Published: 10th July 2015
Author: Natalie Gayle
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.
Well for starters this goes down as another book off my 2015 Reading Challenge list – A book set in a different country – Australia mainly but USA aswell. I loved this book from start to finish and I have to say that I think it might be one of my favourite, if not my favourite, book I have read so far this year!
This book has it all as far as I’m concerned, the kind of book where you wish you could read from the beginning for the first time and experience it all over again.
Everyone has some form of demon that they are fighting to control to get their lives back on track; Xander and Eden are no exception. Both are trying to fight their demons but it is only after meeting that they truly start to fight for who they really are, realising that there is nothing that they can’t get through as long as they are together.
Xander is a MMA fighter who has been out of the cage for three years after an accident left him too guilt ridden to think about fighting again. He set up Onigashima Fighters Dojo as a way to help others but in a way to hide from his own demons. The first time he saw Eden he was as a child and he thought for the first time that he truly knew what beauty looked like. Not just what’s on the outside, but when you look at someone and can see straight through to the beauty of their soul. It’s only in the past few years that she has come back onto his radar and he knows that she needs help. All those around her love her but are helping her hide away in the safe bubble she has created for herself. It’s going to take a lot for him to burst it but things will only get better when he does.
Eden has been through a lot in the past few years. Five years ago a fire broke out in her house with her and her younger sisters still inside. In the process of saving her sisters lives she got badly burned and has had to live with the scars as a constant reminder ever since. For the last few years she has hidden herself away to keep herself safe from the stares of those who don’t know how to act around her. The first time that Eden meets Xander she is struck dumb. She can’t believe that she has someone looking at her and seeing past the scars and at the woman she is. For the first time ever she has found someone she can’t put into a box in her head to characterize them.
Xander is just the person to get Eden out of her own head and back into the world around her. The more he pushes to get her to open up to him the more she opens up to herself. To begin with he just wants to help as a friend but the more time they spend together he knows he is just kidding himself. He has wanted her for years and that has never really stopped. Their relationship is a slow burn but when it gets hot you might need a fan to cool you down.
This is an emotionally driven love story about finding the courage to overcome what life throws at you. It’s for your chance to be brave and fight the demons that would keep you down and I loved every second of it. Can’t wait for Dane’s story now.
5 out of 5 stars (though really should be a 5 plus!)
I received this book from Give Me Books for my honest review.