A two-punch knockout in the fifth round.
Dylan and Regan’s story is a layered one. And sometimes when there are layers in a book, the storyline can get bogged down and lost immediately and the writer never gets back on track.
From the beginning it looks like your ordinary stereotyped story about the boy from the wrong side of the tracks trying to make a boxing name for himself and falling in love with a girl from the right side of the tracks. And if that is what you see when you read the blurb then you have missed the whole story. I am so glad I read it, because this was a great book to read and never let me down while I turned each page.
I felt myself pulled into their worlds, the boxing side and even the physical therapy side. Who knew, physical therapy is as sexy as it is! And boxing isn’t just about two guys beating each other to a pulp, as some people would think.
Dylan is the boxer who grew up with disadvantages but parlayed them into gold until he screws up not only Regan, but his career. Now he has to show the boxing world he really wasn’t a one hit wonder.
Regan is the physical therapist who has to not only handle watching Dylan in a boxing match while she is on a date (how awkward) but be professional about the perfect job opportunity Max, Dylan’s trainer, offers her.
Max, Dylan’s trainer/manager was a breath of fresh air from the stereotypical manager you think about regarding boxing. He’s rough, yes, but not some grizzled old has been. This man is loving and protective but has a calculating side that I did not expect to be there. Calculating in a good way which made me want to hug him if he weren’t in a book.
I loved this book because of all the layers. It was right on track from page one. Yay!! Against The Ropes is a hit!
-Reviewed by Khriste
Laurel Cremant is an opinionated author and reader of romance with a wicked sense of humor. RNIC was smart (or crazy) to bring her on as a blogger. In 2016 she took over the management of this site and relishes her new title of “Overlord of Awesome”