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Punching and Kissing

Kissing Series #2
Narrated by: Christian Fox, Lucy Rivers
Series: Kissing, Book 2
Length: 6 hrs and 52 mins
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Summary

When an illegal underground fight leaves my brother in the hospital, I make a desperate deal to save his life: I volunteer to fight in his place. In 30 days, I've got to walk into the ring, a woman in a man's world - and I've never even thrown a punch. I have one chance to survive. I need a badass who can teach me to be as tough as him. I need Aedan O'Harra, the blue-eyed, Irish beast of a man whom everyone fears.

But training together means getting close. Every touch of his hands makes it harder to control my feelings. I begin to see the man inside him, the one no one else can. Can I help him break free of the dark secrets that haunt him, and can we save each other, or will we both be defeated?

©2015 Helena Newbury (P)2015 Tantor

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Gritty, dark romance

Really good listen, the story kept the suspense going and I was engaged with the story the whole way through. I liked that there was a female fighter. Some of the story was pretty graphic with forced sexual incidents - it could be a trigger for some listeners, but that said was well addressed I thought.
Very well narrated, Irish accent was OK (I think these may be my two favourite narrators).

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 05-12-15

IN THIS BOOK LOVE HAD GOOD & BAD CONSEQUENCES

Yes, love has consequences.... because Alec loved Sylvie (his Sister) he went to work for Rick a drugged up greedy and mean slimeball who ran his illegal underground Fight Club with threats and violence. Alec needed the money to help feed and keep himself and Sylvie from starvation and from becoming homeless because her money cleaning rooms just didn't bring in enough money. The fight was meant to be an easy win.... until Rick flipped Fighters on him and things became violent, brutal, bloody and life threatening.

Sylvie loved her Brother, he was all the family she had, and that love had heartbreaking consequences..... because, as Alec lay bleeding and dying before her eyes and Rick was threatening to do even more deadly damage to him, Sylvie made a bargain with Rick the evil sick Devil of a man. However, that bargain would lead her to Aedan a moody, broody, handsome, haunted and scarred Irish ex Fighter who would be her hope, her salvation, her lover.... and her downfall.

Aedan felt the instant pull towards Sylvie, the beautiful Angel who took him to Heaven because her forgiveness, acceptance and love healed his tortured mind..... but love had consequences. Their chemistry had been instant but he had walked away determined not to taint her with his sullied hands and then Sylvie had sought him out begging for the impossible. And Aedan was cornered because he knew personally just what sort of wicked atrocities Rick was capable of, he'd tasted them firsthand, so he agreed and that agreement was going to change him, give him the best sex ever, reward him with the love of his life and then a double-double cross would plummet him to the bowels of Hell where only heartbreak and the Devil waited.

A bitter-sweet story that was full of drama, angst, tension and suspense as well as a sweet and tender push/pull romance that had some long and hot sex scenes between two lovers that Fate had been so cruel to.... but thankfully Destiny was there ready to pick up all the pieces and give them a HEA. It was sometimes dark, sometimes violent and sometimes unrealistic.... it only took 1 month to change her body to fighting fit (yeah right) and her brother lay in a coma for all that time but she never called the Hospital or visited instead she trained and played nicey nicey with Aedan. But it's fiction and call me shallow because I just didn't care about those flaws as they were totally outweighed by the overall plot and the loveable hero and heroine. Dual POV's and great narration - especially Christian's sexy Irish accent.

Worth a credit? It was a shorter listen than the previous book but, IMO, it was just as enjoyable and just as creditworthy.

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  • Lisa B.
  • 08-09-18

Sensational!

Loved this book! This usually isn’t a genre I read but who could resist the narrator? I’m ready to run away with him for his voice alone. Don’t tell my hubby lol. This author really knows how to mix all different emotions in her books. I loved the characters, except Rick. Wish he would’ve gotten beat up. He’s such a coward. This was a great idea for a book. Now I’m going to listen to them all.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-20

Had me on my tors

I stay on the edge of my seat with this author. helena Newbury knows how to keep your heart in your throat. I was literally holding my breath on parts. Sweet love story but also painful.

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  • julie santos
  • 26-11-19

Unbelievable story but entertaining.

The narrators are good. The Irish accent is unbelievable but I didn’t let me bother me much. The story is also unbelievable- especially towards the end. The characters keep saying “they have no other choice” but there are numerous of other choices. You have to just let that go. If your someone that needs logic this won’t work. Half the time the actions of the villain make no sense. But it’s entertaining enough. Good sex scenes. There’s not a ton of buildup in between the two main characters. If you like that in a story you won’t get that here.

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  • m14
  • 23-11-19

Too slow

It was just too slow for me, it had too many internal dialogues for my taste. I also didn't like the ending, it seemed unlikely and rushed. I also didn't like how heroine reacted in some situations. It was just okay, not too good but not too bad.
Also, I think that both narrators were prrety good.

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  • Tamar
  • 08-12-18

Kinda OK

I enjoyed the story though I'm not a fan of the female narrator' male voice. However, there was something missing. I think the bad guy had a little too much power over them with not enough scare factor to warrant their compliance with his ridiculousness. It's worth a listen but I wouldn't listen to it a second time.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-05-18

Love this!

There is actually a story! Helena continue with their story. Bring the brothers into the story

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  • RiaLee
  • 24-04-18

Grabbed me from the start

Helena grabbed my attention from the start with her vivid images of the “Pitt” and the characters surrounding it. Then Lucy pulled me into her character and the fear along with the surprising interest in the hooded man watching her. From the moment we hear Christian Irish voice I’m a goner. The New York underground fight world was not a surprise but the character development was so amazing that I cried in the last fight . Powerful, sexy, and worth every minute of lost sleep. ( I was silly enough to start this at 9:00 pm and could not stop to sleep)

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  • HB
  • 20-04-18

I got through this in a day.

The fight at the end is really what made me like this book. It was pretty predictable and a little to steamy for me but overall it was a decent listen.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 17-03-18

Enjoyable

It was a good book. The narrators did a wonderful job. Especially the male narrator, I'll be looking for more of his narations. The story itself was pretty good. There were a few aspects of the story that seemed too coincidental. Overall, I think the audiobook is well worth the credit and the time spent listening.