Release Event and Review: Worth The Chance: Vi Keeland

Worth The Chance (MMA Fighter#2)
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Expected Feb. 17, 2014

Meet Liv Michaels
It may have been seven years, but I’d know him anywhere. Sure, he’s grown, filled out in all the right places, but his captivating blue eyes and cocky grin are exactly the way I remember. Even though I’d much rather forget. 

Liv Michaels is almost there. She’s smart, determined and weeks away from landing the job she’s dreamed about for years. Time healed old wounds, even her broken heart from the devastation of being crushed by her first love.  

Meet Vince Stone
Women love a fighter, especially a good one. Lucky for me, I’m damn good. But there’s one woman that isn’t interested. Not again, anyway. Vince ‘The Invincible’ Stone is every woman’s fantasy…strong, sexy, confident and completely in control. Growing up surrounded by chaos, he’s learned never to get too attached. Love will drag you down. He adores women, treats them well, puts their own needs before his own…for the night anyway. With the biggest fight of his life coming up, his focus should be on training.

When fate brings Vince & Liv back together again, there’s no denying the chemistry is still there. But can Vince erase the old scars their past left behind? Or will Liv hurt him instead?

"I don't mind working for something important to me."

We met a young Vinny in Worth The Fight. He was thirteen year old boy with a crappy home life that Nico took an interest in and trained him. He needed direction and a positive outlet. and he has become part of Nico and Elle's family.

Now he is an adult and an MMA fighter in his own right. He has made his share of mistakes and is a playboy at best. He has grown into a tatted, sexy, charismatic man with a bit of a  rebellious side. His life is all about training, fighting, booze, and women. And then one day he comes face to face with his past. Liv Michaels was Vinny's tutor in high school. She was the sweet little bookworm and he was the dashing, popular, bad boy. She had a huge crush on him. It started out with her tutoring him in English, but ended up with him tutoring her on making out. But it all ended suddenly and a confused Liv was left with a broken heart. 

Now over seven years later, she is an intern at a newspaper and she is assigned to do a story on him. She goes into self protection mode and knows it is not a good idea, but Vince is not about to let her go a second time. Even though he has had a checkered past, Liv makes him want to be a better man just like she did in High School. He never felt like he was good enough for a sweet, smart girl like her. But he is determined that he is not going anywhere this time and neither is she. 

Their chemistry is still there and they have a great rapport. She is terrified of getting hurt again, but Vince is determined to get his second chance and is not going to take No for an answer. Everything between them seems to just click and she finds it hard to deny him. 

"It's you...It's just you. It'as all too much, too fast, and too intense, and it scares me. Scares the hell out of me."

"Trust me about one thing, Liv...whatever is going on between us, it's going to happen. You can make it as difficult as you want, but we, Liv, are going to happen. Neither one of us can stop it."

I liked Vince. He was fun and cocky as a kid, but as an adult he is bossy, possessive, protective, domineering, and a total alpha. He is not afraid to go after what he wants. But there is still a bit of vulnerable little boy wanting love and support under the surface. 

Liv is smart, sassy, and caring. She is a hard worker and dedicated to landing her dream job. But it is complicated and she might be getting in over her head.  She really wants to protect Vince, but just does not always make good choices when trying to do so.  But it is obvious that they have a strong connection and are really good for each other. 

"Guess you have to decide. Is he worth the chance? The chance that maybe if you let him in, he'll stay this time?

But when Vince's past comes back to haunt him and Liv ends up in another situation that causes her to keep secrets, it could all come crashing down around them. They are both still insecure and tend to be a bit impulsive. And in trying to protect the other they make mistakes and exhibit ineffective communication. There were times I wanted to slap both of them with my kindle. 

Will they fight for it or  lose their second chance at love?

I enjoyed getting more with Nico and Elle and even Preach  from Worth the Fight. They really are Vinny's family. They are not always easy on him, but they love him. Their interactions are funny and taunting. And it was fun seeing more into their future as a couple. I liked her wild room mate Ally too. And we were introduced to a politician's son who is also a boxer named Jax Knight that is sexy and intriguing in his own right. He will be the subject of the next book Worth Forgiving in July 2014

This was another fast paced, engaging book in this series. It was told in both Vince and Liv's points of view past and present so we got to see their insecurities, how they really did not fully understand the other's feelings, and how they did not always communicate their feelings well. There were multiple background stories with MMA fighting, journalism, family issues, past mistakes, and their shared high school history as well as continuing Nico and Elle's story. It had romance, humor, intrigue, secrets, steam and passion. I really like Vi Keeland's writing style. It flows well, her characters are developed, and she makes you invest in their stories. 

Thanks to Vi Keeland for providing me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.

Worth the Fight  (MMA Fighter#1)
Vi Keeland

It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit.  Nico Hunter would never be the same. 

Elle has a good life.  A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half.  But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way.  Too many emotions are dangerous.  Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them.  But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common?  A lot more than they bargained for.

Each story can be read as a stand alone

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Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting New York Times & USA Today Best Selling smut author by night!

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