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REVIEW: Naked Choke by Celia Loren

Naked Choke: A Stepbrother MMA Romance - Celia Loren

Oh boy. So, it's common knowledge that I've been on a stepbrother kick. So color me intrigued when I read the blurb of this book and find not one, but TWO stepbrothers! The down side is a potential love triangle...not a huge fan of them...and this book exemplified all of those reasons.


It actually started out ok. Nice set up, good into to the brothers...then I felt like not much happened for a while. During the time that I should have been getting to know the characters, I felt like there was precious little time spent with Logan and Austen, so I really didn't know them.


Austen...from what I did know about him, he was too good to be true. I kept waiting for the other shoe to drop and I even had a theory of what would come out about him. Just for the record...I was right.


Logan. He was a horse of a different color. For most of the book, he was also a mystery. But when Cat ran into him in Denver, I knew for sure then, that he would be the end game of the book. He and Cat actually sat and talked, trading secrets that the rest of the family didn't know about them. It was the first time I'd really gotten to know one of the guys.


My biggest issue ended up being with Cat and the love triangle itself. Like I said, I'm not a huge triangle fan, but I hated how this played out.

Austen made his play as soon as he met Cat. They started secretly dating and things were going fine...except Cat was also attracted to Logan. When Cat pressed Austen about going public with their relationship, he freaked and walked out on her, leading to him cheating on her. So immediately, Cat cries on Logan's shoulder, one thing leads to another and they get together and profess their love. All this happens without Cat and Austen officially breaking up. Austen lies about cheating, saying he only kissed the other girl and Cat feels guilty, preventing her from breaking up with him.

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So both guys get hurt by Cat's indecision and guilt. And the whole triangle caused family problems.


My other issue was that everything took so long to happen. 41% of the book, things got physical between Austen and Cat. 61%, they had problems. 64% Cat and Logan get together and from there, it was drama and who will she choose in the end.

This book wasn't all bad, but it didn't work for me. Maybe if so much time hadn't been spent with one guy for her to jump over to the second guy...I don't know. It just was off for me.