TITLE: Modern Gladiator
SERIES: Modern Gladiator
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
GENRE: Contemporary Romance
RELEASE DATE: Mar 26, 2019
Modern Gladiator: Book One
A prim and proper aspiring doctor and a destitute martial artist—both with hurts to comfort. Each with just the cure the other needs.
Corbin Friel hates mindless sports, especially fighting and boxing. As a medical student, he wants to help others, not watch them beat each other senseless. But his sister, Lala, can’t get enough of rough-and-tumble sporting events, and she drags her brother along whenever she can.
Keon Lynch doesn’t have much going for him. He’s broke, he lives alone in a new state, and he’s estranged from his family. But at least he has his dream—becoming a professional UFC fighter. Keon trains every day, and if he can just score a few more wins, he’ll get his ticket into the ranks of professional competitors.
But an unexplained pain jeopardizes Keon’s dream. During a backstage meet-and-greet, Corbin recognizes the telltale signs of a bone infection, which could cost Keon his leg. Unable to ignore Keon’s situation, Corbin begrudgingly decides to help. And while he gets to know Keon, finding him more desirable with each interaction, Corbin’s ex-boyfriend isn’t pleased with the development….
And he’s determined to keep Corbin for himself, no matter what.
Keon Lynch has one goal, being a UFC’s fighter. He’s self-made. He trains alone in a workout gym and has no team, no support, no cornermen. Corbin Friel is a medical student, and he wants to be a doctor like his parents. He wants to save people and has nothing to do with this harsh and rough world of fighters.
Keon and Corbin are drawn to each other even if everything is against them. What are the odds for a broken fighter and a proper student to start a relationship together?
Modern Gladiator is the new book by S.A Stovall, and I loved every word.
Keon is broken in every sense of the term. His leg is hurting him, his soul, and his mind too. He’s a nobody in the fighting word, and people don’t seem to like him. He’s completely alone until he meets Corbin. They start in the wrong way, but soon, when Corbin tries to help him with his leg and starts to take care of his schedule, Keon is like a phoenix flying in the arena and in Corbin’s heart.
Corbin is uptight, a good student, and he has one goal, being a doctor. He doesn’t have a social life. He studies or hangs out with his big sister, Malala, a fan of MMA fighting. When he meets Keon, Corbin is full of judgment about this man until he realizes that Keon isn’t what he thinks he is, and he starts to get involved in his life.
I adored these two characters, really, I adored them. On the paper, they have nothing in common. Absolutely nothing, from their families, to their childhood, their manners and their dreams, but somehow, it does work for them. Corbin fights for Keon, and Keon for Corbin. They are a superb match, and I adored everything about them.
The story is told from both POVs. The plot is good and well developed as we follow Keon and Corbin becoming a couple while working to achieve Keon’s goal and avoiding the problems and threats that are thrown at them. The secondary MCs are good and funny, especially Malala. I loved the rhythm of the story. It was dynamic, funny (Corbin cracked me up a lot), and well written. I wasn’t bored because there wasn’t any useless repetitiveness. I was captivated in the book, biting my nails at each fight that was well described with some technical terms that I learned. The author must have done some search, and I appreciated it.
I recommend this book. It was a fun, fresh and very good read that I enjoyed a lot. I’m excited to know that it’s the start of a new series, so I can’t wait to read the other books. Well done Miss Stovall!
5 Stars for the gladiator and his doctor.
***The ARC was provided by Dreamspinner Press. My review is an honest opinion of the book ***
Review edited by : Laura McNellis