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Blindsided (The Fighter Series #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  325 Ratings  ·  61 Reviews
He’s everything I’ve never wanted—an egotistical womanizing MMA fighter. Yes, he’s easy on the eyes with a body to die for, blue eyes to fall into, and a smile that will make your heart skip beats. His smell is intoxicating, and he’s fun to be around, but I’m not interested in being another notch in his bed post. I can’t lie and say I haven’t thought about what it wou
Paperback, 292 pages
Published November 9th 2015 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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T.C. Matson I am hoping (fingers crossed) to release the sequel early Spring of 2016. Levi & Paige aren't done telling their story. :)

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Oct 31, 2015 ✿ rated it really liked it
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☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆


The second book debut by author TC Matson, Blindsided tells the story of Levi and Page.

Levi is a rising MMA Star Fighter and ultimate ladies man and Paige is a hardworking waitress by day and bartender by night.

Both with qualms about getting into serious relationships period, what will become of the man who’s never had to work for any female in his life and the girl who’s known nothing but womanizing, cheating me
★¸. • * ° * ༺*Blanka*༺*°°*•.¸. ♥★
Omg! This was the most depressing thing I have read this month. (And not in a good way)
I'm sorry but it wasn't just depressing it was sad.. again not in a good sad cry my eyes out way!

Paige is this waitress/bartender who lives with a guy that is one of the biggest players..
One day she is waiting table and in walks Levi, who is this disgusting, arrogant, jerk and asshole and she lets him know she is not interested.. She is a relationship type of girl and he likes "strange" he has all these women
Shannie's ⭐️Lookin' 4 My Next BBF⭐️
I really loved this book and Paige's sassiness was an added plus!! My only disappointment was the finding out in the end that this book was not over and would continue as I thought I was reading a standalone. I'm needing the next book NOW!!!!!!
Cami D
Jan 20, 2016 Cami D rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There are so many things wrong with this book. I'm not even sure where to begin, but I'll give it a try.

Poor character development. The hero, Levi is supposed to be an arrogant charmer? That is what I believe the author was going for, however he came off as a total douche with absolutely no redeeming qualities. Our heroine, Paige, was not a sassy southern gal, she was a trite bitch.

Sub-par plot, and sophomoric writing.
There was too much back and forth. I am all for angst, but this was over th
Jan 20, 2016 Courtney rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, that was truly painful. This one took me forever to read.

It lacked any kind of depth. Everything was underwhelming. The writing was dull and sterile. The story was boring and predictable. ZERO chemistry between the characters.

Paige was unlikable, she was a just awful. Levi was another typical "alpha male" asshole- Spoiler Alert - you have read him 100 times before. There are way better MMA/Romance books out there with better plots, clever dialogue and unique characters.

Blindsided is the first book in the Fighter series by TC Matson, as well as my first book by Matson.

I was an emotional roller coaster for the first half of the book. Parts of me hated Levi's continued lifestyle but part of me also understood it as a result of Paige's actions. She was whiny and unreasonable; yet I also couldn't blame Paige for standing her ground because Levi never promised anything except a physical relationship without any exclusivity. So ultimately there were parts I loved ab
Lilian Flesher
Oct 23, 2015 Lilian Flesher rated it it was amazing
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You know a book is bad when a measly 200+ page book takes you 3 days to read because you have to stop every chapter for meditation to rid yourself of thoughts drenched in excessive anger and annoyance. I should have opted for medication over meditation because this book was painful; although I'm sure I'd just end up becoming an addict needing AA meetings because a butter knife to my wrist would have been less painful than this read and I'd be popping those pills like TicTacs.

These characters wer
For the Love of Books & Alcohol Blog
This one just didn't work for me. It happens. Others seemed to really enjoy it, so it just may be me.

I wasn't able to connect with Paige. I found her rude rather than sassy and crude rather than clever. It wasn't so much that she was insecure, we all are in some way. It was that she never once seemed to consider anyone else's feelings. I simply found her to be unkind. BUT like I said, there are plenty of 5 star reviews that felt otherwise.

Levi was ok. I found him common or unremarkable. He was f
Nov 04, 2015 Amy rated it really liked it
TC Matson
4.5 stars

This is a good read with a book 2 coming our way. I hope that we get to see more of Blaine. You will find out who he is soon enough when you click this one up!

Paige is a hard working woman holding down two jobs --- waitress by day and bar tending by night she cant take being a notch in someone’s belt. That is exactly what she would be in Levi’s. Paige has been fooled before by the “bad boy” and she will not go down that horrific road again. Paige was somewhat a chara
Dec 08, 2015 Erica rated it really liked it
A sassy yet slightly broken heroine and a sexy as hell MMA fighter with a different woman every night.
When they meet sparks fly but Paige has no interest in a fling no matter how many of her buttons he pushes.
Levi doesn't chase women, women chase him so why is he chasing after the one woman who refuses him?
Two people from opposite worlds, each with their own fears build a friendship but smack in the middle of it is an undeniable attraction.
He's a man whore an she's a relationship kind of girl, t
Oct 11, 2015 Kerry-Ann rated it it was amazing
This author has blown me away…once again.

