Friday, May 2, 2014

Review of Undefeated by Scott Hildreth

WARNING: This book contains scenes of abuse. They are descriptive, heartbreaking, and may cause you to feel certain emotions. If you're incapable of reading about a woman that recovers from an abusive relationship, don't read this book. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

Kace Meadows lives in Austin, Texas. Now 26, she has been in an abusive relationship since she was sixteen years old. As abusive as it is, she can’t seem to find a way to allow herself to end it. With her abusive boyfriend, she can’t seem to win.

Shane Dekkar is an unknown, undefeated, and somewhat shy boxer from Compton California. After the death of his grandfather, he moves to Austin and meets Kace by happenstance as she and her boyfriend are in an argument in public. He is drawn to her, and she to him.

When he meets her again two years later, he begins to believe in fate. But, as he prepares for a potential shot at a championship fight, there’s not time in his life or career for a woman.

Shane fights his inner demons by using his fists. On the street or in the ring, Shane does what he does best, he wins at any cost. Unlike Kace, Shane can’t seem to lose.

Undefeated is an extremely romantic erotica novel about fighting. Fighting for what you believe in. Fighting for life. Fighting to live.

And fighting to find love in the most unlikely places.

Be prepared to be moved, touched, stand up and cheer, and cry your eyes out. This book will, without a doubt, knock you unconscious.

CAUTION: Graphic sexual content. This book contains fighting scenes that are descriptive. Additionally, it contains graphic scenes of street fighting that may be perceived as unnecessarily violent. Lastly, the abuse scenes in this book are descriptive, realistic, and emotional.

3.75 Stars!

Review: I came across this book as I was in a mood for boxer or MMA books, and I have to say that I really enjoyed it. It has some great characters that are overcoming some of their own personal demons, and I also felt that the fight scenes were handled well. It didn't feel like it was only about the relationship between Kace and Shane, and their relationship didn't seem like the only focus of the book, if that makes sense.

Kace has been with the same guy for about 10 years, and he has been very abusive, both mentally and physically, for pretty much all of that time. Kace is the definition of the battered woman, as well as having adopted the victim mentality, in that she has taken what Josh, the boyfriend, says, and basically taken his words into herself and made that her identity. So, she really believes that things are her fault - he hits her because she did this wrong, or broke that, etc. She has even lost touch with her own parents due to his controlling and abusive ways.

Shane comes across Kace and Josh one day, and he tries to step in to see if she needs help. Kace is unable to speak up that day, so they both go their separate ways for a few years. Shane does not forget Kace, however, so when he sees her in an office building, he begins to approach her. The development of Shane and Kace's relationship from here was very sweet, at times. He basically just provided support for her because he knew some of what she was going through. He slowly let her decide if she wanted to continue with what Josh was doing, or if she wanted something different for herself. I liked this about Shane - he didn't try to rescue Kace - he let her save herself. And, she definitely did that.

Shane is an amazing character, himself. He has always fought for underdogs, or those that are being abused by others. He has just always felt strongly about this. As he gets to know Kace, he also begins to realize more about why he feels strongly against abuse. How he remembers his past, and what he does with it felt a little bit stilted for me, however. I wish that a little more time was spent on this area, as it was such an integral part of Shane.

As a whole, the dialogue often felt a bit stilted, as well, especially between Shane and his friend, Mike, or "Ripp". There is also quite a bit of fighting in this book, along with some actual torture, as well, so if you are at all squeamish, you will definitely want to take that into consideration. One thing that I felt was pretty disgusting involved something that was thawing out during a cook-out, and it also seemed like Shane didn't respond in a manner that fit his character at that point, which was odd to me. I can't say more, without it being a spoiler, but I will say that I did enjoy this book, and it was definitely a fighter's book!


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