Everyone thinks that Pro Wrestling is fake, but to Ryder Blakemore, being fake gets him paid. Ryder lives in the world of “selling” the act of making wrestling look believable to the audience. He’s a third generation wrestler on his way to cement his legacy as the best wrestler in the world by winning the championship belt at Slampocalypse. He as it all, money, a great house, everything except the answer to this question.
What do you say to someone when their wife just left them?
This is what Ryder must try to figure out when his best his best friend loses the love of his life. When the duties of being a caretaker to his friend starts to prove more than he can handle, Ryder soon realizes that being there for someone is more than a “it be like that sometimes.”
It isn’t until Ryder meets and instantly bonds with Amira that things begin to change. Now his main focus is getting his friend better and through the process of the divorce that has left him shattered. With the title match fast approaching Ryder sets out to become the man that everyone expects him to be. Because being fake doesn’t get you anywhere with love and Ryder soon finds out that even in wrestling, you can’t sell the way of the heart.
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I was lucky enough to receive this book directly from the author. I hope the prospective reader will read this review fully before making any prejudgments on the book. I will give the book my thoughts. These thoughts are completely my own and not swayed in any way by anyone else’s reviews or opinions.
I want to start out by saying that this was not what I was expecting. I am willing to read anything. I was ready to start this book. I am not a huge sports fiction reader. I actually don’t read much of this genre. The romance aspect does help break up some of the heavier moments. I wasn’t expecting it at all. I liked that there were multiple layers to the story.
I did love the connections between the characters. It was interesting and entertaining. Overall, I think the story was so good because of the way that the characters were written. Life is more than just one moment. I loved the difference between Ryder when you see his true colors versus what other view him as. He is wrapped up in the world of sports and stardom. I love even more that the sport, wrestling, became its own character. While it was part of Ryder’s back story, it became its own voice and that was a wonderful writing choice by the author.
Though the book was well written, it isn’t in my normal genre. I am not familiar with the wrestling world and the author did a great job giving me a good back story of the sport so I at least have some knowledge. I didn’t feel lost while reading the book and that was a comforting thought as I turned the page.
My Rating: I rate this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I took a star off because I am not sure if I would want to read the next installment. The author is talented and the writing is very good. I just don’t think the story connected with me in an overwhelming way where I believe I will read this book over and over again. Although I rate the book 4 stars, I do think it is worth reading. If you love sports fiction, this may be an author I would tell you all to seriously look into.