Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blog Tour-Review, Excerpt and Giveaway: Kyle's Return by L.P Dover (Gloves Off #6)

Title: Kyle’s Return
Series: Gloves Off #6
Author: L.P. Dover
Release: April 13, 2015
Genre: Adult Contemporary Sports Romance


I promised myself I’d stay away from dangerous men, but I couldn’t live up to that when Kyle Andrews came back to town. He’s a manipulator, a guy who’ll do whatever it takes to get what he wants, sabotaging anyone who gets in the way. After a fatal fight left him wounded, his UFC career comes to a close. He has nothing, but he’s determined to get it all back.

My name is Megan. I’ve known violence, pain, and what it feels like to be scared to live another day. All of that changed the moment I refused to be a victim. Now that my psychotic ex, Alex, can’t find me, I’ve been given a second chance. I owe my life to my friends. The same goes for Kyle. Without him, I wouldn’t be able to feel.

Everyone hates him. But for the life of me I don’t. There’s something about him I can’t ignore. Being with Kyle makes me want it all. However, in loving a hated man, I didn’t know it’d bring the life I fled from back to haunt me. Everywhere I go danger lurks and bad things happen. Kyle believes it’s because of him, but I’m starting to think otherwise. I think Alex has found me, and if so, this time he’s not going to let me go.

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“The only way I’m going to let you come over is if you tell me you missed me this week.”

“Really?” I shrieked.

“Yep, now say the words, love.”

“No. That’s ridiculous. I’m not gonna lie.”

He snorted. “But you just did.”

I opened my mouth to say something and then stopped; he got me with that one. And judging by the satisfied chuckle he tried to contain, he knew it too. “Fine. You want to play games? Then it looks like you won’t be hearing what I have to say. Bye-bye, French fry.”

“Megan, wait—”

Taking the upper hand, I hung up the phone. He was going to drive me insane. I had to hand it to him, he could definitely get my blood pumping. I did miss him, but I wasn’t about to give in to his antics. If anyone was going to submit first, I wanted it to be him. I got my wish when my phone started to ring. Deliberately, I refused to answer it, hoping it’d make him feel the restlessness I felt inside.

With a smirk on my face, I pulled into my neighborhood. He was just going to have to sweat a bit longer.

To my surprise, that wasn’t going to be very long. Because in my driveway, there Kyle stood, beside a sleek, black motorcycle. I hit the button to my garage and pulled past him. He walked up to my door and opened it with a smirk on his face. “You are one stubborn woman, you know that?”

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My Review:

Even with as much of an ass as Kyle was in the other books of the Gloves Off series, Kyle's Return has been my favorite story of the bunch.  To really appreciate the changes he went through, you absolutely must read the other books in the series...that way you can see just how much of a conniving, selfish, way-past over-the-top bad boy he was---before.

Before he got hurt, before he had to make his way back, before Megan entered his life.  

I thoroughly enjoyed this story, and felt that Megan and Kyle just fit together, complementing each other perfectly.  When this book starts, Kyle has already gone through a lot of changes since we met him in the earlier stories, courtesy of his humbling experiences on his road to recovery after he is severely hurt in a prior book.  Here in Kyle's Return, he's just trying to get back to doing what he loves (fighting of course), and making amends.

Megan has had her own horrible past thanks to her crazy ex, and she's come out of it stronger and smarter, with a lot more spunk too.  And she seems to be the only one willing to give Kyle a chance, actually seeing how he's changed and believing in him.

The writing and storyline in Kyle's Return is the best of the series, and really kept me drawn in throughout the whole book.  There's plenty of drama and tension to go with the budding relationship between Kyle and Megan (LOVE the two of them together!), and a Gloves Off story would not be complete without some craziness towards the end to keep up the intensity and show just how much our fighter cares for his lady.

Hats off to L.P. Dover for an excellent addition to a pretty damn cool series.  4.5 stars for Kyle's Return, recommended for fans of sports/MMA fighter romances and strictly for 18+ (for those really steamy adult scenes and language).  I have to admit, I wasn't sure what to expect for the baddest, most underhanded fighter of the bunch, but Kyle really earns some redemption here.

Author Bio:
New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is a southern belle residing in North Carolina along with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she even began her literary journey she worked in Periodontics enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

Not only does she love to write, but she loves to play tennis, go on mountain hikes, white water rafting, and you can't forget the passion for singing. Her two number one fans expect a concert each and every night before bedtime and those songs usually consist of Christmas carols.

Aside from being a wife and mother, L.P. Dover has written over fifteen novels including her Forever Fae series, the Second Chances series, the Gloves Off series, and her standalone novel, Love, Lies, and Deception. Her favorite genre to read is romantic suspense and she also loves writing it. However, if she had to choose a setting to live in it would have to be with her faeries in the Land of the Fae.

L.P. Dover is represented by Marisa Corvisiero of Corvisiero Literary Agency.

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