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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Early Review: No Contest by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt

Format: .mobi (A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. )
Publisher: Pocket Star
Release Date: January 29, 2018

Leandro Oliveira—hunky MMA fighter, playboy billionaire, and newly crowned champ of the World Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division—is used to getting his way. But when his party lifestyle threatens to cost the WFC sponsors, he has to clean up his act or he’ll be stripped of his contract. Forced to give up late nights of booze and women, Leandro resents having to change his behavior—until he lays eyes on the sexy publicist hired to manage his image. He plans to seduce her to regain control of the situation, but falling for her wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal.

Freelance publicist Ashylynn Fields has never taken on a client she wasn’t certain she could handle. But her latest project might just be the guy who kills her perfect record. Between his sex tape, his exploits at strip clubs, and his nights spent street racing expensive sports cars—not to mention his smoldering good looks and near constant flirting—Leandro might prove to be impossible. But with a full-time position with the WFC on the line, Ashlynn is more determined than ever to ignore his good looks and charm, and get this bad boy on the straight and narrow. Not only is he her client, but he’s completely wrong for her. When the chemistry between them explodes, she’s left wondering: how can the wrong man feel so right?

What’s it About? After his antics cause more problems than good publicity, MMA fighter and newly crowned champion of the WFC Leandro Oliveira is threatened with losing his contract if he doesn't clean up his act. That means no more booze, no more women, and definitely no more sex tapes. To make sure he behaves, his employer hires publicist Ashlyn Fields to manage him. Certain he can seduce her into doing his bidding, Leandro is surprised when Ashlyn doesn't fall at his feet. For her part, Ashlyn finds it difficult to work around her attraction to him but she knows that her job is on the line so she tries her best until the intense chemistry is too much to resist.

Overall reaction to the story? I've said it before and I'll say it again, these two authors make a great team! No Contest brought some major sizzle to the series with a Lothario-esque hero and the no nonsense woman he falls for, all while making sure there's plenty of MMA action to go around. I had fun with this one and wouldn't mind seeing more books in the series. The lust at first sight between Leandro and Ashlyn was a different vibe than the previous two books but it worked for these two! This one is definitely the sexiest of the series but it doesn't skimp on the romance.

Describe the hero in five words: Oblivious. Charming. Selfish. Cocky. Sensitive.
Did you like him? Not at first.
Why? Leandro was a cocky S.O.B and I didn't care for the way he disregarded Ashlyn's tenuous position with the MMA gym. I was set to hate this rich playboy until he showed another side to himself shortly after I started reading. Leandro was actuallly quite sensitive and more than capable of caring for someone other than himself so long as they were in his very small inner circle. I started to see not a rich, brat or a man but a vulnerable one who just wanted someone to love him for himself and in some way to validate him as a person. I really loved that a womanizer like Leandro had such an insecurity about him

Describe the heroine in five words: Determined. Stubborn. Cheeky. Intelligent. Patient.
Did you like her? Yes.
Why? Aside from being capable of working in a male dominated environment, Ashlyn proved that she wasn't going to let herself be intimidated by Leandro's sex appeal or his wealth when it came to her job. She was so patient with Leandro and his constant avoidance of his responsibilities. I don't think I could have been that patient, I probably would have kicked him somewhere sensitive. But Ashlyn is a professional. I actually liked that she was patient and kind when she needed to be but strong and fiesty when Leandro pushed too far.

Let’s talk about the romance: Oh boy, these two were hot for each other from the get go but Ashlyn wasn't going to give in that easily which really amped the sexual tension between them. Their relationship started off as just a sexual one but I enjoyed how they went from just sex to something more lasting and fragile. Their baby steps into a relationship wasn't easy since they both had trust issues and the added complication of it being against policy for Ashlyn to get involved with one of the fighters where she works. Part of the appeal of their relationship was how they just flabbergasted one another. They honestly didn't know what to do with one another for awhile.

How about that supporting cast? Not gonna lie, I loved seeing the previous characters again and playing catch up. There are quite a few fighters that I would love to get to know but all in all the story revolves around Leandro and Ashlyn.

Click It or Skip It? Click It. It's always a joy to watch a playboy like Leandro fall hard for a woman he was so sure he could control.

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