Thursday, July 11, 2013

12 Rounds by Lauren Hammond

 12 Rounds (Knockout, #1)


Sean (Right-Hook) Reilly knows a few things about himself. One, he's the middle-weight boxing champion of the world with an undefeated record. Two, women find his cocky persona, chiseled biceps, and inked body sexy. Also, the fact that it's known that he doesn't do relationships only adds to his sex appeal. And three, he's Irish, proud of it, and a member of the Braithreachas Don Saol, a branch of the Irish mafia and king pins of the drug cartel taking over the streets of Cleveland.
Connor Doyle(aka Connie) the boss and leader of the Braithreachas Don Saol, has been like a father to Sean, taking him under his wing and teaching him how to survive on the streets after the death of his parents. Sean has never been ungrateful, but has always wanted one thing...
More. More to live for. More to fight for. More to believe in. A chance at a future without drugs or guns. A chance at a future without wondering which day will be his last.
There's only one problem with that. You live by the Braithreachas. You die by the Braithreachas. And Sean knows whether Connie considers him to be family or not, the only way he'll be leaving the Braithreachas is in a body bag.
Hadlee Flax has had a year to overcome her issues. After almost being raped and brutalized, she's putting her best foot forward, seeing a therapist, and has even(with some persuasion from her best friend, Lara) enrolled in self defense classes. And she's doing well moving on with her life until she meets the dark, and conflicted Irish boxing champion of the world, Sean Reilly.
Hadlee is immediately drawn to the gorgeous, cold, and mysterious man who speaks with a slight Irish brogue. She soon learns that there is much more to him than his darkened gaze, cool demeanor, and body covered in tattoos. He's not the type of man she thought he was. And Hadlee finds herself doing something she never thought she would do in the last year...
Falling for a guy.
Falling for Sean Reilly. A man who is on the path to becoming a boxing legend.
One thing Hadlee doesn't know is the other part of Sean's' life. His life of drug running, and killing. Or the fact that when he's not boxing he's walking the streets with a gun tucked into the back of his loose jeans, and glancing over his shoulder at every turn.
But it doesn't take Hadlee long to learn that some attractions and relationships can be fatal.
And sometimes...
They just might be worth fighting for.


I was completely blown away by this book
- Such a connection between the characters.  
Romance and a little suspense - a perfect combination! 
I couldn't put it down and then had to re-read it immediately.  

Sean is a good guy who has made some bad decisions, for good reasons.  He is torn, but feels he is doing what he has to do.   Hadlee was barely saved from a brutal attack a year ago and never feels she'll be able to trust a man.  Yet when the two meet, they both help to heal something in the other.  The tough boxer scares her, yet makes her feel safe at the same time.  He was already wanting more, and now just wants more with her. 

" Dangerous because I haven't even tasted her yet, but i already know that Im completely, totally, and utterly addicted to her."

Their connection is
, yet still new and fragile and you just know the
are going to be hard choices in their future.  Especially with Connie wanting to continue to control Sean and keep him loyal to the Irish Mafia.  Hadlee has no idea Sean is anything but a boxer, and he will do everything to protect her from this life.  You can feel the tension building
to the cliffhanger ending.  

I have been very IMPATIENTLY waiting for book 2 to be released.  July 30th can't come fast enough!!!   -Tynna
  = French Kiss

Author Bio:

Lauren Hammond knew from a young age that she was born to be a writer. After publishing her first novel in 2007, she then went on to write several screenplays and a few award winning poems.She aspires to be a positive role model for young people who have a pencil, a piece of paper, and a dream. Never give up on your dreams, you might wake up one day and regret not pursuing them.She has two more novels in the works, as well as some film projects

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