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Overall reaction to the story? I've said it before and I'll say it again, these two authors make a great team! No Contest brought some major sizzle to the series with a Lothario-esque hero and the no nonsense woman he falls for, all while making sure there's plenty of MMA action to go around. I had fun with this one and wouldn't mind seeing more books in the series. The lust at first sight between Leandro and Ashlyn was a different vibe than the previous two books but it worked for these two! This one is definitely the sexiest of the series but it doesn't skimp on the romance.
Describe the hero in five words: Oblivious. Charming. Selfish. Cocky. Sensitive.
Did you like him? Not at first.
Why? Leandro was a cocky S.O.B and I didn't care for the way he disregarded Ashlyn's tenuous position with the MMA gym. I was set to hate this rich playboy until he showed another side to himself shortly after I started reading. Leandro was actuallly quite sensitive and more than capable of caring for someone other than himself so long as they were in his very small inner circle. I started to see not a rich, brat or a man but a vulnerable one who just wanted someone to love him for himself and in some way to validate him as a person. I really loved that a womanizer like Leandro had such an insecurity about him
Describe the heroine in five words: Determined. Stubborn. Cheeky. Intelligent. Patient.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Aside from being capable of working in a male dominated environment, Ashlyn proved that she wasn't going to let herself be intimidated by Leandro's sex appeal or his wealth when it came to her job. She was so patient with Leandro and his constant avoidance of his responsibilities. I don't think I could have been that patient, I probably would have kicked him somewhere sensitive. But Ashlyn is a professional. I actually liked that she was patient and kind when she needed to be but strong and fiesty when Leandro pushed too far.
Let’s talk about the romance: Oh boy, these two were hot for each other from the get go but Ashlyn wasn't going to give in that easily which really amped the sexual tension between them. Their relationship started off as just a sexual one but I enjoyed how they went from just sex to something more lasting and fragile. Their baby steps into a relationship wasn't easy since they both had trust issues and the added complication of it being against policy for Ashlyn to get involved with one of the fighters where she works. Part of the appeal of their relationship was how they just flabbergasted one another. They honestly didn't know what to do with one another for awhile.
How about that supporting cast? Not gonna lie, I loved seeing the previous characters again and playing catch up. There are quite a few fighters that I would love to get to know but all in all the story revolves around Leandro and Ashlyn.
Click It or Skip It? Click It. It's always a joy to watch a playboy like Leandro fall hard for a woman he was so sure he could control.
* I received a copy of this book via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review.
Most everything Leandro Oliveira has in his life was given to him as his family is extremely wealthy. But being a champion MMA fighter is what he has aspired to do on his own, and he finally has the belt to prove his accomplishment. However, his partying lifestyle may end up taking all that Leandro values away from him, from his being a top contender for the World Fighting Championship to dishonoring his family’s name.
To keep sponsors from refusing to back the current titleholder, the president of the league where Leandro fights brings in a publicist to make him appear more responsible. When the Brazilian fighter meets Ashlynn Fields, she has a list that he needs to follow which will cause him to be seen in a more favorable light. None of the clients whom she has previously helped have needed her assistance as badly as Leandro. Also, not one of them has made Ashlynn have sexual thoughts, yet the new champion has her mind on things besides her PR responsibilities.
NO CONTEST has likable characters and an intriguing storyline. What I have learned while reading the Blood and Glory series is these MMA fighters are very dedicated and want to win, as they diligently train and are thinking about who will be their opponent in an upcoming bout. Leandro may be rich and privileged, but he wants to be known as a champion in this sport. Yet he loves numerous pleasures too much to give them up, never worrying about the consequences of his actions until it is almost too late. When Ashlynn comes into his life to change his bad habits, he does not want to listen to her advice. But when she makes him question some of his choices, this playboy may actually realize it is time to grow up. I certainly enjoyed watching this man who likes to have fun start to ponder many decisions in his past. The authors gave him plenty to think about, and I liked seeing him work through several of the bigger concerns that could adversely affect his career plus personal life. His reactions to Ashlynn are spot-on for a man who likes to flirt, and it was interesting to see how his thoughts changed over time. She is a woman who appealed to me, as I saw her as someone trying to better herself yet had some issues to also work through. The relationship of Ashlynn and Leandro is filled with a large number of trials, and each new challenge was compellingly written.
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