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Eden Bauer grew up in a rough part of New York with an unsafe home life and took refuge in the neighborhood Tae Kwon Do dojang. When the master of the dojang offered to train Eden as a live-in student, he started her on a journey that would eventually lead her to become the UFC featherweight champion of the world.

Eden loves competing and coaching the underprivileged kids of her community, but just as she’s getting comfortable with her champion title, a new martial artist from a legendary family comes roaring onto the scene with a dynasty on her shoulders. Brooklyn Shaw is a loud, cocky, aggressive Brazilian jiujitsu genius who’s also unfortunately pretty dreamy.

Brooklyn and Eden’s rivalry attracts worldwide attention, but as they spend time together, Eden sees past Brooklyn’s showmanship to who she really is. They ought to be perfect for one another, but can either really fall in love with the person standing in the way of her dreams?

©2021 Nicole Disney (P)2022 Bold Strokes Books Inc
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  • Marie S.
  • 09-07-22

What a great book!

I read “The Clinch” by Nicole Disney in print a few months ago and enjoyed it so much that I just picked up the audio version too. I don’t even like mixed martial arts and fighting sports, but I absolutely loved this book.

The author’s bio says that she has worked as a martial arts instructor and her love of the sport is really apparent here.

The fight and training scenes are written so methodically that it makes you feel like you are in the ring with them. Those sections flow like a choreography. The writing also has such a high level of intensity - whether it’s the description of the training, the fight scenes, or even the steamy ones.

The narrator Kiera Grace also does a great job - you can just feel the emotion and excitement during all of the intense and adrenaline packed scenes.

“The Clinch” is surprisingly a page turner, with great characters, sharp banter, important social commentary, and a very exciting and emotional ending.

It’s such a good book!

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  • Sondra A., Cobb
  • 01-10-22

GET THIS AUDIOBOOK!

I absolutely loved this book. I listen to many audiobooks, so when I say this book is a must listen, I mean it. It's always nice to find a lesbian sports romance and this one went beyond my expectations. The main characters meet as rivals in the MMA ring and things go from "I'm going to kick your ass" to "I never knew she was so sweet" etc. This is a slow burn that will put a smile on your face. The fight scenes were spot on and I can't ruin any surprises, but ... the whole story is just so good! will listen to again

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  • buttonsmom05
  • 19-09-22

Excellent Book

I look forward to more from this author. I finished in 2 days. Keep them coming!

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  • Theresa Huber
  • 14-09-22

Winner

I was attentive to every detail. Loved the realism of the competition, the training. I loved the authors understanding of the sport of mixed martial arts, what it takes to be Champion. In this case the Champion was a woman. The context was so realistic it could have been a real sports announcer describing the fights. The push and pull between the main characters as they navigated their attraction and feelings was plausible within their context. I loved how the author delt with judgement and prejudice, the struggle of Brook to come into her own and all she could be on many levels. Outstanding.

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  • Аmazon Customer
  • 04-09-22

A New Favorite!

This book! ….I haven’t been this invested in a story in a long while. This book has everything, heart, excitement, passion.
The author skillfully described the fight scenes in such a way, it felt like watching it. I was on the edge of my seat every time!
The tension between the characters was palpable …and the sexy parts…steamy!
I loved everything about this book, the emotion, the action, the suspense *chef’s kiss*
Superb narration and beautifully executed story, it had my emotions all over the place.
I’ve never listened to a book twice, but I will definitely be repeating this one a few times…it’s just so good!!

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  • Jasmine Mondragon
  • 22-08-22

Beautifully read and Exciting

Absolutely loved it the fight scenes were nail-biting and the characters were likeable and well written. Would love to see more sports romances with descriptive game highlights as well as being romance centric.

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  • Terri James
  • 21-08-22

Love this author and this latest book doesn’t disappoint.

This book did not disappoint. Finally an author that I can count on every single time.
Very compelling and so well written. You'll fall in love with all of the characters, especially Eden.
A challenging love story that's filled with all the drama, intensity and uncertainty that you crave when reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 21-08-22

Great ride

This is one of those few books that was fully encompassing, one that you don’t want to end, one that you won’t want to stop listening to, and unless you find a really amazing book to read after it- that next book will most likely not add up.
I have not read a book this good that I was fully immersed in since I r ad Auroras Angel. Awesome book, wonderful narration, and I cannot wait for more from this author.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-08-22

Yes!

This was an awesome story. I don't follow UFC closely but I used to be pretty hard into practicing MMA when I was less old and rickety than I am now, so this was a really awesome book for me.
I really appreciated the resolution.
In most singular POV books, I complain that I wish it was told from multiple POVs, but not in this one. I think it was done exactly like it needed to be.
I like the narrator as well, I've listened to quite a few books she's worked on and always liked her well enough, but I actually thought she was the perfect choice for this novel. She sort of has a sports reporter tone to her voice occasionally, and it just fits perfectly with this narrative.
This is the first book she's done that I've listened to in which she has so many male characters to voice, and she really does a fantastic job with them, I can easily tell them apart.

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  • Tammi
  • 04-08-22

So well written and read. Better than I expected.

I enjoyed listening to this book. I think even better than if I’d read it. Keira Grace did an excellent job narrating the very well written action scenes. Not knowing anything about MMA, there were many named moves that I had no idea about, but the combination of descriptive writing and great narration filled the voids for me. I truly could picture the events in my minds eye.
The love story was sweet. The background stories the perfect amount of woven in that they enhanced the story without pulling focus.
Very well written book.