MMA cage fighter Jude Malone leads a simple life - eat, sleep and train. His older brother Jax is a legend in the octagon, and while Jude's had his fair share of recent losses, he's better than his record. He just needs a chance to prove it.
When Jude is suddenly offered the fight of a lifetime by his head coach, there is only one tiny string attached. He decides to go for it, but that little string just might turn out to be the one that unravels him completely.
Sadie Briggs is a quiet, introverted tomboy. She was raised by a single father and grew up in his MMA training gym with dozens of sweaty, aggressive men. They only think of her as their sweet little sister, not as a woman who is getting ready to go off to college. That all changes when her longtime crush, Jude Malone, becomes her knight in shining armor after her boyfriend dumps her the week before her senior prom.
Jude feels like he's been sucker punched when Sadie's unexpected Cinderella transformation forces him to actually see her as a woman for the very first time. Overwhelming lust, jealousy and passion turn out to be the right combination to finally unlock Jude's cocky alpha fighter inside and out of the cage. Only one thing stands in the way of him winning the world championship welterweight title and a gorgeous girl. The truth.
This 70K word HEA novel can be read as a stand-alone, although there are appearances from the characters in Jax, the first book in the Cocky Cage Fighter series.
I absolutely loved Jude in Jax's story and couldn't wait to read Jude's own story.
Jude is the younger brother of the almighty MMA titleholder Jax and they are two complete opposites. Where Jax was hot-headed Jax is complete calm, still, a virgin saving himself for that special lady and he's a fun guy, he made me laugh in the previous book with his cocky charm.
Jude is also a fighter and looks up to his big brother and fights in a lower weight. When his coach approaches him with the fight that could make his career it comes with a bargaining chip which is the coaches daughter Sadie. Coach Briggs trusts Jude and wants Jude to take his daughter the her senior year prom in return he will arrange the fight.
Sadie is the geeky daughter of Coach Briggs, brought up by a single dad and has spent all her life in the gym surrounded by the guys who treat her like a younger sister. Sadie came across as innocent in the first book and she had always admired Jude from afar, however, Sadie didn't quite turn out to be the character I anticipated and Sadie wasn't as sweet as she seemed.
A makeover boosts Sadie's confidence, guys all of a sudden start to notice her including Jude when he takes her to prom he becomes possessive and protective of her. For the first time ever Jude feels he has found someone he actually wants to give his virginity too.
A secret relationship develops between the two as they try and keep it away from the gym and Coach Briggs.
A SORRY SPOILER
Halfway through this book though I was like "What NOOOOOOO" what are you doing you stupid girl and after that, I just could not warm to Sadie. There's making your partner jealous to get what you want but actually doing it? no, just no, I could not get my head away from what she had done to sweet Jude after that.
Despite the huge dilemma, I faced while reading, I did enjoy this book. Jude is adorable and the build-up to his fight, the introduction of other characters and the flow of the book I loved and I would definitely read more books from this author.
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