Title: Battered Not Broken
By: Ranae Rose
My Copy: Ebook from Author
Ryan Moore forged his own path when he defied his wealthy family’s expectations by joining the United States Marine Corps as an enlisted man. After a period of service that’s cut short by an IED explosion, the lingering physical and mental effects of war result in an isolated struggle to exist in the civilian world. He throws himself into competitive MMA fighting – the one thing he’s still able to excel at, even if every match is a risk he can’t afford to take.
His first encounter with amateur female fighter Ally Rivera ignites a spark of desire he hasn’t felt since before a bomb left its marks on his life and his body, but his flirtation with her turns out to be anything but harmless. She’s struggling to hold together a family ravaged by violence – a feat that isn’t easy when her father has been imprisoned, leaving her vulnerable to relatives who run a local gang. Can two unrelenting fighters overcome challenges they couldn’t defeat alone, or do the wounds of war and crime run too deep for even love to heal?
Battered Not Broken has a powerful storyline. Two damaged souls finding peace in one another always makes for a riveting story. From the start the MMA fighting is a intense twist that I thoroughly enjoyed. As the story deepens I was regretful to find some of the power waned as the story progressed. Ryan and Ally definitely need one another, but the story build seemed to be a little careless. I was not certain on where we were going, and what I was to be looking for to point me in a direction. The overall story was enjoyable, but I think it add all the makings to be something more than what I found.