Review: Beneath the Surface, by M.A. Stacie

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Part of a series? Yes (but the next installment will focus on other characters).

Cliffhanger? No.

Category: Adult.

Genre: Contemporary Romance.

Warning: Sex scenes.

Publisher: TWCS Publishing House

Pages: 182

Blurb: 

Kyran Reese is a man in control. Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play. From his office to the chalk circle of Metro’s bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win. That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life. His brother’s assistant should be off-limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets. After receiving an unexpected left hook, Kyran gets exactly what he wants, though he makes the rules very clear.

When Dale agrees to Kyran’s relationship stipulation of no labels, she’s sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing. The agreement to keep their lust away from the office is discarded when rules are molded to suit their ever-increasing attraction. Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it even when the world around them spirals out of control. All too soon she realizes she can’t hide her true feelings any longer.

Kyran begins to wonder if he’s finally met his match, and with his family falling apart before his eyes, he turns to the two things he knows will keep him sane: boxing and Dale. Those crutches can’t last forever, and when Kyran finds it harder to function he is left with a decision he never thought he’d have to make.

Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?

 

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17884501-beneath-the-surface

 

REVIEW:

This book was on my iPad for a while and I never came around to it. Now that I’m finished with it, I regret that it took me so long to read it.

In Contemporary Romance novels you often find either a charismatic CEO or a tattooed fighter. What you don’t often find is a charismatic CEO by day and underground boxer by night. Isn’t it a mix extremely appealing? 😉

The story starts right away, bringing Kyran and Dale in the same room without spending pages after pages rushing in some background info. It’s a really good thing because I was immediately drawn to both main characters.

Also, I find it interesting that this story is told from Kyran and Dale’s POV, giving us a real idea of what they’re made of. After all, when it’s well-built, it serves the characterization and in my opinion it works well here.

Though, I’d have loved it if the conflicts with Kyran and his father were more used in the plot. But it’s a tiny thing that didn’t really annoy me while reading. I was too caught in Kyran and Dale’s passion. I truly think that the author managed wonderfully to give us a real idea of the chemistry and passion they have going on.

I really enjoyed the sub-plot about Kyran’s brother. Not only it added a new layer to the characters, but to the story too. It’s really believable and it is smartly introduced to make me want to read Taylor’s story as soon as possible.

The writing style is easy and simple and it conveys perfectly the chemistry both main characters have. I was sucked right away in the story, which isn’t always that easily done.

The last part of the book is too slow for me and I was…bored isn’t the right word because I kept reading, but I was less riveted. I think that either some scenes lack of angst or there should have been a higher stake to keep us on the edge until the very end.

But as you can see, I really loved reading this book. Not only the heat level is undeniable, but the characterization is quite mastered. The characters have a real backbone and the voice of the book is compelling.

Who read this book? What do you think about Kyran? Are you eager to read Taylor’s story?

 

RATING:

4

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