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He needs someone in his corner…As a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—aHe needs someone in his corner…As a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—a job that gets more challenging when someone digs up the truth about Greg’s not-so-shiny past after equipment is vandalized at the gym.Even if it weren’t her job, Reagan couldn’t let Greg take the fall. Because passion doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to matters of the heart…...

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Against the Ropes Reviews

  • RJ
    2019-01-04 23:17

    Love a hero who chases and Greg was just so charming and swoon-worthy while doing it!I was just about to write how I could've done without the mystery dragging on for so long but then realized it wasn't even solved. -____-Really? It wasn't even that interesting that I would want it dragged onto the next book.Besides that, Greg and Reagan were cute together and I have a bunch of quotes highlighted so that means I will be coming back and re-reading my favorite parts. :)Safety Gang: (view spoiler)[Completely safe! No OW/OM. H is not a manwhore and only one reference to his past which I already forgot. Nothing on h's past but she wasn't a blushing virgin. (hide spoiler)]

  • Anna's Herding Cats
    2018-12-29 16:16

    Reviewed for herding cats & burning soup.Amazon: half nekkid Marines getting hosed down. Seriously. You need this book. #ThatIsAlldammit. do you really expect more of a review?? *flails*LOL okay.Alright the quick of it is that Greg has been accepted onto a Marine's boxing team. And hot damn things have gotten much more interesting for him when he lays eyes on the new athletic liaison, Reagan. She's hitting all his buttons. And, whew boy, Greg's definitely making Reagan's first job an interesting one. Even more so when vandals start targeting the boxing team and Greg's questionable past is brought to light. A sexy Marine, a team in the spotlight, growly coaches, yeah, Reagan definitely has her hands full.Really, Against the Ropes was a fun read. Sexy hero coming into his own and finding his place, a great heroine doing...pretty much the same thing and finding her way in life. Luscious chemistry and attraction, some action and suspense as the team deals with unknown attackers, fantastic secondary characters and friendships. It was just a lovely read and has me so damn excited for book three.Greg and Reagan were great. I loved that they were somewhat opposites. Greg's kind of a handful and rather laid back and Reagan's got the prim and proper happening. They had a wonderful dynamic and I just enjoyed them both together and individually. I loved that they were both in somewhat similar situations in that they were really finding themselves. Greg was a Marine and on the boxing team but he wasn't particularly passionate about either. They just were for him. And Reagan is brand new on the work force and pretty much out of her element coming from a small town with few options and on her own for the first time. I loved watching them both find their place and passions. I totally wanted to cheer for them, ya know? There's some suspense with attacks against the team kept me curious. I think I know but we shall see. Against the Ropes is a stand alone romance--you get a HEA--but the suspense is carried over into the final book.The romance was fun and sexy, the suspense engaging and the team---did I mention a lot of half nekkid sweaty Marines before? good! Murray never fails to charm, delight and get a girl panting for more. Can't wait to see what happens in the next.

