was such a tease. I loved it. He has his history too, one that he opens up and talks with Brooklyn about. She's still fairly guarded with him, trying to protect herself from falling although I thought she'd already taken the dive. But no, the way Cindi wove this amazing tale between the two it was hard to tell. Her two older brothers were always there. Her father...oh good grief, I'd like to kick the man in the pants. The man should have just kept his foot in his mouth all the time. He had no idea what came out of that mouth of his. Liam her oldest brother is seriously grouchy and testy since their friend moved away. He won't admit it, but he misses her. We get to see their story in the next book and I can't wait. So here's the shake with this book. You have two people who care deeply for each other and they're both chasing their dreams. Brooklyn has a dream art showing and this internship in San Fran. Shane has a big fight coming up and his dream is to get back into the fighting game and claim the title he came so close to. They both know they can't have both, their dreams and each other. The worlds don't mesh. Or could they? It's a tough call. She was raised in that life, she knows what it's like. She needs to be who she is. Neither of them want to ask the other to leave their future for the unknown. The feels are just insane in this book. I loved every single moment, the wit, the steam, the anger and frustration. Every emotion you felt. This book is an absolute winner. It deserves more than 5 stars. Looking for to the next story. **arc from NetGalley and Entangled.** *I voluntarily reviewed this book. The above is my honest review and the opinions are mine alone*
Laura_F More than 1 year ago
I am so excited about this new series! I haven't read many MMA books but every one I have has been full of adrenaline and super alpha men. This one has that in spades. Shane was at the top of his game when personal issues put him in a slump and on a losing streak. Now no one wants to take a chance on him, except the owners of Team Domination. He doesn't have any other team options and doesn't have time for distractions so he needs to stay away from Brooklyn. Brooklyn is back home to help her family get Team Domination back into shape. She has a quiet, steady boyfriend who knows nothing about MMA waiting for her to come home. She has zero interest in dating another fighter so she needs to steer clear of Shane. The chemistry between these two was off the charts amazing. There were a lot of reasons why they shouldn't even think about being together but none of that mattered. It was like fate put them both in the Team Domination gym at the same time. I love the set up of this series. I'm really looking forward to what comes next for Team Domination!!! *This is my voluntary review of an advanced reader copy*
Lori-Gonzo More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book had everything you could want in a story. There was love, a little hate, family drama, secrets, a whole lot of hot loving, friendships, MMA action, sarcasm, laughter, a few years, and a perfect happy ending. I truly loved both Shane and Brooklyn for the entire book. They had such a sizzling chemistry filled with spice and a lot of one upmanship. They were great and sparkled in every scene they had together. I loved his fierce protection of her, even though he had just met her. And I loved how she looked out for him, trying to help him better his career. I want so much more from this couple. I was not ready for their story to end. On a side note, if I had known who her inspiration for Shane was, I could have pictured him for the entire story. Shane in the book was hot already, but picturing Tyler Hoechlin would make it even better. I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher through Netgalley.
mrsdiddy More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars! This story of finding love against the odds will make you swoon! Shane is a down on his luck MMA fighter who is getting a second chance to reclaim his former glory. Brooklyn was born into the world of MMA thanks to her former champion father and her two fighter brothers. It was a world she ran away from, but now she is back temporarily. Sparks fly from the moment Shane and Brooklyn locks eyes across the gym. But, there are many things against them. Despite all that, they form a friendship-ish that eventually leads to more. I am so glad that Madsen is writing another sports romance series! I loved her hockey series, so when I heard she was moving to MMA fighters, I was all hands in the air, pick me, pick me. Madsen has a knack for writing lovable guys who don't always make the right choices. Her heroines are real and honest allowing the reader to put yourself into their shoes. Brooklyn was no different. She was honest and flawed and raw and made mistakes, but you feel her honesty and you know you want her to find her happiness. The story was just right, no over the top declarations, no massive scenes or crazy fights. Madsen wrote a powerful story of love, family, friendship and finding a way to make things work and she did it in a way that made it like one long crescendo of words leading to the perfect HEA! A must read!
