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4.04  ·  Rating details ·  150 ratings  ·  101 reviews

I'd been fighting all my life.

Making it my career choice seemed...logical.

Sticking to what I was good at seemed...illogical as often as I ended up in the ER.

Then my occupational hazard began to feel like more of a perk when I met, Katy. She was a night nurse at the ER I frequented. She could barely hide her contempt for me, which naturally made the curvy brunette
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Published March 27th 2020
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Vanessa ♛Queen Alchemy ϟ Novel Nerd Faction♛
2.5/5 Stars

Disclaimer: I received an Advance Reader Copy at no cost from the publisher/author. All opinions in my review are my own.

This book was a mixed bag for me. On one hand, there were things that I genuinely liked about the book, and on the other hand, there were things that just didn't mesh with me.

I'll start off with the writing because the book was very easy to read. The prose was written very smoothly, which I really enjoyed. The part of the author's writing style that I didn't care
Wendy Livingstone
Mar 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is the 1st in a n new series and what an amazing beginning this story is. Dagger is an MMA fighter who is a regular visitor at the ER, and when he meets the new nurse Katy, he is thrown that she does not like him. No spoilers: this is a definite must read, you will not be disappointed. This is a well written tale which is action packed, with an abusive ex, and with drama, intrigue, danger, suspense, complex characters, which all lead to a thrilling and steamy addictive page turner. I highly ...more
Got to love me some Dagger! I loved the story as it was heart felt and one that tugged on one's heart strings.The story had really great characters Dagger aka Derrick was a MMA fight that was rough and tough on the outside but, we found him to be a big softie at heart on the inside.We loved no matter how bruised and battered and in pain he was he always retained his sense of humor and that sexy smile of his was panty melting and he left a many broken hearts in his wake.

Katy was one of those cha
Leisa Ann
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. Dagger is my kind of hero...tough on the outside but soft on the inside. Katy is a fighter and I love that in a heroine. Great story that I sure did hate to see end....looking forward to the next one
Lisa Marie Barrera
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
WOW!! WOW!! WOW!! DAGGER by S.L. Sterling was OUTSTANDING and Tugs at your Heart Strings at the Same Time!!
Derrick aka Dagger has always had to fight for his life literally since he was a child and later to decide to do it for a living as a MMA fighter. Then of course after a fight, goes to the ER which turns out he is a Regular there after taking some physical hits. Derrick is taken from the waiting room after some time to get his vitals done then waiting some more for an examination room.
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Whoops, there it is! Sterling threw caution to the wind, rocking this jewel right on home with this refreshing spin, mixing it up and laying it down, fusing this gem together sleek, shiny and tight. One action packed, hard hitting, pulse racing, heart pounding, page flipping bombshell hooks you from the start and reels you in for the duration. A surging vortex of fervent events and distressing circumstances, blow this bad boy wide open. Producing incredible, well rou
Sherlock Hughes
This was my first book by this author and I am kicking myself for not finding her sooner! I devoured this book in one sitting and I'm a little sad we have to wait until 2021 to meet more of the MMA characters!

Katy is on the run from her ex, trying to keep a low profile. The last thing she needs or wants is to attract the attention of a local MMA fighter that goes by the name Dagger. When he see's her, he is instantly taken with her but she wont give him the time of day. He figures it's because s
Up All Night With Books
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Review by Leah
Late Night Reviewer
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Love, Love, Love Dagger! I wanted to wrap myself up in this book and not let go. Dagger by S.L. Sterling is perfect. This book has all the feels wrapped up in a strong hug. One of those hugs that hold on to you and you know you are safe.

Yes, Dagger is an MMA fighter but this book is so much more than his fights. This is about survival. It is about the future, hope, and love. S.L. Sterling builds these characters and you f
MJ's Book Blog and Reviews
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Review by: Jennifer
(3.5 stars)

