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Chloe Darue lives in a sleepy, conservative Southern town challenging every norm she can. She’s a triple threat—she can program computers, kick someone’s ass, and she’s confident in her self-image. In fact, she only has two fears: her ex and her family finding out that she’s bi.

Enter Locke Headley, who is new to town and popping up everywhere she goes. He’s got deep blue
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190 pages
Published March 23rd 2019 by Moirae Publishing
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Heather Bass
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is the first book I have read from this author and now she has a new fan. I didn’t know what to expect from this new author but I’m so glad I took the chance. I was hooked to these characters right from the beginning. These characters are so raw and real. I could not put this books down. It only took a few hours to devour this amazing story.

Chloe Darue lives in a normal small southern town. She is anything but normal. Chloe is what you would call a triple threat she codes computers for a
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Angela
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

Spar by Randi Perrin is a wonderful contemporary romance. It hooked me right from the beginning, winning me over with fantastic characters and an engaging story.
As I have come to expect from Ms. Perrin, the story is well written with vividly descriptive details. Ms. Perrin is certainly knows how to weave a captivating story and has her recipe just right.
The characters are perfect! They are beautifully written, fully developed, interesting and endearing.
This story has a quick pace and
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InD'tale Magazine
Randi Perrin’s talent for portraying multifaceted characters who engage with each other in ways that feel realistic in their messiness hooks reader’s heartstrings.

Read full review in the 2019 June issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Katie Blythe
May 10, 2019 rated it liked it
*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review*

Chloe Darue lives in a small southern conservative town. She’s a computer programmer, but she is also taking Taekwondo lessons and can kick anyone’s ass. She doesn’t have a lot of fears, except for her mother and brother finding out she’s bisexual, and her abusive ex. One day at a competition she meets the sexy Australian Locke Headly who is one of the judges (he’s also a fourth degree black belt.) After the competition he
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Karyn Taylor
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spar by Randi Perrin is a fantastic contemporary romance set in the TaeKwonDo martial arts world. It was the first time that I had read any of this author’s work and wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a well written story with really great characters that I loved reading about.
Chloe Darue is a 2nd dan black belt, a computer programmer and is also bisexual (a fact that she hides from her ultra-religious family). She’s a very tough, independent woman who is not afraid to let others know
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Sarah
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great read about rising to a challenge. Chloe Darue is a feisty Tae Kwan Do student who follows her heart instead of conventions. Whilst in a tournament, she meets a new judge who takes her breath away. She meets him again at a ball and magic blossoms between them to attraction. She doesn't normally like people so fast, but something about him is different. Can she rise to his new challenge and win victorious?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters
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Francis
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was initially drawn to Spar by Randi Perrin by the promise of a bisexual protagonist, and because I enjoyed reading Perrin’s Earthbound Angels series. Spar isn’t a fantasy like Earthbound Angels – it is a modern romance with a real world setting that focuses on Tae Kwon Do and computer programming.
Both of the protagonists, Chloe and Locke, have been badly hurt in the past (TW for domestic and sexual abuse). For Chloe, it is more recent and consequently she finds it more difficult to build
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E.A.
Spar by Randi Perrin was a complex, engaging, contemporary romance that had me hooked.

My first read from this author, I didn't know what I was getting into, but with the raving reviews and the intriguing synopsis I dove in, and I'm glad I gave this book a chance. Short but fast, Randi Perrin really knew how to stack this book with a complex plot, complex characters and not fall into the trap of filling in space just for the sake of filling space. I am impressed, and I will be checking out more
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Maura
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I opened this book in between appointments to kill a little time and I immediately closed it and opened something else. The reason I closed it is because from the very first paragraph I knew I was going to need to read this book cover to cover as soon as possible and sneaking pages in between appointments wasn't going to do me (or the book) any good.

I love strong female leads and Chloe is strong physically and mentally. "She was comfortable with who she was and how she looked..." This book was
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Carrie
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spar by Randi Perrin
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars

I have read a few books from Randi Perrin and none of them have disappointed me and neither did this one. The story is wonderful and all of the characters were great.

