Saturday 10 September 2016

Review ~ Undisputed by AS Teague

Book Description:

I live a life most could only dream of. Parties, women, fame—what more could I want?

As the undisputed MMA light heavyweight champ, I’ve faced the world’s toughest men. But, with a single glance, I knew that the five-foot-five redhead with a smart mouth and innocent eyes would be my hardest opponent yet.

Sidney O’Neil isn’t my type. While I spend my nights out drinking at the trendiest clubs in town, she spends hers taking care of her sick nephew. She is nothing I thought I wanted, yet she’s somehow become the one thing I need.

But what happens when the world is tipped on end and I’m no longer who she needs?

How do I convince her that we’re worth the fight when all she knows is defeat?
I’ve never lost a match, and I refuse to start now.
But, sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.

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Reviewed by Donna ~ 4.5 stars

“…sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.”

For a debut novel I was seriously blown away, this author has a lot of talent coming out of her pinkies. I didn’t even realise that this was a debut novel until I went back to look at what they had written before and couldn’t find a thing. This read was as a result of a trawl through Amazon as I do from time to time looking for something to catch my eye and it was the synopsis on this that called to me.

I love my emotional reads and it was that I was jonesing for in my search and I picked a blinder of a read, I hit pay dirt. Yes, it is emotional, yes it will tug at every single heart string, yes, it is heart breaking but this book has a great underlying message, actually has quite a few and it was this that resonated the most with me at the end. But also, this was a great romance, a bad boy MMA fighter and a woman with a heart of gold. This was a book that stayed with me for quite a few days, kids that make an impression always seem to leave an indelible mark and I was well and truly marked after Undisputed.

“I didn’t need more. I just needed you.”

Breccan is an MMA fighter, he has let the fame and fortune go to his head and is on the path to self-destruction. Alcohol and women being his biggest downfalls. Breccan was insanely talented, all he really had to do was turn up to win, but as his downward spiral got fiercer and fiercer, fights he would have easily won, became that little bit tougher. His head was just not in the game. As a punishment for another mess he created that is only hampering his reputation his manager insists that he does something to repair the damage and when a seriously ill boy wants to meet his hero, his manager insists he does it, much to his chagrin.

“One time, my friend Tommy asked me if I was sad I didn’t have a dad. I didn’t even have to think about it. I may not have had a dad, but I had an aunt, and she was better than any dad could ever be.”

Sidney was the aunt of Connor, a terminally ill boy that was on the transplant list. Her sister was a high flying journalist that was always out of the country interviewing politicians and so it was left to Sidney to make sure that Connor had everything he needed. Sidney had basically put her life on the back burner to care for the most important person in her life and Connor was her person. These two had such a tight relationship and AS Teague really hammered this home. These two were more like mother and son and when presented with Connor being able to Make a Wish, he wished to meet his idol and so Sidney puts the wheels in motion and is stunned when Breccan appears on their doorstep.

“She says the world deserves to know the truth and that someone has to be the person to deliver the answers.”

It is this meeting that changes Breccan’s life in more ways than one. Breccan had actually met Sidney on a night out once before and while he had made a lasting impression it was for all the wrong reasons; Sidney couldn’t believe it was the same man standing on her doorstep. Unbeknown to both of them though, they had both been in each other’s thoughts but it doesn’t help that Breccan doesn’t seem to recognise her either.

“This isn’t a fucking romance novel, Sid. He’s not coming after you.”

Herein starts one of the most beautiful friendships and not where you think either. Connor and Breccan get on like a house and fire and Connor really does a number on Breccan’s heart. Connor was whip smart, incredibly honest and just a really cute kid and his outlook on life humbled Breccan. Breccan became incredibly close to Connor and it is here that we see the real Breccan. Breccan had a heart of gold underneath that cocky arrogant façade, it just took a kid to uncover it. Breccan goes all out, not only to give Connor anything and everything he needs but to also win the heart of his incredibly hot aunt.

“I’ve never felt this way about another person before, and I’m fumbling around like a kid trying to cop his first feel in the dark.”

This was a truly beautiful story. Captivating from the start and totally unputdownable. Sidney, Breccan and Connor’s journey is not without its downs, but it has a lot of ups too. This was an honest book, every emotion was evoked easily by the author, from the smiles and laughter to the torrent of tears. But most of all, this was unforgettable and I cannot wait to see what comes next from this author.

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