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Series: Kavanagh Legends #1
Also in this series: Saving a Legend
Genres: Romance, Fiction, Erotica, Contemporary, Sports
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Also by this author: Saving a Legend
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.
ARC provided by Author/Publisher for honest review.
“Trust is just a choice. Someone can’t earn your trust if you don’t choose to let them, to give them the chance to show you.”
I’m really at a loss on how to articulate how this book impacted me as a reader. It’s definitely a romance, a beautifully written romance, but there is just so much more. I’ve never read a book by Sarah Robinson, though I own several; the synopsis of Breaking a Legend caught my attention right away, but I was undecided if I wanted to read it. Following Robinson on Facebook has given me a peek into what makes her tick as an author and I’ve found myself with quite the girl crush. The way she talks about this book — what it means to her — that is what excited me the most. I love how much of herself she put into it and how she made her passion for rescue animals a passion for her characters.
“I don’t deserve someone as wonderful as you, but I’m selfishly asking for you anyway.”
I’m still completely unsure of what I want to say…
Clare has had a terrible past. She’s running from a life she never wanted in the first place and a man who doesn’t deserve her. I lived through every emotion right alongside Clare. The push and pull of her budding relationship with Rory and how she did her very best to thrive in her new life — even with the past hanging over her like a guillotine — everything made her a dynamic character that anyone would root for. She’s the kind of heroine that all book lovers strive to find. When she has every single right to be a completely broken mess, she proves time and time again that she’s not broken just bent.
“Clare, if there is one thing I am, it’s true to my word. I don’t want to just have one amazing night with you, because believe me, mhuirnín, the other night was by far the most fan-fucking-tastic night of my life, and I’m sure tonight would be even better.”
Rory Kavanagh was an MMA fighter until an injury took him out of the cage. Now he’s floundering in every part of his life until he meets Clare. I really like how Robinson made his character rough around the edges; he has this inner fury and you can just feel how tightly he has to hold that back, yet he is such a genuinely good guy. I love everything about Rory.
“Tá mé leatsa. Tá tú mianach. I am yours. You are mine.”
The chemistry between Rory and Clare is a palpable thing. There is no denying that they are intensely attracted to one another from the start. And even though he is not the kind of man you could see wooing a woman, he totally and completely woos Clare. He shows her how much he feels for her and never gives up no matter how hard she pushes. Their romance is what I wish all romances could be — even though the timeframe isn’t that long in the grand scheme of things, I never once felt like it was rushed. Things built naturally for them, even if Rory was a possessive, growly alpha man right from the start.
“You’re with me now. Tá mé leatsa. Tá tú mianach. I’m never letting you go again.”
Breaking a Legend is romance at its best — Robinson pulls out every emotion from her readers. You’ll laugh, cry, and experience every emotion in between. I feel privileged to have read Rory and Clare’s story. A passionate story from a passionate author. A must read.
“A chuisle mo chroí.”
My Adoption Story
I’ve always adopted my animals from local animal shelters. For me, it means that I’m giving someone hope. An abandoned puppy, an unwanted kitten, a senior dog who isn’t that playful pup anymore, the cat who might scratch the new couch or an animal that has been saved from people who owned the animal instead of making it a part of their family.
There are so many animals who just need someone to love. To be given a safe home. There is nothing more satisfying than to have that unconditional affection and to know you earned it just because you chose to expand your family.
Why do I adopt?
– It saves a life.
– Animals are good for your health. Dogs, cats, and many other animals can be ESAs (emotional support animals). No training necessary for them to give you the confidence and affection you don’t even realize you need.
– It’s something to be proud of.
– Because you will change the life of a homeless animal forever.
– And this face …
Elsa the pup to an abandoned, pregnant mother and one of the loves of my life.
Find a local shelter and make someone’s life today.