Sunday, November 9, 2014

Review - Winning Love by Abby Niles

Winning Love
by Abby Niles
Series: Love to the Extreme, #3
Genre: Romantic Suspense
Release Date: August 18, 2014

“The Snake” Hannon has spent years throwing himself into cage fighting as a way to lash back at the natural disaster that destroyed his future. A call for help has Mac returning to the one place he swore never to return: Kansas—in the height of tornado season.There he meets free-spirited Gayle Matthews. At first he wants nothing to do with the infuriatingly persistent woman, but the crazy challenges she tosses his way are impossible to resist. As she thaws years of bitterness, bringing back the Mac he believed long gone, he starts to make peace with the past and see the future again. Until he learns she chases his worst nightmare—then he can’t get away fast enough.

Meteorologist and storm chaser, Gayle Matthews is no stranger to being left behind and now believes in living in the moment. She wants to do just that with the handsome extreme fighter with the achingly sad eyes. As she works to replace the sorrow with desire, she finds herself breaking her one rule: have fun but don’t fall in love. When he suddenly pushes her away and she discovers the horrifying reason why, she issues one more challenge: face his fear and come on a chase with her.

Will squaring off with the past lead to a victory for heartache or love?

Wow – what an intense read. I really enjoyed Mac and Gayle’s story and just loved watching Gayle help Mac begin to heal from the losses he has suffered. I just love a damaged hero, and when you throw in a heroine that is every bit as damaged as the hero but has chosen an entirely different path to help cope with her losses, you have a recipe for some fun interactions, lots of playful banter, and some serious emotional outbursts that go straight to your heart.

It was so much fun watching Gayle’s antics throughout the book. From her constant challenges to Mac that she used as a way to get him to do things he normally wouldn't do – like play Twister or attend a Zumba class – to her ability to know just when to push and when to pull back as she navigates the battlefield that is Mac’s heart, Gayle constantly had me laughing and admiring her ability to give Mac just what he needed, just when he needed it. Mac could be so infuriating at times, but once he finally gives in and acknowledges his attraction to Gayle and commits to taking things further with her, you could see just what a sweet, caring man he was.

In my opinion, Ms. Niles does a wonderful job describing the tornado activity in the book, and was able to communicate the emotional trauma that can happen when something like a tornado rips your whole world away from you– whether you are there to witness it first hand, or have to carry on and survive when everyone you love has been taken from you. Having never gone through anything like this, for me it really worked, and it just reinforced the fact that there are so many things that we don’t control – Mother Nature being one of them.

I haven’t read the previous two books in this series, but didn't feel that I needed to in order to enjoy this one. I really hope we get to see Mac’s friend Lance get his HEA in an upcoming book – he so deserves it!

If you are looking for an intense read that will take you for an emotional ride, this one is it!

I was given a copy of this book from the publisher for an honest review.

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