Series: Fighting for Love #4
on February 27th 2017
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Confident but distrustful Sophie Caldwell needs help if she's going to save her family business. Her grandma left one rule for Sophie to maintain ownership from her uncle before she's thirty: get married. But how does she get her uncle off her ass when she's only twenty-seven and hasn't had a boyfriend in years?
Lean, cut, British-born MMA fighter Xander James has never lost a fight, and he's not about to start now. On the brink of a comeback to be a UFC champion, his landlord wants to take away his last chance by shutting down his gym. No. Hell no. Fortunately, his landlord's niece has a problem of her own. Time for a proposal she can't refuse.
It’s not the first marriage of convenience that has ever happened, nor will it be the last – and as it all begins, it’s a desperate situation that forces Xander and Sophie into one. Their careers and livelihoods are at stake and as it really is, a business proposition that will start and end clinically 6 months after the storm passes.
Feelings, however, as well as stirrings of mutual lust, get in the way and threaten to turn the fake marriage into a real one.
I did think that apart from the rocky beginning – Xander did come across as the womanising, bastard-type British MMA fighter who used Sophie’s face in place of the women he brought back – the story did get a little sweeter as Gina L. Maxwell tried to show how devoted both Xander and Sophie were to each other. (An English accent doesn’t – and shouldn’t – make it better, despite what it seems) But I found myself pretty much unsurprised by the progression of the story; it wasn’t unpredictable or unexpected in any way, but perhaps it isn’t meant to be at all since this imprint is really about the recycling of tropes and the numerous takes on them because readers simply like the variants.
There’s also a wrap up of all the couples in this series (though I don’t exactly remember them at all) but that’s probably an epilogue for those who do. ‘Sweet Victory’ can definitely work as a standalone though, and if the alpha MMA-type fighters are what you personally dig, then this is is something I’d recommend.