AGAINST THE ROPES by Jeanette Murray


Title: Against the Ropes (First to Fight #2)

Author: Jeanette Murray

Publication Date: October 6, 2015




The author of Below the Belt continues her First to Fight series with a novel of one Marine’s battle to come out on top—in life and love…

As a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.

Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—a job that gets more challenging when someone digs up the truth about Greg’s not-so-shiny past after equipment is vandalized at the gym.

Even if it wasn’t her job, Reagan can’t let Greg take the fall. Because passion doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to matters of the heart…


Meagan’s 3.5 Star Review

I’m not going to lie. I’m usually not a cover whore, but when I saw this cover I knew I had to read this book . . . because abs are my weakness. Especially nice shiny ones that look all sweaty – mmmm abs. But, I digress let’s talk about the book. What I liked about Against the Ropes was even though this is a series I could read the books out of order. I used to be a staunch “I must read every book in this series in the order it was written” kind of girl, but as I start to devour more and more books I’ve become more lax. There were a few instances where I wished I had read the previous book but that was just because I enjoyed the characters, there wasn’t anything I couldn’t deduce from reading this book.

Reagan, whose voice was so deep and husky while she was in her professional mode, it gave him the most untimely boner of his life.
Nothing said awkward like popping wood in the back of a bus with a dozen other guys.

I also like the comradely between the men – Higgs, Costa, and Graham. In fact, I enjoyed their banter more than women’s back and forth. Reagan and Marianne’s banter felt forced at times, like canned laughter during a sitcom. It didn’t flow as naturally as the men’s dialogue, although, that could just be because as a woman it’s easier for me to pick apart women’s dialogue.

It was surprising that with all the build up the sex between Reagan and Gregory wasn’t as heated as I had hoped. I understand not every book calls for erotic boudoir scenes, and honestly I wouldn’t want that, it gets boring. But I would have liked the amount of time the author put into teasing us with Reagan and Higg’s attraction to compliment the heat in the bedroom. The amount of scenes were fine, I was just hoping for something more heartfelt, maybe a little more passionate.

Gregory and Reagan were fun characters. Reagan was a little harder to like than Gregory, but that could have been because she was such a strong independent women that it took more time to understand her. Gregory laid his feelings out there right away, so it was easy to see his gooey center. But even though Gregory and Reagan were the protagonists it was a side character who stole every scene he was in. Graham, Gregory’s friend, was too cute not to love. A big kid at heart, he’s even more lovable when he’s struck speechless by the cute yoga instructor. Graham even pulls out all the stops and creates an allergy free barbeque for his friends when he finds out Kara’s son has severe allergies. I’m seriously crushing on him.

While the book ends on a high note for Reagan and Gregory, there are still a lot of unanswered questions. I’m not sure how I feel about all the storylines the author left dangling. Graham and Kara’s book is up next which means the problems from this book will bleed into theirs. It will be interesting to see how everything ties together at the finish of the series. Now back to those abs . . .

“We waited way too long for this,” she breathed as he nudged the head of his penis against her opening.
“My bad.” He pressed in, and she moaned. “Yeah, definitely my bad.”





About the Authors


Jeanette Murray

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Jeanette lives just outside St. Louis with her husband, daughter and their lovable-but-stupid Goldendoodle. When she’s not writing her next romance, she’s found hanging out with the new friends she’s made here, catching up with old friends from past duty stations on Facebook, or surfing Pinterest pretending she can cook. Catch up with her on Facebook or Twitter for contests, sneak peeks of what she’s working on, and updates about her life in general.



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