Ren Miller never dreamed her life would turn out quite like this.
On the cusp of qualifying for the brand new woman’s UFC league, she’s finally found the thing that makes her tick. She finally has a whole new life before her, but it’s one that doesn’t include Ash Fuller.
No one has seen or heard from Beat’s Golden Boy in six months, not even Ren. He’s disappeared off the face of the earth and he’s just another person who’s ended up abandoning her when she needed him the most. He broke her heart, but he took the one thing that was hers. Her spirit.
When someone unexpected turns up at Beat with an ultimatum, Ren must make a decision. Go after Ash and her own heart or make her Dad’s dream of winning a Championship come true.
Will Ren choose to fight? Or sacrifice everything to save the man she loves?
Pulse has us back for a second helping and packs a different kind of punch, I enjoyed it but I have the sense that something is missing. Kept waiting for a big showdown, a big awakening, a big something … and I just don’t feel it was big enough to do the character’s justice. I found the tone of this book to be a lot different to Beat but that’s not a bad thing. I got the sense of dread weaving like an undercurrent throughout this story, another one of Cross’ strengths, stories within stories.
Hard-ass Ren is back and stronger than ever. Coming from nothing, in every sense, she has literally fought her way to the top rankings. While reading, I had questions and the answers slowly trickle as the story unfolds. But Ren’s tone has changed in this book. Ren is heartbroken and angry. Ash has dropped off the face of the earth. No communication. No idea where he is. Gone.
Ash is hiding and to me, fearful. That’s a quality that’s never been highlighted before. He’s not sure how to face his past and make it his future but his life is empty without Ren. Ash is in his own hell. I have to note at how surprised I was to find him so broken and so well written. He is not the Ash from Beat. He is a shell of himself and as much as I don’t like co-dependant storylines, this one is different. Their relationship might have been built on a physical scale but now, they both need something stronger than that.
Ren and Ash are in a different place in their relationship and trust has been abolished. They are both looking for answers and trying to rebuild what they had before Hammer did the unthinkable in Beat. The passion they have for each other is real and absorbing. You can’t help but be sucked in and feeling like a voyeur with these two. They only have eyes for each other and despite a little miscommunication and misinterpretation they are forging a formidable relationship.
Dare I say it, this book is not hitting the smouldering off the chart antics of Beat. Like I mentioned, there felt like there was something amiss. Don’t get me wrong. It’s still a very charged read. Lots of emotion and lots of love as opposed to lust comparing the Beat. It’s not fair to compare to Beat – different head spaces, different lives, different actions and consequences. I think it was because Ren downplayed a lot of her success.
The other aspect that I love about Cross’ writing is her secondary characters. At some points throughout this book, I was hoping for a little more insight into those characters. For an author to create a persona that is hated like Monica, she creates likeable and loveable characters with ease. I was hoping for a bit more pressure put on Monica but I understand why her story was the way it pans out. The coin has flipped. When you read this story you will know what I mean.
I was kindly provided with a free copy of this book from the author to provide an honest review. Receiving this book for free did not influence my opinion nor review.
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