CeeCeeHouston More than 1 year ago
Until You’re Mine was my first book by author Cindi Madsen, it certainly won’t be the last though. This was a heart-thumping fast-paced story set in the world of MMA. Shane Knox was set to reach the height of his fighting career when he started to lose control. After being defeated in one match too many, his manager, his girlfriend and the people he thought were his close friends all turned their backs on him. Months later, Shane is ready to get his life and his career back on track. He’s got a new coach and is training with Team Domination in San Diego, he’s ready to take it to the next level. Everything is going great, until she walks in the door. Brooklyn Roth grew up watching men like Shane, she even fell for one once and had her heart trampled in the process. She’s always been at the center of the action but her love is for art. She’s an artist and when she needed space, she walked away from her father’s gym in San Diego and started over in San Francisco. She’s happy there and has a nice steady boyfriend. When her brothers ask her to come back to the gym to help out for the summer, she’s hesitant to do so. She and her father didn’t part on the best of terms. But familial ties are hard to break. Shane was the first thing Brooklyn saw when she came home. She pegged him as just another arrogant fighter, but as she starts to spend more and more time with him, she finds out the there’s more to this built, sexy as sin bruiser. Shane just needs one good fight to get his career of to a brilliant start and Brooklyn’s dad’s knows exactly who that should be. Brooklyn’s ex-boyfriend. Conrad ‘Croc’ Rochenski. But, life is never simple and Brooklyn is forced to make a decision when she finally gets a place in a gallery exhibition in San Francisco that she’s been hoping for. Now she has to choose between her dreams or Shane’s. They can’t have both, or so it seems. She’s been down this road once before and it never worked. Can she let Shane go? Will he let her? Or will he tell her he won’t give up, Until You’re Mine.
ADonovan More than 1 year ago
I almost wasn't interested in reading this because I am not a fan of MMA, but I am so glad my love of Cindi's writing made me go ahead. Brooklyn and her two older brothers grew up in their father's training gym. His past as a great fighter inspired her brothers to follow that path, but she wanted something different. When she puts her life on hold and comes back to help them for a summer, she's not expecting to get pulled back in, but there's Shane. He's training at the gym and trying to get his career back. Both Brooklyn and Shane have a bunch of reasons they shouldn't be interested in each other, but they are drawn together like magnets. I loved the anticipation and build up in this book. Good story, likable characters, and great ending. Looking forward to the next book already. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
LilleyLoohLah More than 1 year ago
Loved it! It took me a few chapters before I was fully invested in Shane and Brooklyn, and then BAM! I was desperate for them to make it. They both had issues and I was praying that they could get past them. Shane, full name Shane Knox (and doesn’t that name just match the gorgeous hunk of a man on the cover) is an MMA fighter with a huge heart. It would appear when he loves, he loves hard, his mum being the centre of his world. He’s no pushover though and when he sets his sights on Brooklyn there’s no stopping him. Brooklyn is a take charge girl and I love how she stands up for herself, I loved the banter between her and Shane, not forgetting the sizzling hot chemistry in the mix. With Brooklyn’s art taking her away from Shane, I had no idea how they would make a go of a relationship without either of them giving up their dream, and what’s more I didn’t want either one to have to forfeit everything they’d worked so hard for. Brooklyn’s Brothers (also Shane’s coaches) are awesome, superb supporting characters with strong protective instincts. I can’t wait for book 2. I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley, this is my honest review.
Boundlessbookreviews More than 1 year ago
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Until You’re Mine is one of those love stories where you’re rooting on the sidelines for both characters. Brooklyn and Shane are from different lives; they meet each other in a time where they’re both fighting for their dream. Shane is a fighter, who fell from grace but is fighting his way back up to the top. Brooklyn is an artist at heart and is determined to follow her dreams.  She hasn’t always had the support of her family. There’s no denying their connection to each other. Starting out, it’s a bit rocky because of Brooklyn’s past. Not wanting to give into another fighter.  But that reluctance can only last so long. I think Madsen is an excellent writer and I loved these characters. All the things they had to face, they did it together. It’s that undying type of love. Overall, I give this Four Boundless Stars.
Christine_Miller More than 1 year ago
I am not a huge MMA reader so I didn't know if I'd get lost in the MMA world or if I'd love it. It's definitely love at first sight. The fighting was a very important part of Shane and Brooklyn's story, but their love story and their ability to trust after what they'd been through is the story that was told. I loved Shane and his ability to turn his life around and when he finally met his dream girl, he screwed up and then he gave it everything he had to make her his. Brooklyn had tried to date a fight and her life hadn't gone the way she wanted. Now with Shane, she knows there is no future there. Shane and Brooklyn's journey was a path of learning to trust the one you love and trust that they will only build you up not tear you down. I fell so hard for Shane Knox and the guy that he was and the guy he wanted to be for Brooklyn. I loved Brooklyn's family, too. I can't wait for Liam and Finn to get their stories told!