  • Sophia
    2019-01-14 15:26

    So a PR gal in tight pencil skirt and high spiked heels sets out to corral a boxing team of alpha Marine boxers while fending off a smarmy reporter, and trying to figure out who is sabotaging the team and why. But the all business gal finds a certain devil may care Marine has plans for her sexy heels and long, long legs and his plans are the opposite of strictly business.This is the second book in the First to Fight series that continues the story of Brad Costa and Marianne while shifting the spotlight to another pair of lovers. The books build on each other though in a pinch I suppose they could be read as standalones.Greg Higgs didn't feel that strongly about joining the team and planned to treat this time as some fun before he went back to regular duty. But somewhere along the way, he started caring and taking an interest. Part of his interest is in the cute PR gal who wears those starched up suits, high heels, and tight buns that leave him having sexy fantasies of unleashing Reagan's wild side. He slowly works on her all-business attitude even while holding back all the things he keeps tucked away about his past from her curious questions."I don't want to mess this up. I wasn't sure if I even wanted to be on the team, but now I am. And I wasn't sure I wanted to tangle with a woman, but I do. And I wasn't sure I wanted that woman to be you, but she is, and I'm glad, but it's ...terrifying." p. 137 Greg from Against the RopesReagan Robilard needs to make this job a success to prove to her disbelieving family back home that she could make something of herself and to prove that to herself. She's fresh out of college and got the job on gumption, but now she has to prove that she can do it. She feels the pressure mount as the saboteur continues to wreck havoc, a newspaperman is treating the series of vandalism attacks as his ticket to stardom, and a certain Marine pushes her to let her hair down and have fun even while she knows he is holding something back.Greg needs to find a way to open up to Reagan or he'll lose her and Reagan needs to figure out how to fight to hold her job.Alright, so I enjoyed this book for the most part. I liked the characters. They bantered and circled around each other and it was a slow developing romance.It was wrong, and she shouldn't press, but she had to know. "Why did you stop (kissing)?"His smile was slow, and it sent alarm bells ringing in her head, but she wasn't quite sure which ones.The alarm that said 'Run now'! or, the one that said, 'Suppers on, come and get it!'"You were expecting it.""I...okay." She crossed her arms over her chest and leaned back against the door. "So what if I was?""When I kiss you the first time, its not going to be expected. And its not going to feel the way you 'think' you should feel."Reagan turned that over in her head for a moment as she got in the car. She let it marinate while he drove them out of the parking lot, and half the way home."How do you know what I think I should feel?""Legs," he said without taking his eyes off the road, "You've got TTBP all over you.""I'm almost afraid to ask...but TTBP?"He grinned, his face illuminated in the headlights of a passing truck. "Trying to be Professional. You play the starched up business lady during the day, and you tried to bring her out tonight. But you've got a wild streak that you're trying to keep hidden for some reason or another. When you're ready to let that loose, then we'll see." p. 57-58 Greg and Reagan from Against the RopesI also enjoyed the other relationships weaving through it. Like Brad and Marianne are still very present as are the intriguing possibility of Graham and Kara. There is also the ongoing issue of the sabotage though I've got a pretty good idea of who it is and its driving me nuts that it's still not resolved. Hopefully in book three? And who wouldn't enjoy hard-bodied athletic Marine's doing gym work or that one wet boxer line up? Whew, be still my heart, people!But...Yeah, there's a but though not a huge one. For all that, I spent long periods of this book struggling to engage. I wasn't in hate with the story or even dislike; it was more like indifference until things got rolling with the conflict and tension of the latter half. And, I really would have liked more on the boxing front. The one time Greg boxes it is from Reagan's perspective and she ducks out in the middle of his bout.Beyond the romance of Greg and Reagan, I found the author's inclusion of scenes where they both spend time with their friends particularly Greg with the other guys or when the whole gang gets together was a plus. I'm generally into romances that are told within a larger story rather than in isolation. Some threads are left open-ended so I'm eager to pick up the next book to see where they lead.So, despite the fact that it took a bit for this story to get going for me, I still had a good time. The witty banter, the humor, the everyday folk, the tender slow burn romances, and that pesky sabotage situation all come together for a satisfying read. Though this one is about Marine boxers, I would categorize it more as a sport romance than a military one with the romance being a blend of spicy and sweet. I would definitely recommend the series for those who enjoy slow developing Contemporary Romance.My thanks to Penguin Group for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.

