Rick “Ricochet” Brennan served eight years as an elite Marine special ops Force Recon soldier. After an injury, and the terrible memories from that night, he retires and goes to work for his former Command Officer, Howard “Mack” McEvoy, at his training center in Atlanta.
Sanctum MMA appears on the surface to be a normal gym, training elite fighters to be the best. Except each trainer, hand-picked by Mack, possesses a special background that allows Mack to run one of the best-kept secrets in the country.
When twenty-three year old Quinn Wallace finally escapes her abusive husband, she turns to her father’s old Marine Corps buddy, Mack, for help. Broken and skittish, Quinn finds herself surrounded by large, intimidating men— men who could easily overpower her. She avoids them the best she can, but when Rick turns out to be more than just a rough fighter with bruised knuckles, she finds herself wondering if she can allow herself to trust again.
“Hey,” he said calmly. “Why aren’t you resting?” Rick put his hands on her shoulders, gently massaging her arms.
Quinn’s eyes grew large and went to his gloved hands.
Fuck, she hates fighting. Now I know why she looks freaked out.
Rick yanked his hands away and took a step back. “I didn’t mean for you to see me fight, Quinn. I’m sorry.”
To his surprise, Quinn stepped forward, closing the distance Rick had put between them. He watched as she hesitantly lifted her arms, placing her hands on his sweat-slicked chest. Her eyes met his and his breath left in a sharp huff. The fear he had expected to see wasn’t there. No… Quinn’s eyes were dark and glistening with lust.
“I didn’t know that watching you fight would be so comforting. It makes me feel safe, and… turned on,” she murmured. Rick shivered as her hands ran down his torso, moving over each defined muscle until they were resting on either side of his waist.
“Turned on?” Rick swallowed, barely able to speak with Quinn touching him like that. She was only just about healed from the attack. He figured it would be months, if not longer before she’d be interested in pursuing anything physical.
“Yes, turned on.” Quinn’s fingers dug into Rick’s waist, her thumbs making small circles on the ‘v’ shaped ridges of his lower abs. Scorching waves of pleasure rippled down his spine, instantly making his cock come to life.
“Jesus,” he muttered softly. Using every last bit of willpower he had, Rick captured Quinn’s wrists, removing her hands from his body. “Not here, doll.” He glanced around, but none of the other fighters were looking their way. Still, he’d kill them if they saw the lust in Quinn’s eyes. That was for him, and him alone.
Quinn pouted, crossing her arms and glaring like a kid denied her favorite candy.
He couldn’t help himself. The sight of this tiny thing trying to look intimidating was funny. Rick laughed. “You’re too much, doll.” The corner of her mouth twitched up—it was just a hint of a smile, but it made Rick’s day. Quinn hadn’t smiled once since his team rescued her. Seeing some of her personality coming back flooded him with emotion.
Read the final conclusion to the Ricochet Series!
Extraction Point is NOW AVAILABLE!
Ricochet Series Reading Order
Ricochet: Locked & Loaded
Ricochet: Friendly Fire
Ricochet: Extraction Point
Releases April 12th
Ricochet was a great introduction to Sanctum MMA. Who wouldn’t love hot fighters…and if you toss in hot military guys…Sanctum MMA might have you covered.
Locked & Loaded is part 1 in the Ricochet serial and introduces us to Rick and Quinn. I really liked how the story started, I was immediately hooked on Rick and couldn’t wait to see how his relationship with Quinn would develop.
This first installment was a quick read with an even quicker pace. I couldn’t believe when I reached the end and that cliffhanger.
Friendly Fire is part 2 and picks up right where Locked & Loaded left off. Quinn has decided that she needs to tie up her past before moving into her future. Both Quinn and Rick’s pasts color how they act and react towards each other.
With the second installment, the fast pace read continued. I enjoyed seeing the development of Rick and Quinn’s relationship. And then the cliffhanger.
Extraction Point is the third and final installment in the Ricochet serial. After reading the first and second parts of Rick and Quinn’s story, I couldn’t wait to see how it all ended. I liked that we see Rick and Quinn get their HEA. While the fast pace of the story kept me turning the pages, I felt like character development may have benefited with a little more interaction with supporting characters. I would love to see future stories with the other guys of Sanctum MMA.
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