March 14, 2015

REVIEW: Tyler's Undoing (Gloves Off #1) By, L.P. Dover

She was what he wanted … but she was also his undoing.

Through mutual understanding, Tyler’s secret affair with Gabriella Reynolds has come to an end. It was a decision that not only saved their friendship, but it was one that would change Tyler Rushing’s life forever.

For the past couple of years, Tyler was known as being one of the UFC’s most memorable and sexy heavyweight fighters. Now he has the chance to win the title and claim the fame he so deserves. Having all the women he wanted was the highlight of his days; at least until Kacey Andrews walked through the door of his gym. He couldn’t keep his eyes off of her; there was an innocence about her that sparked his interest and he wasn’t going to give up until he had her. Little did he know that Kacey Andrews wasn’t a stranger … she was part of his world; he just didn’t know it. It was a secret she’d worked hard to keep hidden.

Kacey spent years trying to get away from the fighting world, away from the man who was hated among the MMA elite … her brother, Kyle Andrews. Unfortunately, she was brought back into it when Tyler’s relentless battle for her heart won her over, drawing her in. The only problem is that secrets never stay buried forever. In the end, Tyler will have a decision to make, and it’s one that could possibly destroy his and Kacey’s life … forever. 


I have picked up multiple L.P. Dover books. I read the second chance series and while I didn’t like some of those books I found a few that made me want to keep trying. There is something about L.P. Dover’s writing, that while I might not like everything she releases, I keep coming back for more. I chose to pick this one up because the books revolved around MMA fighters. I have really gotten into the fighter romances and this one definitely didn’t disappoint.

When we meet Tyler he has finally made it. He is in the running for the Heavyweight title, he is about to take over his families gym, and he can have any woman he could ever want. When a new member catches his eye, Tyler knows he has to talk to her only he doesn’t know what he is in for. Kacey has grown up around fighters. Her brother is one of the most ruthless and hated fighters around. She left California to get away from him and take care of her dying Grandmother, the only family who actually loves her. When Kacey’s best friend drags her to a new gym she had no idea it would be an MMA gym. Now she has the unwanted attention from a fighter who is everything she doesn’t want.

I really loved Tyler. It didn’t take him long to be ready to let go of his bad boy ways. He was a good man right from the start and didn’t play any games. Tyler was definitely an alpha and once he saw Kacey it was all over. Tyler was protective, possessive, and definitely sexy. He could be really sweet at times too. Kacey, on the other hand, I didn’t really like in the beginning. Because of her past she was really judgmental when it came to fighters. Like downright bitchy when she speaks to them for the first time. It was kind of understandable but the level she took it to rubbed me the wrong way at first. Once she realized that not all fighter where like Kyle I began to like her. She was strong and didn’t let people walk all over her. Kacey definitely stood up for the people she loved.

While I love drama as much as the next person unnecessary drama is something I really really don’t like. I love it when an author is able to create a story that has drama and tension but doesn’t overdo it. L.P. Dover was definitely able to do that. While there was drama with Kacey’s brother there wasn’t unnecessary drama with Tyler and Kacey as a couple. I loved the story and the additional storyline the MMA fighting brought into it. The book was fast paced and kept me interested. I didn’t find myself bored or skimming paragraphs. I can’t wait to read about the rest of the boys!

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