Review: Take Down by Michelle Frost (Open Wounds #2)


Note: An advanced reader copy (ARC) was provided by the author via LesCourt ARC Team.

The first Open Wounds book impressed me; this second has made me a fan of Michelle Frost's and this series. Take Down satisfies the curiosity of those who wondered who Harbor Rourke was making out with on the dance floor of his brother's club and if anything had come from that. Being an up and coming MMA fighter nicknamed "The Viking" has Harbor focusing most of his energy on training in hopes of scoring a fight that would earn him both recognition and a reputation for his prowess in the cage, wanting to make his mother and three brothers proud of him. A bit of distraction in the form of a hot guy, however, isn't something he would say "no", not when it's someone who ticks all his boxes--even boxes no one's ever ticked before. Their hook-up was scorching but Harbor still walks away at the end of it only to have the very same hot guy show up at his brother's tattoo shop slash gym.

Theo Smith, though, is no stalker. The guy's got one heck of a following on Instagram and YouTube, thanks to his popular videos on health and fitness, but being a social media star isn't Theo's sole focus. He's been working too long and too hard to get his shot at making it big in the world of mixed martial arts. Walking through the doors of Open Wounds gives him two unexpected surprises: coming face to face with the hook-up he's been fantasizing of getting together with again and getting a call that lines him up for a tournament that will decided the recently vacated MMA Middleweight Championship title. The added shock? Harbor Rourke is part of the very same tournament. Both men know this is something they've wanted for some time, but the chemistry that they share also entices them to explore what they could have together. Can Harbor and Theo have it all or will they lose it all?

Michelle Frost looks to have the makings of a series that's already got two standalones that have captured my heart while also building excitement for whatever will follow next, and that's a big deal because authors want their readers to have that anticipation for future releases. I love how the books are connected by way of the series being about the Rourke brothers and the close-knit family that they've created with those nearest and dearest to them, but each book is also aptly able to tell the story of each couple without you sitting there as if something's missing in terms of the plot or development. Harbor and Theo's story was intriguing from the get-go, and not just because of the tournament. There's a hint of suspense but Take Down truly was a sports romance with equal parts of both. This second in a series easily gets five stars and I can't wait for the third and fourth books and for hopefully more! ♥

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