A powerful contemporary romance set in the fast-moving world of international rugby.
When your world crashes down
When they all say you’re out
When your body is broken
I will rise.
I will return.
And I will be undefeated.
Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.
Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe there’s someone out there who can help him. Maybe he can find his way back toward the light. Maybe … not.
Dr. Anna Scott might be the one person who can help Nick, but she has her own secrets. And when Nick’s past comes back to haunt them both, the enigmatic doctor is more vulnerable than she seems.
Broken and betrayed, the struggle to survive seems intolerable. Who will give in, and who will rise, undefeated?
“When your world crashes down…When they all say you’re out…When your body is broken…I will rise. I will return. And I will be undefeated.”
When I first heard about this book, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. I mean, not only did the synopsis sound amazing, but this book was co-written by Stuart Reardon and Jane Harvey-Berrick!! It is the debut novel for Mr. Reardon and who better to jump into this adventure with than Jane Harvey-Berrick. I couldn’t wait to see what these two would bring to the table and let me tell you, these two do not disappoint.
From the moment I picked up this book, I was totally captivated. I got sucked into Nick’s world, and boy did I learn a lot. I got a real feel for Rugby. I got to see how rough of a sport it is and how much it wears on your body and mind. I got insight as to what goes through an athletes mind when he has been pushed to his limits. My heart went out to Nick many times throughout the course of this book. And let me tell you, this book was not easy. It dealt with some pretty tough, but real issues. Mistakes were made and just when you thought things couldn’t get worse, they totally did.
Undefeated is a Rugby romance that is told from dual points of view. Nick and Anna’s story will captivate you and will have you glued to the pages. Their story is riddled with challenges, ups and downs as well as obstacles they must both overcome. Their relationship is forbidden, but will have you rooting for their happily ever after.
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It is a great second chance/sports romance. Defeated will captivate and entertain you. It will keep you on your toes and your eyes helplessly glued to the pages. The messages and themes throughout the story, just pull at your heart. From loss to heartache to losing your way. To hitting rock bottom and seeing no end in sight. To rising above all expectations and finding your way. To fighting for love and never giving up. This book hit so many marks for me. I loved getting lost in Nick and Anna’s story and look forward to reading more from this duo in the future.
*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review*
It’s been noticed,” she began carefully, “that you’re not engaging with the team or … or with me during my teaching sessions.”
His lips pressed together and his scowl deepened.
“Look, I know this is all kinds of awkward,” she sighed, “but your behaviour is already giving Sim concerns. It’s making him wonder about your commitment to the team.”
Nick exploded, his anger filling the space as he leapt to his feet and began to pace up and down, hands scrubbing over his face roughly.
“He’s questioning my commitment?! I train harder than anyone! I train on my off-days,” he spat furiously, his voice tight with emotion.
“I’m out there, slogging my fucking guts out harder and longer than anyone else during practices!”
“I’ve fought to come back from injury. I’m fit! I’m ready! I…”
“NICK!” Anna slapped her hand down on the massage table. “Will you listen to me!”
His jaw snapped shut and his stormy eyes narrowed on hers.
“Sim didn’t see that commitment during my sessions.”
“And we both know why that is,” he sneered. “You don’t want any commitment from me.”
Anna’s eyebrows shot up and Nick looked as though he was already regretting his words. He took a deep breath and looked away while Anna chose her next words carefully.
“You assured me that you could be professional and…”
“Yeah, well excuse me if seeing you again is fucking with my head! Not everyone can be as cold and calculating as you!”
She knew she deserved his anger, but her own frustration was rising to meet his. The volcanic pressure inside started to build, searching for an exit, searching for weakness.
“I cannot have any sort of relationship with a client!” she hissed, her body rigid. “You know that!”
“Didn’t stop you before,” he taunted.
“You weren’t a client then,” she choked. “But you’re right—I should have stopped. Oh boy, am I regretting it now!”
And she tossed her clipboard onto the table, pointing a finger in his face.
“Are you trying to ruin this for me? Is that what this is? Your ego can’t bear it, so you’re going to make sure I lose this contract? Or maybe ruining my reputation forever will settle the score. You tell me, Nick! What do you want from me?”
She was breathing rapidly, and two points of colour marked her cheeks in an otherwise chalky complexion.
He spun around, prowling toward her, his jaw clenched, his hands balled into fists.
“What do I want? I want to fuck you so hard you’ll never forget it’s my cock that’s been inside you. I want you screaming my name. I want you to say it wasn’t a mistake. I want to make you come so hard you pass out. That’s what I want, Anna, and it’s fucking killing me to not even touch you!”
Stuart is a retired England International Rugby League player who’s career spanned 16 years as a professional playing for several top League clubs. He has had several major injuries that nearly ended his career just as in Undefeated, the amazing collaboration with Jane.
Currently he is a Personal trainer living in Cheshire, and has an online fitness program: Fear Nothing Fitness.
I enjoy watching surfers at my local beach, and weaving stories of romance in the modern world, with all its trials and tribulations.
It’s been the best fun working with Stu on this story. And yes, he did think about joining the Marines once.