After finishing Fighting for Control I had put down my guess as to who the next book would be about, I was wrong, though I don’t think I’m necessarily wrong about the couple in question, but I’m not sorry I was wrong. While I did quite a bit of the heavy sighing/shaking of the head thing, which comes with the territory when you delve into a best friends sibling romance, I loved Regan and Willow’s story. It brought out all the feels mixed a good dose of smexy and getting to see a different perspective on the characters that we’ve come to know and love was a welcome treat.
I loved Regan. He may be the boy from the wrong side of the tracks, is a manwhore and tends to believe the worst of himself, but he has a heart of gold. His sense of honor and integrity rivals most out there, and that’s what I ended up loving about him. He wants to be a good man and does everything he can to do it. He trips up every so often, but no one is perfect.
I had moments with Willow, but overall I loved the girl. She went through a hellish experience at 15 and came out stronger because of it. She had help, may a little too much help at times, but she’s a survivor and has worked to make a life for herself. I loved Willow’s sassy nature and big heart. I loved seeing her go for what she wanted, even if there was an impetuous nature to it at times that almost got her into trouble.
With any falling in love with your best friends sibling romance there is quite a bit of push/pull and angst involved no matter how you swing it and Regan and Willow’s road to their HEA was no different. I could go into all the crazy they put themselves through, much of which you can probably guess at so I won’t. What I will say is that I really loved them together. The fact that they were already close friends and saw each other clearly was a bonus, but there was true chemistry between them that was undeniable. And though I loved how Willow pursued Regan, it was Regan whose side I ended up taking more often than not after he finally gave in.
Even after reading the first three books in the series and knowing how Ms. Price likes to throw twists into the plot lines, there were some in here that even I couldn’t have seen coming, but they all worked and I liked how everything played out in the end. This book can be read as a standalone, though due to the timeline of events I think it would be more enjoyable if you took the time to read the previous books, but that’s just my opinion. The writing was engaging and the dual 3rd person POV was done well. Even though I wanted to smack Kyle upside the head many times I’m crossing my toes that his book will be next, though I wouldn’t be too upset if Grim’s story was the next up either.
~ Copy provided by the publisher via NetGalley ~
This battle of wills is about to go below the belt…
Willow Scott is sweet, innocent, and 100% untouchable. She’s the epitome of everything MMA fighter Regan “Rapscallion” Matthews has always wanted, but will never have. A woman like her deserves more than a scrapper from the wrong side of the tracks—the Scott’s charity case.
Unfortunately for Regan, his best friend’s little sister is all grown up and she’s tired of playing by the rules. When Willow sees something she wants, she goes after it—damn the consequences—and her sights are set on him. With a shot at the Welterweight title finally within his grasp, Willow Scott is a distraction Regan can’t afford. But this willful woman is determined to make him tap-out.
Willow has been in love with Regan Matthews since she was in pigtails and braces. Over the years, she’s all but given up hope of her brother’s friend returning her affection, but a part of her never stopped praying that someday he would see her as more than Kyle Scott’s annoying little sister. If Willow has her way that’s all about to change, and Regan must decide if he’s willing to risk losing his best friend and the Welterweight title for a woman he doesn’t deserve but cannot live without.
**All Against the Cage books can be read as stand-alones**
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: March 2nd, 2017
Series: Against the Cage #4
Melynda Price is the author of several contemporary and paranormal romance titles, including Until Darkness Comes, Shades of Darkness, Courting Darkness, and Braving the Darkness, all in the Redemption Series. Price writes for ardent readers who want to fall in love over and over again. Her goal is to make the unbelievable believable while taking her characters to the limit with stories full of passion, heart, and unexpected twists. Salting stories with undertones of history whenever possible, Price adds immeasurable depth to her well-crafted books. Win by Submission is the first book of her upcoming mixed martial arts–themed Against the Cage series. She lives with her husband and two children in Northern Minnesota, where there are plenty of snow-filled days to curl up in front of the fireplace with a hot cup of coffee and write.