Title: No Contest (Blood and Glory, #3)
Author: Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George
Publication Date: January 29, 2018
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Rating: ★★ ★ ★ ★
Blurb: Leandro Oliveira–hunky MMA fighter, playboy billionaire, and newly crowned champ of the World Fighting Championship’s light heavyweight division–is used to getting his way. But when his party lifestyle threatens to cost the WFC sponsors, he has to clean up his act or he’ll be stripped of his contract. Forced to give up late nights of booze and women, Leandro resents having to change his behavior–until he lays eyes on the sexy publicist hired to manage his image. He plans to seduce her to regain control of the situation, but falling for her wasn’t supposed to be part of the deal.
Freelance publicist Ashlynn Fields has never taken on a client she wasn’t certain she could handle. But her latest project might just be the guy who kills her perfect record. Between his sex tape, his exploits at strip clubs, and his nights spent street racing expensive sports cars–not to mention his smoldering good looks and near constant flirting–Leandro might prove to be impossible. But with a full-time position with the WFC on the line, Ashlynn is more determined than ever to ignore his good looks and charm, and get this bad boy on the straight and narrow. Not only is he her client, but he’s completely wrong for her. When the chemistry between them explodes, she’s left wondering: how can the wrong man feel so right?
I absolutely loved this book. It was the first book I had read by either author and I can’t wait to read more by them. Leandro’s character arc is just swoon-worthy. He goes from being a spoiled playboy with a void in his heart to a loving and self-less man. He is finally able to fill the void with Ashlynn’s love. Ashlynn also has an amazing character arc. She learns to love and to accept love. She also learns that you can’t let people’s beliefs and short-comings influence her life decisions. The character development made the entire book stand out. I feel that sometimes authors can get caught up in romance genre troupes but there was none of that in this book.
The writing was well done and enthralling. I was not able to put this book down. I read it in one sitting. I just had to keep reading. I recommend it to anyone who loves high intensity alpha males and the woman that can calm them. If you loved J.B. Salsubury’s Fighting series or Katy Evans Real series you’ll love this book and series. I am currently going through book withdrawal but I loved this book so much!