Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Review: Against the Ropes (First to Fight #2) by Jeanette Murray

Against the Ropes
by Jeanette Murray
  • Series: First to Fight (Book 2)
  • Mass Market Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Berkley (October 6, 2015) 

The author of Below the Belt continues her First to Fight series with a novel of one Marine’s battle to come out on top—in life and love…

As a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.

Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—a job that gets more challenging when someone digs up the truth about Greg’s not-so-shiny past after equipment is vandalized at the gym.

Even if it wasn’t her job, Reagan can’t let Greg take the fall. Because passion doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to matters of the heart…

My Thoughts:  What do you get when you have a bunch of hot, sexy Marines who are also on the Marine Corp Boxing Team, the women they love and/or are falling for, some mystery and suspense centered around vandalism and pranks that are escalating, and just the testosterone charged air that fills the the gym where the hotties practice?  A great story, that's what.  Against the Ropes is Greg and Regan's story.  He's one of the men on the boxing team who has been around a while, and who the others look up to.  He has his secrets though, and they center around a past that haunts him.  He's pleasantly surprised when into the gym and into his life walks the new PR Liaison, Reagan Robilard, who's spunk, high heels, and sexy voice have him reeling.  Their relationship was a fun and romantic and I enjoyed watching it progress over the course of the book.  I especially enjoyed Reagan's character.  She not only had a lot of personality, she was a really stand-up person and was very loyal as well.  The secondary characters also added a lot to the book as well.  If you are a fan of sports-themed romance and/or contemporary romance, then Against the Ropes is something you'd enjoy checking out.  


  1. Oh I'm glad this one is good. I have it to read, soon I hope.

  2. Another great series to add to my tbr pile :-)

    A lovely review Ellen! you had me hooked from sexy marines.

    Sharon – Obsession with Books


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