Review: Love on the Mat by Winter Travers (Powerhouse M.A. #2)

Note: This ARC was provided by the author via Enticing Journey Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Love on the Mat is the second novel in the Winter Travers-penned series entitled Powerhouse M.A. featuring the four friends who all own an up and coming dojo. This second book is about Hadley James and Tate Holten. Hadley knows all about struggling to weather all the storms coming her way. She works as a bartender, meaning she's slinging drinks till two in the morning, leaving her with little time to recoup her energies before her day starts again and she has to make sure her nephew has what he needs for school. On the other hand, Tate is reaping the rewards of co-owning Powerhouse. The only thing missing is having that someone special to share his life with. But then Hadley snags his attention and Tate wants nothing more than to swoop on and give her everything to make her life better. But Hadley isn't looking for a savior; she just wants a full night's sleep. Tate already knows Hadley is what he needs, but what will it take for Tate to convince her that he's there to support her in whatever way she may need and that what they could have together is something that may very well be worth taking a chance on?

This second in a series had more angst than its predecessor, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing, especially since it's still tempered by the humor that was prevalent in the series starter. Hadley and Tate were a great couple to get to know throughout the book. My heart went out to Hadley because she had a lot going on and it was clear that she was struggling more often than not. However, she was also an admirable heroine because she didn't whine or complain about her lot in life and she was willing to make those sacrifices because she truly loved her nephew and she took her guardianship seriously. And Tate? Well, the guy had a big heart, and I liked how he desperately wanted to step in and play hero, but also respected Hadley enough to know that he couldn't barrel his way into her life. Aside from the usual suspects--the guys from Powerhouse--one particularly memorable supporting character had to be Ryker, Hadley's sixteen-year-old nephew, and kudos to Travers for choosing to not make him the stereotypical sulky teen. Love on the Mat surpassed my expectations and I'm easily giving this 4.5 out of five stars. ♥ 

Date Read: 08 June 2017

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