Battered Not Broken by Ranae Rose
4 1/2 Flames
Battered Not Broken is great! In case anyone doesn't know the abbreviations I'll type them out.
Ryan is a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter who was discharged from the Marines after taking damage from an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) in Afghanistan. He suffers from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) that is known for causing sudden and extreme migraines.
Ally is also a MMA fighter that lives with her mother and works in her aunts nail salon. Her brother is the #2 in a local gang and her dad is in prison. She does really well in trying to understand what Ryan is going through and tries to support his wishes.
I really like how the story plays out and I love these characters, especially Ally. The things you find out about these two and how you find out about them had me reading until the morning to see what’s next. There are some really spicy sex scenes that don't overpower the rest of the story. The book has several oral and vaginal M/F vanilla hot love making scenes. Even if you know nothing about MMA, Ranae does a wonderful job explaining what is going on. She did a great job telling this story!!! And I won’t be forgetting the counter top anytime soon. You simply have to read that for yourself because I don’t want to spoil it.
Ally’s heart skipped a beat when he tore it open and pulled a condom from inside, meeting her eyes briefly before diverting his attention to his hardened dick.
Every fiber of her being seemed to melt as he pinched the tip of the condom and rolled the transparent sleeve down over his shaft, stroking its sides with his own fingers. The sight of the latex hugging his cock emphasized its thickness and the straight-as-an-arrow length of it. It was easy to imagine her pussy sheathing it and shrinking to embrace it just as tightly.
When he approached her she rose, settling into a kneeling position on top of the comforter.
He lowered himself onto the bed, reached for her and embraced her, pulling her against his chest and letting her feel his wrapped cock throb against her hip as he planted a sensual kiss against her lips, biting the lower one lightly before he released her.
She swallowed a sudden knot that had formed in her throat, steeling herself for the only request she could imagine she’d need to make, “I’d like to be on top.”
Personally, I love it when authors bring out the condoms. While the counter scenes are my favorite I think this gives us a little more of a quick view into her sexual writing style within this book and a small sense for the characters personalities too. And I loved the, “I’d like to be on top.” There’s just something about it that makes me smile. I lost track of the # of naughty bits I had to choose from. There’s a lot and all of them are slightly deliciously different. I didn’t have any of those, geez sex again moments. All of them fit nicely into the story of who they are and what’s happening.
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?
Full-Length Novel. (Approximately 110,000 words.)
Battered Not Broken is an erotic romance - contains explicit sexual content.