Ivan is an orphan that was raised by the Italian Mafia to be one their MMA fighters. Now the Irish Mafia has taken over the Italian territory and Ivan can make his own money doing what he enjoys. However, he is haunted by his past and is not sure he will ever find the perfect woman for him. Then luck or chance intercedes, and he literally bumps into Maylin, the daughter of the Irish Kingpin in charge of everything. Ivan’s entire world changes as he decides Maylin is the woman he has been dreaming about. Ivan is book 2 in a trilogy about three young MMA fighters in servitude to the Mafia. I read the first novel, Cain, years ago, so I did not remember much of that story while I was reading Ivan. I did enjoy the first novel in the series. There is mention of the characters from the previous novel, but it is not necessary to have read the first novel in order to understand this one. Ivan was slightly different than Cain. The story line to me became convoluted at a point with all that was going on with this story. It was information overload. Ivan’s backstory alone was like, “WTH?!?” There was some suspense in the novel, but the author let it drop and it was not mentioned again by the end of the novel. I am not sure if it will pick back up on the third novel in the series. Although this story is part of a series, it does end with a HEA. The cliffhanger/epilogue of the story is the introduction into the third novel, Knox, in the series.
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