Reviewed by Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Guild Review Team
Amelia (Ames) is working hard to rise in the ranks of the MMA. She has her trainer and her girlfriend and career, but it all came to a halt when she found her girlfriend and her trainer together. Now she needs to put as much distance as she can and start over. She needs to find a new gym and first and foremost a new trainer.
When she walks in the door of a gay friendly gym she is thrilled when she discovers that they do have MMA trainers. She is introduced to Samantha, someone from her past, a forbidden love. Sam is Ames’ best friend Nina’s sister and although there is a ten-year difference between Ames and Sam, she has had a crush on her since she was a child. It has been ten years since Sam disappeared and no one will discuss her, not Nina or her parents, now here she is in the flesh as beautiful as ever.
Ames is not one to hold back from verbalizing what she wants and when Sam recognizes her name and who she is she knows she is in trouble. Ames is everything Sam could want in a girlfriend, but she can’t go there, not just age but her sister Nina. When Ames asks Sam out on a date of course, the answer is no. Sam can’t forget her past or that her parents kick her out when they discovered she was a lesbian, and that Nina also closed the door on any relationship they might have had.
The training is going well, and Sam is in constant turmoil over wanting to be with Ames and staying away. Confessing to one of her friends, Sam is encouraged to grab what she wants and put her past in the past. Her parents and sister want nothing to do with her but that shouldn’t stop her from pursuing the woman she wants.
Giving in to her feelings a relationship forms between Ames and Sam, Ames never confesses it to her best friend Nina and although guilty about it she can’t stay away from a woman she has been crushing on since she was a child, a woman who woke her up to her sexuality.
Poor Sam abandoned by her family like so many others has made a new life for herself but the one thing she can’t understand is how her sister’s best friend is a lesbian and she couldn’t accept her.
Age and past stand in the way of a lasting relationship but they shouldn’t love goes beyond age and past, age is a number, and the past is over and done with only the future counts.
There is a lot of explicit sex but beautifully done. There are descriptions of training and fighting which I am very familiar with since I watched MMA fighting with my husband all the time and it is quite a sport.