Series: Undisputed #2
Author: A.S. Teague
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Release Date: November 17, 2016
I had it all––until I didn’t.
When my job, my livelihood, and my passion are suddenly snatched away from me, I’m left scrambling to keep my head above water. Desperate, I’m forced to walk into the last place I ever thought I’d go. Little did I know that I’d come face-to-face with the woman who would help me pick up the pieces of my unraveled life.
Rebecca Toler’s living the dream––or so I thought.
Beautiful, funny, and tough as nails, she answers to no one. In other words, she was born to be mine.
One problem—she hates me.
It’s time to take my life back, and I’m starting with her.
But, as I’ve learned over the years, sometimes the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.
*Each book in the Undisputed series can be read as a complete standalone novel
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The moment I read the prologue I instantly knew this would not be the usual fighter romance. It’s simply more. You are in that moment. Where pride becomes embarrassment. Where a man who had it all, watches it crumble. And its then you know you are about to see a man rise above the very pieces he was broken into.
Ryker Hawke is facing some hard times. He’s now branded and shunned. Away from the very thing he loves the most. Fighting. But his life isn’t the only one he is fighting for. Down at his lowest, he goes to the one place he never thought he would. Of all the people he expected to see, Rebecca Toler wasn’t one of them. But she has a bone to pick with him. And he has no idea why. She is feisty, but Ryker finds it endearing somehow. The more he pushes, she pushes back. Away from him. Hard. And he can’t stop. Because in all the darkness around him, all the chaos, she seems to keep it at bay. He doesn’t have to face the truth. Until it’s too late.
Rebecca is starting to fall for Ryker. Hard. Because of their past, she would’ve never imagined being with him. But its impossible to stay away. She sees a side of him that he tries to hide from others. Despite his hardened exterior, there’s a deep soulfulness about him. She sees through his darkness. The shadows that haunt him surround everything but his heart. And the way it beats for her. Yearns for her. She feels it and so does he. Rebecca also learns that everything isn’t as it seems. Ryker is keeping things from her. Important things. She’s heard the rumors. But she can’t imagine someone as dedicated as him really did what he’s accused of. And at what cost?
The banter of Ryker and Rebecca is a true testament to the talent of this author. Although this is her second book, it feels like she has been writing for some time now. She is witty in her delivery yet writes with such precision and a captivating prose. I can’t even count the amount of times I actually laughed out loud with this book. The author is authentic with her characters as if their voices come naturally to her. She is also gifted in capturing the vulnerabilities of her characters. Ryker is a fighter first, but he has the huge heart that he hides from everyone. Including himself. The author’s tact for being able to show this was instrumental to the heart of this book. And I can’t wait to see the places where this author will take us.
Unraveled was such an unexpected yet amazing read. It was a story of love and courage even in the face of adversity. Rebecca and Ryker’s story was as compelling as it was delightful. There are some intense moments where you feel the weight of the world on Ryker. There are funny moments where you are relishing in this engaging story. And then there are moments where you root for love despite what the world has thrown at these two. Heartfelt and gripping, this story is a must read for those who enjoy fighter romances and even for those who do not.
For the next three hours I’m swamped answering calls—thankfully no more real estate agents—and helping anyone that comes in while trying to finalize the boys’ events for the next month. When that damn bell chimes for the hundredth time today, I plaster a forced smile on my face and glance up. When my eyes finally focus on the man walking through the door, the smile vanishes and my jaw falls open.
What the actual fuck?
His head is high as he looks around, studying the room. After giving the gym a quick onceover, his gaze finally lands on where I’m seated behind the desk. Our eyes meet and my heart hammers, the pounding so loud I fear he can hear it from across the room. I tear my gaze away from his and scan his body, surprised at the physical reaction I’m having to him.
With a slight shake of my head, I slap my palms on the paper-covered wood, and shove out of my chair, causing it to shoot out at least ten feet behind me. “You have some nerve walking in here.”
He stops in his tracks and blinks at me before an easy smile crosses his face. “Rebecca Toler. Shoulda known I’d see you here.” He drawls as he continues walking toward me.
My pulse is pounding in my ears and my stomach is practicing its floor routine for the Olympics as I stare at the man in front of me. Taking a minute to appreciate his strong jaw line that’s covered in scruff, I notice that his hair is in desperate need of a trim as it falls across one eye.
Fuck, he’s sexy.
He always had been. Regardless how much it pains me to admit it. Though his looks weren’t why I wanted to full body hurl him from the building. Memories of our last interaction flood my mind, along with the hurt and anger I’d felt.
“How ya been, Reb?” he asks with a familiarity he doesn’t have.
His use of my nickname, a familiarity he doesn’t have––or deserve––causes me to snap childishly, “Who said you could call me that?”
He grins, but doesn’t reply.
Fuck, that grin is hot.
“What are you doing in Atlanta, Ryker?” I ask, attitude still thick in my voice.
He takes his time looking me over and my body betrays me by flushing at the attention. His eyes are appreciative of what they see, but strangely enough, it doesn’t feel like he’s ogling me.
He steps forward and shoves his hands in the pockets of his washed out jeans that hang low on his hips. “Well, I was in town and thought I’d stop in and say hello to my buddy Breccan. Seeing you is an unexpected bonus.” His lips tip up in a smile and my stomach flips again.
“Your buddy?” I hiss through clenched teeth while attempting not to let my gaze linger on his pants any longer. The thought of Ryker and Breccan ever being buddies would have been funny, if I wasn’t too shocked to laugh.
His gaze finally makes it back to mine and he nods once.
For a few moments we simply stare at each other, him smiling while I scowl.
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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.
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