February 23rd 2018
My mom always said it was just something about the way he moved.
The same swagger Archie Valentine wore in the ring when he took his opponents down followed him like a halo everywhere he went. But make no mistake about it—he was no angel. He was like a drug. My mother was his addict
I never understood it…how love could make you blind and convince you to drink the poison. Not until I met Memphis Delaney.
At first, it was the familiar form. He’s a fighter, built like a god from the past, the kind of man the universe doesn’t make anymore. His eyes hide a story, and every time I’m in his presence I want to keep reading him until I get to the end. And then…there’s the way he moves. His boxing is violent but beautiful, and his body is a seductive weapon. When he’s in the ring, he wears the stare of a man committed to the battle until his very last breath.
He could end me; turn me into her. Too much of him will leave me as a shadow, and I’ve lost so much of myself already.
But I have discipline. It came the hard way. Lessons learned, scars left behind, and trust stripped away from life.
I will breathe his air, but I won’t fall for a man like him. The only boxer who’s ever going to break my heart is the one who gave me my name.
*I was provided a copy by the author in exchange for an honest review
Last year, Ginger Scott became one of my favorite authors. There isn’t a single book she wrote that I read that I haven’t loved so I was super excited when I first heard about Memphis. I also got super excited because I never read a book with a fighter and it looked pretty interesting. While this wasn’t my favorite book written by the author I still loved it a lot… honestly, it’s really difficult for me to love another book more than The Hard Count or even A Boy Like You.
Just as I was expecting, this book was just amazingly written and as I said before I loved everything about it but let’s start by talking about the characters because I loved Memphis and Liv. They are both such complex characters with difficult pasts that led them to be who they are. Liv hasn’t had the easiest life. Her family is pretty messed up and because of that she wants to stay as far away from them as possible. unfortunately she ends up having to return to her childhood house and you can’t imagine how sad I was for her because her family is despicable. They don’t deserve to have someone like Olivia in their lives because she’s too good for them. Anyway, despite the fact that she loses everything and ends up having to go back home, Liv keeps being a strong woman. She stood up for herself even when trying to find herself again. Just like Liv, Memphis hasn’t had the easiest life but is journey took him to Liv’s family gym. Guys, Memphis is such a sweet cinnamon roll. Don’t get me wrong, the guy is huge and knows how to put on a fight, but he’s so sweet and caring. I loved him so much and I loved the way he treated Olivia with respect since the first moment. Also, these two together were amazing. I loved their relationship, especially how much they supported each other and how much they helped each other grow.
I also loved the plot on Memphis. Being a Ginger Scott book I was already expecting a lot of heartbreak and some messed up characters but I wasn’t expecting what happened in this book. It took me completely by surprise and while I hated that something like that happened I still loved how it was told and what ended up bringing to Liv and Memphis’s lives.
Once again Ginger Scott made a great job while writing this book. I loved how she showed that while life could be difficult sometimes Liv and Memphis would be able to go through it if they were there supporting each other. I also loved the writing but that’s not a surprise to anyone.
Overall, this was an amazing book. I loved how complex it was and while it had some messed up characters it was still such a great book.
Have you read this book? If so, what did you think about it? If you haven’t read it would you read it?