Taking Him Down (Wilinski's, #2)
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Taking Him Down (Wilinski's #2)

3.58 of 5 stars 3.58  ·  rating details  ·  145 ratings  ·  28 reviews
Rules of the Ring... No unsportsmanlike conduct

Matchmaker Lindsey Tuttle always thought Rich Estrada was a whole lot of sexy. What's not to lust after? He's a gorgeous, flirty mixed martial arts fighter. When they find themselves heating up during an unexpected-and superintense-make-out session, Lindsey is ready...until Rich ends it with no explanation.

Three rounds...

Now i...more
Mass Market Paperback, 224 pages
Published July 23rd 2013 by Harlequin (first published 2013)
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Oh this book was satisfying. It just hit it right for me. Sexy hero (and by sexy I mean big, muscly and a fighter) – check! Heroine with some stuff to figure out – check! Good background cast – check! Perfect hero who says and does everything right and is a billionaire – no check. Heroine with perfect body and all the right assets who has all the men falling all over her – umm no, the heroine’s perfect body is not the focus of the story. Great steamy sex that the reader doesn’t have to wait fore...more
Aug 02, 2013 D rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Cara McKenna/excellent contemporary romance
fairly high 3s

all of cara mckenna/meg maguire's strengths are present here -- fairly fully realized, diverse casts of characters; secondary and tertiary characters that nicely fill out the novel's world with a nice blend of believability, creativity, and unobtrusiveness; plausible and usually enjoyable dialogue; carefully crafted, non-head-desk-y obstacles that ratchet up the tension in a *reasonable* way; denouements that are satisfying without being over-the-top; hot chemistry and sex scenes;...more
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What I really love about this book—and also the first one in this series, Making Him Sweat—is that they are so realistic. I feel like this could be any one of my friends' stories.

The men aren't super suave, their bank accounts aren't astronomical, and they don't always say exactly the right thing, but they're things I can actually picture a man saying.

This is a fun story about the bad boy who's constantly flirting with and teasing the good girl—the...more
Jane Stewart
Contrived conflicts annoyed me. I wanted more of a story.

The sex scenes were good. But not good enough to make me want to buy the book. The secondary story about Lindsey’s sister had my interest. I would have liked more of that. The main story didn’t do anything for me. Most of the time is spent in Lindsey’s head as she ogles, desires, and pines for Rich. The conflicts that annoyed me were:

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It's good. Another time I really wished GR did half stars.
This woman is wonderfully adept at getting into the interior of the psyche. Her characters are always well worth it.
Can't say enough how much I love Maguire's writing style it just flows off the page. So much more depth and emotion than her contemporaries. You really get in touch with her characters thoughts and feelings. Lindsey is a strong minded woman that had never been treated like she is anyone special. Lindsey and Rich had a casual acquaintance he would flirt with her when he was in town and she really didn't know him. Rich was suave and a player so she thought, but she never really got to know him unt...more
2.5 Stars

Middle of the road Harlequin Blaze which is odd because usually I love anything written by Meg Maguire (aka Cara McKenna).

There are some good, emotionally satisfying scenes between the hero/heroine but the Mixed Martial Arts backdrop along with the subplots didn’t appeal to me.
3 1/2 stars for Taking Him Down. This is another book that I liked but didn't love. I've read (and loved!) a few other books by Cara McKenna but this was my first Meg Maguire book, which has a lower heat level. (Spoilery discussion below.)

I liked the set-up, the friends, the relationship with her sister Maya, Rich (woo!!!), and Lindsey's inner voice. There was humor, a real sense of family, and struggles with identity and separation from family. There was also McKenna/Maguire's gift for writing...more

Lindsey has been fighting the attraction she has to Rich since she started working at Spark Matchmaking. She has a boyfriend and even though they are on again, off again she's convinced that Rich is all talk and after a one night stand. Watching him win a fight and knowing that he's leaving for bigger and better things she lets loose a bit and gives in to the attraction only for Rich to back off after receiving a text message. Lindsey is convinced that its a girl and its for the best, I mean he'...more
WOW! what a pleasure this one was! Though I liked the first one of Mercer and Jenna, I loved this one much more!

So we have Rich Estrada a YUM of a boxer but also a rising star. After a sucessful fight he is signed off, during the after party of the fight he and Lindsey share a very passionate kiss but it ends too quickly leaving the both of them with a memory they wish they could repeat but understand they can't.

Forgot who Lendsey is? Jenna's very capable assistant in the matchmaking agency plac...more
2.5 stars
Read during Cara McKenna kick.
Has the signature hero that you just can't let go of, but was lacking overall in content and sizzle.
I liked this one. Rich and Lindsey are both interesting, layered characters. I loved the connection that they made amidst the crushes they had on each other and I loved watching their crushes and physical attraction grow into more. The sex scenes were steamy even when it was just a kiss.I didn't however like the ending. I mean, it was...ok. It really needed more, more feeling, more pages, something more. In fact I double checked for more after I had put it down. I realize that there will be ano...more
I had been meaning to read this for ages, so of course when I finally do I love it.
Joni Osborne
Ok Love I loved Lindsey and Rich. I have officially written off liking Jenna. She way overly in her own head and getting into others business when she just needs to stay out. I almost stopped reading this book because of her being so annoying. Another disappointment was I felt there should have been more to the story. I felt there was no ending. I hope the next book will add to Lindsey and Richs story.
Sierra Dean
I never expect less than an awesome story with great relatable characters from Meg Maguire (who also pens my favorite erotic romance as Cara McKenna).

I wish this book had been longer so I could see where things went with Rich. But other than that, zero complaints. A fun, sweet, thoroughly enjoyable read.
This was given to me as a gift, which is partly the reason I read it. I have never been a big fan of Harlequins, and this didn't change my mind any. The writing style was all right, but I wasn't able to get into it at all.

Still, a gift is a gift. No can go back to reading my Gaiman books now?
Patti Loves FAB Romance
Taking Him Down (Wolinski's #2) Really good - Auto-buy good. I liked both the H/h, nice internal conflict and characters (primary and secondary). ...more
A really nice story but the ending was too abrupt for me. I wanted to know what happened with the article. The story was just left hanging.
Not sure how I feel about MMA being a hero's occupation - almost had to force myself to get through this one. Took me 6 days to read it.
Onnica - I Love Romantic Fiction
Struggled to finish this book - had greater expectations as the author is seriously talented. Lack of action considering it's MMA. Meh.
Patti Loves FAB Romance
Really good - Auto-buy good. I liked both the H/h, nice internal conflict and characters (primary and secondary).
Meg Maguire can always be relied on for a good read. Her characters come alive and the situations seem real.
Vika Solanki
Very Interesting read! Loved the whole chemistry between Rich and Lindsey. Loved Maya!!!
It had some decent parts....just couldn't get into the subplots...
high 3. felt end was incomplete, rushed. like this author still.
Really prob 2.5, but close enough to round up, not down.
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Meg Maguire writes contemporary romance, as well as erotic romance under the name Cara McKenna, and has sold more than thirty-five novels and novellas to Ellora’s Cave, Penguin, Harlequin Blaze, Samhain, and Signet Eclipse. She’s known for writing no-nonsense, working-class heroes with capable hands and lousy grammar. She was a 2010 Golden Heart finalist, and a two-time Romantic Times Reviewers' C...more
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