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Nine years later, Xander is talking us through his most recent fight in the cage. This last part of the prologue felt like a metaphorical punch in the guts for me, as Xander describes the last and devastating knockout punch of his fighting career – where he kills a man in sport.
Present time, we meet Eden, who 5 years ago, suffered the most horrific of injuries in rescuing her younger sisters from a house fire, and is left with debilitating burn scars, both physical and mental, as society doesn’t know or care about the treatment they inflict on the once beautiful and promising Eden. In the years since, she has shunned society.
Xander, meanwhile, hasn’t set foot inside the cage since the fight, and now owns a very successful MMA dojo where Eden’s two younger sisters train under his tutuledge. It is through them that Xander once again has a chance to approach Eden.
Both carry scars. Whether they are carried on the inside or the outside, it was still intense pain that put them there. He knows her history, still sees her as his definition of beautiful, and although he doesn’t quite understand why, he wants to make her whole again, breaking every rule regarding women, that he’s imposed upon himself over the years
She’s trying, it’s hard, but she’s trying a little at a time. Then, what was almost a devastating event happens. Xander calls her on it, and it’s the break through that her councillor has been waiting for.
It’s her time to fight – for herself
Not only is Xander helping Eden but as their relationship develops, she’s there for him as well. And when a chance for a grudge match comes up, it’s Eden who tells him to practice what he preaches.
It’s his time to fight – for himself.
This is an intense book that continually held my attention. It’s not an angsty book, they’ve been through hell. This is their journey back, and I just wanted to see them win, and to celebrate that with them. It’s the type of tension when you are watching your kids compete in something and you try to will all of your best efforts in their direction.
Big win to Len Scott as Xander’s dad. What a guy! His unconditional love for his son, and for Eden is stuff of dreams. In fact, all of the secondary characters in their corner are awesome, and feature in Books 2 and 3 in this stand-a-lone series. It is also the first MMA romance novel that involves more technical descriptions of the fights and I absolutely believe that it enhanced the tension of the Xander’s POV.
I highly recommend Brave to anyone who loves positive and uplifting messages wrapped up in a beautiful relationship where each partner struggles individually with their demons, but realises their strength lies in their togetherness. Awesome 5 Stars!
Zac was cocky but determined, and I loved it. I won't want to give too much away because I could spoil but I loved him.
Jayde was sweet but has a fire inside her. I love that she loved to read and review. It gave her character a real feel and made her easy to relate to.
I really liked the plot. It was full of suspense and it kept me hooked but there was this awesome slow burn to it also. I loved the chemistry that Zac and Jayde had. I liked all the secondary characters. They were full of spirt and fun to have added. Sarah was probably my favorite.
Overall, I liked it. Being a suspense novel someone is after Jayde, and I wish that part would have been more in the book instead of towards the end. I can understand why it's life that but still, I kept waiting for more info on it. There was a lot that went on but at the same time it was easy to follow. I can't wait to see what happens next. The author did an amazing job at hooking me as a read and kept me interested in these characters. 4 stars #2OCCJD
Eden was a beautiful girl inside and out and was set on her way to become a superstar model until the fire. Now Eden is racked with scars on one side of her body. And not only physically does she have to show these scars but mentally she has been badly injured. She didn't realize how much she depended on her beauty when now she feels like an ugly duckling. Eden can't face the world and everyday tasks seem to scary to tempt. Until one day while trying to hide from the world and just have a milkshake with her sisters does this incredibly sexy fighter show up and introduce himself. Can she really step out of her comfort zone?!?!
Xander has his demons but he knows how to hide them. He has not set foot in a cage since his last fight three years ago went horribly wrong. He is running a successful martial arts training center and that's all he is worrying about until one day he sees the girl who once inspired beauty in his life hiding away in the corner. He will not let this opportunity go to waste, he is going to talk to her. But can he let his demons go and be what she needs?!?!
Wow!! I think this love story is so uplifting. #Brave!! I love how these two grow together and face their fears. This is a book to inspire everyone to face their demons.
I loved all the characters in this book and can't wait to read more about them. And I am absolutely head over heels for not only Xander but his father Len.
I think the last part of the book was the tear jerker for me, I was so happy that finally Eden had that support she needed to make changes in her life. I think my only downfall is this book definitely could have been shorter and I did skim a little bit. Therefore I could give it my 100% attention and had to take breaks. But this was a very well written book and I look forward to the next.
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I loved Eden, Xander's story.