Tussle Kindle Edition
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Tussle is a romcom sports romance. It tells the story of Lilah Turner who begins working at World Class Wrestling for her dad Russ. On her first day, she meets a guy called Jesse Gunn. Jesse takes an instant liking to Lilah and asks her on a date. Lilah agrees until her dad slaps on a no fraternisation policy and later discovers Jesse is a wrestler, so she turns him down.
Jump three years later and Jesse still tries his hardest to get Lilah to date him. She spurns him every turn but he's pretty persistent. There is a definite attraction between the two and plenty of banter to boot. Lilah finds it increasingly difficult around Jesse as she secretly is attracted to him but she doesn’t want to destroy all that she’s worked for in her career. Then her dad instructs her to go on a road trip with Jesse to raise his profile. Lilah somewhat dreads having to be near Jesse and he is quite cheeky when he lets it known he is looking forward to spending more time with her. What follows is hilarity, sexual tension and possibly Jesse chipping away to melt Lilah’s heart.
The side characters are a bonus. Ronnie who's Jesse's sister and a successful female wrestler, and Wyatt is Jesse’s best friend also a fellow wrestler. They play a significant role and I would like to think we may get a further story on those characters. The banter between all the characters had me laughing and I was intrigued by the connection with them all. Flawless writing by the author and great attention to detail. It's been many years since I’ve watched wrestling, but it was written in a way that transported you right into the room, watching the show. Tussle is told in dual points of view and that’s a bonus to know what both are thinking. It was colourful being in Jesse Gunn’s mind and equally in Lilah’s as she battled with her feelings, and what she was under instruction to do.
I awarded five stars because I could not get the book out of my head and it was such an enjoyable offering. This is not your average sports romance/erotic story. The author tells this tale with building anticipation and growing chemistry. Knowledge is power, but the writing talent shows the author has a way with words. When it does eventually get to the steamy parts, well all I can say is two words, “storeroom cupboard” and leave it at that. You will have to read it to find out. Chance's repertoire of works range from suspense to sports and I’ve read them all and he gets better and better each time. He has a talent for creating protagonists and side characters that you could read repeatedly in various stories which just goes to show that he has a talent of entertaining and enchanting you through his written word. Kudos for not just another sports book, but giving a sport that not many write about a welcome change. Sports genre in general is quite saturated; however, Mr Chance's take on it is always refreshing and edge of seat stuff.
I was instantly transformed from wherever I was while reading this book, right into the pages and what was happening in there with each turn of a page. Tussle is a sports rom com that’s based in a wrestling world. Now don’t get me wrong, I am not personally a huge wrestling fan but I have watched my fair share of WWE and reading about that world and all the behind the screen scenes were amazing and so much fun.
Before I get more into the book, I want to talk about the characters a little bit. Our hero Jesse Gunn, is one swoon worthy mega star wrestler. He is charming, fun, extra flirtatious and determined to have what he wants, not to mention the good looks…
“Because I can’t get enough of you no matter how much time we spend together. Each taste of your lips is like a drug that only makes me crave more.”
I mean, fan yourself swooning here, who says things like that… And where can one be found??
Our heroine Lilah Turner, is daughter of the (World Class Wrestling) WCW’s founder (where Jesse is a wrestler for) and the Social Media Manager. She is fun, stubborn, witty and determined to succeed and improve herself.
Jesse and Lilah, whenever they were together, set the pages on fire. Their chemistry was instantaneous and their banter was sexy AF!
“One fiery touch from him and I’d gladly burn to ashes. I’m ready to go up in flames whenever he wants to set me on fire.”
Uh huh, see… sexy AF!
The secondary characters in the book were just as amazing as our hero and heroine, and the friendships written between them were realistic and fun as well.
Needless to say, I loved this book so much and this is a 5-star review. The friendships were realistic, the chemistry between the characters set sparks to pages, and the wrestling world was so much fun to read about. I specially loved that behind the arrogant demeanor, once we got to know Jesse Gunn a little better, he was a very down to earth guy who loved his greasy spoon restaurants over fancy 5 star ones.
I highly recommend this book to all romance lovers. I can’t wait for you all to read this book and join me in becoming one of #JessesGirlz. Now, I’ll leave you with one more quote from the book:
“Thanks for being one of #JessesGirlz”