by A.S. Teague Release Date: August 1st, 2016 Genres: Contemporary Sports Romance
Add to Goodreads Source: Author via BT Host eARC received in exchange of honest review Synopsis: I live a life most could only dream of. Parties, women, fame—what more could I want? As the undisputed MMA light heavyweight champ, I’ve faced the world’s toughest men. But, with a single glance, I knew that the five-foot-five redhead with a smart mouth and innocent eyes would be my hardest opponent yet. Sidney O’Neil isn’t my type. While I spend my nights out drinking at the trendiest clubs in town, she spends hers taking care of her sick nephew. She lives for those she loves, and I only love myself. She is nothing I thought I wanted, yet she’s somehow become the one thing I need. But what happens when the world is tipped on end and I’m no longer who she needs? How do I convince her that we’re worth the fight when all she knows is defeat? I’ve never lost a match, and I refuse to start now. But, sometimes, the toughest fight of your life is outside the cage.
I’m nervous about what I’m going to say. I’m not sure how she’ll react or if she will even believe me. Afraid I’ll chicken out, though, so I start talking. “I’m sorry.” The words were surprisingly hard to get out. Apologizing is not something I’ve done often, and I’m not even sure I know how to do it properly. Sidney raises her eyebrows and presses her lips together. I study her face for any indication of what she’s thinking and notice that her eyes are pink and puffy, like she’s been crying. The guilt I’ve recently begun experiencing returns. I’m sure I’m the reason for her tears, and the thought of her crying because of me kills. I cup her jaw in my hand before lightly rubbing her cheek with my thumb. Her eyelids flutter shut and she sighs while tilting her face into my palm. Her reaction gives me the fuel I need to keep going. I pull my hand away, but I’m not ready to stop touching her, so I grab her hand. “I’m an asshole, Sid. I’ve always been a selfish prick. I’ve never had anyone care about me though, so I’ve always had to be the one to care about me the most. I’m used to doing what I want, getting what I want, and taking what I want. I don’t know how to care about others.” I scrub my palm over my thigh. “That’s not true, Breccan. I’ve seen you—” I cut her off with a shake of my head. “I’m a virgin, Sidney,” I say solemnly. A short burst of laughter escapes her mouth, and she shakes her head. “Yeah, right, Breccan. Do I have ‘dumbass’ stamped on my forehead?” She laughs again. I rush to explain myself. “Well, I mean, not a virgin virgin. I’m a relationship virgin. I don’t know what the fuck I’m doing here. Hell, I had more finesse the first time I had sex than I do with this whole boyfriend thing.” Her eyes widen at the word boyfriend, but she only says, “Oh.” Then she takes her hand from mine and brings her thumb to her mouth to chew on the nail. Disappointed at the loss of contact with her skin, I pull her hand out of her mouth and lace my fingers through hers once again. “After you left, I went to my favorite club.” I purposely leave the part about destroying my kitchen out. “I couldn’t even get out of the car, Sidney. I sat there staring at the people dying to get inside and all I could think about was that I was dying to get out of that life. I don’t want to go to the clubs anymore. I’m tired of that shit. I just want to be with you. Here. On this couch. Eating fucking sushi if that’s what you want.” I grimace, and she giggles. It’s the fucking truth. Sitting in my car outside of Raw, all I could think about was how desperately I wanted to feel Sidney’s lips on mine and have her scent in my nose. I would have gladly choked down a pound of that crap if it meant I could go back and undo our fight and what I’d said. “I’m sorry I freaked out when you called yourself my girlfriend.” Her face falls. I use my free hand to tip her chin up before I confess, “I don’t know how to do this. I have nothing to compare this to.” I use my hand to gesture between us. “But I can tell you that I want you. I want to hear you laugh. I want to make you smile. I want to hold you when you cry.” I run my thumb across her cheek. “I can tell you that I need you. I need your mouth on mine, your hair in my hands, your skin under my fingertips” Taking a chance, I lean in and place a light kiss on her lips. She doesn’t pull away, so I continue speaking. “I can tell you that no one else makes me laugh the way you do. No one else makes me feel stronger than you do. I miss you all the fucking time, Sid. Every minute of the day that I’m not with you, I’m dying to see you. My phone dings and I hope it’s you. When it’s not, I’m always so fucking bummed.” Lifting my shoulders in a shrug, I admit, “I’ve never felt this way about another person before, and I’m fumbling around like a kid trying to cop his first feel in the dark. I didn’t realize until tonight that I want you to be my girlfriend. I want to do all the cheesy couple things that people do—with you. And, Sidney, I’m really sorry I didn’t remember you from the club. I don’t know how I could have possibly forgotten you. But it’s not because you are forgettable. Because, ever since you fell down your fucking stairs, I haven’t been able to get you out of my head. And I don’t want to.” I blow out a breath when I finish and glance away from her penetrating gaze.
