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Monday, September 11, 2017

Review: Chasing a Legend by Sarah Robinson

I enjoyed how different this book was from the others in the series but at the same time there was no denying it was a Kavanagh book!

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Loveswept
Release Date: August 22, 2017

A topnotch manager and agent, Quinn Kavanagh pictures a life outside of his family’s renowned MMA gym. Beneath his sleek exterior, Quinn has a secret passion for sculpting. But after a nearly fatal motorcycle accident, he’s struggling just to walk again, let alone get back to the studio—and it doesn’t help that the doctor in charge of his physical therapy is his childhood crush. Quinn’s always ready for a fight, but the bittersweet sting of unrequited love has him begging for mercy.

Dr. Kiera Finley is determined to make her medical residency a success. Six years ago, she gave in and shared a single passionate night with Quinn. Now she’s just hoping the cocky lover from her past doesn’t derail her plans for the future. Little by little, though, Kiera gets to know another side of Quinn. She knew he was a family man, devoted to his parents and brothers, but he’s also a free spirit trapped in a cage—and only she has the key. To heal both Quinn’s body and soul, Kiera’s tempted to give him a special kind of medicine.

What’s it About? Quinn has been the manager and top agent at his family’s MMA gym for years but it’s not what he’s passionate about. He has a secret passion for sculpting and his family has no idea. When he gets into a life threatening accident, Quinn’s energy is pretty much taken up by the physical therapy sessions he needs so he can walk again. Making things worse is his physical therapist who happens to be Quinn’s first love who walked away from him after they spent the night together. Dr. Keira Finley wasn’t aware that Quinn was desperately in love with her when they were younger, he was her best friend, and suddenly he wasn’t. Now she has to help him recover from his accident all while trying not to let her feelings for him distract her from her future goals.

Overall reaction to the story? Sarah Robinson has brought a new feel to her Kavanagh series with Chasing a Legend! Quinn isn’t a fighter like his brothers and truth be told his passion isn’t in the MMA world and the story reflects the man. I loved the way this story was told and how much more rooted in softer emotions it was than previous books. Quinn and Keira’s story stands out more because it steps away from the physicality of the MMA world and towards art and the loss of first love.

Describe the hero in five words: Artistic. Quiet. Passionate. Caring. Loyal.
Did you like him? Yes.
Why? If Rory, Kane, Keiran are the brawn of the Kavanagh family, then Quinn was the brains. He wasn’t a slouch in the physical appearance department but Quinn was the “sensitive” one, the one more in touch with his emotions than his stoic older brothers and that made him stand out a lot in a family of MMA fighters. Quinn had the same intense focus as his brothers but I liked that he was an artist. I do love a hero that’s an artist of some kind and to have someone like Quinn who came from a family of very physical people be an artist was neat. Quinn was the kind of “different” that the series needed to give it some variety. The Kavanagh men as a whole could be overwhelming and somewhat intimidating but while Quinn was pretty much an alpha, he didn’t immediately dominate scenes especially with Keira. He showed a softer side of the family and I really did enjoy him as a character.

Describe the heroine in five words: Shy. Sweet. Intelligent. Stubborn. Determined.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Keira was the very picture of determination and practicality. I loved that she put her career first and wasn’t ashamed of it, just ashamed at how clueless she was about Quinn’s feelings when they were young. Keira was fun and she was a sweet person, sometimes bordering on innocent which got a little frustrating (She doesn’t swear, who doesn’t swear when they’re dealing with a frustrating male like Quinn????) Keira’s patient and encouraging personality did win me over though, she was gentle when she had to be but also had this stubborn streak a mile wide and was willing to go toe-to-toe with Quinn when he was being unreasonable.

Let’s talk about the romance: I loved that Quinn fell in love with Keira at a young age and that he carried that with him for years until he saw her again, it made Chasing a Legend feel different from the previous books. There was a sweetness to their passionate romance that echoed the feelings of a first love along with the newness of a more mature relationship. In a way they were picking up where they left off except this time Keira was more aware of Quinn’s feelings and her own. I liked that they also had a friendship that they were repairing after being apart for so long. A good friendship makes a romance feel stronger to me.

How about that supporting cast? There can’t be a Kavanagh book without the whole of the family stepping in at various times and I loved seeing them again. They’re loud, bossy, blunt, and loyal to each other. Their dynamic is unique and not perfect. Quinn’s relationship with them is that of a loving son and brother but he also hesitated to show them who he really was and where his passion really was and it wasn’t in fighting or managing fighters. It was in art. That presented its own conflict within the family but the Kavanaghs are nothing but loving and supportive towards one another even as they tease and drive each other nuts.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. The different feel of Chasing a Legend reflected how different Quinn was to his family but at the same time he is a Kavanagh through and through.

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