Jul 17, 2015

*Review* Tyed (California Love #1) by LJ Shen

Rock bottom has built way more champions than privilege has.
Blaire, an underachieving college student with zero prospects and a ton of issues (hey, being the less-successful twin of a gorgeous supermodel would totally do that to you) needs something from Ty.

Mixed Martial artist Ty, a soon-to-be Welterweight champion of the Xtreme Warrior League and the hottest guy in the Bay Area, wants something from Blaire.
But Ty has a secret.

And Blaire can barely even handle his truths.
Life is about to throw a few knockout punches at both of them. Can they handle the pain?
Tyed is a standalone novel.

I received a copy of this story for an honest review.
I don't know what I expected when I jumped into Tyed but I do know that I absolutely loved reading it. This was an easy read that I enjoyed from start to finish.
Frustrated college student Blaire Stern just wants to graduate so she can get her parents off of her back. Unfortunately her final assignment involves writing an in depth piece on Mixed Martial Arts, a sport she knows nothing about. When Blaire manages to piss off a fighter before even making in to the MMA gym participating in her story, she knows she's in trouble. If only she knew what kind because Tyler "Ty" Wilder likes a challenge. And the prize he wants... is Blaire.
What I Loved: Blaire just jumped off the page for me. She is a fantastic heroine with just the right balance of sarcasm, wit and hopefulness. Author LJ Shen keeps the focus on the build of Blaire and Ty's relationship and not his career in the ring. MMA is part of who Ty is and the world he operates in but it doesn't define his relationship with Blaire, that felt refreshing to me for a MMA genre read. This is a book couple I could definitely read more of. 
What I Didn’t Love: Overall Tyed and its leads were great. My nitpick would be a secondary story line involving the conflicted relationship between Blaire's sister and best friend. I thought it took away from the main story slightly and I wasn't a super fan of either character. Maybe they'll redeem themselves in a follow-up story?
Favorite Quotes:
“People praise him, curse him, love him and hate him, fear him and respect him. I seem to share those mixed feelings. He attracts me and repulses me at the same time. Like a car crash. Only I worry I’ll be one of the casualties involved. “
“I can handle Ty Wilder. Of course can handle Ty Wilder. I’m a (kind of) strong, (semi) independent woman, and I can. Handle. Ty. Wilder. Jesus Christ. I so can’t handle him.”
“Bad boys? They’re bad. Taming the bad boy? That’s a good idea for a chick flick. Doesn’t usually happen in real life, though. Sweetheart, you’re far too smart to be another notch on his belt.”
“I crave you. I want all of you, every single inch of you. And call it an only-child syndrome, but I. DO. NOT. FUCKING. SHARE.” 
For a first time writer author LJ Shen came out swinging. Tyed is a fast-paced enjoyable read with leads that were easy to connect with. I highly recommend checking Tyed out.
Happy reading.

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