Wednesday, August 21, 2013

M.A. Stacie: Beneath the Surface (ARC)

Title: Beneath the Surface
Author: M.A. Stacie
Series: Reluctance #1
Release Date: August 29, 2013

My Rating: 4.5 Stars

Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of the bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets.

When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.

Has Kyran finally met his match? Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

My Review:
If you love an alpha, boxing, tattooed bad boy just scroll to the buy links below. Kyran Reece is all of those and more! His other half, Dale Porter is a firecracker and hell on wheels. She puts up with no crap from Mr. Reece, and refuses to play beta to his alpha. Kyran starts out as a cold, arrogant, SOB, but soon enough Dale is in his bed and melting his heart before he has a chance to block her sucker punch. I found it comical how Kyran reacted to Dale at first, he was so confused he lashed out at everyone while I imagined her sitting on the sidelines grinning like a fool.

Now, this book is not all hot romps and fun, Kyran has a screwed up brother, an absentee father and a step-mother that could be his sister to deal with. All of the aforementioned in addition to his stubbornness land him in hot water with Dale more than a few times. Kyran deals with the stress the only way he knows how, he boxes at the Metro. Full on, no holds barred, boxing. I grimaced quite a few times in the fight scenes, but they are a significant part of the story line.

In other books where the hero, or heroine, needs the pain their partner usually tries to break them down and get an explanation. They see the need for pain as a weakness and try to get them past their need for pain. Beneath the Surface did not even think about going down that road, and I loved it. People have their own baggage, and their own way of dealing. Truthfully, boxing is a sport and Kyran might have needed the pain but that is his prerogative. Dale never pushed him to explain or tried to make him stop, she just accepted him fully and loved him with her whole being. I think my favorite part was the last third of the book, the ending was especially wonderful! In the last third of the book Dale and Kyran come to grips with each other as well as their own individual problems. Don't expect your run of the mill ending, Ms. Stacie leaves room for questions to be answered in her future books. This will be an ongoing series, and I am so excited to see where Ms. Stacie takes her characters. Beneath the Surface will be available on August 29, 2013!
*ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for a honest review*

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