Series: Modern Love
on March 1, 2017
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
“Who knew a bad boy could mend a broken heart?"
What does a girl do after she discovers her fiancé is a cheating bastard?
In my case, I performed the ritual implosion of all scorned women. I drowned my sorrows in cases of white wine, wallowed in gallons of ice cream, and ignited a bonfire to burn away every damn remnant of his existence. Six months later, the only result was a permanent impression of my ass on the couch.
Adventure Dating my friends dared. A new and exciting opportunity they said.
I thought they were crazy, but I’m not one to back down from a challenge, so I signed up for the entire four-week deal. That’s where I saw HIM. Lucas Cummings. He isn’t the classic rich boy I usually end up with. The one whose idea of working up a sweat is waiting for his margarita to be served beachside. Nope. He’s a rough and tough bad boy that all fathers warn their daughters about. You know the type. Cocky swagger, chiseled jaw—the ‘V’.
SOLD, I said to myself, until I discovered he was so much more than just a BOXER.
Left Hook. Right to the heart.
This is a standalone book in The Modern Love World. You do not need to read book one, The Bartender, in order to read The Boxer.
The beginning of chapter one, imitating a boxing announcer and having Piper Rayne vs The Readers was extremely clever and something that I appreciated! Just a fun little opening to get you in the mood and relax. I could definitely go for one of those margaritas though!
“I want you,” I say more to my sandwich than Lucas.
The first encounter between Lucas and Tahlia, my first thought was ‘Wow, this boy is flirty!’ and I looooooove when the guy is flirty off the bat. I like banter. I like wit. I like charming and flirting and smiles and winks and *sigh* Lucas gives us that. Tahlia really didn’t stand a chance. But man, stay away from Everclear! Nothing good ever comes from that. She’s a mess and he’s a trooper. I’m glad Whit and Lennon could sort everything out because someone needed to give that girl a hug, stat!
Please know, that I hate being a party pooper. I hate being picky and pointing out errors, but when an error is so obvious to me that my eye twitches, I can’t keep my big mouth shut. So here’s the deal: I used to work in a barn (for years) giving trail rides and teaching lessons to inexperienced riders. Heck, some of them were even more experienced and knew what was going on. The entire horseback riding scene, taking a group of people out for a trail ride? My twitchy eye broke out. If what happened in this book happened in real life, that establishment could be sued so quickly, their head would spin. There would not be dangerous or aggressive horses. These animals have to go through so much training, tests, and have a certain number of hours being ridden without incident to even be able to qualify to be used for beginners. No one, and I mean NO ONE!!!!!! would be allowed to ride doubles. Ever. Most horses aren’t even used to people riding doubles and some would freak out. Hello liability! When a saddle is on – it would be a western saddle for a trail ride, especially in SF, their bodies would not be flush (the back of the saddle — the cantle and the skirt would be in the way). Oh, and you would never in a million years tie up a horse with a rider still on. If you know anything about horses, this is a huge safety issue. *Deep breath.* Okay, again, I’m sorry. But liability, insurance issues, safety, etc., all gets me worked up when stuff like this happens. I’ve witnessed too many stupid mistakes in my time with horses to just let this go so quickly.
“… A little voice at the back of my head warns me this is a terrible idea. He’s trouble, but damn, he’s like chocolate. I shouldn’t indulge, but my willpower is too weak. Maybe just a nibble.
There’s so many awesome scenes and moments in The Boxer. I like to take notes when I know that I’ll be reviewing a book and some of mine for this novel included: The yacht! Lucas to the rescue, he’s awesome. The Spa! I love it! Massages for the win! When they watched movies — Lucas just picked Grease and I think I feel in love with him. Just to give you a bit of a sense, apparently I liked it. These were all so cute.
Can I just say, when the scene with the cinnamon roll happened, I was legitimately laughing my ass off. Everything about it was perfect. Lucas’s amusement, Tahlia’s freak out, the little girl, all of it. My first thought was that Tahl is a hot mess but man, I would’ve done the exact same thing in her shoes.
You left him at that restaurant to eat the cinnamon roll all by himself?” Whitney asks, her lips turning down like he’s the kid at lunch with no one to sit with.
“You didn’t?” Lennon asks with a smile.
“I took the cinnamon roll with me.” I bury my head in my hands, the heat of my embarrassed flush covering my body.
“He didn’t even get the cinnamon roll?” Whitney asks, her lips turning true pouty. “Bad, Tahlia.”
“Nope. I ate it on the way home in the cab,” I confess with shame like I’m a closet over-eater at a Weight Watchers’ meeting.
Secondary character wise, I liked Lennon a LOT better in this book. I don’t know why but just couldn’t get a good vibe from her in The Bartender, but now I’m practically counting down the days until we can get her story!
Guessing plot twists is one of my favourite past times because apparently I’m a weirdo. So I love that for the longest time, I couldn’t figure out what would happen with Lucas and Tahlia! Here were a bunch of little breadcrumb clues scattered throughout, I knew that something wasn’t adding up but until just before it happened, I was clueless and I love when this happens.
When I first heard about the concept and synopsis for The Bartender, I was super intrigued. Then I read it and really enjoyed it. So when the opportunity arose to review a copy of The Boxer, Tahlia’s book, I jumped on this faster than a cat on a mouse and Piper Rayne does not disappoint. Fresh, fun and flirty is the only way to describe the Modern Love series! The Boxer is a light, enjoyable read with enough sizzle to make you blush. Especially the next time you go to the spa. 😉
“You’re positive you want to bet on me? I’m not the underdog this time.” He releases his grip and I slide down his hard body until my feet hit the concrete.
“This time I think I’ll go for the sure thing.” I slide my hand behind his neck and pull him down to my mouth.
*An ARC was received in exchange for an honest review.