Lynda Reviews Flow by Amity Cross
Book #6 in The Beat and the Pulse series
Hamish “Goblin” McBride is a formidable cage fighter with a heart of solid gold…until the woman of his dreams smashes it to pieces.
The only things he has to soften the blow are his fists and the bottom of a whisky bottle. He’s got more than his fair share of problems and being heartbroken wasn’t part of the plan.
Enter Lori, the mysterious rock chick who works behind the bar at The Underground, the illegal cage fighting league that’s Hamish’s home away from home.
With a boatload of her own problems, starting something with Hamish might just be more trouble than it’s worth…
Or they might just be made for one another after all.
“From the first word to the last word you will be hooked.” – Hooked on Books
Amity Cross isn’t her real name. That’s no secret.
As we delve back into the characters from the underground anticipation blooms with every sentence we get of Hamish’s story. I have been waiting for you Hamish, and you haven’t disappointed.
In his world Hamish hasn’t needed anyone before and doesn’t need them now
” Anger and annoyance and all the emotions I’d been trying to control began to mix together and bubble like s beaker full of unstable chemicals… chemicals that were about to blow. Turning, I strode away from my best mate, knowing that if I let him prod any more, I’d punch the sh*t right out of him for no good reason other then he’d poked to hard.
You know where to find me, he called out after after me, but I’d already stopped listening.
I didn’t need anyone’s help. I never had, and never will.”
Oh you silly silly Irishman. Watching an accomplished fighter, a grown man buckle under the shi#*y hand life has thrown him is sad and gritty and seeing a gentle compassionate protective strong stubborn man wade his way through the friend zone is refreshing and sometimes awkward, but not in a bad way. I think it helps his character develop just that little bit more.
Lori is a spirited tatted up punk who I felt was more real to me then the perfect manicured princesses like Josie. I think that’s because I myself am not a girly girl. Hamish and Lori together are a perfect match. Their chemistry is bright in both lust and friendship. I felt building their foundations on misguided friendship contributed to their strong bond and how intensely they felt things when it came to each other, be it the lust, the pain or the frustration, thy both felt it to their core. This couple, they were simply real.
I love how Amity injects previous characters into her stories, may it be a very minor part, it is still there and keeps us loving all the characters. The glimpses we get into future characters keeps the intrigue for the series alive.
As we approach the end of this series I’ll be sad to say goodby but also excited to learn what Amity gives us in the future. But don’t be sad there is still a bit more to come.