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Leilana Ito always knew her family had a long history in the wrestling world but she never knew how much had been kept secret from her. When Leilana wanted to continue her family's legacy in the ring, she was shocked when her father adamantly refused to let her proceed. Unable to deny the fighting spirit in her heart, Leilana did the unthinkable and defied her father's wis ...more
Kindle Edition, 2nd edition, 192 pages
Published September 13th 2014 by J. B. Garner (first published May 12th 2014)
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David Baird
Mar 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Opening Bell is book 1 in a wrestling fiction trilogy…what if I don’t like wrestling I hear you say… Well first off let me be honest with you. I’m not a fan of wrestling but I loved this book.

J B. Garner has a talent for making a story interesting for the reader. This is the second book of his I’ve read and I see the same fast, easy flowing reading that I expected and loved

There’s more going on in the book than just a simple tale of wrestling. Wrestling is just the theme.. the story is famil
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Angela Mortimer
Jan 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
Wrestling has always been a conundrum to me. It used to be on TV Saturday afternoon. It wasn't watched much as everyone thought it was a set up, athletic yes, but dangerous rarely. To little me they looked like clever, bouncing clowns in their weird costumes. However there was one family member who loved it, grandma.
Grandma was perfect; kind, loving, genteel. She never told you off and I'd always be packing my suitcase and checking I'd enough pocket money for bus fare for the 175 miles to her h
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Astra
Mar 07, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was given an ARC copy of this book courtesy of the author. All opinions are still mine however.

Review:

So, I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did! I am completely oblivious to wrestling or anything of the sort, but that is why I wanted to read this book. I would be entering a world that I don’t know anything about, like how I would with a fantasy novel. I can say that I enjoyed my venture into the wresting world immensely though there were some bumps in the proverbial road.

Plot:
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Ashley Urquhart
Leilani Ito has wrestling in her blood. As a rookie she's not expecting to win all of her fights, but she is willing to work hard and do her time to get to the top. What Leilani doesn't realize is that there is more than just wrestling in her family history. There is also a curse that could end her wrestling career--maybe even her life--forever.

First of all, I just want to say that I know NOTHING about wrestling. I think if you have any sort of background or knowledge about wrestling that this b
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Don Westenhaver
Jan 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent Page Turner Explores the World of Women’s Wrestling (5 stars)

When I began reading The Opening Bell by J.B. Garner, my images of wrestling came from two very different sources, one spectacle and one sport. Decades ago, wrestling matches on TV were spectacles showing overweight men throwing each other all over the ring in ways that appeared scripted and clownish. In last year’s movie Foxcatcher, wrestling was a serious sport involving strength, speed, and agility.

Garner’s portrayal of th
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J.A. Cipriano
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say, I really enjoyed this book. It was really close to being a five star book for me.

As someone who has loved wrestling since I was a little kid, I was pleasantly surprised to find a novel-based version of WWE shows with the corresponding pay per view event at the end of the month.

It was almost more awesome because the entire novel was written as though Pro wrestling wasn't scripted, and I think that by sticking to being in kayfabe the entire time, it really brought something to the
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Michelle Knight
Sep 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Review - Opening Bell - J.B.Garner - 4 out of 5 stars It took me the best part of a year to read this first book in the three part series. Not any fault of the book, just life. It was actually to the books credit that the story and main characters stuck in my head throughout that period. Perhaps you can comment that it didn't stick two fingers up my nostrils and drag me, face first, in to the story; that would be fair, I believe.
 
Full disclosure - I do correspond loosely with J.B. but this was p
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Lori Holuta
May 02, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As a kid growing up on the outskirts of Los Angeles, I can't say I ever watched wrestling, but I also didn't *not* watch wrestling. It was often part of the background of my life, along with golf and roller derby.

I'd chosen to listen to the audio version of "The Opening Bell", the first book in J.B. Garner's "Three Seconds To Legend" series. I thought it would be a good companion for my 20 minutes of commuting twice a day to and from work. I'll admit I wasn't sure how well I'd resonate with a st
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Sara
Jun 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is like sports entertainment on a page, only the story is better than the fluff they put on TV.

The story takes the reader into the world of women’s wrestling. Leilana, the heroine, is a professional wrestler, who comes from a family with a rich history on the wrestling scene. Leilana’s family is involved in a long feud with another wrestling family. Along the way, tragedy struck Leilana’s family that ended the careers of her father and grandfather. Leilana works hard at her career, des
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Aly
Apr 10, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honestly I wasn't sure how much I would like a book about Women's Wrestling since I am not into wrestling. But this book was good. It has a good story and characters I enjoyed reading about. I wanted to follow, Leilani, on her journey and see how well she did. Did she achieve her dream? * I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review*
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J. B. Garner was born in Baltimore, MD on December 1, 1976, the youngest of three children. While still young, the family moved to Peachtree City, GA. His parents always encouraged his creative side and J. B. began writing and drawing from an early age. Though considered talented by his teachers, he never fully applied himself and bounced through high school and into college at the Georgia Institu ...more

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