Friday, February 20, 2015

Review ~ Love Hurts by Mandi Beck

Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…

Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.

Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.

Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.

Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?

I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the YOLO Cage.

Love Hurts

Caged Love #1 

By Mandi Beck 

Publication Date: January 18, 2015 

Genres: Contemporary Romance 

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Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.

A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.

Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.



 My Thoughts:

Intense and provocative, including a foul mouthed fighter as the hero, a spirited heroine, a cage, plenty of dirty talk, confusion, doubts, dancing, exes that just won't quit, and love that hurts.

Just like the one that I reviewed yesterday, I really liked this but I found myself being frustrated with the actions of one of the characters. This time I was mostly fed up with the heroine, Frankie. 

Deacon, the hero was her best friend. He wanted more and gave and gave and gave, then waited, and waited and waited some more. Eventually he reached his limit and made a mistake. Here's the thing though, first of all, they were not together when it happened. Second, if Frankie hadn't kept rejecting his advances, the incident would have NEVER happened. I blame her, not him.

I liked all of the characters except for those that I didn't like, such as Drew. 

This ends with things unresolved between the two. Those of you who can't stand to wait, put this on your TBR list and be patient for the next book. If you don't have a problem with unresolved relationships, get it now.

I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. I thought this was great! The next book is another that I will be eagerly waiting for.

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  1. oh i think i could slap teh heroine yes i mean how can shecomplain when she provoqued teh reaction seem like he was really patient
    for later perhaps as i don't like unsolved

  2. Hm.. it sounds really good but I may have to wait for the next book 2 come out before I grab this one.