Tuesday, 1 May 2012

A Fighting Chance by Barb Wolfe

Gym owner and Sensei, DJ Brown runs Mixed Martial Arts classes for women only.

Erin Ryan is a reporter. She meets DJ when she assigned to interview her for an article in the newspaper she works for.

DJ is immediately taken with the small blonde. Unfortunately, DJ’s gaydar doesn’t ping. She’s almost certain Erin isn’t gay. DJ tells herself she has too much baggage to get involved with anyone anyway. She hasn’t had a relationship since her last girlfriend, Sandy, left her ten years earlier. One night stands and no love has been DJ’s life ever since.

Love however, has a way of creeping up on you when you least expect it. It’s not long before it’s apparent to both women, that there is a mutual attraction between them. But, the path of true love rarely runs smoothly.

There are a few ups and and downs culminating in a serious incident that will either pull DJ and Erin apart or push them together and make their love much stronger. Which will it be?

Although I have no experience in the world of martial arts, I really enjoyed the settings and storyline in this book. The story goes far beyond martial arts with a romance thrown in. There is a couple of serious occurrences in the story that are written about in a sympathetic and understanding way. Both main characters have had incidences in their lives, that they have to resolve before they can move on. Their emotional trauma’s were described so well, I felt their anguish. They were helped along by a great cast of supporting characters throughout the book too.

I thought Barb Wolfe explained a lot about the rules and moves in martial arts extremely well and without getting away from the actual story. In fact the story clipped along at a very nice pace. It certainly kept me turning the pages wanting to find out what was going to happen.

This is a very good debut book. I’ll be sure to look out for more from this author.

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