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
LOVED this book!! Cindi Madsen dives into the MMA world with a flourish as she brings us the story of Shane and Brooklyn. Shane Knox is a former MMA star who is trying to regain his reputation and win a comeback fight. Brooklyn is the daughter of the man who has agreed to take a chance on Shane. Training and working on his comeback with Brooklyn's brothers and father is an opportunity Shane can't afford to screw up yet Brooklyn is too tempting to ignore. Brooklyn knows first hand that dating a fighter her father is working with can lead to all sorts of trouble. Been there. Done that. That's why she's sworn off the bad boy fighter types. She has to admit though that there is something about Shane that calls to her. Will she repeat the mistakes of her past or will she have the strength to resist temptation. As expected from Cindi Madsen the story is wonderfully written and these characters will pull you in immediately. Their chemistry is also undeniable. This is a book I highly recommend. Trigger alert - When the story first starts Brooklyn is involved with another man. Nothing happens between Shane and Brooklyn until she is clear of that relationship though.
BananaTricky More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars. Brooklyn Roth was born into a family of MMA fighters and her family owns an MMA gym/ training centre in San Diego. After living and breathing MMA her entire life she realised her father, three brothers and boyfriend Conrad all thought her dreams were subservient to MMA, and Team Domination, their MMA team. When Conrad cheated on her she declared enough was enough and left for San Francisco to pursue her dreams of being an artist. Shane left Team Domination and her family blamed her for mixing the family business with pleasure. Now her boyfriend Trey is the opposite of all those testosterone-fuelled alpha-male MMA fighters - and that's the way she likes it. Solid, dependable, safe. Now, at her brothers' request Brooklyn is back to try to wrestle some kind of control over the finances of the business, apparently all four men are too busy to pay the bills and keep the books and have allowed a series of book-keepers to let the accounts get into a shambles. When Brooklyn arrives she finds her father still thinks her art is a waste of time and that she OWES the business - because Conrad cheating on her and then leaving the Team put the gym in a black hole. Basically Brooklyn is not a daughter, more of a business asset to attract and retain fighters and do the stuff the men can't be bothered to do. When Brooklyn arrives her eye is immediately caught by a new fighter, Shane Knox. He's cocky, talented and pushy. No matter how much Brooklyn tells herself he's no longer her type, she is irresistibly drawn to him. But she's only in town for a few months to fix the books and she has a boyfriend. Shane Knox was on his way to the big time when his mom caught cancer and he lost a few fights. Faster than a speeding bullet his girlfriend and his so-called friends and trainers deserted him like rats from a sinking ship. Now he's back and starting right at the bottom, but this time he won't let anything stand in his way. Although the boss' sassy daughter is certainly easy on the eye and he just lurves annoying her. But Shane has learned that people can't be relied on to stick around, and he can't risk his comeback on a woman who isn't planning on staying. I love Cindi Madsen but I'm not a fan of MMA novels so I was interested to see where this novel feel - the answer is just about in the middle. I don't like alpha-male posturing as exemplified by Brooklyn's father, some of her brothers and her ex. This lacked the humour I associate with Cindi Madsen's other novels but, as I said, I'm not a fan of MMA novels generally so the above average rating is pretty good - if you like MMA novels you will probably rate this much higher. Having said all that, I am intrigued about Brooklyn's brother Liam and his relationship with Chelsea - what happened there? So, maybe I'll request the next book in the series after all. I received a free copy of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
The tough guy is about to get schooled. Shane is a fighter. He has battled his way to the top once and plans on making it back again. Whatever it takes, is his daily mantra. Until triple S walks through the door. Smart, sexy and sassy, Brooklyn knows the game, but breaks all his rules and complicates his life. The chase is on and the prize will be his most precious acquisition to date. Until You're Mine mixes street smarts and soft hearts with fierce battles and witty dialogue. No matter the canvas, Ms. Madsen let's her humor shine through in the strength of her characters and her dedication to winning readers hearts.