UNDISPUTED by A.S. Teague
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: August 1, 2016
— SYNOPSIS --
I live a life most could only dream of. Parties, women, fame—what more could I want?
As the undisputed MMA light heavyweight champ, I’ve faced the world’s toughest men. But, with a single glance, I knew that the five-foot-five redhead with a smart mouth and innocent eyes would be my hardest opponent yet.
Sidney O’Neil isn’t my type. While I spend my nights out drinking at the trendiest clubs in town, she spends hers taking care of her sick nephew. She lives for those she loves, and I only love myself. She is nothing I thought I wanted, yet she’s somehow become the one thing I need.
But what happens when the world is tipped on end and I’m no longer who she needs?
How do I convince her that we’re worth the fight when all she knows is defeat?
I’ve never lost a match, and I refuse to start now.
But, sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.
I know there’s a lot of people hesitant about reading debut books lately. Me included. What if you don’t connect? Is this going to be any good? But this book? It doesn’t read like a debut. The heart and soul of this story and its characters are echoed through the powerful words of this book.
Breccan Carlisle is an undisputed MMA light heavyweight champ. He has it all. Money. Women. Fame. But something is missing. Sidney O’Neil is a dedicated sister and aunt to her very sick nephew, Connor. Her life consists of work and making sure Connor has all he needs as she is his primary care giver when her sister travels for work. And it happens often. One night Breccan and Sidney meet. By chance. She is not his type, but they hit it off immediately. Then they go their separate ways. But fate brings them together again. Thanks to a wish granted to Connor, Sidney and Breccan come face to face. It’s too bad that one of them can’t remember that night.
Breccan really connects to Connor. They share a bond. Connor brings out a side of him he never knew existed. He finds himself questioning his life and what truly matters. His time with Connor means he is also surrounded by Sidney. He is drawn to her. He’s drawn to her selflessness. How despite hid circumstance, she loves Connor relentlessly and never stops giving him the life he deserves. Breccan begins to slowly come to the realization of what in life he is truly missing. But he has no idea what to do with the feelings for Sidney. He’s a tough guy. He plays everything off. Little does he know that Connor and Sidney are about to change the trajectory of his life.
Don’t go into this thinking it is the usual fighter romance. While Breccan is cocky, rich, and famous. There’s a side to him that will have readers so enthralled and captivated. He is a fighter and everything you believe a fighter to be. But deep down, there’s something that ignites within him because of Sidney. He wants to live more. Love harder. Little does he know he’s up for the fight of his life.
There is so much depth to this story. It will inspire you, challenge you, and make you truly question the resilience of not only the human spirit, but the heart. It’s a story of redemption, forgiveness, and learning to live and love. Deeply. Without abandon. A story that will grab you from the very first page until the very last words at the end of the book. And even then you are still reeling for more. There is a sensual and sexy connection between Breccan and Sidney. One that not many authors can pull of, but this author masterfully executes this in her style of writing and within the hearts of her characters.
Undisputed is probably the book, the book world never saw coming, but it so desperately needed. In a word full of clichés and overused story plotlines, comes a story that truly is a breath of fresh air. You watch two people simply coast through life until they are ultimately connected because of one special little boy. And fall in love because out of all the people in the world, these two found their souls in the other. I think readers will appreciate how genuine the characters are. You will fall in love, cry, and root for love and all it entails. The story flows effortlessly. The pacing is perfect and fitting. I never felt there was a time I wanted to put this down. I can’t wait to see what is next for this author. Something tells me we have a lot to look forward to from this one.
— EXCERPT -- I’m nervous about what I’m going to say. I’m not sure how she’ll react or if she will even believe me. Afraid I’ll chicken out, though, so I start talking.
“I’m sorry.” The words were surprisingly hard to get out. Apologizing is not something I’ve done often, and I’m not even sure I know how to do it properly.
Sidney raises her eyebrows and presses her lips together. I study her face for any indication of what she’s thinking and notice that her eyes are pink and puffy, like she’s been crying.
The guilt I’ve recently begun experiencing returns. I’m sure I’m the reason for her tears, and the thought of her crying because of me kills. I cup her jaw in my hand before lightly rubbing her cheek with my thumb.
Her eyelids flutter shut and she sighs while tilting her face into my palm. Her reaction gives me the fuel I need to keep going. I pull my hand away, but I’m not ready to stop touching her, so I grab her hand.
“I’m an asshole, Sid. I’ve always been a selfish prick. I’ve never had anyone care about me though, so I’ve always had to be the one to care about me the most. I’m used to doing what I want, getting what I want, and taking what I want. I don’t know how to care about others.” I scrub my palm over my thigh.
“That’s not true, Breccan. I’ve seen you—”
I cut her off with a shake of my head. “I’m a virgin, Sidney,” I say solemnly.
A short burst of laughter escapes her mouth, and she shakes her head. “Yeah, right, Breccan. Do I have ‘dumbass’ stamped on my forehead?” She laughs again.
I rush to explain myself. “Well, I mean, not a virgin virgin. I’m a relationship virgin. I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing here. Hell, I had more finesse the first time I had sex than I do with this whole boyfriend thing.”
Her eyes widen at the word boyfriend, but she only says, “Oh.” Then she takes her hand from mine and brings her thumb to her mouth to chew on the nail.
Disappointed at the loss of contact with her skin, I pull her hand out of her mouth and lace my fingers through hers once again. “After you left, I went to my favorite club.” I purposely leave the part about destroying my kitchen out. “I couldn’t even get out of the car, Sidney. I sat there staring at the people dying to get inside and all I could think about was that I was dying to get out of that life. I don’t want to go to the clubs anymore. I’m tired of that shit. I just want to be with you. Here. On this couch. Eating fucking sushi if that’s what you want.”
I grimace, and she giggles.
It’s the fucking truth. Sitting in my car outside of Raw, all I could think about was how desperately I wanted to feel Sidney’s lips on mine and have her scent in my nose. I would have gladly choked down a pound of that crap if it meant I could go back and undo our fight and what I’d said.
“I’m sorry I freaked out when you called yourself my girlfriend.”
Her face falls.
I use my free hand to tip her chin up before I confess, “I don’t know how to do this. I have nothing to compare this to.” I use my hand to gesture between us. “But I can tell you that I want you. I want to hear you laugh. I want to make you smile. I want to hold you when you cry.” I run my thumb across her cheek. “I can tell you that I need you. I need your mouth on mine, your hair in my hands, your skin under my fingertips” Taking a chance, I lean in and place a light kiss on her lips.
She doesn’t pull away, so I continue speaking.
“I can tell you that no one else makes me laugh the way you do. No one else makes me feel stronger than you do. I miss you all the fucking time, Sid. Every minute of the day that I’m not with you, I’m dying to see you. My phone dings and I hope it’s you. When it’s not, I’m always so fucking bummed.” Lifting my shoulders in a shrug, I admit, “I’ve never felt this way about another person before, and I’m fumbling around like a kid trying to cop his first feel in the dark. I didn’t realize until tonight that I want you to be my girlfriend. I want to do all the cheesy couple things that people do—with you. And, Sidney, I’m really sorry I didn’t remember you from the club. I don’t know how I could have possibly forgotten you. But it’s not because you are forgettable. Because, ever since you fell down your fucking stairs, I haven’t been able to get you out of my head. And I don’t want to.” I blow out a breath when I finish and glance away from her penetrating gaze.
— ABOUT THE AUTHOR: A.S. TEAGUE -- A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.INSTAGRAM | FACEBOOK ENTER THE TOUR GIVEAWAY: a Rafflecopter giveaway
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