Chloe and Locke are a great couple with excellent chemistry. Chloe, is an independent, courageous, and strong woman, and Locke notices this about her and it is one of the things that draws him to her over and over again. She is not like any other girl he has come to know. Chloe, has
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anita
Apr 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I felt like this was a short book, just because it was a fast read. It is a contemporary romance, which is what I prefer. I got to say I felt like I learned a lot of terminology regarding to the fighting done in this book. I enjoyed the plot, I liked the characters. Chloe was easy to like from the beginning. I liked that she was tough, not easily falling head over heels even though internally she did want Locke; a total bad ass. Locke is O.M.G, just with his accent alone I was done for. Jaja I ...more
Katie
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar
By Randi Perrin
4 stars

Spar was a really great read from Randi Perrin. It was a well written contemporary romance about some really nice character that I enjoyed reading about. I remember seeing the front cover for this book and having made up my mind about what I thought the story would be about – I was pleasantly surprised about how wrong I was! I love with when stories take me by surprise! I really liked Chloe, I thought that she was strong, independent person – she knew what she wanted to
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Candida Hopper
Apr 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spar
By Randi Perrin

I wasn't sure what to expect going into this story, but I am so glad I gave it a chance. This story drew me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages. I absolutely loved the characters Chloe and Locke, they are both strong and independent people in their own ways. They each have their own reasons why they don't do relationships, but as your reading you just know that these two belong together. The author did an excellent job making me feel like I was there and getting me
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Heather
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar by Randi Perrin is a contemporary romance full of steaming chemistry, drama and some martial arts thrown in. Chloe is such a strong individual in this character and it shines through with her interactions with others, her work and personal life ethics. However, not all is easy within her life and she struggles at times determine that balance along with making the best choices. Chloe grew by the time the story ended in the most fascinating ways. Then, let's add Locke. Holy monkeys talk about ...more
Laura Furuta
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spar
By: Randi Perrin
5 out of 5 stars

The story Spar by Randi Perrin is a book that I enjoyed reading. It hooked me from the beginning and I didn’t want to put it down until I had finished the last page. I loved reading about the characters of Chloe Darue and Locke Headley. Chloe is a strong, smart, independent woman. Locke is handsome and charming. There are issues of trust and at times tension and conflicted feelings. There is an attraction between them. What does the future hold for Chloe and
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Kerry Baker
Apr 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar by Randi Perrin is a great contemporary romance with captivating characters and an interesting story.
I will admit I didn’t quite know what to expect from this cover - for me the blurb and the book cover didn’t match up. But I have to say that just made it more exciting as I felt like I was going in blind and was swept away by the story.
The characters had depth to them which made it easier to feel connected to their journey.
Randi Perrin is a new author to me but I liked the way she crafted
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Sunday
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar by Randi Perrin
Four Stars

Spar had me hooked from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the last. I enjoyed the main characters and how they interacted with each other. Chloe is a tough, independent, bi-sexual young woman, who knows what she wants and go after it. Locke is a strong sexy man who loves to spar, which catches Chloe’s attention. The chemistry between them is off the charts, now if they could only get past the trust issues, they would be heading in the right
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Gail Guerrero
Apr 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar by Randi Perrin

Four Stars

First off I love the cover art. The cover draws you in. Then you get into the book and fall in love with the characters. Chloe is a tough chick I mean the type of chick that you don’t talk smack to. Through the whole book I wanted more from her POV. Locke man oh man Locke. Makes a girl want to move to Australia to find herself a man lol. I really enjoyed this story because it shows that even though we don’t trust people we learn to. We give in when we find someone
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Madison Degraffenreid
Apr 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Spar by Randi Perrin

