on February 23rd 2018
Genres: New Adult, sports romance
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My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.
The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict.
I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.
At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.
He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.
But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.
I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.
by Ginger Scott
I love Ginger Scott. There are many reasons why.
One – she writes the best heroes. They are always good to the bone, kind, romantic, smart and special.
Two – her heroines are always strong, resilient and with their heart in the right place. You might not love them right from the beginning but you always come to love them.
Three – her extraordinary story lines that grip and captivate you and don’t let loose until you read THE END.
Four – she has this amazing talent – not only is her writing just beautiful she also knows how to start a story and you are smack dab in the middle of it. Her words have this way of pulling you in from the moment you open the book.
I could continue my praise for a while but let me get down to business now.
Liv’s story is unbelievably tragic. Her family is a piece of work. Utter scum. Her mother is a psychopath out of the book, her dad a former boxing champion now tied to the bed after a stroke. Her uncle a thieving bastard. And that’s the place she has to go back to out of necessity. Who knew that something good would come out of going back to the place she couldn’t wait to leave.
Liv never wanted to tie herself to a fighter, seeing how the whole boxing business poisoned her family. She didn’t see Memphis coming. A talented fighter, a man as beautiful as ambitious and driven and with a heart of gold. He is focused, doesn’t need distractions while preparing for the fight that might change everything in his life. so he didn’t see Liv coming either. Memphis shows her that if she wants love in her life she has to let go of the hate and slowly she disentangles herself from the unhealthy environment and her past. Liv is too broken, too suspicious and a little too prickly to love her from the start but give her a chance and you’ll fall in love with her.
“You need to promise me that you won’t break me”
She tries so hard to resist him, is suspicious of every good thing coming her way but he tears down that sturdy fortress around her with his kindness, honesty and sweetness. Memphis and Olivia are made for each other. They have a lovely friendship they build on and while both of them feel the strong pull they don’t give into their attraction. Olivia, because of her doubts and Memphis because he is just such a wonderful man and never pushes her beyond her limits. He holds her heart in his hands, gently, tenderly, always careful not to break it. Memphis is a fighter and he fights for his love. His soul is pure.
“I will wait for you to really know who I am, Liv. I’m confident in the man I am. I’m not those men upstairs who disappointed you, but I understand your guard. And I will wait until you believe I won’t break that promise. Breaking you, Liv, would be one of the biggest regrets of my life. And I just don’t do regrets.”
There is a side character that also stole my heart. I was beyond pleased that these three lost souls found one another and had a chance at something so beautiful (because you never know which way it goes with Ms. Scott). Miles is everything. How he teased Memphis and poked fun at him was hilarious. To call Liv’s mother a mother is an offense to every good mother out there. She is a despicable snake with nothing but her own advantage on her mind. Hate is a strong word but boy, did I hate her.
I love the realism in Ginger’s books. This toxic family could be your neighbors. Heck, they probably are.
MEMPHIS has more steam than every other book I’ve read by this author and if you ask me she can continue doing that. That one sex scene was, sexy, hot and she built up to it until you just wanted to shout “Oh my god, DO IT ALREADY!” It wasn’t overly explicit but tastefully done, erotic and beautiful, with a lot of feeling.
“I want you because when I touch you I feel it in every square inch of my body.”
If you need any more reasons to read this book scroll up and read the first paragraph again. Memphis definitely is one of my highlights this year. It is so Ginger Scott, yet so different too. It’s a wonderful story about making peace with the fact that you can’t change your upbringing and blood family, about the growth that comes when you let go of the hate and move past it. Ms. Scott teaches a lesson:
“Lost souls find each other sometimes.”