Heavyweight MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go.
The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.
As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.
In book one of this series Romeo Wellings, a MMA fighter, got beat in a championship fight. He later proved himself a hero, however, when he saved his opponents girlfriend from getting kidnapped by her psycho ex. Juliet Conner is a lawyer and friend to the almost kidnapped Melody, as well as her fighter boyfriend, Clay. Jules approaches Romeo and offers to buy him dinner in thanks for his heroic actions. Romeo is wildly attracted to Jules and of course says yes. Their dinner is wonderful with great conversation, great food and a ton of sexual tension and lust. They complete their evening in a hotel room together having incredible sex. Jules assumes that when she leaves the hotel room their liaison is complete but then Romeo starts texting her what started off as one hot night turns into a multitude of texts that have them getting to know each other, video chats and phone sex.
Clay is retiring and offers Romeo the chance to train with him. Yes, Romeo knows he needs the training in certain areas but the main reason he’s heading to Garnet is because that’s where Juliet lives. He knows he should stay away from Juliet. His half brothers, Nova and Tino – especially Nova – are entrenched in the Mafia and Nova and Tino’s father hates Romeo. He’ll do anything he can to bring him down and Romeo obviously doesn’t want Juliet exposed to that. He can’t keep himself away however.
Jules and Romeo continue their love affair once Romeo gets to Garnet but there are so many people who would be upset about their love that they keep it to themselves. Wyatt, Jules’s twin brother is the biggest roadblock but Jules knows that she must tell him because there’s no way she’s letting Romeo go.
This story started off a bit slower for me than book one. I liked Romeo from his first appearance on the page but with Jules it took a little longer to lean to like her. I almost began to think that the book was going to be based purely on sex but when Jules and Romeo started texting it brought a whole different aspect to their relationship. Yes, they were having phone sex, and eventually video chats, but it had a sweeter feel to it all. It almost felt that they were falling in love too quickly but with the book covering a matter of months within the first few chapters it worked. Kele Moon brought yearning to be with your partner to a whole new level.
The book kept getting better and better and went somewhere near the end that I just wasn’t expecting, but was oh so good. Romeo and Juliet got the happily ever after that their Shakespearian predecessors didn’t get and tht made me quite happy. I can’t wait to read book three and hope we don’t have to wait until it’s done.
Rating: 4 out of 5
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