5-Stars

Spar was addicting from page one to the very end. Full of romance, humor, and feisty taekwondo I could not put this book down. Locke and Chloe ,who were the two main characters, were easy to fall in love with. Both had amazing careers and interesting parts. I loved how the two finally came together and was shocked at the secrets revealed. The author did an amazing job with these two as well as with the supporting characters. I also loved the descriptive settings used
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Julie
Apr 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Spar by Randi Perrin is a five star novel. I absolutely loved the way the author was able to draw me in to Chloe and Locke and their lives. Locke is from down under and Chloe is drawn to him immediately. Their love blooms fast, hard, and crazy. Would they be able to keep it up or will it all fall apart? They met at a Taekwondo tournament. He was the judge and she was the number 1 contender. He couldn’t take his eyes off her the whole time and new he had to figure out a way to get to know her. As ...more
Katy Rose
Feb 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved this adventure! Chloe is fierce and snarky with the right amount of sweet and sass! I couldn't put it down! I loved her relationship. With Locke and the relationship with her mother really resonated with me. Randi Perrin really seems to have a great winning recipe with this novel! Third person was a great choice for these characters. I would have to say the character developement was on par with the book and it all flowed seemlessly! I really enjoyed it! My only complaint is that it ...more
Megan Lowe
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! I think it’s the most Randi book I’ve ever read of hers. It’s tough, it’s snarky, it’s sexy, it’s meaningful and you need this in your life!
Chloe is a complex character, but she’s still kickarse. She knows what she wants and she’s going to get it!
Locke is hot and dominating, everything you want in alpha male. Together they set the pages on fire!
Third person isn’t my usual go-to, but Randi does it so effortlessly you don’t even notice.
Rush, don’t dawdle to get this in your
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Erica Fish
Apr 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar is the first book I read by Randi Perrin. Perrin does an amazing job keeping my interst going through the entire story. It was a fast read with interesting characters.I liked Chloe from the start. She is a vibrant soul. There are some issues that if you want to get close to her you will have to break down some walls that were built up. There is a lot of twists and turns but I know I loved the ride this book sent me on. I will be looking for more books by Rani Perrin in the near future.

Lisa
Apr 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar by Randi Perrin is the story of Chloe Darue and Locke Headley and is the first book I have ever read by this author. Honestly, when I picked up this story, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a really good story about two individuals broken by people who should have been all about support and love. There were parts that weren’t easy to read but the characters of Chloe and Locke made it worth pushing through. I highly recommend this book and I know I will be looking into reading ...more
Dawn Daughenbaugh
Apr 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 Star
Spar By Randi Perrin is a contemporary romance that once I started reading I couldn’t put it down. I truly enjoy this author’s style of writing and how you are pulled into the story and your attention is kept till the end. Chloe and Locke have great chemistry between them and they are both independent and strong. All I can really say is Holy Freaking Heck! What does Chloe and Locke's future hold?Find out what happens next in this raw yet emotional story.I highly recommend reading this you
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Bobbi Wagner
Mar 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book from cover to cover. I enjoyed how this author is able to pull me in right from the beginning. The story is creative, engaging and fast paced that I read in one sitting. Chloe and Locke are great characters. They are strong, independent and have great chemistry. They bring issue of trust plus the emotional ride left me turning pages. What will fate have in store for these two? You won’t regret picking up this book, I know I didn’t. I highly recommend this book.
Jenni Bishop
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Spar by Randi Perrin is a contemporary romance that is an engaging read and won me over right from the start. The characters and the story are complex and is told in Randis vivid writing. The story is short but fast paced and is an interesting and captivating read. The main character had my heart aching but she is one strong and resilient being and you can’t help but fall in love with her. I must admit that the cover did nothing for me but the story won me over.

Ruby Papciak
Feb 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Holy smokes this is one amazing read! A heroine that is both badass and vulnerable. A hero with more complex issues than most women.
Without giving away too much, this is one of the best that I've read by Ms Perrin. It's real, it's raw, and relateable. I cussed out Locke, my heart hurt for Chloe, and I wanted to smack both characters a time or two. You're going to want this book!
Annabelle
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Amazing! I loved this book! I could not put it down once I got started! Chloe is awesome and a badass! I loved Locke too he was great!! My heart went out to Chloe and some of the situations that she had to deal with. Definitely a must read!!
Kandis
Apr 23, 2019 added it
I love reading books that have a positive bisexual main character. And Spar did not disappoint! This is a great book to read on a rainy day! It’s definitely steamy! This is also an accurate representation of the sport. Randi Perrin hasn’t written a book I don’t like! I can’t wait to read the next one!
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English may be Randi’s first language, but she’s the most fluent in sarcasm, and it shows in her writing. She is known for creating snarky, realistic characters—badass heroines who can hold their own and flawed, yet lovable heroes. Like Randi, her characters run on caffeine and swear words.

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