After a night of raw passion with the man Claire O’Briene had been secretly admiring for years, she thought their time together had come once and for all. Fate had finally brought them back to each other, but unfortunately nothing had changed. He was still the same man who ran away from relationships. Against his better judgment, Mason Bradley gave in to the temptation and allowed himself one night with the one woman he’d been too afraid to want … too afraid to need.
Six months after leaving Claire and regretting every minute of it, Mason gets called in for an undercover mission that’s not only dangerous, but brings back a past he spent years trying to forget. A past of fighting … of getting in the ring and using his fists to get what he wanted: money, women, and drugs. Now there are fighters turning up dead, and it’s Mason’s job to find out the truth.
Knowing he might not come out of the mission alive, Mason seeks out Claire to tell her how he truly feels, only to find another man competing for her love as well. Fighting is what he’s good at, and for once he will be fighting not only for justice … but for love.
Review—Meant For Me by L.P. Dover
“It would be the part where you said I deserved someone better than you. Before I would’ve said you were completely wrong, but now…you were absolutely right. Good-bye, Mason.”
Oops. Mason made a mistake in thinking that one night with Claire was enough. He made an even bigger mistake when he ran from the fact that she expressed her feelings, feelings that he shared but was too afraid to admit to himself.
“I had lost her, and after today there was no way she would ever come back to me. I was a fucking idiot.”
Time has passed and Claire has moved on, she is happy enough in her life: gorgeous boyfriend, thriving business, easy life…but something is missing and when Mason walks back into her life, she realizes exactly what it is. Now, to let down the guy that has always been there for the one who ran away.
“What are you doing here?” Cooper asked angrily, crossing his arms over his chest. He was a couple of inches taller than me, but height never mattered anyway. We were almost identical as far as body size, but I knew without a doubt I could take him in a fight.”
Mason. Mason is a fighter and knowing the mistakes he made with Claire, he plans to do anything he can to win her back. It’s been long enough and with the distance between them, he thought it would be easy to forget her and move on…
It’s only when a file comes across his desk that Mason decides that his old life needs to resurface in his new life in order to solve a case that hits just a little too close to home. Mason is going undercover. Leaving the security of North Carolina and headed to Sin City, hoping to find out who is responsible for multiple MMA fighter deaths; the most recent being a good friend of his.
Now, the woman’s heart he is fighting for is standing right next to him in hopes of offering any assistance…because he’s not the only one with a dark and jaded past. Claire has a few secrets of her own and friends in really low places. Back in the ring, back on the floor…fighting for more than love, it’s for their very lives.
I can honestly say, I was skeptical in starting this book. I was pleasantly surprised in the little twists and half way through I still didn’t know what was completely going on…SCORE! When a book can keep you guessing, I’d say that is a good story. I love the relationship between Claire and Mason, they have a hot chemistry and the sex scenes sizzled right off the page. I love the element of suspense, the fighting is a HUGE turn-on, and wondering how everything is going to pan out kept the pages turning.
The story is well written and aside from a few timeline issues that I had to go back and reread, it was smooth. Dover does a great job of describing various elements of the story where other authors have lacked in the past, all the while not making the story feel too wordy. I look forward to more from this author for sure.
**4 Fight for Love Stars**
The door to the arena room was open, and the moment we stepped in Claire gasped and I stared, wide-eyed at all the people. "Holy shit," I breathed in awe. "It's packed."
Every single chair around the cage was occupied and there were people standing around everywhere. There were two guys already in the cage battling it out, except they looked to be part of the Lightweight division. When I fought several years ago, I was competing for the Heavyweight title. If they did fights in order of division then I would be going up there last."Hey, guys," Tyler exclaimed, carrying a beer in his hands.
Disapprovingly, I glared at the beer and then back up to him. "You should know better than to get drunk before a fight. It makes you sloppy," I scolded him.
I really didn't care either way what he did, but I knew better than to drink when I had to compete. Tyler chugged his beer and threw his cup in the trash a little too roughly.
"I do know better than to drink when I have to fight, but unfortunately, I'm not fighting tonight," he announced.
"Wait, what?" Claire cut in. "What do you mean you're not fighting? If you're not the one fighting Mason then who is?"
Tyler glanced around the room with narrowed eyes until he found the person I was to fight and pointed to him. "That's the guy over there with the blue mohawk. I think you might know him. He said he owed you for something you did a long time ago. Care to explain," Tyler inquired curiously.
Following the direction of Ty's pointed finger, I groaned when I saw the guy with the blue mohawk. Fuck, I knew who he was, or better yet, I knew his wife ... very well.
"What is it Mason?" Claire asked worriedly. "Who is he?"
His name was Chase Benfield and I did the unthinkable by fucking his wife. Blowing out a frustrated breath, I lowered my head and began to explain, "Do you remember when I mentioned I had a dark past?"
"Yeah," she said, drawling out the word. "Let me guess, you fought him back in the day?"
I nodded. "Yes, but that wasn't just it." I didn't want to tell her what I did because I was ashamed of the way I acted and the way I did things. I was sure she would understand, hopefully, but I didn't want her thinking less of me.
Claire let go of my hand and crossed her arms over her chest defiantly. "Dammit, just tell me already. You did this same shit to me when I was keeping something from you."
"Fine," I gave in, "but I need you to know it was a long time ago and it was before I even met you. I was stupid and did lots of stupid things that I shouldn't have."
She rolled her eyes. "Let me guess, you slept with his girlfriend," she guessed blandly.
Sighing, I regretfully nodded my head and waited for the angry words to come spewing out of her mouth. Instead, she said, "So, what's the big deal? You slept with her. That shit happens all the time. Why would he be angry about that still?"
"Well," I began, "it was actually his wife and I hooked up with her in my prepping room during his fight for a spot at the Heavyweight title. His trainer had come looking for her and found us. Needless to say, word got back to Chase awfully fast."
Claire groaned and hung her head. "Oh, hell, this isn't going to be good." Chase finally spotted me from across the room and snarled his lip. No, I thought to myself, this definitely wasn't going to be good.
USA TODAY Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is the author of the Forever Fae series, as well as the Second Chances standalone series, and her NA romantic suspense standalone called Love, Lies, and Deception. She lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband, her two wild girls, and her rambunctious kitten Katrina.
Before she began her career in the literary world, L.P. Dover spent her years going to college and then graduated to cleaning teeth, which she loved doing. At least until the characters in her head called her away. She has never been the same since.