Series: The Beat and the Pulse #1
Author: Amity Cross
Release Date: October 6, 2014
Renee "Ren" Miller was five when her Dad left to go to the shops and never came back.
Left to grow up with a cancer riddled mother, things have never been easy for a teenager who had to be wise beyond her years. Then one day they lose the battle and she’s all alone.
Now twenty-two, Ren reluctantly goes to find her estranged father. He owns the down and out boxing studio, Beat, and Ren finds herself drawn to the ring. She thrives on learning a new way of fighting a life that kept kicking her down…instead of struggling against the current, she kicks it right between the legs.
Then one day, Ash Fuller, her Dad's star fighter comes back to town. Mysterious, handsome… Dangerous… Everything Ren doesn't need.
But he's got other ideas…
…and so does she.
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Amity Cross knows how to write one Hell of a book! Beat has definitely shot straight to the top of my favorites in the fighter genre. Her ability to pull you in and grab your attention is amazing. From the very beginning, I was hooked on Ren and Ash's story. Just when you thought it was going to go one way, it took me on a ride that I wasn't expecting.
After the death of her mother, Ren is at a crossroads in her life. She seeks out her estranged father who just happens to own a gym for up and coming MMA fighters. Relegated to the storage closet like the dirty little secret she is, she decides to take up training while she's there.
Enter Ash, her father's Golden Boy fighter. He's been off doing God knows what for the past few years. His hot and cold attitude with Ren turns her on as much as it pisses her off. Ash has a dangerous pastime. And once Ren gets wind of it she's all about joining him. But his past and her present are about to collide and set into motion a dangerous chain of catastrophic events.
Action, drama and seduction, Beat was a great read. Yes, there was a big cliffhanger and I was left salivating for the rest of this story. Amity has created an engaging cast of characters, with a kick ass hero and heroine and a story you can really sink your teeth into.
~ Review by Erin
My fist slammed into the heavy leather bag, the impact jolting up my arm and absorbing into my torso.
The only light was from the back row of fluorescents I’d switched on over the ring. It was dark, murky and helped me pretend I was someplace else. The drama from the daylight hours was gone and it was just me and the darkness. Exactly the way I liked it.
I began another set of punches, hair sticking to the sweat beading across the back of my neck. Structure. This was the only thing that was predictable in my life and I needed predictable.
Stance. Guard. Punch. Guard. Repeat.
There was a loud cough behind me and I spun on my heel, heart thumping in my chest, and my gaze collided with Ash’s.
“Fuck,” I exclaimed, holding a hand over my heart. “Don’t fucking do that, Ash.” Typical. The creeper was being all creeper again.
“What are you doing?” He stared at me, his gaze hovering a little too long on my bare midriff.
I steadied the bag with one hand, taking deep breaths. “What does it look like?”
“I’ve never seen…” He trailed off and I wondered if I’d finally made the Golden Boy lost for words.
I turned my back so I didn’t have to look at him. “What? A woman in a sports bra? Highly doubt it.” I rolled my eyes and wiped my forehead with the back of my arm. Even though I couldn’t see, I felt his gaze burning into my skin and I suppressed the urge to squeeze my thighs together. Infuriating, self-absorbed, arrogant…