I had to leave my husband, MMA fighter Ryder because he's so haunted by demons he won't let me into his heart. I start to fall for billionaire ex-fighter Xavier. But when I accept an invitation to fantasy resort Eden, I discover both men plan to fight for me--in the ring and in bed.
"Fight For" series #1. Yardley College Alumni. For readers 18+
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2.5 Stars - Heroine was monotonous and depressing and the suspense portion felt forced.
*Purchased and read as part of THE BAD BOYS OF EDEN: Billionaires, Alphas, Bikers, and Doms Boxed Set.
Invitation to Eden #5
Part of a Series: Yardley College Alumni #1
Tags: Contemporary, Erotic Romance, MMA, Married couple, Heroine: 26, Heroes: 28/29, Suspense, BDSM (light), M/F, Menage, M/F/M, Bondage, Anal
Length: 9 Chapters
Tessa (26) got married to MMA fighter Ryder (28/29) at twenty, a year later they had Jakey, and four years later she got a separation. While she wasn't ready for a real relationship again, she began dating Xavier, an ex-MMA fighter turned business billionaire and Ryder's best friend. The last thing she wanted was to find out that they were going to fight for her, literally.
What I liked about Tessa was her independent spirit. Even though Xavier could and would have provided anything she needed, she was determined to keep working as a waitress to support herself and her son. I understood why she split up with the man she loved, and I didn't get the feeling that she was pushy or selfish for wanting to know about his demons. After all, some of the behavior he displayed was both concerning and heartbreaking.
Once on Eden, in a fit of frustration with the men, she called their bluff by suggesting she needed to compare them to figure out who she should choose. Her idea backfired as they agreed to share her. They'd each get to spend a whole day with her alone, without interference and alternate.
Fight For Me was told from Tessa's POV in the first person, and through most of it she sounded monotonous and depressing. She didn't want a new relationship, she was still in love with Ryder, but she began dating his best friend. Xavier declared his love for her and she had no answer. Xavier knew what dark secret Ryder had been keeping from Tessa, and yet he didn't back off and let his two friends try to work things out. The love triangle aspect was sexy albeit predictable. Everyone just seemed rather wishy-washy with their feelings. The suspense portion of the story felt a little forced in terms of being the means by which Ryder would get to exorcise his demons once and for all. Overall the book wasn't bad, but it wasn't memorable either.