  • Lauren at Live Read and Breathe Reviews
    2019-01-03 20:29

    3.5 Humor and Heart Filled Stars! Source: eARC for Honest Review Courtesy of Berkley | Penguin Group Greg Higgs is the funny guy of the group and Brad's BOQ roommate. But that humor is a shell to hide his past. Originally he just wanted to have some fun, but this opportunity is starting to mean more and more to him. Reagan Robilard is young and fresh out of college, but she wants to make something out of herself, and get away from her small town and low expectations of her family. So she takes the first job that is offered to her. At first she thought is was going to be easy but with all the vandalism happening it's becoming so much more work. To get a head of the problem she's trying to do some feel good stories of the Marine boxing team. Here is where Brad, Greg and Graham will come into play but it's Greg who steals her heart. As Reagan is trying to do her job she's also trying to learn more about Greg's past but he seems to be tight lipped about the past which makes a kink in their potential relationship and her PR story. The closer Greg and Reagan get the more the vandalism increases causing all kinds of stress, especially when Greg's past comes into play. I'm always a big fan of the most unlikely man falling hard, and Greg fell hard for Reagan. Their chemistry was good. Their banter was good. The suspense is growing but becoming potentially predictable. This series is getting better and better but I know my heart is going to fall for Graham.

  • 1-Click Addict Support Group
    2019-01-06 18:01

    “Boys are weird…”Yes, they are and more the interesting for it!Reagan Robilard is the PR rep for Gregory Higgs’ Marine Corps boxing team. This is her first job after putting herself through university, so if she’s a bit unsure around all that raging testosterone, it’s understandable. Even though heels give her a mental boost she has to continue upping her game as she deals with a variety of seemingly innocent pranks regarding the team as well as resistance from the team athletes. Especially Gregory Higgs. One of the leaders of the team, he is also the most stubborn as he refuses to give up personal information for the sake of marketing. Butting heads, and hearts, will have these two battling wits in and out of the ring.“A fighter’s a fighter. And anywhere can be a ring.”I love how Reagan tries to be so tough and totally together while inside she is a quaky mass of nerves. Who can’t relate to someone as they “fake it ‘til they make it”? And Greg is a hard one to resist. He’s a fighter, a leader, a soldier and someone who worked very hard to leave his past behind. He’s grateful for what he has and doesn’t want to lose it.“The way he leaned over her while talking into her ear was about as obvious as if he’d whipped it out and peed on her to mark his territory.”While the story was slow going in spots, the chemistry between Reagan and Greg was unmistakable. When they also begin revealing themselves, their past, their shames, everything just amps up that much more. There is a scene of revelations between the two which was this sweet mix of emotion, heat and snark that had me melting on the spot.Brad and Marianne, as well as Kara and the rest of the team, rounded out the story with more interesting characters, snappy dialogue and a sense of family. Not really a military story, more of a sports story with military overtones, the sub-plot which is tying all the stories together remains unresolved so we have another story to look forward to! ~ Diane, 4 stars

  • Julz
    2019-01-15 15:05

    Can't get into this one. Not feeling it may have to come back.

  • Casey
    2019-01-01 17:06

    Find this review and more at Ramblings From This ChickAgainst the Ropes is the second book in the First to Fight series from Jeanette Murray. Though this is about another couple than the first book, the characters are connected and the story seems to continue from the first. I would recommend reading these in order as I was a little confused when starting this one since I hadn't read the first book. There was a lot going on when this one started and there were a lot of characters to try to figure out right away, and it was a bit frustrating to begin with. Because of that this one was hard for me to get into, and I think I would have been much better off having read the first book, Below the Belt. Greg Higgs was a troubled teen that turned to boxing in order to channel his energy in a better way. That along with the Marines helped him to become a better man, and it was a natural fit for him. When he meets the new athlete liaison in charge of the PR for the boxers, he knows that she would fit him perfectly as well. But Reagan Robilard is fresh out of college and trying to figure out her new job, which is becoming more and more difficult as someone is out to get the fighters. With Greg's past coming to light, Reagan is determined to do whatever it takes to look out for him. But can Reagan and Greg figure out what is going on between them, while also dealing with everything surrounding the boxers? I will admit that while I liked these characters okay, I didn't really feel invested in them. They just weren't doing a lot for me, and I didn't feel much of anything at all. I wasn't super interested in them, and I felt like a lot of that was because there was so much more that could have been explored here. The author didn't really seem to delve deep enough for me to care about them, and I think that there was so much more potential when it came to both Greg and Reagan and their back-stories. There was chemistry between them and I really liked seeing them together. I wish there had been more there as well though, as there was much that could have been expanded upon and the sex scenes felt short and almost abbreviated. While this one had potential, it just seemed to fall short and I was wishing for me. Because of of those issues along with the fact that I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of a story here and was a bit confused, this one just wasn't holding my interest. I found myself bored and wanting to skim more than once. There were also a few times while reading that things seemed to sort of happen out of nowhere or that I felt like I had missed something, but then I would go back and see that I hadn't. It was disorienting and I wasn't sure exactly what was going on. Overall, this was one that I think could have been really good, but it just missed the mark. There is also something that affects both Greg and Reagan here that was unresolved, and I am assuming that it will be dealt with in the next installment of the series. Though I am curious to know what happens, I am not sure if I will read the next one after reading this book. If you have read Below the Belt and are a fan of Jeanette Murray's, you will probably enjoy this one. If you are new to the series though, I would recommend starting at the beginning so that you hopefully don't have all the same issues that I had here.**ARC Provided by Publisher**

