Oct 5 2017 8:30am

Nick Giannakis of Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George’s Dirty Boxing is Book Boyfriend Material

Dirty Boxing by Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George

In Dirty Boxing, the first book in the Blood and Glory series by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt, we meet a commitment-phobic workaholic and an MMA athlete in a sexy second chance romance.

Jules Darcy had a torrid three-week romance with Nick Giannakis in Chicago before she dropped him like a bad habit. Now, a year later, she is in Las Vegas as the new head of marketing for a growing MMA league run by her father. Meanwhile, Nick decided to leave the heartbreak of Chicago behind him and accepted a lucrative contract for the league run by the legendary Craig Darcy...Jules’s father. Imagine the mutual shock as they both realized they worked for the same company. Imagine even further shock and dismay (with a dash of excitement) as it has become apparent that Nick is to be the face of the new marketing campaign.

Some of my favorite books have been written by teams, like the Gideon’s Riders series by Kit Rocha and The Ending series by Lindsey Fairleigh and Lindsey Pogue, so I was excited to try out another book done by writing partners. Considering 1) how hot MMA is these days and 2) the fact that I have a soft spot for Greek guys, and 3) the heroine left the hero behind to do her own thing, I was sold on the premise. St. George and Wyatt deliver complex and likable characters in a believable yet messy situation. These two characters are opposites, with completely different backgrounds, and yet they fit together so well.

Jules has commitment issues and once we learn her backstory we understand why. Nick has a lot to prove and left his familial support system behind in Chicago to make it big in Las Vegas. Our hero and heroine’s motives make sense and the writers do a good job of swaying us to and fro, riding a line of tension-filled with nervous and erotic energy.

Speaking of erotic energy, the chemistry between Jules and Nick is smoking hot! I read a lot of romance and my fair share of erotica. Having said that, there are a couple of scenes that make these brown cheeks blush red! St. George and Wyatt taunt us with flashbacks so when our hero and heroine have visceral reactions to the sight of each other, we know why. The authors also managed to create two very likable characters! This is a feat that is more of a challenge than it seems. Conflicts in the book aren't contrived; when there are three-dimensional characters that pull you in with their internal and external conflicts, you know you have a quality read in your hands.

This may be the first of a series, but Jules and Nick get the star treatment. Their story stands alone and you root for them the whole way, especially during those bow-chicka-wow moments. If you are in the mood to read about a strong woman who waits for no man and owns her own sexuality, Jules Darcy is her. If you are looking for a hot athlete to make your new book boyfriend, then Nick Giannakis is your man.


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Nicole Leapheart’s alter ego is Miss Boxy Frown, and she posts book reviews and TV recaps at She reads and watches everything from romance to sci-fi, but enjoys it even more if some smut is involved. And tattoos.

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