Blindsided is a story of hurt and pain. But it is also a story of taking chances and not giving up. It shows that everyone deserves a chance.

Paige has been hurt in the past…and the last thing she wants is to be hurt again. But when Levi…a known player…enters her life, can she finally open up and allow him in?

Levi is arrogant, cocky, infuriatingly dense sometimes but there is a side of him that nobody sees…until he meets Paige. She makes him want to be a b
Aug 30, 2016 Lorelei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Amazing book

so ok, 5 stars are not enough. I want to start the whole book over, like a hundred times. it's so unbelievably good. and I never saw cliffhanger coming. hurry up book 2. I just finished it, and I'm having withdrawals. Amazing, emotionally gripping. this book will have you on the edge of you seat, definitely recommending
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Jan 31, 2016 Nerdy Dirty & Flirty rated it really liked it

When you take a breath and take a chance…

From the start I knew this was going to be an ‘uphill battle’ romance. Not the story itself – the story was funny and sexy with engaging characters – but the actual romance itself. Paige had been hurt before and wasn’t interested in being lied to again. She was beautiful so was used to being hit at the restaurant or when she was bartending. That didn’t mean she fell for every (or any) line that she was fed. Levi was gorgeous but he also seemed to be anoth
Vânia Nunes
Nov 01, 2015 Vânia Nunes rated it really liked it
Recommended to Vânia by: T C Matson
Paige had suffered her share of heartbreak, so when the MMA's fighter, Levi Stiles, appeared at the restaurant where she worked, showing up all interested in her, she wasn't interested. But Levi, tall, beautiful, strong and full of tattoos, was not used to take no as answer, and he keeps insisting inviting Paige to hang out.
The insistence end up giving what he wanted, but she always makes it clear that she was a woman to have a relationship. Levi could not be more different; getting little time
Kylie The Bookaholick
Nov 05, 2015 Kylie The Bookaholick rated it it was amazing
5 Sassy Girl Meets Sexy Fighter Stars

Sassy Paige is an independent woman who works two jobs to keep herself busy and to stay away from troubled bad boys. Paige has been burned it in the past by said bad boys and she does not have any plans on every letting herself getting hurt by any again.

Levi is Trouble with a capital T. He is an arrogant, conceited, sexy as hell, MMA fighter. He never has a problem getting women, in fact they throw themselves at him. Heaven for bid he not take them up on what
Dec 20, 2015 Elizabeth rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
This is a book that I honestly liked right up until the end, then I was a little frustrated by it.
We meet Paige and Levi the day that they first meet each other. She is a hard working waitress/bartender who catches his attention and holds it when she doesn't fall for his advances right away. He is an up and coming fighter who is used to getting what he wants.
I enjoyed Paige's sense of self worth and her feisty attitude. Levi's arrogance and determination were entertains and some of hi
Jade Rosemarie
Nov 09, 2015 Jade Rosemarie rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
There were a few things that I wasn't very fond of:

1. Paige always running. I love her character because she isn't like most female characters in mma books. She's smart,and hardworking. And she's no damsel in distress. But she's also naive, and she jumps to the defense way too much. I really wish someone would have sat Paige down and had a "Come-to-Jesus meeting" with her. I wanted to slap that girl a few times.

2. Levi, at the beginning was a little too arrogant fo
Fighter romance is one of those things that is always a weak spot. Always. I hate admitting how much I love fighter romance, it is like hey "I love reading about arrogant alpha males" shhhh don't tell anyone.

This was actually a very good fighter romance, we were told the story from both Paige and Levi's point of view.

Although it was interesting because Levi's POV was more like he knew he was telling us a story vs Paige who was telling the story through her eyes. IT was a different perspective
Spunky N Sassy
SNS Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's Review~~~~~~~~~~

Paige has been hurt badly before and promised herself not to trust again. In walks Levi; an egotistical man-whore who gets everything he wants and he has set his sights on her. Levi fights in the MMA Fighter ring but he fights even harder when Paige says no to him. Will Paige give in or will Levi give up and walk away?

This book was A-MAZING. I loved it and I haven't loved a fighter book as much since I read Real by Katy Evans. I fell in love with
Spunky N Sassy
Oct 28, 2015 Spunky N Sassy rated it it was amazing
SNS Rating: 5.0

~~~~~~~~~~Tracy's ★★★★★ Review~~~~~~~~~~

Paige has been hurt badly before and promised herself not to trust again. In walks Levi; an egotistical man-whore who gets everything he wants and he has set his sights on her. Levi fights in the MMA Fighter ring but he fights even harder when Paige says no to him. Will Paige give in or will Levi give up and walk away?

This book was A-MAZING. I loved it and I haven't loved a fighter book as much since I read Real by Katy Evans. I fell in lov
Nov 24, 2015 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
Levi is a pro fighter he has no room in his life for a girlfriend. He's on his way to getting a contract and being the Champ. Paige works two jobs. She lives with her long time best friend who is like a brother to her. Paige has had her heart broken before, and she's in no hurry to do that again, but there is something about Levi she can't resist. Levi has no clue what Paige has done to him, but he's holding nothing back to get her. Will Levi finally fall in love? Will Paige let down her walls a ...more
Jude Ouvrard
Nov 05, 2015 Jude Ouvrard rated it it was amazing
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Fran Gray  (Emergency Book Blog)
Hidden Treasure

TC Matson... where have you been all my life??!!

Levi is the epitome of sex on a stick and he knows it. His determination to take the MMA Championship leaves no room for anything but training. He's used to getting what he wants and bedding who he wants, when wants and how he wants it.

No strings, No relationships.

Paige is the girl next door. She's naturally beautiful, strong and determined...she just doesn't know it. After being hurt by someone close Paige shuts down and closes hers
Ani's  Reviews
Nov 08, 2015 Ani's Reviews rated it it was amazing
ARC for an honest review!

This book broke me and built me up, all in two hours. I can't begin to explain how much I loved this story. I loved the cocky attitude Levi has, I also love that Paige didn't give in as easily. I know there were issues to deal with and everything was perfectly clear in the book. But one thing bothered me and that was the running. The author knows what I'm talking about. I don't know if I would do the same. Probably, but seeing it written down like that...It just seemed l
Nov 22, 2015 Ange rated it really liked it

Paige annoyed me with her double standards. Flipping out on Levi and getting all histrionic when some s**t-stirring hoe stages a kiss with her man. And then she turns around and allows her ex to stick his tongue down her throat.

Not too long after, she explodes at Levi because he goes all jealous caveman when he observes her flirting with his main MMAT rival (he makes the mistake of calling her his "possession" which I would have been tempted to let slide as this was a first-time
Nov 09, 2015 Debra rated it it was amazing
TC Matson I have to say that you have done it again!!
Once I started I couldn’t put it down. The characters of Paige and Levi just grabbed my attention so much, the chemistry between them, the way they danced around each and the banter that went on between them had me laughing out loud and oh let’s not forget about the sexual tension between the two of them, all of that made this book very very interesting reading. This story has all the bells and whistles when it comes to a hot romance, Sexy Ma
Amanda at WickedGoodReads
Oct 23, 2015 Amanda at WickedGoodReads rated it really liked it
ARC received in exchange for an honest review

Oh Levi! The egotistical MMA fighter that every woman wants and he knows it. Hell, he takes them up on what they offer. Don't hate, he's just a healthy man, right?! I found his honesty regarding his antics refreshing. Even when he meets Paige, he's still playing the field. However, once they are together he's with her.
It's obviously not going to be easy between these two. Both are insecure in their own right.
I'm assuming there's going to be a book t
Angela Lamb
Nov 09, 2015 Angela Lamb rated it really liked it
"I didn't see this sh$t coming, but I damn well knew there was something about this girl. She's captivated me. I've fallen for her. I'm tapping out."- Levi

I received Blindsided by TC Matson as an ARC for an honest review.

This is the first book I've read by TC Matson and Blindsided is the first book in her the Fighter series. Levi is an arrogant, sexy as hell fighter who is pursuing the sassy, smart mouthed waitress/bartender Paige. He doesn't do relationships period and she has been scarred by a
Michelle Neubert
Oct 27, 2016 Michelle Neubert rated it it was amazing
I love an "alpha" male, because when they finally fall in's all consuming. Levi is a bad boy fighter, so hot it hurts to look at him, arrogant, insanely possessive, and has a heart & soul that captivates me. Paige is just a regular girl with some serious spunk. When Paige and Levi collide, it's fierce! Neither of them share, and they don't play well with others. They use sarcastic bantering as foreplay. I fell in lust with Levi in just the first few pages. As much as I wanted to di ...more
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Who else in interested in this series? 1 6 Nov 11, 2015 06:18AM  
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“Dreaming in Reality…You dream in reality when you pick up a book and get lost in it. In my writing, I strive to take you to a place where reality and fantasy become a blurry line. Everything should be relatable. It could happen…couldn’t it?” ~ TC Matson

TC Matson loves to let her character’s voices be heard. With a head full of stories, she puts her keyboard through a beating daily. With an unders
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