This is the fourth novel from Lori Foster set in the world of the Supreme Battle Championship (SBC), her UFC-inspired Mixed Martial Arts organisation. If you haven't read the previous books, don't worry, you don't need to, but for fans who have, several familiar characters pop up.
The hero is Simon Evans, tagged 'Sublime' by female fans back in his fighting days. We start with Simon retired from fighting, having developed a successful second career as a trainer/manager for another fighter, Havoc. Simon is enjoying life with his girlfriend of five years, when he comes home one day to discover she is cheating on him. Since his father walked out when he was a baby, he values trust and fidelity highly, and leaves her without a backward glance.
To focus his mind, he decides to make a comeback in the SBC, and switches jobs with Havoc, taking on the role of pupil to Havoc's trainer. His training schedule is interrupted by the arrival of mysterious and outspoken Dakota Dream, claiming to have been sent by his real father, who wishes to meet him. Dakota has plenty of secrets and skeletons in her closet, and her outspoken nature is hiding a multitude of scars, physical and psychological.
When her life starts being threatened, can Simon keep her safe, from the bad guys and her past?
This book has all Lori Foster's trademark sensuality, meticulous attention to detail, especially in the MMA details, and the vivid characterisations readers of her previous novels will have come to expect. In Simon Evans, she has also created a hero who could rival the infamous Joe Winston as a reader's favourite!