Blog Tour + ARC Review: Sweet Victory by Gina L. Maxwell

Series: Fighting for Love #4
Release Date: February 27, 2017
Rating: 4.5/5
I volunteered to review an ARC.
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Sophie Caldwell might not like asking for help, but help is what she needs if she’s going to save her family business from her uncle. Her grandma left one rule for Sophie if she wants to gain sole ownership before she’s thirty—get married. Yeah, fat chance of that happening since she hasn’t had a boyfriend in years, and now she can’t get her uncle off her ass.

British-born MMA fighter Xander James has never lost a fight, and he’s not about to start now. He’s on the brink of a comeback that could make him a UFC champion, but his landlord wants to take away his last chance by shutting down his gym. Hell, no. Fortunately, his landlord’s niece has a problem of her own. Time for a proposal she can’t refuse.

I haven’t read all Gina L. Maxwell’s books yet but every time I have, it brought me one of the greatest highs of reading sexy romance. Sweet Victory fits the bill of a good-paced, sweet, little dirty romance story that’ll surely give you a happy sigh by the time you’re done. I love it!

Sophie loved her bakery business even when it isn’t paying a lot. The mere fact that it’s there and she’s happy baking and running the establishment is enough to put up a fight with her uncle who wanted to buy her out because of selfish reasons. Unless, she gets married so she could have access to her trust fund. Enter blessing in disguise, Xander James, an MMA fighter who owns a gym in the same property, who’s also friends with Sophie and is attracted to her, and his proposal to be her fake husband for the six-month duration the court imposed them to do, to prove their marriage isn’t just a ploy to access her trust.

Can this book get any sweeter but also sexier?! I am convinced just right after less than 5% of the book that Sophie and Xander are going to be my favorite characters! Sophie being the jade-haired, pinup-looking baker with high heels and fire engine red lips has me cheering for her. She’s so badass on the outside, very strong really but inside she’s scared to trust Xander because she’s been there before and got burned. I love her spirit so much, her enthusiasm and her big love for her grandmother who has Alzheimer’s. Then Xander. Gosh, if I could box myself a man like him I totally would! He’s alpha in a lot of ways but is also very very charming (maybe because he’s British???) most especially around Sophie. Yes, he didn’t deny he had a lot of women before but after his setup with her, he made sure to be exclusive to her and only her. I also admired how focused he is with his career, how determined to get back in the pro cage after his accident and how he balanced his time without being a prick to his fake wife. The things he did for Soph were totally one for the books–for instance how he remembered to tell the story of Soph’s grandparent’s love story as if it were their own. I would’ve kissed him right there and then if I were Sophie.

The beauty of the book lies within the easy banter, solid chemistry between the two characters and the romance that was simmering even from the start. The scenes with Soph’s grandmom were truly heartfelt; heartbreakingly good because just when Soph thought her Grams didn’t remember her anymore at all, she went and say something that had me breaking down to tears I loved it so so much. I couldn’t help but admire just how effortless the author eased in some really fun moments to balance the heat level of the book because it’s GLM and the woman knows how to fire up eReaders like she breathes air. The ending was a bit rushed to me though because I was expecting more from Xan and Soph like a greedy reader that I am, but I was pretty much satisfied at how things rolled up.

Sweet Victory packs the right punch of romantic, fun and sexy as hell, you won’t stop until you reach the end.

P.S. Tami (one of Xan’s clients in his gym) and Richard (son of a gun for an uncle of Sophie) can go straight in hell and stay there forever. HAHA. Oops.


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