Dagger meets Katy one night after a fight when he needed to get stitches. The nurse caught Dagger's eye but she didn't seem to keen on him, so he went on his way after he got patched up. Through a series of events, Dagger ends up moving into an extended stay place and the very next day he ends up with a neighbour.. Katy. After getting Katy's story out of her, now Dagger is bound and determined to make sure that she stays safe, and if he loses sleep then he will. For
Sissy's Romance Book Review
Dagger by S.L. Sterling is the First book in the Vegas MMA Series. This is the story of Katy and Derrick 'Dagger'. Derrick has had to fight his whole life but turned that into a living which leads him to the ER a lot. So when he is taken to the ER for one of his routine visits he sees the regular workers there but then he meets a new worker...Katy. Of course she takes his breath away but she isn't giving into his flirting. Katy has her own issue by staying away and safe from her ex. So when she ...more
Brandy Roberts
Apr 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Dagger by S.L Sterling it would be one of the many books that I've read by the author and it was one of those stories that keep you hocked from the first to last page . This is also a start of a new series and I can't wait to read what's to come for future characters in the Vegas MMA series . Right from the start you could feel the chemistry with the couple even though the heroine really wanted to fight the attraction but in the end he won her heart along with mine . This was su ...more
Barbie-Ann Clark
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After reading this book I had to take a little time to compose myself and get my thoughts clear in my head before I put them in a review.
Wow this book was amazingly written. Once I started I couldn’t put it down till I was finished. This book has twists and turns you don’t know what’s happening. will they all get there happily ever after or will it all go wrong. To find out what happens go buy the book. You won’t be disappointed I wasn’t.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am
Nerdy Dirty & Flirty
Apr 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sterling delivers a fast-paced, quick read with Dagger. I was immediately intrigued by Dagger and Katy and I was eager to learn more about them. I enjoyed the initial push and pull dynamic between them. As the story progresses so does their relationship which I loved to see. Sterling also included an element of suspense and danger throughout. I was so caught up in that aspect. The excitement and unease it created had me tearing through the book.
Ann Gibbs
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a great start to a new series that I am very much looking forward to reading. Derrick "Dagger" is an MMA fighter and meets new ER nurse Katy when he needs to get fixed up after a fight. Their story is well written, full of tension, drama, and plenty of steam.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Reina Brouwers
Mar 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I truly enjoyed reading this story. This was a great story by S.L Sterling.
Very sexy romance and hot characters I felt for the heroin in this story and did tear up. This story does touch your heart on what some of us women have to or have actually dealt with.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Stephanie Ditmore
Mar 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Derrick has always fought for everything which led him to be an MMA fighter. He loved it, good at it, why change what works. When Dagger meets Katy, ending up in the hospital after a fight wasn’t so bad anymore. She was sexy, sassy and he needed her to see him in a different light. Katy had no use for Derrick, she was just out of a toxic relationship and getting her fresh start, then Derrick shows up trying to put a wrench in her plans. When Katy’s past shows up to haunt her, maybe her newfound ...more
Menotah (Canadian Girl Book Blog)

Derrick is back in the hospital again after his MMA fight to get his wounds fixed. This trip was not like every other thanks to the new night nurse, Katy. Derrick was determined to show Katy that he is not just some dumb fighter. She tried to ignore Derrick when he came in on her shift at the ER since she thought he was no different than her ex-boyfriend who she was running from. Her ex-boyfriend tracks her down and suddenly having Derrick around is a great thing.

Dagger is the first novel in th
Sassy Southern
Mar 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Derrick “Dagger” Delgado is a MMA fighter who is trying to catch a break and make it to the big fights in Vegas. But until then he frequents the local hospital where all of the nurses and doctors know him well. One night he meets a new nurse, Katy, who isn’t easily swayed by Dagger and wants to stay as far away from him as possible despite all of the nurses raving about how kind he is.
Katy was on the run from her ex, Jonas, a roid-filled bodybuilder and had no desire to get involved with a MMA f
3.5 Stars

They both have been fighting most of their lives, but each for different reasons.

Derrick survived an abusive father and the bullies on the street to become Dagger, a poor but up-and-coming MMA contender.

Katy survived an abusive relationship—just barely—and is living life looking over her shoulder and in the shadows.

The two meet during one of Derrick’s frequent visits to the ER where Katy works to get patched up after a fight. There is an attraction but closed-off Katy and cynical Derric
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book from the publisher/author to review.

Derrick: I'd been fighting all my life. Making it my career choice seemed.....logical. Sticking to what I was good at seemed...illogical as often as I ended up in the ER. Then my occupational hazard began to feel like more of a perk when I met Katy. She was a nigh nurse at the ER I frequented. She could barely hide her contempt for me, Which naturally made the curvy brunette with long wavy hair all the more irresistible. Now I ju
~lil maso~
I really enjoyed this great start to this series. Although this book had heavy subjects involved, it was somewhat of a light read for me, well up until it wasn't and a lot of dark entered, towards the end of this book.

