Cocky Contender by JM Kelley
Series: Cocky Hero World
Published by on July 19th 2020
Source: Give Me Books PR provided for review (gifted)
I’ve been throwing punches since I was old enough to remember.
They call me The Lion; a sexy, tattooed beast in the cage.
I gave it all up after my brother’s accident. Now I’m trying to figure a way to save my family’s legacy, at the same time, mend my broken heart.
I’ve been in love with my friend Soraya since the ninth grade. Too bad she’s in love with someone else. I even have a broken jaw to prove it.
My life is a mess. Until a smoking hot, little firecracker with a zesty attitude walks into my gym and turns everything upside down.
She’s got secrets; someone she’s hiding from, and I’m going to find out who.
I won’t let her run anymore. I’ll show her she’s worth the fight.
I must pull off the biggest win of my life.
I’m ready to battle in and out of the octagon for her.
I’m ready to save my family’s livelihood and win the woman of my dreams.
I’m ready to battle for my destiny.
Don’t think you know how this fight is going to turn out.
This was a fast read between a former MMA fighter Marco who trying to save his family boxing gym and the new feisty employee Mila who he can’t get out of his head. Mila who doesn’t want to be a damsel in distress and do things her way. However Marco can’t help himself given the circumstances she in.
It’s fast and I loved the pace of this novel.Marco was very family driven and I love his interactions with his family. He showed Mila that he wasn’t like her past and that he could provide what she needed. His intentions were always pure and Mila came along at the right time to show him that he could get over another woman and give everything to a special lady who made him want to be the best person for.
Mila’s back story isn’t too surprising once the pieces fall into place. Her secrets are ones that could be easily fixed and Marco showed her how. They were perfect for their needs at first but they quickly realise they meant something more than just boss and employee.
It’s not a dark sport romance but it’s addressed in a way that relates to the two leads. I love the little unspoken nod to the culture Marco is part of and the area he is in. I wanted more as Mila’s reaction was hilarious given that she wasn’t too clueless about the darkness that lurks in corners. It’s the best of both worlds for these two and they couldn’t be more perfect for each other.