Just Released + Official Review: Believe by Natalie Gayle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Title: Believe

Series: Oni Fighters #2

Author: Natalie Gayle

Genre: Contemporary/MMA Romance

Release Date: December 1, 2015

 

Blurb

 

Have you ever hit a point in your life where everything looks good from the outside but there’s this feeling deep in your gut that tells you something is wrong?

Dane Roberts was just an ordinary guy—so he thought. Best friend to MMA fight sensation Xander Todd, and all round decent guy. But now a restlessness surrounds him. Dare he reach for more? Could he too emulate his best friend’s results in the cage?

Arianne Le Flegg was a woman starting over, with her son. Running from a past littered with broken promises, manipulation and violent abuse at the hands of family. Violence terrified her on every level. She longed for an “ordinary life”—safety for herself and her son.

Can there ever be a future for two people who view violence so differently? One embraces it, the other dispels it. One is seeking the extraordinary, the other ordinary. She longs for the type of man he’s trying to leave behind.

For there to ever be a future together, they’ll need to dig deep and decide what really is important to each of them.

To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside.

They’ll have to Believe

 
 
 
 
 My Review:

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest reviewI fell in love with Natalie Gayle’s book Brave earlier this year. So it is not surprising that I was anxiously awaiting a bigger dose of the sexy, cocky, and sweet Dane who was Xander’s side kick in Brave. As I got to know more about this chiseled athlete in Believe, I fell even in more with Natalie Gayle’s stories, characters, and writing style. She knows how to knock you out with inspiration, heat, and heart. Dane and Arianna are all of these things and kept me engrossed and had me procrastinating on putting down their amazing story and getting some sleep. They sizzled from beginning to end and caused tears, sighing, and a lot of fanning.

Dane is a truly amazing character who is humble and doesn’t see the great person that he is. When a chance encounter brings him into Arianna and Isaac’s world, he grabs a hold of these two special people and does not let go. He has a sexy intensity that could turn any woman into a bundle of need and a puddle of goo and affects Arianna in much the same way. He has a heart as big as his muscles and shows his affection for both Arianna and Isaac openly and without hesitation. I adored reading every page about him, especially the sexy scenes. Him and Arianna were explosive!

“Right there was a pretty good summary of where I was at before Arianne Le Flegg came crashing into my life and turned it upside down.”

From the moment that Arianna was introduced, my heart went out to her. She has been a victim in some way or another for most of her life and does not know what real love is. When Dane is her knight in shining armor, she is instantly attracted but not sure if she can trust any man after having been abused by her ex husband. It was heart wrenching reading about her past and the pain she had to endure. I admired her for her strength and her ability to overcome and heal the scars that were left behind.

“There was only one thing Marcel had been right about, and that was this woman “Annie” was beautiful. It wasn’t in a flashy kind of way. It was a quiet and classy beauty. A look that left you with no doubt she was a lady.”

Natalie Gayle has a talented with interweaving amazing characters with a chemistry in and out of the bedroom and a unique storyline that teaches life lessons such as bravery and believing in yourself. I fell deeply in love with Dane’s family and his friends. Natalie knows how to cause your body to simmer and your heart to feel enveloped with warmth. Dane will win you over both heart and soul and quickly become one of your favorite one kick and punch at a time.

 
 
 

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Excerpt

 

The drive home was a killer. Although the restaurant we’d gone to was amazing, I didn’t really think it through. Mount Tamborine road was definitely a two hands on the wheel type of drive with its succession of hairpin bends and drop offs. There was no chance to have my hand on her leg or up her skirt.

“How are you doing over there? Sulking? Plotting my demise?”

“I can’t believe you left me like that!”

I chuckled, “Building anticipation, Miss.”

“I so want to reach over and grab you by the crotch just to see how you like to be tormented. This is not a road to be doing that.” She wriggled in her seat a little more suffering from frustration.

“Spread your legs, Miss.”

“What did you say?” She was playing coy because I’d left her hanging. Ari loved it when I started bossing her when it came to sex.

“You heard me! Push your hips forward and hike that skirt up. I want to look over and see your naked pussy. I want to know that’s what I’m going to have anyway I want it when we get home.”

I noted her sharp intake in of her breath, as she did as I asked.

The road evened out into the long straights on the flat. I could take a hand off the wheel now and be safe, although I had something naughtier in mind.

