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Monday, March 6, 2017

Review: Sweet Victory by Gina L. Maxwell

I can't believe I missed the first three books in this series!!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Brazen
Release Date: February 27, 2017

Confident but distrustful Sophie Caldwell needs help if she's going to save her family business. Her grandma left one rule for Sophie to maintain ownership from her uncle before she's thirty: get married. But how does she get her uncle off her ass when she's only twenty-seven and hasn't had a boyfriend in years?

Lean, cut, British-born MMA fighter Xander James has never lost a fight, and he's not about to start now. On the brink of a comeback to be a UFC champion, his landlord wants to take away his last chance by shutting down his gym. No. Hell no. Fortunately, his landlord's niece has a problem of her own. Time for a proposal she can't refuse.

What’s it About? Sophie Caldwell needs help to save her family business from her uncle. Unfortunately the only way she can keep her grandmother’s bakery is if she’s A.) Already thirty, or B.) Married. Sophie is only twenty-seven and her uncle wants to sell the bakery along with the space being used as a gym by British born MMA fighter Xander James. Fortunately for Sophie, Xander has an idea: A marriage of convenience. Just until they’re both in the clear and then they can go their separate ways. Never mind that there’s been an unspoken attraction between them since they first met.

Describe the hero in five words: Hunky. Smart. Funny. Caring. Determined.
Did you like him?Yes.
Why? Xander was fifty kinds of sweaty goodness! He was working so hard on his UFC comeback and was willing to do anything to make it happen. I loved that while he married Sophie to help get what he wanted, he was so selfish that he didn’t help Sophie grow her business. For a “fake” husband he was so attentive, considerate, and just totally irresistible.

Describe the heroine in five words: Quirky. Fun. Kind. Sassy. Intelligent.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Yay for tattooed, pierced heroines! Something different! Just the face that Sophie was the one with the tats and piercings made her stand out but she wasn’t a clich├ęd bad girl. In fact, she was a total sweetheart and a good friend. I loved her dedication to her grandmother’s bakery and to her customers but also to helping Xander succeed. Sophie didn’t throw tantrums because he didn’t as much time with her because he was training, she remained independent no matter what.

How convincing were the main characters as a couple? Xander and Sophie had this great chemistry from the beginning. It was a light flirty kind of deal but without either one expecting it to go further until they had no choice but to get married. Then they had to pretend to be in love with each other and well that provided them a chance to let their attraction run wild. The one thing I noticed and loved about Xander and Sophie was that even with the red hot passion between them, they was also a deep amount of respect and humor too! I loved the playfulness between them, even when things were getting sexy, they always found a way to tease each other and laugh. It added such a great element to their relationship that made it feel more real to me. I loved it.

Is there a “Scooby Gang” worth mentioning? Xander has his group of friends who I assume have already had their stories told (Dang it, I can’t believe I missed those) and provided insight and humor when necessary. I liked them all, they were fun characters who obviously cared a lot about Xander and quickly came to care for Sophie as well.

How “Lost” did you get in the story? Sweet Victory started with a bang and quickly snagged my attention. It didn’t take long before I was completely into Xander and Sophie’s story. I honestly couldn’t put it down once I started reading. The pace was brisk, the characters were fun, and the heat level was just right for my tastes. Loved it.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. Xander and Sophie find a balance between passion and humor and it totally works for them. Gina L. Maxwell did a great job with these two.

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