Meet Maverick “The Avenger” Cage in Legend, the newest stand alone in the REAL series releasing February 9th!
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Maverick “the Avenger” Cage wants to rise to the top and become a legend in the ring. Though he keeps his identity well guarded, he’s known on the fighting circuit as the new kid with a chip on his shoulder and a tattoo on his back that marks him as trouble. He’s got a personal score to settle with the Underground’s one and only Remington “Riptide” Tate.
As Mav trains, he meets a young girl—the only other new person in the town–and sparks fly. When things get heated between them, he finds out she’s none other than Reese Dumas, the cousin of Remington Tate’s wife. A girl who’s supposed to root against him and a girl he’s supposed to stay away from.
But Maverick fights for the woman in his heart, and the monsters in his blood. The world’s eyes are on them and the victor will go down in history as the ultimate fighting champion; the ultimate LEGEND.
“He looks at me as if he’s been waiting for me for a long time. I feel like I too have been waiting for him for long time. It makes no sense. It’s just a look, and just a feeling. You never know what really lies under a look and you can’t apply reason to every feeling. But it’s all there. Tangible, palpable. As though there’s a string between us, one end in him, and the other end in me.”
“I want to be a legend. Legends never die. Even if they die alone.”
What an amazing ride. Legend is the sixth book in the Real series and it reminded me of exactly why I fell in love with this series. The Real Series was my first venture into MMA romances. From the moment I picked up that first book, I was hooked. And with each book, I fell more in love with this series. Legend is no exception. Legend is a truly special read. The writing pulled me in from the very first page and reminded me of exactly why I fell in love with this series in the first place.
Legend follows the story of Maverick and Reese and is told from dual points of view. Maverick has struggled with who is and what he will become, his entire life. He’s always felt broken because he had a father who didn’t want him. Yes, he had an amazing mother, but he wanted to prove to his father and to the world that he was worth something. Only proving himself might be harder than Maverick ever thought possible. The identity of who is father is, is hurting him, more than helping him. No one wants to take a chance on him. And all Maverick wants is that chance. The chance to rise above what everyone thinks of him….Reese Dumas is trying to figure out her life. She’s at a crossroads and desperately wants to find who Reese really is. So, when she gets an opportunity to help out her cousin and her husband Remy, she jumps on it. A change of scenery might just be what she needs. What she didn’t plan on was Maverick. She’s drawn to him in a way that she’s never been drawn to a man before. She knows she should stay away, but she just can’t. The chemistry between the two of them is undeniable. They both have demons that they are trying to fight and deserve a HEA. When the truth about who Maverick really is comes out, will Reese stay in his corner??
What can I say about Legend? Here’s what I can tell you…This book is well-written and captivating. It pulls you in instantly. The story-line is refreshing and makes you believe in second chances and to not judge someone based on who their family is. I loved Reese and Maverick together. Reese gave Maverick a chance when no one else did. She gave him hope and made him want to fight for the things that he wanted. She showed him that he deserved more and that she could look past who his family was. I adored Maverick. He had so much rejection in his life and instead of letting it get him down, he worked hard to prove everyone wrong and make something of himself. And the chemistry between Reese and Maverick was off the charts. I loved their dynamic and the push & pull they had.
I loved every single second of Legend. It exceeded my expectations. This story is filled with angst, romance, and drama. The characters are real and complicated. They are so easy to connect with and so easy to root for. I really enjoyed spending more time with Remy and Brooke. It warmed my heart to see just how far those two have come. Legend is a fantastic addition to the Real Series. It not only gave me an amazing story, but it gave me the best possible ending to one of my favorite series.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley and the publisher, in exchange for an honest review*
At Tate’s corner, outside the ropes, his coach whistles. “You two get some headgear on. Stat.”
Tate’s lips curl rebelliously, and he looks at me with challenge in his eyes.
I smile back, a feral curl of my lips.
We tap gloves.
I jab. He swings his arm, blocks the hit, leaps back, and I jab again, blocked again.
We space apart and jump in place, shaking our shoulders, loosening up. I pull my gloves back up, narrow my eyes, and he asks, “You think you’re the shit because you’re fast and strong? I got news for you. I’m faster, I’m stronger, and I’m disciplined. Your coach isn’t doing you any favors.”
“He’s in my corner, and that’s enough for me.”
He swings, I duck fast and come up behind him. He straightens and faces me again. “If you settle for that, then you should settle for second place.”
“What the fuck. You want me to win?”
“I want a good fight. I like keeping things real. Reminds me I’m a man. Mortal.”
“I want to be a legend. Legends never die. Even if they die alone.”
He swings again, and I duck, come up, and jab three times.
He blocks repeatedly, then hooks with his right; I deflect. He grins and jabs again. I block, then I duck before he puts me up against the ropes, and I head back to center. He follows.
“To be a legend you need to fall seven times, get up eight,” he says.
I remember a final a few years ago when my father kicked Tate to a pulp. “Or not fall at all.”
He backs up his arm and then smacks the smirk right off me. “Before you stop falling, you need to embrace the fact that you’re going to hit the ground.”
I clean the blood from my mouth, glowering.
We take positions again, and he watches me as if waiting for my next move as we start dancing around, jumping, waiting for the other to strike.
“Do you want the headgear now?”
I lunge and start hitting, and he blocks, deflects, blocks. “Fuck you,” I grit out.
“Getting angry doesn’t help. You control the anger, not let it control you.”
I want to prove him wrong; I loop out my arm and aim for his head.
He ducks and hooks, his knuckles cracking into my jaw. I spurt blood and bounce against the ropes.
I shake my head, wipe the blood away, grit my teeth and straighten, narrowing my eyes. “My turn,” I growl, and I swing. My fist connects: a kidney punch.
He blocks my next hit, frowning in thought. “You’re cocky for someone who just lost yesterday.”
I dive my upper body to the side, evading. “You got to play it to become it.”
“I’m the champion, not you.”
“You won’t live forever, champ.”
He jabs three times, then leaps back, flexes his arm and looks at it.
“Muscle memory. You hit enough times, you fight on instinct; part of your brain works on your assault, the other is focused on the other’s assault. Let your muscle memory work for you and consciously stay focused on your opponent’s eyes.”
I laugh mockingly. “I don’t need your pointers.”
“Go back home to daddy, then.”
“When I’m finished with you.” I punch him, then raise my left hook and connect hard enough to stun him.
He raises his head, shakes it to clear it, and wipes blood from his nose. I catch my breath, satisfied I got some blood. At least I won’t be the only one with an ice pack tonight.
He sees the blood on his arm and looks at me, impressed.
“TIME!” his coach yells out from the corner. “You two won’t have shit for the fight if you keep up this nonsense.”
Tate grins at him, then turns back and glowers at me. “You get enough?”
“Barely warming up here.” I squint the blood out of one eye and raise my gloves. “Come get it, Riptide,” I growl.
Real (Book One) The Real Series
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About the Author:
Hey! I’m Katy Evans and I love family, books, life, and love. I’m married with two children and three dogs and spend my time baking, walking, writing, reading, and taking care of my family. Thank you for spending your time with me and picking up my story. I hope you had an amazing time with it, like I did. If you’d like to know more about books in progress, look me up on the Internet, I’d love to hear from you!