From a secret duo of USA Today best-selling authors, comes the second complete standalone in the Modern Love series.
Who knew a bad boy could mend a broken heart?
What does a girl do after she discovers her fiancé is a cheating bastard?
In my case, I performed the ritual implosion of all scorned women. I drowned my sorrows in cases of white wine, wallowed in gallons of ice cream, and ignited a bonfire to burn away every damn remnant of his existence. Six months later, the only result was a permanent impression of my ass on the couch.
Adventure Dating, my friends dared. A new and exciting opportunity, they said.
I thought they were crazy, but I'm not one to back down from a challenge, so I signed up for the entire four-week deal.
That's where I saw him. Lucas Cummings. He isn't the classic rich boy I usually end up with. The one whose idea of working up a sweat is waiting for his margarita to be served beach-side. Nope. He's a rough and tough bad boy that all fathers warn their daughters about. You know the type. Cocky swagger, chiseled jaw - the "V".
Sold, I said to myself, until I discovered he was so much more than just a boxer.
Left hook. Right to the heart.
This is a sexy romantic comedy standalone book in the Modern Love world. You do not need to hear book one, The Bartender, in order to enjoy Hooked on the Boxer.
Hooked on the Boxer might be my favorite Piper Rayne book which is hard to say because they are all good. I loved it the first time I read it but hearing it in audio has made me love it even more.
Molly Mermelstein does a fantastic job once again of capturing these characters and I really enjoyed listening to her voice. I can't wait to hear the next book!
I head read Hooked on the Boxer before but the audio book adds so much more to the story! This is Tahlia and Lucas' story. She broke up with her fiance Chase because he was cheating. Her friends, Lennon and Whitney decide to get her out of her rut and out of the house. They take her to a boxing match where she meets Lucas, the Boxer. Things don't go so smoothly after the fight when she gets sick from drinking so much because she was nervous. They meet again when Lennon and Whitney give her the gift of adventures in dating and Lucas happens to be filling in as the guide. They can't deny their attraction and things go on from there. I like the witty banter that Piper Rayne is known for. I think Molly Mermelstein does a wonderful job of narrating. This is well worth a credit in my opinion. I hope the rest of the books will be in audio, too!
5 Crazy Must Listen/Read Stars!!!!!
I just love these authors. This series, their debut series, is what turned me into a huge fan. To be able to listen to stories that I loved reading is amazing. The narration just gives them an added dimension that brings the characters and story to life for me.
I'm going to be honest here. I was not sure about Molly Mermelstein's narration when I first started. Her voice just sounded too naive and a little on the air-head side. But the more I listened and thought the characters, she was the perfect voice for Tahlia. She did an amazing job with all of the characters.
Review from Feb 2017:
5 Crazy Must Read Stars!!!!!
I'm loving this series! I'm loving the duo that is Piper Rayne! I absolutely love Lucas! He may not top Cole on my BBF list but he's up there. Let's just say I have a new item on my bucket list that involves a boxing ring. *Fans self* Hehehehe.
This review is so hard because there is so much I want to talk about especially the way Tahlia's engagement ended in Book 1. Agghhh! See the spoilers are just itching to spew out of me. All I'm going to say is that I was hooked from the first page. If it hadn't been for that pesky little thing called sleep, I would have finished last night but the late night/early morning combo bit me in the ass from the night before. I laughed, I cried, I swooned, I may or may not have squirmed a bit during a certain scene (referenced above) or three (*whispers "or all"*) and I most definitely was thoroughly entertained. Like I said above, I am loving this series and Piper Rayne.
This can be read as a standalone. However, read The Bartender. You will want to know more about the other characters and, not to mention, more about Cole. I highly recommend this series.
Absolutely love this story. I already have it on my Kindle and needed the audiobook for my long commute. Piper Rayne never fails.
One of my favorite things about the story is that the humor is equal to the passion. Admittedly, when I first read about Tahlia, I thought she was a little too prissy. As a rough and tumble chick myself, prissy is not something I like. However, this book proved to me that while Tahl grew up with and amongst silver spoon types, she wasn't a diva. She cracked me up and made me love her. I liked Lucas from the start. I don't always like the male leads, but his sense of humor and the way he treated Tahl made me love him.
As for the performance, for the most part, the narrator did well in expressing the emotions, the passion, and the humor. There were parts though, that I winced. At times, she made Tahl sound ditzy and kind of off-putting, while Tahl is an intelligent and well-bred woman. I will say though the inflections for Tahl's best friend Lennon were awesome.