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Her hands snake around my back and she rests her forehead against my chest. I pull her tight, reveling in the warmth of her body. My muscles tense in awareness of how perfectly she fits against me.
I breathe in her scent, not wanting the moment to pass. “Let me fix this.”
“You don’t even know what I’ve done.” Her voice is muffled against my chest. “If you knew, you wouldn’t…I can’t do this.”
“Whatever it is, it’s in the past. Come home with me and we’ll figure things out.”
She shakes her head against my chest and mumbles incoherently. When she pulls back, there are tears running down her cheeks and her eyes are red. I know before she says the words that she’s going to run again. Whatever she’s hiding, it’s obvious she doesn’t trust me.
A cold chill wraps around me when she drops her hands and takes a step backwards.
“I need to go.”
“Mac.” Her name comes out as a rough plea, and I see her flinch.
“Don’t come back,” she whispers, before disappearing through the shelter’s doors.
Like hell I won’t. Losing her once nearly destroyed me. I won’t lose her again.
by C.M. Seabrook
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
Mackenzie Brooks is everything I’ve ever wanted.
Three years ago, she walked out of my life. No explanation. Just gone.
With the biggest fight of my career only weeks away, she walked back in.
I’ll do anything to protect her. Destroy anyone who tries to hurt her. When it comes to Mac, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I’ve loved her my entire life, and now that’s she’s back I won’t let her go.
She refuses to speak about the past, or the secrets I know she’s hiding.
I know she’s planning on running again. But when you love someone, you stay and fight. Even if you’re fighting blind.
BUY LINK – AMAZON
5***** Not an easy read but definitely a brilliant one
I’m a sucker for second chances romances so Theo stole my breath at the blurb; when I got to the first scene, he had worked his way to my heart, and by the end of the book, I was “his forever: heart, body, and soul”. He’s as intoxicating as drugs. I couldn’t get enough of him. I read the book almost in one sitting and probably would have done so if life hadn’t gotten in the way. LOL
Readers should be warned though that this isn’t a light-weight romance. It’s a heavy-weight novella, and definitely a champion. Despite the warning in the blurb that the “book contains mature themes, steamy, sexual scenes and graphic language”, I wasn’t expecting it to be so gritty and raw. That doesn’t mean I disliked it. On the contrary, I loved this book but it felt like a blow to my stomach multiple times.
All the fighting metaphors have to do with the fact that Theo is an MMA fighter. When he was young and started picking up fights to release frustration, his mom enrolled him in martial arts, which eventually led to a very lucrative career for him. At twenty-five, he’s won enough fights and got enough money to think about retiring. To be honest, I don’t like fighting so that element of the story was a bit of a concern for me in the beginning; but it wasn’t an issue in the book. In fact, it was interesting to see how much control Theo had over his anger and violent tendencies. At no time does he threaten the people he loves and that’s awesome, in my opinion. I’ve seen that happen in real life to people very close to me so it’s a sensitive topic and one the author tackled skillfully.
For me, the only tiny chink in this otherwise sparklingly brilliant book is Mac’s awful choices. I get that she was only 19 when the world fell on her head – I don’t do spoilers so NO WAY I’m going to be any more specific here. I understand that three years later she might not have matured much, but still… there were many times throughout the book when I wanted to shake some sense into her. My respect for Theo only grew even more in those occasions because he managed not to do that. Barely…LOL
The supporting characters are also quite well developed, realistic and believable. My favorites: Moody, Logan, and Clair, in the order they appear but not necessary in the order of preference because I wouldn’t be able to rank them. I liked them for different reasons but with equal force. I’ve got no idea if the author is planning on making a series out of this story but I would LOVE to read Moody’s. *winks* However, not all supportive characters are likeable. C. M. Seabrook did a great job with the villains as well. They’re MEAN and you can smell it in the air. Her descriptive skills are that good! They make your skin crawl and your blood boil.
As for the storyline, it’s a page-turner if I ever read one. I literally had to force myself to stop reading when it turned midnight yesterday because I needed to get up at five. Then, today, I couldn’t get home fast enough to finish reading it. There are enough twists and turns to keep you engaged and even the predictable bits are so well done and fit so snuggly in the big picture that you’re glad you saw them coming, know what I mean? Under the characters’ circumstances, the situations are plausible and realistic. I mean that they might not be something that happen to people on a daily basis; but they most certainly could happen in real life the way they unfold in this story. Finally, the author uses alternating first-person POVs to tell the story from Theo’s and Mac’s perspectives. That always adds realism to a narrative because you’re inside the character’s head. It’s not something easy to do but C. M. Seabrook aces it.
I saved my favorite bit for last: sex! Boy were those scenes melting hot or what? Theo took my breath away every time. And Mac’s as well. LOL With all their past history, things get hot between them quite early in the story without feeling rushed. It feels oh so right! As a writer of erotic romances, I know how hard it is to build the tension and create the right atmosphere for a good love scene. One that will involve the reader at the same time that it advances the story. Again, C. M. nails it! (pun intended) Theo and Mac’s chemistry is potent; they’re sexy; and their lovemaking is intense. You can’t ask for much else in a romance. Well, maybe a gorgeous yet flawed leading lady. Check. Hmm, how about a drool-worthy, tough-looking but soft-at-the-core hero? Check! See? Fighting Blind’s got it all!
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C.M. Seabrook is the author of the Amazon bestselling fantasy romance Cara’s Twelve, as well as the Therian Agents paranormal romance series, and co-author of the Mated by Magic series.
When she isn’t reading or writing sexy stories, she’s most likely spending time with her family, cooking, singing, or racing between soccer, hockey and karate practices. She’s living her own happily ever after with her husband of fifteen years and their two daughters.
She loves creating new exciting characters – from sexy, bad boy alphas, to the passionate, fiery women who love them.
Canadian born and bred, she started life in Edmonton, Alberta, and now resides in London, Ontario. She attended Western University where she graduated with an Honors degree in Anthropology.
Her guilty pleasures include red wine, pasta, binge watching Starz originals, and hanging out with her rescue pup, Jaxx.
She loves to hear from her readers and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org