Author: Kylie Hillman
Genre: MMA Standalone
Release Date: May 12, 2016
Cover Models: Nathan Hainline & Cassady Rose
Photography by: Nathan Hainline
Gabriella Mitchell is a fighter.
She fights to keep her family together after her parent’s divorce.
She fights to keep her siblings safe and in school.
She fights because it’s the only thing keeping her sane.
Stumbling across an underground MMA fight ring in Sydney, her blood roars as she watches the ruthless Hayden “Hooligan” Harvie wipe the floor of the octagon with his latest opponent.
Gabriella decides she wants to fight professionally; to support her siblings with her fists…and she wants Hooligan to teach her.
Hooligan doesn’t think girls should fight. Especially young, pretty ones he’d love to have warming his bed for a night or two…if only he could silence his conscience long enough.
Every couple needs to fight for their love at some stage, however with two stubborn hearts at stake, a happy ending for these two will require an all-out BRAWL.
This is the first book by Kylie Hillman I have read but I have to say I will definitely be having a look at her other books.
This book started a little slow for my liking and I had mixed up who the hero was going to be, I thought Nate was the H but I’m glad he wasn’t.
Gabby has had a hard life and has built walls around her heart to protect herself, she doesn’t form relationships with anyone and her only real friend is Amy. My heart hurt for her at times because she had to grow up so fast and lost her childhood through no fault of her own. Gabbi tried to act like nothing bothered her but when we get down to it she isn’t the tough ass she thinks she is.
Hooligan was a jerk for parts of this book, I hated how he was so callous with Gabbi at times through this story. He hurt her intentionally and I was so mad at him for that. We get to hear his struggles and I realised he was trying to protect himself too. He had lost so much in his life and it was hard reading about both characters pain.
The story was a little unconventional with the age difference and to be fair I tend to stay away from those types of stories for some reason. But there was just something about this story that drew me in and kept me hanging on every word.
I really enjoyed this book, there was plenty happening and the characters were likeable. There were times I got frustrated but overall I loved it.
Kylie Hillman is an Australian author.
Wife to a Harley-riding, boating and fishing, four-wheel driving quintessential Aussie bloke.Mum to two crazy, adorable, and original kids.Crohn’s Disease sufferer and awareness campaigner.
She’s also an avid tea drinker, a connoisseur of 80s/90s rock music, and is known for lacing everything she says with sarcasm and inappropriate innuendo.
Formerly working in finance, she was forced to reevaluate her plans for her life when severe Crohn’s Disease brought her corporate career to a screeching halt. Restarting her childhood hobbies of writing and reading to alleviate the monotony of being sick and housebound, she found her calling, and is enjoying life to the max. A typical day is spent in the “real” world where she hangs out with her awesome family and “book” world where she gets to chill with her fictional characters.
Kylie writes the books she wants to read. A lover of strong men who aren’t perfect and aren’t afraid to admit it, straight talking women who embrace their vulnerabilities, and real life gritty stories, she hopes these themes shine through her writing. An avid reader of all genres, Kylie hopes to release books that keep the reader on the edge of their seat—be it with suspense, romance, or laughter.