Now this story isn't one that is unique, maybe I have read similar before but it was well written, flowed so well and the characters were relatable and believable. Dagger or Derek was a great strong character that took no prisoners, would you expect different MMA fighter. B
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
When up and coming MMA fighter Derrick aka Dagger drags himself into the ER after a match, he meets the new ER nurse Katy. While caring for his wounds, he realizes that she’s got something against him, and he doesn’t really know why. Is it because of what he does for a living?
Katy’s on the run from her ‘roid raging ex and the last thing she needs to do is get involved with or be around another gym rat. That’s exactly what’s going through her mind as she deals with the MMA fighter that’s taking
Ashley Jasper
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
If there is one type of book I love more than the rest, it is romantic suspense. Throw a fighter into the mix and I am down. After reading the blurb for Dagger I was excited to dive in, but I I have mixed feelings about my first book from S.L. Sterling.

While I didn't quite know what to make of him the first time I met him, Dagger grew on me. He was down on his luck for sure, but he never counted himself out. He knew he was destined for better things and he worked his tail off to make that happe
Melissa Mendoza
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing

"I already knew I wanted to be the one to see to it that she got everything that she deserved and more."

5 Dagger is officially my new book boyfriend stars!!! I'm in love!!!

It's been awhile since I've "claimed" a book boyfriend as mine but, man, I found it hard with Dagger. Dagger is a tough MMA fighter but with a heart of gold, who finds himself in the ER constantly. And one night while there he meets Katy, a new nurse who isn't falling for his charm. Katy has a dark past and she'
Apr 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Derrick aka Dagger meets Kay when he comes to the hospital after another MMA fight. He is drawn to her the moment he lays eyes on her. However Katy isn't having nothing to do with him because her ex was a fighter and she doesn't want to go down that road again. When his land lord boots him for complaining about repairs he ends up at a local hotel until he can figure his next move out. Imagine his surprise when his new neighbor turns out to be Katy. Katy is jumping and at first she thinks he has ...more
Rebecca Austin
Apr 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-sassy
This was a great quick read that I really enjoyed.

I thought Dagger was a great character and I liked how well he treated the nurses and how much he joked around with them. I was definitely worried about what he was putting his body through but I understood why he did it.

I gave Katy so much credit for escaping Jonas and how much effort she had to put into it. I was shocked though when Dagger revealed how much information Jonas could find by having her gmail account. Now I need to look into that
KL Cassanello
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
After his latest match, MMA fighter Dagger looks like crap. But he won, and he's in better shape than the loser. He gets patched up in the ER, where he's a regular, and meets Katy, a new nurse. She's not even remotely interested in him - not that she'll admit to, anyway. When he sees her moving into the motel, he knows something is amiss. She confides in him and asks him to be her bodyguard. They take this relationship farther, and she begins to let down her guard. When her past catches up to he ...more
Mar 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Second start with a Fight! This is the first book of Sterling’s Vegas MMA series. This story is about Derrick (Dagger) and Katy. Derrick is an MMA fighter and ends up in the hospital that they know him on nick name basis. He is dropped off to get fixed up from his last fight and new nurse Katy is not impressed as everyone else is. He is Mr. Popular and not only with the nurses but the docs too. She has had enough abuse in her life that she is done with these types of men.

Dagger is intrigued wit
Jennifer Pierson
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
S.L. Sterling has started her new series Vegas MMA with a BANG! Dagger was a fantastic story that I simply couldn't get enough of to be honest. Dagger is an MMA fighter, and with this career choice, he's a frequent flyer at the ER, which is where he meets a new nurse named Katy. He feels an instant zing, but she isn't having any of him. This confuses him, but he's in it to win it always, so he's determined to change her mind. I don't want to get into any more of it, since it's so much better to ...more
Millennial Life Crisis Bookshelf - Samantha
What a quick but powerful read! Derrick, also known as Dagger, spends his days going through the same cycle of prepping for a fight and then ending up in the ER to assess the injuries from the big fight. A regular in the ER, he starts his usual routine only to be thrown by the new nurse that doesn’t fall for his charm. Katy is on the run from her abusive ex-boyfriend, and sees so much of him in Dagger that she can’t wait to get him fixed up and discharged. But when she thinks her ex has found he ...more
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USA Today Bestselling Author S.L. Sterling was born and raised in southern Ontario. She now lives in Northern Ontario Canada and is married to her best friend and soul mate and their two dogs.

An avid reader all her life, S.L. Sterling dreamt of becoming an author. She decided to give writing a try after one of her favorite authors launched a course on how to write your novel. This course gave her

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