BREAKING A LEGEND by Sarah Robinson ~Review~

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Kavanagh Legends #1
Sarah Robinson
Released Sept 29th, 2015

Perfect for fans of Katy Evans and Monica Murphy, Sarah Robinson’s blistering-hot series debut introduces the Kavanagh brothers—mixed martial arts fighters who work hard, play hard, and love with all their hearts.

As one of the big names at his family’s gym, Legends, MMA star Rory Kavanagh is used to being in the spotlight—until a gruesome leg injury knocks him out of the cage. Rory is left feeling sidelined in more ways than one, battling the inner demons that come with losing the one shot at his dreams. Then Clare walks into his life and gives him a new dream: winning her heart. There aren’t many new faces in Woodlawn these days, but this tough, beautiful stranger makes Rory want to get his life back into fighting shape.

Clare Ivers doesn’t think she’ll be able to tell anyone what really brought her to the close-knit Bronx neighborhood where she just started bartending. But her life’s on pause and her past is catching up fast, try as she might to move on—with new friends, steady work, and a chiseled alpha male trying to get her attention. Even though Rory’s more than a little intense, she can’t deny that her heart beats faster when he looks at her with those soulful silver eyes. Clare thought she was done with love, but Rory might just be man enough to show her she thought wrong.

Drunk and addicted to pain meds: Rory Kavanagh is a victim to his own self-pity. He was one of the world’s best MMA fighters before his career ending injury left the once godlike fighter as a weaker man to addiction.

Clare Ivers is running and hiding from a past laden with deceit, addiction, and abuse at the hands of an ex, but she will not let herself be dragged back into that world.

What these two find together is a level of peace and understanding. The chemistry they feel is worth the risk of change for both of them. Only when the past comes back to haunt them, will they crumble or preserver?

Now for the nitty gritty.
I had a great time with these two. Funny banter, crazy boisterous family, sexy build up and longing….until around the 85% mark. I am not a fan of a weak alpha, and in keeping with a spoiler free review I’ll just say that a few hours of misunderstanding does not, and should not, cause the alpha to revert back to bad habits. So with that little plot twist, my opinion of Rory shifted down a notch.

All in all I did thoroughly enjoy this read and loved the ending, especially the buildup for the next book in this new series. So many siblings, so many books to come.


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Sarah Robinson is the bestselling author of The Photographer Trilogy and the Sand & Clay rock star series. A native of Washington, D.C., Robinson has both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in criminal psychology. She is married to a local police officer who is just as much of an animal rescue enthusiast as she is. Together, they own a zoo of rescue and foster animals.