“Touch your pussy for me, Miss.”

“Dane!”

“Don’t Dane me. Do it!” I growled using my Sensei voice. She called it my Get it on voice. It was my Sensei voice but hey…whatever worked for her.

“I’ve never, in front of…” She was looking at me all concerned. The other day I’d demanded her hands on her tits. Today I wanted more.

“What’s the big deal? You let me do all kinds of stuff to you. I want to see you do it.”

I glanced across and she still looked unsure. “Give me your hand, Ari.”

She took my offered hand and I placed her hand directly on her mound. Then I let my fingers trail lower.

Oh wow, she was so wet. I teased her slowly with my fingers, letting them slide through her slick flesh. A couple of times her hips jolted forward and I knew I’d hit a particularly sensitive spot.

My eyes remained focused on the road, the driving was easy—all straight roads and gradual bends. Her other hand was gripped on the armrest of the door. Not in fear, but in a need to ground herself to something. Ari liked something solid to hang onto when she was into it. There was no way I could resist sliding a finger into her hot, wet channel.

“Oh, Dane.” Her voice caught and my dick flexed in my pants in response to the sound.

The hand she had on the door was now locked around my forearm. I eased my hand upwards and covered hers. Then I slowly moved it down over herself.

I spread my fingers lightly on top of hers. “Now show me what you like.”

“Why? I love everything you do!”

“Because I want to know what you do. Come on, Miss. You didn’t spend two years on your own without at least using your fingers occasionally. Or have you got a secret cache of toys you haven’t told me about?”

She tensed briefly, then relaxed as I guided her fingers lightly.

“This really turns you on?”

“Yep! Like you wouldn’t believe. Anything that involves you and sex is an instant turn on for me.”

“And I thought you were such a gentleman!” she huffed out in shaky breaths.

“I am.” I pushed her finger against her clit and rolled it in circles the way I knew she liked. “I just like to get a little wild and demanding when it comes to sex. You love it, don’t deny it. You’ve got even wetter since we’ve been talking if that’s even possible. I can’t wait to get home and lick all that sweetness from you.”

Ari let out a few long pants and her body had gone rigid. She was almost there and I couldn’t resist moving my hand back to the wheel. It was up to her whether she came now or later. I was kind of hoping she’d finish herself off; it would be another little hurdle we jumped together.

“Dane!” she shrieked.

“Finish it, Ari. Come for me. Let me see you, hear you,” I demanded of her.

Her fingers wriggled in her pussy and she started to groan and pant all at once.

“Oh God Dane, I can’t believe you made me do it,” she cried as the orgasm racked through her. I couldn’t help the chuckle that slipped out. From the corner of my eye, I watched the spasm fire through her body and her face contort in passion.

“I just encouraged you, Ari. Miss, that was hot! My dick is so hard right now.”

“I should make you return the favour,” she grunted.

“Anytime you want. Just not tonight and not when I get home from Vegas. They are definitely my cock in your pussy kind of days.” I chuckled, and pulled her fingers from her pussy and sucked them into my mouth.

“You’re impossible!”

 

I loved pushing her and she loved me, too, for doing it.

 

 
 
 

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Author Bio

 

 

 

A confessed readaholic and romantic junkie, Natalie spends her time juggling a busy career as an IT professional and author. In between staring at a computer screen (she spends lot time doing that!) Natalie, enjoys living the Gold Coast life with her very tolerant husband and two school aged children.

She loves spending time with family and friends, hitting the beach, cooking, working out and curling up with a good book. Her pet hates are cleaning and anything else that can be considered “domestic dullness”. If she could have one wish it would be to be able to fit 48 hours into 24.

Natalie is the author of the Centre Games Series. A fast paced, romantic suspense series set on the Gold Coast, Australia. The series tells the stories of the Centre, a quasi government agency established to fight environmental, biological and agricultural threats. The Centre Games books are filled with hot alpha males and the feisty independent females strong enough to capture their hearts. Natalie’s books pack lots of action, hot romance and surprises.

She recently released Brave—the first in her Oni Fighters Series. This series is MMA contemporary romance with inspirational themes. The series is about people overcoming tragedy, pain and circumstances—fighting their inner demons. The next book, Believe, will be released late 2015 with another early 2016.

 
 
 
 

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