*ARC provided via Netgalley in exchange of an honest review*
Author: Sarah Robinson
Release Date: December 13th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Series: Kavanagh Legends
Sequel to: Saving a Legend, #2 (review)
Followed by: Chasing a Legend, #4
Kane Kavanagh has always had one goal: being the best mixed martial arts fighter alive. With the MMA National Championships in Las Vegas fast approaching, the man they call “Killer” has no intention of letting anyone or anything get in his way. Somehow, though, a feisty opponent has slipped beneath his guard—and stolen his heart. Fiery and passionate, Nora Hannigan is harder to pin down than any rival Kane has faced in the ring. And she isn’t afraid to tell Kane that she wants nothing to do with him.
With her best friend about to marry into the Kavanagh family, Nora has been resisting Kane’s shameless attempts at flirting for months. But after their undeniable chemistry finally takes over, leading to the hottest night of Nora’s life, she’s running scared. There’s a lot about her life Kane doesn’t know, and she won’t be responsible for ending his career. Now Kane’s out to prove that he’s ready for a commitment by winning her heart—and he’s never lost a fight.
I love books with a good built up, and Becoming a Legend definitely had such one of those, with Kane and Nora’s hate-love relationship being already introduced in Saving a Legend as a, let’s say, party attraction during Keiran and Fiona’s courtship. Consequently, the fact that they fell into a no-strings-attached arrangement after a couple of chapters wasn’t rushed at all. It was a long time coming and very much appreciated.
Of course that kind of arrangment was destined to be short-lived and, over a period of time (by the way I appreciated the time intervals during which nothing extraordinary happened and Kane and Nora were apart for one reason or another: it made the whole story more realistic, since that’s the way life works), inevitably, you might say, especially between those two, the L-word comes into play to complicate things.
I loved the relentless banter, and I loved the eventual love. It was a realistic kinda love, with that dash of dreamy happy-ending we all look for, but without it resulting cheesy.
Also, I made this comment on my review for Saving a Legend, where I said that I would have liked there to be a bit more fighting since it’s labaled MMA Romance… well, MMa fighting made an appearance in Becoming a Legend and it was good.
Already looking forward to Quinn’s story!