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Review: Brave: A Contemporary MMA Romance (Oni Fighters #1) by Natalie Gayle

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A moment in time, that’s all it took. Beauty, pain and tragedy.

Xander “Pretty Boy” Todd was a demon in the ring. A professional MMA fighter with a career that had the world a buzz—but now it’s gone. Or is it?

Eden Sommers had her dreams of an international modelling career within her grasp—and lost it. Gone within a few seconds, leaving nothing but pain.

How do you go on, when the one thing that defines you is suddenly ripped away—only to leave scars and a hollow shell in its place? Has the beauty gone forever? Or has it just retreated—to now be hidden, and dormant; guarded by the inner demons?

Can these two wounded souls find the inner strength to fight back the demons together and find the beauty in their lives once again?

To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside. They’ll have to be BRAVE.

My Review

So, I’m just going to keep this review short and sweet. I have been hearing a lots of great things about this book.  When I first read the synopsis of this story, I was intrigued. It sounded right up my alley. So, when I saw that this book was available on NetGalley, I didn’t hesitate to request it. Brave started off with a very promising start. It was a beauty and the beast sort of tale. I really liked the idea of the story and found myself intrigued by Eden and her past.

Sadly, this book just didn’t work for me. I had a lot of issues with the pacing of this story. It started off kinda slow, which isn’t normally a big deal for me. However, I kept waiting for the pace to pick up and it just never happened. It just felt like the story was dragging and that nothing was really happening. Honestly it was way too long of a book to be this slowly paced. I found myself getting bored really easily and contemplated DNFing the book quiet a few times.

Even thought Brave did not quite work for me, there were some things that I did like. The characters were likable and interesting. I liked how Xander treated Eden. He worked very hard to earn her trust and make her come out of her shell. This book did have some really sweet moments, but it just wasn’t enough for me. I know that I am in the minority here and that a lot of people really enjoyed this book. This is just my opinion.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.*

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