Book & Author Details:
The Fighter and the Baroness by Sunniva Dee
Publication date: November 29th 2016
Genres: New Adult, Romance
Victor Arquette knows the meaning of sacrifice. Destined to legendary status in mixed martial arts, his life is founded on it. Dedication equals sacrifice, and sacrifice means around-the-clock training, no partying, no junk food, no alcohol—and no women.
Helena von Isenlohe is the heiress to Kyria Castle. Due to her father’s lack of financial prowess, the restoration of the ancient German estate rests on Helena’s shoulders. A failed attempt leaves a wealthy man alone at the altar—and the fleeing bride on a plane to the United States.
A chance meeting, and Victor and Helena’s chemistry is undeniable. Except, her presence clutters his focus. Victor shouldn’t crave their nights, shouldn’t be concerned where she is or with whom. And meanwhile in Germany, Kyria Castle deteriorates at a suspicious speed, indebting Helena further to the man she left behind.
Victor and Helena believe in duty. They embrace sacrifice. But when love strikes, it strikes hard, and sometimes you have to choose where your heart is truly at home.
This wasn’t what I was expecting at all. For some reason, in my head, this was going to be a light romance. And, whilst there weren’t scary demons to be vanquished, nevertheless, both characters were struggling with elements of themselves.
As always, one of the great strengths of this author is her character development. Helena seemed to be to be a real contradiction – naive and yet canny and confident at the same time.
And Victor? A real sweetheart. So surprised by his feelings. So unsure about what to do with them. In a lot of ways, the mirror image to Helena – more worldly and full of second guesses. As a pairing, they really work.
There is really a lot to like about this story. For me, I felt that it took a little while to warm up, and I struggled a litle bit with Helena’s apparent inability to see elements of a certain character’s nature, when it was more obvious to the reader.
What I will tell you is that with this particular bad guy, I felt that Sunniva hit just the right level of slimy obsequiousness.
So, unexpected, but enjoyable nevertheless.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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Between studies, teaching, and advising, Sunniva has spent her entire adult life in a college environment. Most of her novels are new adult romance geared toward smart, passionate readers with a love for eclectic language and engaging their brain as well as their heart while reading.
Born in the Land of the Midnight Sun, the author spent her early twenties making the world her playground. Southern Europe: Spain, Italy, Greece–Argentina: Buenos Aires, in particular. The United States finally kept her interest, and after half a decade in Los Angeles, she now lounges in the beautiful city of Savannah.
Sometimes, Sunniva writes with a paranormal twist (Shattering Halos, Stargazer, and Cat Love). At other times, it’s contemporary (Pandora Wild Child, Leon’s Way, Adrenaline Crush, Walking Heartbreak, and Dodging Trains, coming in late March 2016).
This author is the happiest when her characters let their emotions run off with them, shaping her stories in ways she never foresaw. She loves bad-boys and good-boys run amok, and like in real life, her goal is to keep the reader on her toes until the end of each story
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