Meet Dax and Kate in the newest standalone in the Sphere of Irony Series.
/*Thanks to Heather C. Leigh and TRSOR Promotions for the ARC*/
This is book #2 of a series but it can be read as a stand-alone. That's what I did; I haven't read book #1. A few things that happened in book one are mentioned here and instead of bugging me from not knowing the story complete, it made me curious. So I'll be reading book one in the near future (aka this year).
Now, the review... I loved Heather's writing. The book is a double POV...which gives her lots and lots of good points with me. She drives us around almost a decade of Dax and Kate story. Plus they're british - I kept hearing them in my head with that beautiful british accent while I was reading.
Dax Davies is pretty busy for his age: he goes to school, he's part of a band and he works in his family's business - a pretty illegal fighting club. He's the one giving punches by the way.
Kate is a football (soccer in this side of the ocean, fútbol in spanish) player that has had a crush on Dax for ages now. She's been "in love" with him since the third grade or something like that. She has a very very very and I mean very low self esteem during 90% of the book. She doesn't feel worthy of Dax most of the time, him being the sexy lad he is, and her being a plain, nothing special girl (her say, not mine). I didn't like her very much, I felt her way too immature most of the time.
This two have been studying together for ages but he's never acknowledged her...until he does. This is the part where Adam and Ellie make an appearance (I understand these two had their story in book one) playing a little cupid time.
Dax and Kate start to hang out, one thing leads to the other and there are 7 years of their ups and downs told in this book. They grow, not just physically and emotionally but in their careers too.
I loved to see them grow up and mature. The ending was perfect so everything they went through was worth it.
Dax Davies has one job to fulfill in the Davies household. Earn money at the family business. The problem is that the family business was illegal underground fighting.
From a young age, Dax and his brothers are groomed to become money earners in their father's club. Broken bones and bruises are commonplace. Their father pits the brothers against each other to 'toughen them up' for the ring, using his rules to bend his sons to his will. His future is in the cage, not on stage where he dreams of making music.
Kate Campbell loves one thing in life. Well, two. Soccer and Dax Davies. Growing up in the poorest part of London, soccer is her personal escape from reality and from the fact that Dax doesn't seem to know she exists. She figures if she can be good enough at soccer, maybe she can get away from Hackney, and leave the poverty behind.
Kate doesn't plan on ever getting to know Dax as more than a passing acquaintance. In fact, she isn't meant to go with her friend to Dax's father's business, but that one night changes everything.
***This is book 2 in the Sphere of Irony Series. It can be read as a standalone. This is a spin-off of the Famous Series***
Excerpt. Dax and Kate's 1st kiss. Kate's POV.
Before I can blink, Dax’s huge, calloused hands are framing my face and his mouth brushes across mine. At first it’s just a whisper, a tease, the contact barely there. Then, I hear him inhale sharply and his lips press down forcefully, melding with mine, urging me to open up with quick flicks of his tongue. I melt against his solid body as he dominates the kiss, completely under his spell to do with as he wishes. It seems to go on and on—a small slice of paradise in this blighted spot of East London.
When he finally pulls back, greedily stealing a few more nips at my mouth, he closes his eyes and moans. “I knew you’d taste like heaven. You’re an angel, I just knew it.” His voice is so quiet I wonder if he meant to say it out loud.
Naturally, I stand there like an idiot, saying nothing… doing nothing. I’ve been kissed into complete stupidity.
Dax swipes the pad of his thumb over my damp lips. “See you at school tomorrow.” Without giving me a single hint of what he’s thinking, he turns and leaves. I touch my mouth, running a finger over the same spot Dax touched. My heart leaps into my throat, fluttering so fast I fear it may explode.
Great. I’m ruined. My first kiss and it was nothing less than brilliant. Dax Davies just ruined me for every other man from now until the day I die.
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About the Author
Heather C Leigh
After growing up in New England, I currently live just outside Atlanta, GA.
I love the Red Sox and hate the Yankees.
I love hot, sexy romance novels, but hate long, drawn out misunderstandings as a plot line.
I love book series, but hate cliffhangers.
I love alpha males, but hate when they borderline on abusive.
Mostly? I love love love chocolate.
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