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***
I’m seriously considering taking a month off from reviewing to catch up on previous books in series that I didn’t have time to read prior to reading a book for a tour or blitz. Once again I think I may have missed out on a series that would be added to my automatic must read list. Strike is a standalone, so if you are like me and just haven’t had the time to read the previous book don’t worry you won’t be lost. For me it’s a weird OCD issue that will force me to take the time and read the previous book.
I am not going to get deep in my review nor will it be super long. It will actually be pretty quick because I don’t want to give any spoilers away and I am actually having a hard time writing this review for some reason. Don’t take that last statement as a negative because that is the farthest from the truth. I really really liked Strike. I think I am having trouble finding the right words because me just saying this was one hot read, or omg you have to read this book just won’t do. Although both of those reasons would be valid ones to read this book. I am going to say this. There is drama, there is sexiness, there is history that defines who these characters are, and there is love. I was never bored while reading Strike and it kept my attention the entire time I was reading. Honestly the best thing I can say this is just a really damn good book, and I highly recommend that you add it to your TBR lists immediately.
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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.
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.