Just Released + Official Review! Challenge by Natalie Gayle

Title: Challenge

Series: Oni Fighters #3
Author: Natalie Gayle
Genre: Contemporary/MMA Romance
Release Date: July 18, 2016


How does something so right suddenly go so wrong? Maybe because fate is an evil bitch.

Seth Harris was Onigashima Fighters resident womanizer, party animal and good time guy. He was just as quick with a joke as he was with his fists in the cage. Fast and loose—that’s the way he liked to play it in all aspects of his life. Was that the real Seth or a carefully crafted façade?

Sophia Sommers knew her looks were what everyone noticed first—until she threw a kick punch combination. Few realised, her real gifts were determination, courage and adaptability. Her course was clear and charted…until she let Seth Harris under her guard.

One night— two actions. That’s all it takes to set off a chain reaction that changes the course of their lives.

What happens when fate intervenes and leaves them both reeling, with nothing more than hazy memories of how they landed in their new and terrifying reality? 

Will these two very different people accept the challenge fate has dealt them? Or will their inner demons convince them to walk away from a fight harder than they’ve ever faced before?

They must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside. They’ll have to rise to the challenge.
Official Reviws!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

After reading Brave and Believe and stepping into the fictional Onigashima dojo with all the delicious, upstanding heros who fight along side their ladies to conquer their demons, I have become enchanted and have fallen madly in love with Natalie Gayle’s writing and her inspiration characters. Is the passion between her characters scorching hot? Absolutely! But what brands her stories upon my heart is their meaning and the bravery of the hero and heroine to overcome and pursue their love and happiness. Seth and Sophia take readers on a journey that is wrought with struggles, heat, fears, and a love that stands against any adversity.

“I knew better. The demons would always catch me and just like now, it was always when I least expected it, when my guard was down and I was unawares.”

Seth Harris is a born fighter, popular with the women, and always jovial. That is until he becomes entangled with the beautiful, head strong Sophie and his life is hurtled down a dark path. Sophie soon gets to see that Seth is a “still waters run deep” person, even if he hides that part of himself away from his friends and family’s eyes. Natalie paints a picture of a man of strength becoming shattered and broken, who has to learn to rely on those that he loves to help him become again who he once was. I absolutely adored Seth with his cocky confidence, dirty talk and hip action, along with his wounded little boy soul. If he wasn’t breaking my heart with his story, he was leaving me hot and bothered with his intense, steamy sessions with Sophia, or making my fingers itch to shake the stubbornness from him. He is complex, hot, and worthy of Sophia’s love.

“Seth the womanizer, the party animal, the good time guy..It was laughable really, if only they all knew. There was still a big part of me that was the ten-year-old boy craving love, affection, and understanding.”

Sophia Sommers is a woman who has a heart of gold, shoulders a guilt that won’t go away, can hold her own in a fight, and has her sights set on certain sexy muscled fighter. When she and Seth end up on a collision course of events that they never could have saw coming, they find a strength inside that is a force unlike any that they have ever encountered in a fight. They learn to do battle with their hearts as well as their fist. Sophie is the epitome of bad ass with her athletic body, courage, and willingness to stand up to anyone who gets in her way, including Seth himself. When Natalie created Sophia, she brought to life a heroine that shows how sexy and strong a woman can be both inside and out.

“You won’t quit now. It’s not part of your DNA. You’re a fighter, Soph. Seth needs you in his corner to fight with him. You’re strong enough. I have no doubt.”

Natalie Gayle delivers another memorable story that has the hero and heroine punching and kicking their way into our hearts. I highly recommend Challenge for a book that is high on steam and has us riding waves of emotion from beginning to end. Natalie captivates and draws readers into a world that inspires us to fight our own demons while falling in love with another melt in your mouth MMA fighter. I feel like I have grown right along with all of the characters in the Oni Fighters series and I am already anxiously awaiting the next sexy package of muscles with a big heart that Natalie will introduce us to next.

“Open for me, babe. Let me have you. I need to taste you, nothing tastes as good as you. What’s mine.” His. I was his. He was mine.”

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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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