Romance Review | Persuasion by Violetta Rand

Overview: A moment in time, that’s all it took. Beauty, pain and tragedy. 

Xander “Pretty Boy” Todd was a demon in the ring. A professional MMA fighter with a career that had the world a buzz—but now it’s gone. Or is it?

Eden Sommers had her dreams of an international modelling career within her grasp—and lost it. Gone within a few seconds, leaving nothing but pain.

How do you go on, when the one thing that defines you is suddenly ripped away—only to leave scars and a hollow shell in its place? Has the beauty gone forever? Or has it just retreated—to now be hidden, and dormant; guarded by the inner demons? 

Can these two wounded souls find the inner strength to fight back the demons together and find the beauty in their lives once again? 

To do this, they must first accept—The hardest demons to defeat are the ones inside. They’ll have to be BRAVE.

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Publishing Date: December 8, 2015
Stars: 4
My Review: 4 slow burning and place finding stars. The story has a lot of focus on Lang's personal life, Lang and Lily coming together, and how the coming together blurs lines rather than bloodshed, angst, and MC wars. I found I liked this approach quite a bit since it makes it just different enough while still staying in the MC sphere of contemporary romance. Lang's a great hero in all that he does, says, and is. Lily is a great heroine in her way of being, her attitude, and her tender heart. 

Lang's not only the president of the Sons of Odin MC but also a big brother and fill-in parent to his three younger sisters since their parents death. Lang finds himself living a dual life between being a parent figure to his younger sisters and now running the MC he's been a part of for years. In all his own chaos, Lang doesn't need a distraction but that's what Lily presents. She entices him, takes care of his family like her own, and makes him want things he never wanted before. 

Lily never expected to see the sexy biker again after the meeting at the bar but in he walks as one of her newest cases guardian. She's shocked, intrigued, and a little in awe. He's gorgeous still but now she's seeing a different side of him. Lily ran to Texas in search of a new position for a few reasons including the messy divorce her parents were currently going through, her father's betrayal, and the death of one of her student's in South Philadelphia. She loves helping "troubled" teens find their way and giving them hope for the future which is how Lang's sister becomes one of hers. 

The story twists and curls around Lang and Lily as they further tangle themselves together. When Lang makes her his girlfriend and places his claim, Lily struggles to really understand what that means. MC life is much different than regular civilian life but she finds she's more than willing to learn if she gets to keep Lang. There's a few moments where things take a sharp left to remind you that MC's aren't all sunshine and roses and even a nice touch at the end when Lang and Lily plan to have a future together.