  • Jessica
    2018-12-21 21:59

    It's no secret that I love sports romances. After seeing Creed over winter break, I knew that I was definitely in the mood for another fighter story, so I turned to Jeanette Murray's most recent release to quench my thirst. Reagan Robilard is just thankful she has a job when she's hired as the athlete liaison for the Marines boxing team. But when someone starts sabotaging the team, she finds her job becoming harder and harder. Gregory Higgs found a purpose with the Marines and, having fought his whole life, is a natural in the ring. Greg has his eyes on Reagan in her sexy heels and can-do attitude, but Reagan doesn't want to blow the job she worked so hard for. As Greg coerces her into spending more time together, they realize they have much more in common than they thought, along with a whole lot of chemistry that becomes harder to ignore…I feel like the more sports romances I read, the less sports are actually in them. I loved that Greg was a boxer, but there was barely any actual fighting in the novel. When Greg was fighting, Reagan was too scared to see him get hurt so she left. So no fighting actually even happened! Where is the suspense and utter hotness of a male athlete in his element?? There was so much talk, but not enough action for me. While Greg and Reagan were cute, I didn't feel the normal pull towards their story. I was interested, but not intrigued. Greg was super sweet to Reagan and I liked how he tricked her into spending more time with them and how he was the one pursuing her. The story did have it's adorable side, but I was left wanting a little more from them. As far as sports romance goes, it was lacking on both the intensity of the sports and the passion of the romance. While it wasn't horrible, it wasn't fantastic. I might try out some more from Jeanette Murray, but if it's your first time reading her, I'd say start with something else.

  • Lisa
    2018-12-20 22:20

    Against the Ropes by Jeanette Murray is the second book in her First To Fight series. It is the continuing story of the Marine boxing team we met in the first book, Below the Belt, and this book focuses on the story of Gregory Higgs and Reagan Robilard.Well-paced, great characters, with the element of suspense woven throughout these marines and their women will keep you enthralled page after page. Reagan is trying to keep the publicity for the boxing team in a positive light but with the vandal/s out to get them not only on base, but out of town as well and now a reporter eager to smear their reputations with anything they can find her job has just become infinitely more difficult. Gregory didn't think that being on the team was a big deal. Until he made it and the sense of belonging began to seep in. Add in Reagan Robilard and he found there was nowhere else he wanted to be but right there wherever she was.With a happily ever after, this story was fantastic. The element of suspense is ongoing and I can't wait for the next story... Graham & Kara... Fight to the Finish.

