Series: Kavanagh Legends #3
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: ARC, NetGalley
Also in this series: Breaking a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #1), Saving a Legend
Also by this author: Breaking a Legend (Kavanagh Legends, #1), Saving a Legend, Not a Hero
From the author of Saving a Legend (“A deep and moving story about family, acceptance, and love.”—Katy Evans) comes another smoldering MMA romance featuring the Kavanagh brothers, the chiseled alpha males whose real legacy is love.
Kane Kavanagh has always had one goal: being the best mixed martial arts fighter alive. With the MMA National Championships in Las Vegas fast approaching, the man they call “Killer” has no intention of letting anyone or anything get in his way. Somehow, though, a feisty opponent has slipped beneath his guard—and stolen his heart. Fiery and passionate, Nora Hannigan is harder to pin down than any rival Kane has faced in the ring. And she isn’t afraid to tell Kane that she wants nothing to do with him.
With her best friend about to marry into the Kavanagh family, Nora has been resisting Kane’s shameless attempts at flirting for months. But after their undeniable chemistry finally takes over, leading to the hottest night of Nora’s life, she’s running scared. There’s a lot about her life Kane doesn’t know, and she won’t be responsible for ending his career. Now Kane’s out to prove that he’s ready for commitment by winning her heart—and he’s never lost a fight.
Becoming a Legend is book 3 of the Kavanagh brothers series. Kane is one of the twins and, quite honestly, not one of the characters I was dying to know more about. He was kind of arrogant (okay, a lot arrogant) and really self centered. He was the only Kavanagh left that had a shot at winning an MMA title and his family was devoted to helping. Did Kane see this? No. He felt like the child everyone overlooked and it kind of pissed me off. It was a really immature view of his amazing life. His older brother Rory gave up everything to train him, his younger brother Quinn is his manager, and his dad built the gym he trains in!
Nora, on the other hand, I did want to know. She is trying to finish her doctorate in psychology so she can work with underprivileged youth. She is on a scholarship and spends her clinical time at the young center. Then, you find out she has had to pick up a second job because her mom is a total loser. Nora, even though she is studying to be a psychologist, would do anything to get her mom to love her, including giving her every dime she has even when it could cost her everything. Nora’s grades have plummeted and her school prohibits her from having an additional job, but Nora endures it all to try and win her mother’s love. How can you not adore her?
She and Kane have that kindergarten type relationship. You know, the ‘he pulls your pig tales because he likes you’ kind of thing. Kane, being selfish, wants Nora, but he doesn’t want Nora to be a hinderance to everything he has worked for. His back and forth affections gave me a headache at times. Overall, I did enjoy the story, but mostly because of Nora. I also liked getting glimpses into Rory/Clare and Kieran/Fiona because I really enjoyed their stories.
- POV: 3rd
- Tears: no
- Trope: fighter, dysfunctional family
- Triggers: none
- Series/Standalone: stand alone within an interconnected series.
- Cliffhanger: View Spoiler »no « Hide Spoiler
- HEA: View Spoiler »yes, with an epilogue that takes place about 3 days after the story ends « Hide Spoiler
Fighting Solitude by Aly Martinez, Laid Out by Sidney Halston, Nico by Sarah Castille…then you will probably like Becoming a Legend!