Xavier: A Friends-to-Lovers MMA Romance (A Cocky Cage Fighter Legacy Novel Book 1) by Lane Hart

A Bookworm Review by Ana


MMA Romance

I give this book 5 stars!

When you know…You know…No matter what, follow your heart.

Have a look at the blurb:

Xavier Malone returned to Maryland for his ten-year high school reunion to get away from all the drama in Seattle.

He never thought he would spend the week second-guessing every decision he’s ever made or seriously consider trading in his suit and tie for a chance to get in the cage.

Most of all, he wasn’t supposed to fall for Cassidy, his childhood best friend.

As Xavier makes plans to pursue his lifelong dream, following in the footsteps of his father Jax, a legend in the fighting world, he convinces himself that he needs Cass in his corner more than he needs her in his bed.

But Cass has longed for Xavier to see her as more than a friend for years and is tired of waiting. Now that he’s back, she’s not going to waste her chance to finally tell him how she feels.

There’s only one thing that can stand in the way of Xavier and Cass’s happiness, and that’s Xavier’s unfinished business with his estranged wife.



OMG. I was so happy to have another book from this lady, that I couldn’t stop smiling.
She has given me some hot as hell books and she was the one that introduced me to MMA books.
They are amazing, just saying.
Lane Hart is the bomb. He’s writing is not only lying hot as hell but also raw and unpredictable.
Just grab her books and see for yourself.
Xavier is her latest release and it’s the first book from the Cocky Cage Fighter Legacy.
But I want to tell you something first.
Despite the fact that this book is a standalone, I think k you should read The Cocky Cage Fighter series first to get a better insight into this series. You won’t regret it. Trust me.
This new book explores the lives of Xavier and Cassidy.
Xavier is the son of a legend. Being good that way, he has some expectations he needs to fulfill.
He just needs to get away from everything so what better place to stay than his hometown with his childhood best friend, to attend their high school reunion.
Cassidy was always a determined girl. She knew what she wanted so she fought for it.
Her childhood best friend supported her so she knew she could do it.
Years later, when she invites him to stay at her place…
Oh boy…
How I missed this genre.
I really did, and written by Lane Hart is was another masterpiece.
Fantastic plot, very well written, super engaging, and intense. It was just the thing I needed.
To witness the struggles everyone can have to make others proud it’s exhausting.
Why do people tend to fight what they really want in order to feel accepted?
Why can’t we just be ourselves and don’t give a damn about what others think?
It was perfect to have a glimpse of Jax, Paige, and Jude.
I missed those guys.
Each chapter was even more addictive than the other and I couldn’t stop reading or smiling.
It was the perfect story that I was eager to read.
Amazing book Lane Hart. Perfect and intense just the way I like it.
Can’t wait for the next book.
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.

A Few Teasers:




“Just relax and close your eyes,” Cass repeats when she removes her hand from my knee.

“Okay,” I agree with a sigh, giving in and shutting my eyes tight.

“Now,” she starts. “Imagine you only have one month to live.” When I crack one eye open at her in question, she slaps her palm over my eyes and says, “You only have one month to live, Xavier Malone. You have a terminal case of chronic arrogantitis –”

“Chronic arrogantitis?” I repeat with a chuckle.

“Yes. It’s going to kill you very, very soon, so you have to spend your last days wisely because they’re all you’re going to get in this lifetime.”

“That sucks,” I mutter.

 “It does,” Cass agrees. “This is the chance for you to make amends, to try and change any regrets, to do whatever the hell you want, when you want it.”

“Sounds good to me,” I agree.

“Damn right. You have an endless amount of money from the arrogantitis make a wish fund, so the sky is the limit.”

“Kind of fucked up to give me an endless amount of money when there are sick kids in the world,” I point out.

“Fine,” Cass says with a huff. “You have a Benjamin Button form of arrogantitis that makes you eighteen again! Jesus. This disease makes you very difficult, more so than usual.”

“Sorry,” I tell her with a grin.

“So, you’re eighteen with a month to live, what are you going to do? How do you see yourself spending your final days on earth so that you leave it with no regrets?”

Instantly, I see my younger self with nothing to lose standing in the middle of a six-foot high circular fence cage. My gloved fists are raised in the air as a sold-out crowd cheers and shouts my name after I knocked a man even bigger than me out with a single hit. Lights from cameras flash as my family comes into the cage to congratulate me, along with Cass, who I pick up and swing around in celebration before covering her lips for a kiss that’s so hot the television cameras have to go to a commercial break.

“Well, what do you see?” the imaginary Cass in my arms asks.


“Me?” she exclaims and pulls away from my grip. That’s when the real Cass removes her hand from my eyes, and I open them to find her blinking at me in confusion from just inches away.

“You…you don’t want to know the crazy shit that goes on in my head,” I assure her and cover up my slip at the same time. “It’s all pretty ridiculous.”

“Oh, come on, you can tell me!” she says when she flops back to her side of the sofa and slaps me with the throw pillow again. “It doesn’t matter if it’s ridiculous. You’re running out of time, remember? Death is on your doorstep.”

“Right,” I say and finally admit the truth. “I won a fight.”

“A fight?” she asks with her brow furrowing in confusion. “Who were you fighting and why?”

“I don’t know who he was, but I beat him in front of a huge crowd.”

“Oh,” Cass says, her green eyes brightening in understanding. “You mean like a cage fight?”

“Yeah, like that,” I reply. “Stupid, right?”

Her face immediately falls like I just ran over her puppy. “You regret not taking the same path as your father and uncle.”

“What? No, I don’t regret it. My dad and Uncle Jude are fucking IFC legends. There would’ve been all these high expectations put on me, and I would’ve just embarrassed myself and my family when I sucked and lost every fight.”



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About the Author:

New York Times bestselling author Lane Hart has more than a dozen steamy stories currently available on Amazon. Sign up for her newsletter to receive updates on new releases and promotions: http://www.lanehartbooks.com

Lane lives in North Carolina with her husband, author D.B. West, their two daughters, a few lazy cats and a pair of rambunctious Pomeranians. She has a Masters in Criminal Justice and spent ten years working as a paralegal for a criminal defense attorney before walking away to become a full-time writer.

In October 2015, the paranormal romance anthology Wicked After Dark, including her standalone, Let Him Reign, hit #13 on the New York Times bestseller list. Since then she’s been climbing the Amazon charts with hot new releases. So whether you’re looking for MMA superstars, hot cops, arrogant football players, hilarious vampires, sweet millionaires, or romantic weddings, there’s a little bit of something for everyone.

Lane loves to hear from her readers on Facebook, Twitter, on her website, or by email!

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