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on March 28, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance, New Adult
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"He's lost to the punch bag again, all thrusting fists and flushed skin and breath spewing in soft grunts. A stranger showing more than he ought to in public-things I couldn't touch if I wanted to. Undercurrents. Prickles that needle the back of my neck. He's angry, but it's more than that..."
A sensual New Adult romance, set in England
Twenty-year-old Caitlyn McCoe likes logic, cake and breaking a sweat. In that order. What she doesn't like is the fact that her manipulative ex, Dominic, has crawled out of the woodwork after their breakup last summer. She needs to concentrate on passing her business degree, not telling him to get lost. But fantasising about Fist Candy--the boxer she loves to watch at the gym, where she works--is excellent escapism. He's beautiful, untouchable...and safe.
Until he's her new co-worker. And then he's not safe at all.
Art Lyons was a rising star on the boxing circuit and a brilliant student. Then he dropped out, disappeared, and has just resurfaced as the new sports massage therapist at Caitlyn's gym. He doesn't want to talk about why he's no longer at uni; he doesn't want to explain the tattooed slashes across his hip.
But he's troubled by the connection he feels between the punch bag and the brush of a lover's fingers. He wants to use his hands to heal, not hurt. Caitlyn clams up when her friends go to hug her; after Dominic, something changed beneath her skin, twists the things she feels. If Art can find a way to reach beyond that, he could help her. She could heal him.
That's if they don't break each other first...
Caitlyn McCoe ‘Cait’ is a twenty-year-old business major and gym employee. She has a painful past that has led her to believe touches are tainted. She surrounds herself with good friends, but keeps them at arm’s length. She cringes at their touch even the smallest of hugs has her skin crawling and twisting in a way she is afraid will never fade. Now as she is finally putting the pieces of herself back together, out of nowhere Dominic, her ex, is back…. But he is not the only person surfacing in her life….. Fist Candy—a boxer she stumbles across at the gym… He is everything that should scare her, powerful, sexy, confident and absolutely beautiful…. He is safe and just an obsession she could appreciate from a far. Until now as they have just become coworkers. What was once just a fantasy becomes a real life man, a man who has his sights set on her. The scariest part about it…. she thinks he may just be the one to touch her all the way to her soul….
Art Lyons has his own demons… He once was an up and coming boxing star and a bright medical student… Events he never thought could transpire shattered his boxing career and derailed his medical ambitions. After some much-needed time off to regroup he resurfaces as the new sports massage therapist at Caitlyn’s gym. He has no desire to let anyone in nor explain the 4 red tattoo slashes donned across his hip. Those are his battle scars, a reminder so he never forgets. When he meets Caitlyn he knows she is special and he wants her… Something about her leads him to believe she might be the one who can quite those demons….
This book had a little bit of everything. A sexy alpha male who is an ex-boxer…
“He drives one fist after the other, and each hit echoes loudly as the bag creaks on its chain….. There’s almost something dirty about the rhythm. I find myself zeroing on the muscles in his broad back rove beneath his skin”
a wounded, but not broken heroine…
“though it felt like all the colour had been drained from me… I was a clean slate, just white. I was still beautiful. Even when he said I wasn’t beautiful at all”
hot and well written sex scenes…
“Faster, deeper still. The air is liquid, pushed and pulled with strange and invisible force…. He palms my breast harder than before; firm in his edge of torment… his other hand finds its way between my legs… I break and shudder and start calling to God for please, please fuck me….My last thought is that Fist Candy just made me come so hard, I can’t see straight”
Along with well-rounded secondary characters and even humor that made me laugh out loud. The topics breached in the story while dark are not deeply disturbing, and the humor off-sets the dark, allowing for a good story flow. This book is definitely a must read if you like a sexy hero, battered, but not broken heroine, need-a-fan on hand kind of lovin’ and some really witty banter between all the characters of the book.