What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose?
The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows and more than she expects.
Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy, Jonah Slade.
Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win.
Jonah trades in his bad-boy reputation and puts his heart on the line. But when her father contacts her, setting in motion the ugly truth of her destiny, Jonah must choose. In a high-stakes gamble where love and freedom hang in the balance, a war is waged where the price of losing is a fate worse than death.
Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves?
Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?
This book can only be described as beautifully unique. I devoured this book in one sitting. It had a few firsts for me: 1. Hot sexy UFL fighter 2. Prostutition breeding ( yes you heard me right) . This book had me from the opening pages. I don't think I've ever re read a prologue so many times. I mean for example:
“You may raise her.” His gaze slides back to mine. “But make no mistake, Milena, if you do anything to interfere with my plan, I will kill her. Then, you and I will start from scratch, and I’ll not make it pleasant for you. Do you understand?” As if he can see into my soul and feel my fear. -- Dominic and Milena
“My hand absently rubs my now soft belly. Once full of life and promise, and now, completely void. And through all this, I feel . . . nothing.”--Milena
This is only a taste of how Mrs. Salsbury draws you into this book. To be honest after I read the prologue , I didn't know what to expect. But what I did know was this book would tread the waters of being DIFFERENT/unique than most books I read. ( I'm weird I like different! ).
This is Raven and Jonah's journey of LOVE. I know it sounds cheesy, but trust me it was seriously a freaking journey/obstacle course these two went through. Raven is the beautiful product of a powerful pimp( who owns and runs most of vegas) and a whore. Her creation was for breeding purposes only ( my freaking heart broke from the beginning pages). Imagine this.... How would you feel not knowing a mothers touch of intimacy torward her child? How would you feel knowing your parents don't love and want you reguardless of who they are? Well welcome to ravens life. The only acceptance and peace she finds is under the hood of a car. Oh ya she's a grease monkey! ( please see pic below for dr.books version of raven, lol). Well one day while under the hood, raven hears the engine of a sexy powerful truck....What she didn't expect was for the owner to be even sexier.
Let me introduce you to Mr. Jonah Slade.... Sexy mouth watering yummy UFL fighter and Vegas play boy. I can honestly say this first meeting was LUST at first sight between these two. I loved Jonah's character. Yes he was a Vegas play boy until he met the right girl. The way he loved protected and emotionally cared for raven in this book made him double swoon worthy.
"Baby, I promise you that you’ll never want for physical contact again.” His big, strong hands hold my head and he leans his forehead against mine. “I’ll always hold you when you’re scared.” He softly kisses my jaw. “Comfort you when you’re sad.” His lips brush against my cheeks. “Take care of you when you’re sick.” Tilting my head back, he kisses my forehead. He bends down and his hazel eyes narrow into mine. “I’ll make it my life’s mission to make up for every second you were neglected."--Jonah
This is a man who for the first time in life has a chance to fell complete.
"I was cold.Dead on the inside from the time I heard about my day's accident. Never felt anything outside of kicking ass or a killer hit in the octagon. Fighting gave me my breath, but you brought me back to life."--Jonah
Biggest fight of his life and girl of his dreams by his side... Umm ya that would be to easy... Leave it to the daddy/pimp to try to ruin things. Jonah's fight wasn't just in the ring, he also fought for love, life, and freedom! The sacrifices this man was willing to make for the woman he loved, WOW! I'm telling you guys double swoon worthy.
Most of the secondary characters in this book I liked for the most part but there was ONE I LOVED! Blake oh Blake....lol funny and sexy doesn't even begin to describe him (smh)! Mrs. Salsbury I need more Blake! To say I loved this book is an understatement. Jonah/raven were literally in for the fight of there lives. The last few chapters gave me freaking heart palpations, I couldn't turn the pages quick enough. Despite the craziness throughout this book, the epilogue gave me PEACE and brought me to tears ( yes I'm a crier).
"No never. I would've fought.However long it took. I'd never give up until I was free. You're my life, Jonah. My family, my love, my best friend. Nothing , not even destiny could keep me from you."--raven
Great job Mrs. Salsbury! I can't wait to read more from you!
Please see the dr. books versions of raven and Jonah below!
Book rating: 5 stars/ A
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