[Review] Undefeated by Melissa Cutler

I normally do not post a review on wednesday, but I felt like doing it. So here it is 🙂

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.

Synopsis: Yoga instructor Marlena Brodie is always up for a challenge, and her new job of snapping Bomb Squad out of their rut is definitely that, even though it means being in close contact with Liam McAllister, her high school crush gone bad. She can feel the damage pouring off of him—but also a wild and sexy strength that calls to her.
The Army turned Liam McAllister into a man, but as a combat medic, he saw far too much to ever be whole again. He’s not interested in the civilian world beyond his job as a carpenter, but he never stopped wondering what might have been with Marlena—and it isn’t long before she’s crashed through his carefully constructed walls. He longs for a new beginning with her, but to be the man she deserves, he’ll have to step out of his defensive zone and score the most important play of his life…

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Genre: Contemporary Romance
Series: Bomb Squad #2
Date of Publication: November 28, 2014
Cliffhanger: No
HEA/Happy End: Yes

Rating: 4.5 Stars ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶ ✶
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What I thought before reading it: A book about ice hockey and military heroes? Is it christmas already? Those are two things I love in one. It is definitely christmas.

What I thought after reading it: I expected the book to be different. But I liked the way it turned out. One thing though: not enough ice hockey.

Undefeated tells the story of the yoga instructor Marlena and ex-army Liam. Marlena was engaged to help the “Bomb Squad” ice hockey team with their blockade. Liam is a player on the team. Both are totally different people who are perfect for each other.

Be aware that this book deals with some heavy subjects like early childhood abuse (not rape!), PTSD, schizophrenia, amputation and living your live with these conditions.

Liam, one of the two main characters of this book, is an ex-army member and suffers from PTSD (posttraumatic stress disorder) since some years. He is actively doing something against it, even though it sometimes bites him in the …. behind. Also he is a member of the ice hockey team “Bomb Squad”. He was really well described and I immediately liked him, especially his point of view. He was just authentic. Please note: I have never had any contact with someone who suffers from PTSD, but I think he is very well presented.

Marlena is the other main character of this book. She is this (mostly) even-tempered and totally understanding yoga teacher with a love for feng shui. She lived through a pretty traumatic experience when she was ten that has to do with her brother who is a schizophrenic. She pushed the memory of the event away till something happens with Liam right at the start of the novel. After that she starts to have some troubles, but Liam helps her through it.

I love the interaction between Liam and Marlena. Throughout the book they become each other’s solid ground. Their rock to reality and sanity in Liam’s case.  Liam protects Marlena and Marlena helps Liam, those two are just perfect for each other and I want to cuddle them.

There are quite a few side characters as well, for example Liam’s twin sister Oliva who is at the same time Marlena’s best friend since school. But she and Liam grew kind of distant to each other because if Liam’s PTSD.

Also there were a few hockey players that I feel in love with – like Gabe. Poor Gabe.

This review might make the book sound like it’s just really somber and depressing, but that’s not right. It’s also funny on some parts. The guys from the hockey team are really funny when they are all together, but scence between Marlena and Liam are as well.

I almost forgot to tell you that this is the second novel in the series, but you can perfectly read it as a stand-alone. No knowledge from book #1 is required.

I can’t really tell you of which author this book reminds me, because normally this isn’t my genre, but I will definitely read the next one and maybe the first one.

And I recommened this one to you, but only if you can stomach some deep subjects.

4,5 out of 5 stars

Buy it here:
Amazon DE | Amazon COM | Amazon UK

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