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.
Who doesn’t love a foul-mouthed MMA fighter? I have no idea, but I certainly do. Deacon “The Hitman” Love is everything you want in a crazy, foul-mouth fighter, and Mandi Beck delivers. As a spectacularly foul-mouthed individual myself, I can absolutely appreciate the colorful and inventive way Deacon curses. It may not be for everyone, but I loved it.
I’m a sucker for best friends falling in love and that’s exactly what we’ve got with Frankie and Deacon. They’ve been in each other’s lives forever and an attack on Frankie forces Deacon to make a move and steak his claim.
I truly enjoyed this story, but there were a few things I took issue with. While we are worried about Frankie’s attach and anxious to find out who did it, Beck seems to toss this onto the back burner. Now, I get this is a love story, but the attack was such a big part of the story, I figured more about the hurt or ramifications would have been mentioned throughout the book.
The readers only get small mentions about the attack – Deacon’s brothers following her, she feels like someone is watching her every now and then. I just felt like if this girl had nearly been beat to death and left for dead, she would have been a lot more traumatized.
But, I loved the dynamics between these two and I definitely look forward to book 2, but be warned, it is a cliffhanger.
About the Author
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.