I am Lioness by Dee Garcia (Book1 of the Bloodshed Series)

With pain comes strength.
My name is Hazel Perry. You however, can call me Lioness.
I live and breathe MMA -24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
That ring is mine. I'm the Queen. 
Fierce, untouchable, and undefeated.
I've been asked how I willingly subject myself to such an intense, brutal career. 
My answer… Because it feels good. 
The rush, the high, how all other pain in your life numbs away into nothing. It's made me stronger. Every single stitch of pain I've experienced -both physically and emotionally- has made me stronger.
I've learned to protect myself. I don't trust easily and I never allow others to get too close.
Until Knox Carr.
He turned my world right side up and showed me how to feel again. 
How to live again.
How to love again.
Through bouts of separation and trials along the way, will we make it out alive?

This is the first Dee Garcia book I have read and also the first MMA Romance I have read. I have to say being a former Karate student myself, this book did not disappoint. 

Hazel uses her fighting skills to run from her past, with the help of friends, old and new she continues to try to build a future in the MMA and overcome the obstacles life throws at her.

This story brought back a few memories for me which I will not divulge as I do not want to spoil the book, but tugged at the heart strings, this is before we even look at her budding relationship with Knox, who isn't scared off by the MMA image or the fact that she could kick his arse into next week if she needed to.

The book was brilliant and I cannot wait to read more in the series. 



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