Love Hurts (Caged Love #1)
Genre: M/F, Contemporary, Romance
Even when she won’t fight for us, I’ll go to war for her…
Inside the Octagon, I have no fear. I’m at home, in my element, inflicting pain onto men trained to hurt me just as badly. Making them submit, knocking them out, maiming them, because it’s them or me. And I choose them.
Outside the Octagon, my only weakness is a five-foot-two, classy as fuck woman that I’ve loved for most of my life. She’s the one that brings me to my knees, fills my arms, my heart, and one day soon, my bed. She makes me reckless. Volatile. I drink too much and try too hard to fuck my way out of feeling—all because of her.
Frankie De Rosa is my girl, my best friend. I haven’t earned her yet, but I won’t stand by and let anyone take her from me. She will be the greatest fight of my life, but she’s worth the battle.
Love hurts, but anything worth having does, right?
I’m Deacon “The Hitman” Love — Welcome to the Cage.
“Tell me one time I haven’t been there when you needed me, Princess. One time that I haven’t dropped everything to be by your side, whether it was a dance, a plumbing problem, a broken heart.” My voice is controlled now, but breaks when I say, “Except for this one crucial time, I’ve always been your go-to guy. I couldn’t save you from him that night, but I’m doing my best to save you from him now. I’m not here because I think it’s going to get me into your pants quicker.” I’m disgusted with this whole conversation. I place my palms on the table and lean toward her, forcing her to see me. “I’m here because I love you. But I’ve always loved you. That hasn’t changed. Only the way I love you has.”
She holds my gaze for a beat before glancing down at the hands gripping her mug, “Please, I just need time to figure out what I want. If this—” she moves her hand in between us, “is what I want.” Our eyes meet. I can see the affliction in hers and I need out.
I straighten abruptly from the sting of her words and nod, letting her know I hear her. Turning I stride out of the kitchen before I give myself the chance to hurt either of us any more than I already have.
My Review: 3/5 Stars
Deacon “The Hitman” Love is this sexy as sin fighter and he has been in love with his best friend Frankie De Rosa for as long as he can remember. He just felt he wasn’t good enough for her.
At her birthday party Frankie’s boyfriend proposes to her and Deacon can’t let her go without a fight. Frankie is confused and doesn’t know what to do. So she walks away from Deacon. (Not okay)
One fateful night she is beat to within an inch of her life and calls Deacon for help. He sends in the calvary and drops everything to be by her side. The police can’t find the man responsible and Frankie is on the mend.
What happens when Deacon stops beating around the bush and goes after what he wants?
I enjoyed the book, but it pissed me off at the same time. Don’t get me wrong it was a good read, but Frankie, she just made me so mad. Yes, Deacon messed around, but that was before her and if I had the man every woman wants, you better believe I’m going to make them jealous as hell because they couldn’t have him. Frankie didn’t do that. She didn’t fight for him.
You can feel the raw emotion coming off the pages as Deacon fought for their relationship, while Frankie ran away, because to me that is what she was doing. I felt bad for Deacon and boy if he was real, I would snatch him up so quick it wouldn’t be funny.
The ending I literally yelled at the book “You have got to be f-ing kidding me.” That was cruel. So now I have to wait to read what will happen next.
Mandi Beck has been an avid reader all of her life. A deep love for books always had her jotting down little stories on napkins, notebooks, and her hand. As an adult she was further submerged into the book world through book clubs and the epicness of social media. It was then that she graduated to writing her stories on her phone and then finally on a proper computer.
A nursing student, mother to two rambunctious and somewhat rotten boys, and stepmom to two great girls away at college, she shares her time with her husband in Chicago where she was born and raised. Mandi is a diehard hockey fan and blames the Blackhawks when her deadlines are not met.
Love Hurts is her debut novel and she is currently working on the next in the series along with whatever other voices are clamoring for attention in her mind.
*** An ARC copy was given to me for a honest review.