Part of a series? Yes, but can be read as a standalone.
Category/Genre: Adult Contemporary Romance
Hailed by Rachel Van Dyken as “equal parts sexy, intense, and emotional,” Sarah Robinson’s blistering-hot series debut introduces the Kavanagh brothers—mixed martial arts fighters who work hard, play hard, and love with all their hearts.
As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.
Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.
I received this book via Netgalley for an honest review.
Breaking A Legend is the first book in the Kavanagh Legends series. It can be read as a standalone, but the author makes me want to discover the siblings’ stories even though this book isn’t exactly a “hit” for me.
If you’re familiar with my reviews you know I have a hard time resisting novels featuring a MMA fighter so I couldn’t resist this one. I find the title and blurb appealing and while the story itself is nice, the overall book couldn’t sweep me off my feet.
For a start, it’s a lot more fluffy than I expected. Is it a bad thing? Not really because when you enjoy reading romance books, you enjoy some fluff. Yet, here I find the fluff a bit too much for my liking at times. I’m not saying it’s all hearts and flowers, far from it. Actually, now that I’m writing this review I find it difficult to find the words to express what I think…
This novel is sweet. Very sweet. More sweet than anything else and while the characters are enticing to a certain extent and the plot is entertaining, the overall story is not one that succeeded in winning me over to the point of being riveted to the book. I also rolled my eyes a few times.
You see, I think a few things are a bit contradictory and while these are minor things (like regarding Clare’s past) and can easily be overlooked, I find these a bit difficult for me to look past because I had a hard time getting fully invested into the characters and their story.
The writing itself is flowing rather well and is quite lively even though at times I think some things could have been tightened to leave more space to the developing romance between Rory and Clare, romance I think is so (too?) easy to begin.
And while the writing is really good and makes me want to read the next book in the series, there’s something I don’t think work all that well. I’m pretty sure I’m in the minority here so maybe it’s because I wasn’t in the right frame of mind when I read this book, but I find the sex scenes and kissing scenes lackluster. Basically, they are not showing that much chemistry. These scenes make me think that the author wrote them because she had to, but not because they’re needed for the romance developing between the main characters. I didn’t feel the heat, the emotions that should have been there. But once again, I’m probably the odd one out thinking this so don’t pay it too much attention considering this book is more than some sex scenes thrown in.
Reflecting back on it, I think one of the reasons why this book is nice, but not one I’ll remember down the line, (I couldn’t get into it right away) because of the many characters introduced in very little time. It’s a personal taste of mine, but I find it difficult to get into a book when I have many characters to remember (names, physical traits, connections, etc) a few pages in. I like being eased into a new world. That being said, I really think there’s a lot of potential for the Kavanagh clan so I’ll probably read the next book.
Overall, the plot is good. It keeps things entertaining even though I think the whole thing unraveling when it comes to Clare’s past is a bit rushed and anticlimactic when some things are revealed to us. I find it that Clare’s characterization isn’t deep enough considering what we’ve learned. And the same goes for Rory considering I find his reaction to it all a bit strange and the reason why rather disappointing considering nothing is showed that he knew all along about her past. In fact, we’re told that he doesn’t for a while so… It feels a bit contradictory to me, but maybe I’ve missed something.
As I said, this book is a nice read, not as full of angst or dramatic as expected. I’m a bit disappointed because I had high expectations, but it’s a good addition in the genre. I will read the next book in this series and I hope the next installment featuring other characters will win me over more completely this time.