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 with 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.
Worldbuilding: This story takes place in Sydney, Australia! I wish there was more scenery descriptions since it is a different country but it was still nice that it took place in Sydney at all.
Characters: The main characters in this novel are Gabriella Mitchell aka Gabbi and Hayden “Hooligan” Harvie. Gabriella is not a girl to be messed with. She fights for her family and her sanity. She’s doing everything in her power to keep it together but it’s a tough road to walk alone. Her only outlet for her frustrations is fighting and after seeing a real MMA fight staring the massively sexy and broken Hooligan, she wants nothing more than for him to train her. But here’s the kicker, he doesn’t train girls and he sure as hell doesn’t allow them in his gym. But Gabbi is a fighter and she will do whatever it takes to get what she wants. Hooligan has just been wacked upside the head with a two by four, in the form of a sexy under aged girl who makes him want things that he never thought he’d want again. His head and his heart are at war. He needs to finally move on from his tragic past but it’s harder than he ever imagined. Can he train Gabbi and keep his heart out of the way? Or will she capture what was once lost and make him see that he still has a future left in front of him?
Plot: This story does not have just one plot but many and I loved it! It’s not only a MMA fighter story, but second chance romance as well. There were many elements and they all worked very well with each other!
Writing: This novel is told in first person points of view of Gabbi and Hooligan. Although the majority of the points of view are of Gabbi’s take on things.
Curb Appeal: This cover is raw just like these two main characters! I love it and it was a big reason why I clicked this novel! The blurb gives great background on the characters and what their stories are. But there are great and juicy bits left out for the reader to find!
Ultimately: I really enjoyed this MMA novel! I loved, loved, loved that it was more about the girl being the fighter than the man. All in all, if you are in the mood for two fighters that try to fight against that little thing call love then come check out how they Brawl!!!!!
I couldn't have said that better myself! Reading is huge passion of mine. And I'm glad that books not only expand my world view but that they bring the wonderful people who created them into my life. You can always find me with a book and an eclectic mix of music on. I am a HEA junkie extraordinaire! I am a Beta reader, who loves helping authors bring their characters to life. As well as an avid romance reader (every and anything ;D) turned aspiring author.