Published: 26th July 2016
Author: C.M. Seabrook
Mackenzie Brooks is everything I’ve ever wanted.
Three years ago, she walked out of my life. No explanation. Just gone.
With the biggest fight of my career only weeks away, she walked back in.
I’ll do anything to protect her. Destroy anyone who tries to hurt her. When it comes to Mac, there isn’t a line I won’t cross.
I’ve loved her my entire life, and now that’s she’s back I won’t let her go.
She refuses to speak about the past, or the secrets I know she’s hiding.
I know she’s planning on running again. But when you love someone, you stay and fight. Even if you’re fighting blind.
This novel is a full-length contemporary sports romance novel. Book contains mature themes, steamy, sexual scenes and graphic language.
Love, love, love this book! Highly recommend it. Can’t wait to check out what else the author has written.
Really liked the quote at the beginning of the book:
“Love doesn’t hide. It stays and fights. It goes the distance. That’s why love is so strong. So it can carry you all the way home.” Pietro Aretino
Sometimes you have to wait to get the thing you have wanted all along. Running away is not always the right course of action to choose. You should learn to run to those who care for you when you need them most. Something that Mackenzie is slowly starting to realise.
The last person Theo expected to walk into his gym was Mackenzie. The girl who ripped his heart out the moment she disappeared without a trace three years ago. Friends since they were kids she always came to him when she was in trouble and from the looks of things trouble is definitely following her. Is she going to cut and run before he has a chance to help though?
Mackenzie has been running and hiding for her life for three years but knows she needs to make a stand and get help or she will never stop. So back in town a day she goes to see Theo, even after he broke her heart the night she left. She needs his help more than anything but isn’t sure how much her heart can take. Just being this close again and her hormones are going crazy. Thinking she has made a mistake she runs, shame she’s not as fast as she thought because Theo soon catches up to her when he finds her at a women’s shelter.
Almost demanding to know what she has got mixed up in he all but begs her to go with him. Its not until he bumps into her at the pharmacy the next day helping her pay for some medicine that things get interesting. In the car ride back, wet from the rain (a cliché but classic) a make out session soon leads to her running again. This time forgetting the medicine and when Theo notices the name Logan on it he knows he needs answers. Gets them too when he looks through the window inside the women’s shelter and sees Mac trying to settle a little girl. Mac is like rabbit caught in headlights in that moment and we only find out the whole story a little later on. She has a little girl and when Theo finds this out he makes it very clear that they are both going to be staying in one of his apartments above his gym – no excuses. Being this close together the sexual tension slowly starts to build but with the little secret of who Logan’s father is and why Mac is running hanging over her head she doesn’t know when the bubble will burst.
Man alive when they get together they are hot. This only happens after Theo is reminded of what happened three years prior. You can tell there are feelings involved, not just lust, but know that both are holding their cards close to their chests for now. Loved how you slowly got glimpses into the past throughout the present day story to help fill in the blanks of how everything came about. A bit funny when Theo is telling Mac that the first and only guy she’s been with must not have known what he was doing, which is why it hurt her. I think you may understand why Mac would be laughing a little at that!
The chemistry is there between them and its building fast but trust needs to be a key player in where they go forward. Mac’s go to move is to run and when you find out what the person she has been running from is capable of you can see her point. But there is only so much Theo can take if she disappears on him again – I don’t think he would cope a second time. He has a lot to focus on with his career as a fighter, tricky fights coming up that his head needs to be in the game – something his trainers seem to like drilling into him. With Mac back in the picture she fills up his mind, along with Logan, but in a way that he doesn’t mind – well only when she finally opens up about the past and shows that she won’t hide anything from him again and run. But when Mac goes missing Theo really thinks for a moment she might have left again, when push comes to shove he does get his arse in gear to find her. Lets hope its not too late.
Logan is a right little cutie that you just want to pick her up for a cuddle. Loved Theo’s mum Clair with her being quite direct in her views on how Mac has handled things in the past and how she should handle things now. Theo’s trainers Moody and Evan give a bit of a humour and ‘protect my friend’ vibe but it’s from a good place. It’s just Mac’s mum and step-dad Stefano who seem to be spawns of evil. Karma’s a bitch and it’s coming for you both mark my words.
Love this book from start to finish, gripped with the story of misunderstandings between Theo and Mac. Coming home was the best decision she ever made.
5 out of 5 stars
I received this ARC from the author for my honest review.