Hooks In (No Holds Barred Book 1) by Eve Holmes

With Hooks In is not only do we get an awesome bi-awakening, rivals-to-lovers romance with plenty of heat and banter, we also get a perfect immersion into the wonderful world of MMA!

From the blurb:

Hatred often walks in disguise.

Rival MMA fighters Ty Roscoe and Luca Mitchell have been battling for the top spot in the rankings for years. Evenly matched in skill and constantly stripping each other of number one, the rivalry continues to grow and extend outside the cage. Knowing just how to push each other’s buttons, a deep hatred shadows their shared goal of becoming the best fighters they can be. And when an opportunity comes knocking to train at an elite MMA gym, they each think they’ll leave the other behind once and for all.

But when they end up at the same gym, under the same coach, the tension only rises. For the first time ever, they’re not fighting against each other. As they are forced to work as teammates, the battle for dominance is only amplified. They each have something the other needs, and the more time they spend training on the mats and in the boxing ring, they now realize they aren’t fighting each other… they’re fighting something else.

Their dynamic morphs, the tension evolves, and the hate drops its mask. They know everything there is to fight each other. But now, they have so much more to learn.

Submission was never in the cards.
But outside the cage, will the gloves finally drop?

Hooks In is book 1 in the No Holds Barred duet and ends on a HFN.
Book 2 will be a continuation of Ty and Luca’s story.

Molly Otto's review:

Two fighters in the same class need to learn to work together to be the best fighters. Ty & Lucas strong points in the ring are so opposite that they need the other to be ever better and one day have a chance to make it to the big time. Ty has to have complete control to feel grounded in and out of the ring. Luca has that sunshine disposition that people can't help but be drawn to. Well, expect Ty.

These two have perfect enemies to love animosity, which is fire, and when they let it happen, pure magic. You can tell the author did her research to understand the sport and make it believable.

Yes, it ends on a HFN, but it's not a cliffhanger. It just leads us to their next adventures in achieving their lifelong dreams. This was my first from this author and won't be my last.

Hooks In is currently available as an e-book and paperback and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription