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Dirty Boxing

(Blood and Glory #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  119 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Perfect for fans of emotionally charged, sexy reads, Dirty Boxing, the first installment in the Blood and Glory series, reveals that the mixed martial arts battles waged inside the octagon are second only to the battles fought in the name of love.

After an unstable childhood, Jules Darcy is very familiar with the risks of falling in love. And as an adult, she’s never let he
Kindle Edition, 285 pages
Published September 18th 2017 by Pocket Star
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Tanja ~ T's Book ~ KT Book Reviews
Well guys, this was fun and wildly unexpected! It’s been a minute since I’ve dived into a new series with new-to-me authors. I’ve spent so much time reading my favorite and trusted authors this year that I’ve put new reading opportunities on the back burner. So, imagine my surprise at not only discovering that I really liked this book, but that I read it in just hours!

I don’t know much about these two authors, Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt, but I think that’s gonna change real quick.

Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Jules Darcy has taken a job with her father in his growing fight league and hopes to be able to reconnect her relationship with him now that they are both adults and working together. However, she quickly sees it’s going to be a long road when she can’t even get him to stop using her full name and just call her Jules. What Jules never expected though when taking the job was to walk in and find her former fling, MMA fighter Nick Giannakis now working for her father.

Nick and Jules had a brief rela
Chris  C - A Midlife Wife
If there's one thing about a book that sucks me in, it is the authors ability to write with intense passion. These authors have the gift. It's almost like you are in the room watching the scene unfold in person....
The heat is palatable.
The intense gazing is scorching.
The steaming connection is tangible.

While the story wraps around the MMA ring, the plot is actually more about The failure of the first time they met along with their intense connection. He never knew why it was doomed from the b
Sheyla ✎
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, 2017, romance

Wow! Dirty Boxing is sexy!

One of my favorite types of romances is the second chance category. The idea of two people getting a second chance to make it right appeals to my romantic heart.

Jules Darcy accepts a job with her father's organization the World Fighting Championship. Jules has had a rocky relationship with her dad. She remembers the fights with her mother and his disappearing act later on. When he offers her a job, she sees it as a means to mend their broken relationship. She also kno
Claire Robinson
Sep 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: shit-hot-series, dnf
1 - Leaving now was the right thing to do... Star.


I am usually more diplomatic in my reviews, but I can’t seem to muster the energy for this one. I stopped reading because I was bored, that’s it, I’m not going to pretty it up, or be constructive, I have written so many reviews for so many books of this genre now, I have run out of anything original to say, which pretty much sums up Dirty Boxing.

"There’s a small part of me that will always hate you for the way you left..."

The old 'my Mommy a
Barrie Mac
Sep 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was a great boxing romance! Jules watched her parents, two people who never should have married, get divorced and her father moved away. Still not believing in love, romance and relationships, Jules takes a job at her father's boxing gym to get to know him again. What she doesn't expect is to see Nick, a boxer and her former fling, walk in the door! Now she has to work with him and keep it professional. Nick wants Jules back but has to show her that they are nothing like her parents.

My hon
Wit & Wonder Books
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
**ARC provided by the author an exchange for an honest review**

Sinfully hot MMA second chance novel by both Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George! Dirty Boxing, great beginning to the Blood & Glory series, was emotional, exciting and arousing! I couldn’t put this book down even if I wanted to. I am pretty sure my eyes are red-rimmed from staying up so late by being enamored by Nick & Jules’s story!

Overwhelming, dirty-talking, loveable story with 100% sexual tension that will fog your kindle!
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
How can one little word be so hard to say? All Jules had to do was to say yes. Yes to a relationship with Nick. She is still haunted by the three weeks they spent together. Did she fall in love with him? Or did she simply have a fling? She kept trying to tell herself it was nothing more. How can you deny your heart? Jules feels utterly helpless when she sees Nick again. Will she continue to be haunted by her past or finally seek happiness for herself? Nick will fight for her until the bell rings ...more
Aug 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wyatt-tara
I've been a long time follower of everything written by Tara Wyatt. She tagged up with an author that was before unknown to me. I'll have to keep an eye on THAT one as well. This was a contemporary, a second chance , and a sexy sports romance all rolled into one. Nice job ladies!

This review is based on the ARC provided by the author and/or the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion.
Melinda Blache
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Dirty Boxing is a stand-alone in a new series by Harper St. George. This is a super sexy sports romance that is a great beginning to MMA series. I felt like the characters were well written. The chemistry between Jules and Nick was steamy hot from the very beginning until the end. The story was very engaging and keep me captive through the whole book. I can't wait until the next installment of this series. This is a must read for everyone that enjoys Sport Romances.
Book Lover
Sep 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Julian (Jules) Darcy had a rough childhood. Her parents fought constantly and her dad was home less and less until he was gone. During her dad’s absences, she had to deal with her mom’s increase use/dependency on pills and alcohol. After dealing with all that, she decides relationships will never work for her nor does she want to try only to have her heart broken.

Nick Giannakis is an MMA fighter. He comes from a tight knit Greek family, with happily married parents. The MMA world is his life. H
Oct 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jule's and Nick had a hot fling for a few weeks in Chicago, but just as Nick began wanting more, Jules left without explanation.

A year later, Nick, an MMA fighter, has joined a new club and has his eye on the championship belt that will make his career. He thought he'd moved on from the intense feelings he'd developed for Jules during their short time together. That is, until he realises Jules is the new marketing manager, assigned to work on promoting the club. And to make matters worse? She's
Adria (Musings and Reviews)
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Originally posted on Adria's Musings and Reviews (Blog post MAY have additional content such as playlists, interviews, giveaways, etc).
* A copy of this book was and provided by the publisher via NetGalley for the purpose of an honest review. All conclusions are my own responsibility and I was not compensated for this review.

What’s it About? Jules Darcy’s fling with MMA fighter Nick Giannakis was only supposed to be that, a fling, but things got real serious real quick and she ran away, breaking
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it

Dirty Boxing by Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt is a raw, sexy, and angsty second chance romance!

Jules has accepted a job working with her father in Vegas to help market the WFC and maybe have a relationship with him after all of the years of not speaking to him, she never expected the man whose heart she broke and she really hasn’t gotten over, to be the new fighter her dad has signed to help move the WFC to the next level. Nick when he signed on to the
Sep 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are a wide range of emotions expressed in the first Blood and Glory story, and each one is backed by much intensity. Whether a character is feeling joy or anger or very lusty, sentiments come across as genuine and convincing. With so many hurdles for the two main characters to overcome, I never knew if a situation would cause the couple to be happy or only push them further apart. Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt have created a series where love could be the most rewarding prize of all. DI ...more
Alex (HEABookNerd)
Series: Blood and Glory #1
Rating: 4 stars - it was enjoyable

She couldn't live without him, but she couldn't make the leap. Not when it could end with her a broken mess.

I’m not sure why I waited so long to read this one because I really enjoyed it! Wyatt and St. George write a great romance with wonderful characters. The CHEMISTRY!! This was one sexy book and I felt like I needed a fan the whole time I was reading it. Jules and Nick were on fire the entire time and I really enjoyed their romanc
Fans of sports-themed romances will find themselves cheering for this steamy tale of emotional baggage and second chances set in the gritty world of MMA fighting. With its entertaining balance of sexiness in the bedroom and exhilarating fight scenes in the ring, readers will find their hearts racing and pulses pounding. From the first page to the last it’s a sensual journey full of emotional highs and lows that has me greatly anticipating the next installment in the Blood and Glory series.

Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
3 - 3 1/2 stars

Dirty Boxing is the first book in the exciting new Blood and Glory series by the terrific writing duo Harper St. George and Tara Wyatt. A MMA romance with complex characters, heartbreak, angst, intense situations, and is an emotional roller-coaster of a story. A great beginning to what is going to be a fantastic series!

Julian "Jules" Darcy grew up with her parents fighting all the time, which ended in divorce. Because of this, she thinks it's in her "genes" that she'll never be a
Le cercatrici di libri
Jules and Nick' story is the perfect example of how our parents relationship affects our sentimental life. They have witnessed two opposite situations and this will reflect the way they react to their mutual feelings.
When their fling is about to grow Nick wants to go further while Jules device to run. One year they are forced to work together and to face their chemistry. Will they find their happily ever after ? Will Nick get his double winning? Love and career?


la stor
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sinfully hot MMA second chance novel by both Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George! Dirty Boxing, great beginning to the Blood & Glory series, was emotional, exciting and arousing! I couldn’t put this book down even if I wanted to. I am pretty sure my eyes are red-rimmed from staying up so late by being enamored by Nick & Jules’s story!

Overwhelming, dirty-talking, loveable story with 100% sexual tension that will fog your kindle! These authors know how to write a capturing MMA romance with j
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am a fan of Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George, so you can imagine that I was a very happy camper when it was announced that they were working on a series together! Dirty Boxing is a solid start to the Blood and Glory series and an intense and ridiculously sexy second chance romance.

If you’re an MMA fan, I think you’ll be quite pleased as the competition action is extremely detailed, more so than many MMA romances I’ve read in recent memory. I appreciated that, as it gives you a truly real and i
Aug 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I received an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review so that is what I am going to give. I didn’t love this book. It was okay and there are some good moments in the story. I found the graphic sex scenes overtook a large part of the story and that, for me, the romance was lost in those scenes. I know that some readers really enjoy the graphic sex scenes and that the story line is incidental. I am not one of those people. I need the romance to be the focus of the stories that I ...more

A year ago Jules had an amazing weekend with a fighter in Chicago it was as close as she's come to a potential real relationship. She had to end it before she returned home because she doesn't do relationships thanks to her parents marriage. While she's tried to tell herself it was just a fling she's not gotten over him even after a year. When he comes waltzing back into her life and she's forced to work with him can she deny the attraction she still feels?

Nick has switched fighting companies h
Romancing the Book
Reviewed by Amy W
Book provided by NetGalley
Originally posted at Romancing the Book

MMA fighter Nick Giannakis gets a second chance at happiness with the woman who broke his heart, but the process proves almost more challenging than his bid for a championship belt.

Authors Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George team up for the first story in the Blood & Glory series with Dirty Boxing. I really liked Nick as a character, especially his interactions with the fans and his family. He is portrayed as an a
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: romance
I liked it, didn't love it. I'm a huge historical romance fan, but very rarely do I venture into contemporary romance. If I'm being completely honest I saw the cover and was completely captivated. After reading a sample, I thought I would branch out and give it a try.

This was an entertaining, if not memorable, change of scenery for me. There was a LOT of sex, more than I've ever found in the historical romance genre. Sex scenes were fairly well-written and on the explicit side, but they all ten
Sep 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Marketing talent Julian "Jules" Darcy does not do relationships. Rising MMA star Nick Giannakis is charming and on every girls wish list of eligible bachelors. When a fling gone wrong between the two, the previous year, unexpectedly finds them reunited through work the stage is set for a battle of their hearts that would rival the MMA championships!

The first book in the collaboration of Tara Wyatt and Harper St. George's Blood and Glory series combined the considerable talents of these two autho
Alecia ~☆~The Staircase Reader~☆~
Dirty Boxing is a steamy second chance romance!

This is a first time read for me from both authors and I have to say, I was loving Nick and Julian!

Nick was only supposed to be a fling for Julian, he was never supposed to work his way into her heart. After a month long relationship in Chicago Nick asks for more completely scaring Jules away. Honestly I don't blame her for running scared. After all her father was a fighter and she saw firsthand at a very young age what being married to a fighter is
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Wow! Tara Wyatt & Harper St. George have teamed up to write a new steamy series about MMA fighters. Nick Giannakis has just signed with the WFA after becoming bored with the series he was fighting in, the Imperial. Once he became champion, there wasn't anything new to conquer. He left his family & life behind to move to Vegas to train & compete. He didn't expect to run into the woman from his past, the one that tore his heart out. He certainly didn't expect her to start up with him a ...more
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)
Dirty Boxing is the start of a promising new series. Jules has taken a job with her father's company, perhaps it will be just the thing for her to connect with the man with whom she's always had a decidedly less than great relationship. To say she's surprised when she sees her ex at her father's gym is an understatement. Jules and Nick had a hot and heavy fling but Jules walked away, too afraid of getting hurt. Her parents' relationship wasn't exactly the best relationship on which to model her ...more
Dec 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017-challenge
Jules had a screwed up childhood. Lack of love and constant fighting between her parents has her convinced she isn't relationship material. Then she meets Nick while in Chicago and behind to rethink her standard of no commitments. Before she can gather the strength to try, she runs. Forward a year and she goes to Las Vegas to work for her dad and his creation, the WFC. Who is there as one of his top fighters? Nah, couldn't be. Yep, it is. Nick is tagged the next big thing and she gets to work si ...more
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Harper St. George was raised in rural Alabama and along the tranquil coast of northwest Florida. It was a setting filled with stories of the old days that instilled in her a love of history, romance, and adventure. By high school, she had discovered the historical romance novel which combined all of those elements into one perfect package. She has been hooked ever since.

She lives in the Atlanta ar

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