Slamming Demon, by Izzy Sweet & Sean Moriarty is a 292-page contemporary sports romance novel and is the second book out of a 5-book series. And since this is a series, you can expect reviews by this author pretty back to back for the next few weeks as I go through the books. It is written from a first-person POV, two-sided.
This is the second pair of authors I’m reviewing that write books together. I don’t think I’ve ever read a book by Izzy Sweet that didn’t include Sean Moriarty.
Spoilers Ahead ***
Mandy went and chased her dreams in LA to be an actor, but she failed…the story hinted that she may have had some negative experiences there, but not much is said about that. Here’s what we know about Mandy, she doesn’t want to end up like her parents, where her mom accidentally got pregnant with after the first time having sex with her dad…apparently her mom had wanted to be a model and because her wants failed the marriage between Mandy’s parents were less than stellar, so it’s no surprise she doesn’t want to end up like her parents. She had a hot and heavy romance with Brett in high school, but leaves him to chase her dreams
Brett was heartbroken after Mandy left him, which compounded when two weeks later both his parents died so when he sees Mandy five years later serving him and his MMA buddies in a restaurant all of those memories of her crash into him. This didn’t help when he later sees her at an MMA fight in a barely there bikini and his competitor approaches her.
Overall, the characters were not likeable at least not to me, but the story is completely not relatable, this would not likely happen in real life, so if you’re one who likes to read things closer to life, this is not the book for you.
Generally, here are my thoughts:
- First off…OMG…I really hate flashback scenes…and I will admit it here, I skimmed ALL of the flashback scenes which made up 50% of the book. No joke. I think flashbacks that are important to the storyline can be expressed through out the story and does not actually need to be revisited…but this, just wow. The first 20% of the book was in present time, then the next 45% of the book was 5-years ago, then it ended the last 35% in current time, I just couldn’t
- I also struggled with the characters…I did not find them particularly likeable. Mandy went to chase a dream that failed, fine. Became a waitress, fine. Got a job being one of the MMA girls, fine. Has sex with Brett (for the first time in 5 years), condom breaks, then they’re like…LET’S GET PREGNANT…WHAT? No. NO
- Sex scenes in this book are really hot, so you can expect that.
- This is going to sound crazy coming from me…but there were too many sex scenes. It felt like every scene of the two of the characters were them banging it out
- I admit I’m not a lover of sports, so I appreciate this book didn’t focus a lot on the technicalities of MMA, but gave the reader enough to understand and enjoy the aspects of the sport
- I liked the first one in the series more…the question now is, should I bother with the next one?
In summary, I give this a 2 out of 5.
Review of the first book can be found here: