Tuesday, September 22, 2015

review || CRASH { release } by Amity Cross

Self-Published | September 22, 2015 | Erotic Romance
The Beat and Pulse, book 3


Violet Fuller has been through a lot in her short life.

After being viciously attacked, she’s hidden herself away from the world for the past five years, fearing everyone and everything. That’s until the day she finally gathers the courage to go outside.

Violet decides to take a job at Ash’s new gym, Pulse, to reacquaint herself with the male dominated world of MMA. She used to be her brother’s biggest supporter, going to all his matches and cheering him on. There’s no one he trusts more to help him run the admin side of his new business, but when Violet walks through the door for the first time, she sees someone she wasn’t expecting.

Handsome, AUFC fighter, Lincoln Hayes.

The same Lincoln Hayes that she’s had a crush on since she was sixteen.

All muscled, disciplined, hot as hell, six-foot two of him. He’s definitely not a boy anymore.

Things are about to become more difficult than Violet had hoped. So much for easing back into reality.

And Lincoln? He’s only got one thing on his mind.

How do you win over a woman who is afraid of everything?


You fight.

{ about amity cross } .

Amity Cross isn't her real name. That's no secret.

She is the author of wicked stories about rock stars looking for redemption, gritty romances featuring MMA fighters and dark tales of forbidden romance. She loves to write about screwed up relationships and kick ass female leads that don't take s**t lying down.

Amity lives in a leafy country town in southern Australia and can be found chained to her desk, held at ransom by her characters.

Don't send help. She likes it.

{ review } .

I had the opportunity to read the first two books of this series, in addition to this third one, for today. And while I did enjoy Ren and Ash (and am pretty excited to see they have a small story coming up)...

...I really liked Violet and Lincoln.

Violet had crushed hard on Lincoln when he and his identical twin started going to the gym she and her brother trained at (little did she know, he was crushing on her, too). She's one of the few people who can tell Lincoln and Dean apart without more than a glance. But since then, the years haven't exactly been kind.

I loved how protective of Violet Ash was, but on the same token, I completely understood why Violet was so angry with him when she learned that Lincoln knew her secret. Like many victims, Violet was embarrassed by what had happened to her, and knowing that the guy she liked as a teen (and woah, she still likes as an adult) knows her dark secret? She's not entirely sure how to act around him.

Lincoln was a good guy. Did he make mistakes? Yep -- people do, athletes do, those in love do. It happens. But when a mistake potentially costs him Violet, he does the great alpha-male-lead thing and he fights hard for her.

I enjoyed Violet and Lincoln's journey because while it dealt with the two of them falling into one another, it also dealt greatly with Violet learning how to live with her past. She overcomes many obstacles in this story with the help of her family and friends. It starts out with something as simple as finding a job then being in the presence of too many people at a party, but she manages to overcome all of her fears in the timespan of this story -- the greatest of them with the help of Lincoln.

This book is categorized as an erotic romance, but I felt that the heat and sensuality of the book weren't terribly overdone. Amity Cross dealt with the sensitivity of Violet's past in a great way, but also didn't make the rest of her sex life flowers and roses, either.

I do hope to see more of these two in the future (but will pretend to be okay when it's just snippets in other books) ;)

{ previous books in series } .



1 comment:

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