Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Beneath the Surface by M.A. Stacie

Beneath the Surface‏ (Reluctance, #1)** 4 out of 5 Stars **


Kyran Reese is a man in control.  Driven when it comes to work, focused when it comes to play.  From his office to the chalk circle of the bare-knuckle boxing ring, his only thought is to win.  That thirst heightens when Dale Porter enters his life.  His brother's assistant should be off limits, but her witty comments and sarcastic comebacks have him desperate to get her between the sheets.

When Dale agrees to Kyran's relationship stipulation of no labels she's sucked into a whirlwind of lust, money, and underground boxing.  Dale fights her growing affection, trying to hide it when the world around them spirals out of control.  All too soon she realizes she can't hide her true feelings any longer. 

Has Kyran finally met his match?  Could playing to win mean playing for keeps?


What can I say?  I'm a sucker for a fighter with tattoos.  From Travis to Remy...and everyone in between.  It doesn't matter to me.  I flock to these books as if they personally call to me.  I LOVE them!  Beneath the Surface was no different.  The book is written in dual POV which was an added bonus.  The plot was enjoyable and honestly, I just couldn't put it down.  I read until 90% last night and couldn't hold my eyes open anymore so I finished it up this morning.  I loved both the heroine and the hero.  I did get frustrated with them at times.  It's one of those things where you just wanna scream at them to actually communicate instead of assuming they know what the other is thinking.

Kyran reminded me of a few other characters we know.  He had some Travis Maddox in him.  He had some Nate McKenna in him.  He had some Remington Tate him.  And finally I saw some Christian Grey in there too ;)  Dale was a strong heroine.  She stood up for what she felt and wouldn't back down.  I have to give her some credit for that seeing as how dominating Kyran could be.  I loved them both instantly and couldn't wait to see how their story played out.

Things I loved:

  1. Kyran's intensity
  2. Those tattoos!
  3. The ending...just PERFECT
  4. Dale standing her ground at all times!
Things I didn't like:
  1. Her them confused at times.  Two male names never works for me
  2. The amount of time it took for him to realize what he's feeling
  3. His brother and how it was handled.
I loved this book.  If you love fighters like I do then grab this one and read it.  It's worth it.  I'm giving it 4 out of 5 Stars because it did drag in places and I kept getting their names and faces confused.  Check it out!


Dale is pretty with dark curly hair, green eyes and she's tiny.  She's witty, sarcastic, and gives as much as she gets.  She's Kyran's bother's new assistant.

Kyran is a ruthless businessman by day and a fighter by night.  Fighting is his dirty little secret, an addiction he needs to relieve stress.  He has dark hair and tattoos.  He's dark and brooding and very possessive and dominate.  He has to have control in all things.

Kyran and Dale meet on her first day as his brother Taylor's new assistant.  His brother has a habit of not showing up to work so he has to handle the new employee stuff.  There is an instant attraction that's very powerful.  He tries to intimidate her but he figures out pretty quick that she's gonna give him as much as he gives her.  She's not afraid of him which is something different than he's accustomed too.  

Days pass and the attraction eats at him.  She's all he can think about.  She's consuming him day and night.  He hates this and does everything in his power to forget her.  He's itching to be in a fight and he's needing some kind of serious release.  Things come to ahead in an elevator.  Before he realizes what he's doing he's got her pushed against the wall.  He realizes that she's not fighting him.  He backs off her and goes all cold on her again.

Needing that release he schedules a fight.  Thinking the distraction is what will fix him he's surprised to learn that she's at the club.  Her brother is a bartender there.  He ends up yelling at her and then getting sucker punched and knocked up.  This leads to her being worried and driving him home.  She spends the night to check on him and the next morning a friendship starts to emerge.  A very sexually charged friendship.  You could feel it in the pages as you read.  He's bound to snap and when he does everyone is going up with him.  

Another week passes and they end up in a boardroom together alone.  Things get out of hand.  What starts as a scorching kisses ends with her on the table with him.  I have to say, the sex was rough and dirty and so so hot!  They end up messing around in the shower after a fight the next night.  They can't seem to get enough of each other.  This confuses him because he's not a relationship kind of guy.  

They make an agreement.  They are going to have a "no labels" relationship which means it's just sex and nothing more.  It still blows my mind how characters think this will work but then I'm a reader so I know it's not going to.  So starts an intense and passionate no strings attached relationship.  The rules are simple.  Work is work and everything else is fair game.  

It's not long before they both begin to realize things are changing between them.  They go from sex at his apartment to playing on the beach and little touches and kisses wherever they can get them.  He's holding to his terms though.  Things continue like this for awhile.

Kyran's brother is always late for work, he comes in hungover if he bothers to come in at all.  Dale knows something isn't right with him but Kyran won't listen to her.  The man needs help.  Kyran has been taking care of him for years and he's very angry at him.  Things come to ahead when Dale finds him unconscience in the bathroom.  He's overdosed on cocaine.  He ends up in the hospital and after they fight, Kyran heads straight to Dale.  He doesn't realize or doesn't want to accept that he needs her.  They end up having sex and then she breaks the rules.  She tells him she loves him.  He doesn't react like she thought but it's still not good.  He doesn't want to end things with her, he can't walk away from her, but he doesn't feel the same.  She can't be with him if he can't because she needs more.  He leaves the apartment and walks away.

Kyran apparently doesn't know how to do a break up.  He's still calling and trying to get her to go to a function with him.  She stands her ground and refuses to be with him.  It's not easy on her though.  She goes to the club he fights at thinking he's not going to be there and gets drunk.  Naturally, he is there fighting.  He looses the fight.  He looks bad and he's fighting to numb the pain of not having her.  You would think this would be a wake up call for him.  She eventually agrees to go to the function with him.  It's a disaster and she walks away from him for a 2nd and final time.  A few days later she quits her job and leaves town to spend some time with her dad.

Kyran isn't handling the break up well.  He schedules a fight and lets the guy pound on him without fighting back.  Anything to not feel what he's been feeling.  After he's knocked unconscious and then wakes up to Dale's brother things start to fall into place.  They talk and he realizes what he's done.  His only thought is getting to her.  He shows up at her door soaking wet begging her to let him in.  He finally tells her how he feels and that he's in love with her.  She forgives him and things go back to the way they should be.  She's been receiving these weird cards in the mail with nothing on them.  Turns out they are labels he's been sending her (???) and he places another one in front of her that says, "WILL YOU MARRY ME?".  She says yes.

"I was falling in love with you.  Hook.  Line. And f***ing sinker.  You took the ground from under my feet and left me with nothing to cling to but you."

The epilogue takes place 6 months later and he's running late for his own wedding.  Right before they walk down the isle together he hands her another label that says, "MRS. REESE", and then she hands him his own label that says, "DADDY".  

My Kyran / Dale