Friday, August 22, 2014

Relentless Liberation by L.J. Fine

Title:  Relentless Liberation
Author:  L.J. Fine
Published:  March 15/14 by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc.
Length:  155pgs
Format:   ecopy
Genre:  contemporary romance
Shelf:  netgalley
Rating:  ★★★★

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Being stalked from town to town by an unstable ex-boyfriend means demure bookworm Mina Roper is used to keeping a low profile. But after a coworker brings her to an underground boxing competition, shy Mina falls deeply in lust with gorgeous fighter Tyler Serano. The problem? She’s convinced he’s hopelessly out of her league.

Tyler knows his matches are brutally violent, so why does this sweet, subdued beauty keep showing up to watch them week after week? Despite his overwhelming fear of commitment, Tyler’s innocent curiosity evolves into a hot, all-consuming attraction.

Just when it looks like happily ever after might be possible, Mina’s past catches up to her and she’s forced to make a tough choice. Follow her usual escape strategy—or risk it all for a new kind of life with Tyler.

Inside Scoop: Mina’s past includes a nonconsensual sexual encounter and brief violence, which could be triggering for some readers.

My Review:

This was a very real and shocking story. Fine delves deep into some of the darkest parts of society to build the background for what is a story that manages to shine light on the best parts of relationships. She develops her story in a straightforward yet haunting manner that kept me coming back for more. Her descriptions allow you to picture this tale down to the most minute detail without stifling your ability to imagine even more.

The way that the main character likens herself to a storybook character is just enchanting. It’s also quite revealing as to how her mind works and how she sees herself. That said, I also wanted to talk some sense into her more than once. Although you can see her trying to break out of her timid mouse shell, she definitely reverts to it more than once, seeing dilemmas that aren’t really there. She is a stark contrast to the male lead in this tale who knows what he wants and goes for it. His caring, take charge alpha attitude makes him worthy of drooling over.

As a whole this was a fast paced read that kept my attention. It was a great introduction to this author’s work that has sparked my interest in reading more.

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