Review : Brutal Game (Flynn & Laurel, #2) by Cara McKenna

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Review : Brutal Game (Flynn & Laurel, #2) by Cara McKennaBrutal Game by Cara McKenna
Series: Flynn & Laurel #2
Published by Self-Published on 22-11-2016
Genres: Romance
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The long-awaited sequel to Willing Victim.

Nine months ago Laurel walked into an underground boxing gym and found herself mesmerized by a stranger named Flynn—a man who fights hard and loves harder. Since then he’s taken her places where fear and curiosity clash in exquisite pleasure, where trust is the price of ecstasy, and in time their brutal games have become her kink as much as his.

But when real life intrudes and hard decisions demand action, will these two whose bond is rooted in fantasy take shelter in each other’s arms, or discover that lust is no substitute for a lasting commitment?


Picking up not long after Willing Victim, Brutal Game continues the story of Flynn and Laurel. By day he’s still a construction worker but by night he’s this big, ferocious MMA fighter. She’s still waitressing but she knows that she needs to actually put her engineering degree to good use and look for something better. As Flynn and Laurel navigate their everyday lives they come to find out that sometimes life has a mind of it’s own.

Brutal Game shows readers what life is really like after you get your HEA. Relationships take work and compromise. It also shows you how much life can change in an instant when Laurel finds out she’s pregnant. Unsure if they are ready to become parents, Laurel and Flynn go over their choices. And, while Flynn makes his stance clear, he’d love for Laurel to have the baby, he ultimately leaves the decision up to Laurel.

Not knowing what to do Laurel agonizes over her decisions. She’s trying to get her life back together and finally do something with her degree. She’s not sure she’s ready to be a mother because she never had the best influence growing up. She does however think Flynn would make a wonderful father. As days go by, the choice is ultimately taken away from her and we get to see how lives can change in an instant.

I adored Brutal Game much more than I did Willing Victim. This has nothing to do with Victim being a lesser novel, but I’ve always been more interested in seeing life after the HEA. And Cara surely brought it. There’s enough realism in Game that you can see yourself in the characters and situations but also enough fantasy that you’re able to escape into the story.


About Cara McKenna

Since she began writing in 2008, Cara McKenna has published nearly forty romances and erotic novels with a variety of publishers, sometimes under the pen names Meg Maguire and C.M. McKenna. Her stories have been acclaimed for their smart, modern voice and defiance of convention. She was a 2015 RITA Award finalist, a 2014 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award winner, a 2012 and 2011 RT Reviewers’ Choice Award nominee, and a 2010 Golden Heart Award finalist. She lives with her husband and baby son in the Pacific Northwest, though she’ll always be a Boston girl at heart.


Willing Victim by Cara McKenna


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