Taking Him Down by Meg Maguire
Rules of the Ring... No unsportsmanlike conduct
Matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle always thought Rich Estrada was a whole lot of sexy. What's not to lust after? He's a gorgeous, flirty mixed martial arts fighter. When they find themselves heating up during an unexpected-and superintense-make-out session, Lindsey is ready...until Rich ends it with no explanation.
Now it's almost a year later, and Rich has a broken foot, which means a frustrating recovery back in Boston before his next fight. But this could be the perfect time for a rematch with a sexy little matchmaker....
And minimal clothing!
There's no denying the chemistry between them. It's full-contact, no-holds-barred attraction...and only one can be on top!
Lindsey has been fighting the attraction she has to Rich since she started working at Spark Matchmaking. She has a boyfriend and even though they are on again, off again she's convinced that Rich is all talk and after a one night stand. Watching him win a fight and knowing that he's leaving for bigger and better things she lets loose a bit and gives in to the attraction only for Rich to back off after receiving a text message. Lindsey is convinced that its a girl and its for the best, I mean he's leaving right? So for ten months she absorbs anything she can about MMA (mixed martial arts) and about Rich. She even orders the fights to watch. Then all the sudden he's on the way back to Boston with a broken foot. Now that the boyfriend is completely off what'll happen with Rich or will anything happen.
All Rich knows is fighting. He's been doing it forever and its how he pays for things his family needs. He's the bread winner and takes on the responsibilities that his dad left behind when he committed suicide. His mom has health issues and needs a bunch of surgeries and his sister needs help with her school, along with a great deal of other things he feels like are his job to take care of. Now that his foot has put him out of commission, what is he going to do with himself. He has to stay in fighting condition so that when his foot is healed he can get back in the ring. He didn't count on Lindsey not only warming his bed but his heart. Fighting that was pointless.
I don't know what about Rich made me love him so much, but I did. He's all tough and cocky, but when its just him and Lindsey, hes soft and open. He lets his walls down and he doesn't even realize it. He also doesn't realize that he's given his heart to her until its much too late. He takes care of his family, he loves them and he's so tender with his mama. There was just something, a magic he has that draws you in. I really liked that even though Lindsey knows hows its going she falls in love with him, but doesn't try to get him to stay with her. She lets him go do what he wants to do with his life. These two are just appealing. Fantastic story. Very enjoyable.