What a fantastic debut novel by A.S. Teague! This week has been such a wonderful week to discover new authors. I have read two books by new authors and they both rocked my world! I'm typing this review with 2 hours of sleep in my system and puffy eyes. Gah!!!! I'm getting emotional all over again just thinking about this story :( If you are looking for your next unforgettable reading escape, Undisputed is the book you need on your TBR list! The writing style was perfection and the characters intoxicating!
Breccan Carlisle is on top of the MMA world. He's the undisputed light heavyweight champ and what he usually wants he usually gets. Until Sidney O'Neil walks into his life. She's not his usual type, but he can't help the attraction he feels towards her. As days go by, Sidney and Breccan grow closer. He's never felt more alive than when Sidney is by his side. Sidney is confused about her feelings for Breccan. He's like a breath of fresh air in her life and the chemistry between them leaves her breathless. Sidney and Breccan's relationship will be put to the test. The undisputed champion is determined to win the biggest fight of his life. The one that really matters. The one that makes him want more. Conquer Sidney's heart and make her see that they belong together. Sidney and Breccan are EVERYTHING!! Jesus! My heart is about to burst from happiness. Their love story gave me all the feels. They complete each other to perfection! Their chemistry and banter is out of this world AMAZING!!! I loved Breccan's transformation. It was gradual and real. He did not change from one day to the other. The more time he spent with Connor and Sidney, the more you could see the real Breccan. What he craved the most before he met Sidney was attention. He lived for those moments when people would scream his name and tell him he was the best. Now, he just wants to love and to be loved. Be ready to laugh out loud, smile, swoon, cry and have your world rocked by a fantastic debut novel! This author is on my bookworm radar. I will be following every single one of her updates. I need more!! I want a chance to reunite with these fantastic characters that have stolen a piece of my heart. Sidney, Breccan, Connor, Abby, Tripp and Rebecca will always have a special place in my heart. This author has two other novels in the works and I pray that Tripp and Rebecca will each get their own book. These siblings are amazing and the each need to have a beautiful HEA.
I still can't believe this is a freakin' debut novel!! This story will linger with me for a long time. I will without a doubt be reading it again soon. I already miss all the characters. This author did not only write a story, she made it come alive. I felt like I had a role in this story. It was heart-warming to see their happy moments and heartbreaking to see them go through their difficult ones. I wanted to jump into the book and give them all a big hug! I highly recommend Undisputed. Make sure to grab a box of tissues because tears did make an appearance more than once.
I give, Undisputed, by A.S. Teague, 5 phenomenal, unputdownable, emotional, romantic, butterfly inducing stars!
A.S. Teague enjoys the warmth of South Carolina with her husband and two daughters. The stereotypes about peach cobbler and sweet tea are not overstated. After years in the medical field, she is now enjoying every minute of being a stay-at-home mom. She loves wine, the beach, wine on the beach, and crying at Disney movies. When she doesn’t have a book in her hand, she can be found pestering her husband with pictures of animals she wants to rescue, as well as debating whether to exercise or take a nap.