  • Georgina Parkin
    2018-12-21 20:25

    I can't rate this a four because I'm pissed I still don't know who's vandalising. Was it the intern kid? The punk who's on the team? The guy who got cut in the beginning? Now that they've left it for the next book possibly, is it Karas ex? Like, don't make me need to know, if you change couples in a series, you need to wrap it up every book. Luckily, I've always been into Kara and her son, and after seeing the way Graham is literally obsessed with her, I NEED to read it. Sigh. This always happens to me. So many series to complete... Thank god this ones a shorter length of books and a shorter number of books in a series or I'd be even more doomed than I am!

  • Shari
    2019-01-05 21:05

    I struggled for 3 weeks now to finish this one. Not that it is bad, just that I couldn't garner much interest in any characters. They all seemed very superficial to me and I grew bored. After pick it up and down several times, I am finally giving it up and saying this one was for me. DNF

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    2019-01-07 18:59

    Slick's review posted at Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews3.5 starsAuthor Jeannette Murray created a fantastic backdrop for her First to Fight series in Below The Belt and introduced us to an interesting and diverse group of characters as well as giving us one heck of a romance. The series continues in Against the Ropes and I liked this book quite a bit but for me it didn’t have the same sparkle as the first one. While I liked both main characters, enjoyed seeing the secondary characters I didn’t feel the big connection between the hero and heroine like I did in the first book and I think it was because the ongoing “suspense” part of this series was to present and the relationship got lost. At times the story seemed a big disjointed like it was heading in one direction and then boom the scene changed leaving feeling almost as frustrated as the heroine felt for the first half of this book. That being said; Against the Ropes was entertaining and enjoyable but a bit frantic and left me wanting more time with the hero and heroine and less time worrying about who is out to put an end to the Marine boxing team.Gregory (Greg) Higgs is no stranger to fighting but he’ll be the first to admit that he was happy to make the Marine Corps boxing team. Boxing has been his outlet for a long time and the Marines the only family he’s ever really known and the men he’s met and befriended since his journey to make this team are the closest friends he’s had. Meeting the teams PR athlete liaison has left him feeling a bit unsteady and a lot like he’d like someone special in his life just like his roommate has in his.There’s nothing Reagan Robliard would like better than to make a good impression and do the best job she can do for the Marine Corp boxing team but the team has been plagued by vandalism and while they are trying to find the culprit it is her job to keep it quiet and get the team some good publicity. Focusing on the team’s three unofficial leaders seems to be the way to go but one in particular makes her nervous and it’s not because she feels threatened it’s because of the way her body stands up and takes notice the minute he’s around.There was much I liked about both Greg and Reagan including the fact that they both were kind of running from their pasts; they wanted to be better than their former selves yet because of Greg’s resistance to share they never really talked about it. They really had so much in common but throughout this whole book Reagan shared so much of herself and her fears with Greg but he would only dole out bits and pieces as he saw fit. While I understood his reluctance and the fact that trust was hard for him, it was frustrating because I really couldn’t see them building a relationship. I appreciated that Greg held back and didn’t move to a physical relationship right off the bat that he wanted to build something more with Reagan, but the fact that what he was building was superficial because he refused to let her see the real him made the “I love you” stage seem very unbelievable. There was no doubt they had some feelings for each other and I applauded Greg for his efforts in really getting to know Reagan and for being a support system for her but he didn’t let her reciprocate which in my opinion made for a really one-sided relationship. Greg was a nice guy, he was a good suitor and a great boyfriend in that he was supportive, made time for Reagan and wanted to do things right in their relationship yet he really had no clue what a relationship really entailed. Reagan was kind of a mess but given that she was in over her head with a job she wasn’t really qualified for, she was barely making it financially and she had no family support I believe she was doing the best she could. I admired her for taking chances and for the way she tried to handle her professional life but it was evident she had a lot to learn about life and business and she was really lucky to find the friends she did and to have Greg there for back up.There were some really great moments between Greg and Reagan but there weren’t enough of them nor did they spend enough time really talking. I felt that often Reagan was either in business mode or thinking about what she needed to do or they were cleaning up one mess after another and the romance/relationship aspect of this book was pushed onto the back burner. So in that ways this book fell flat, but the times where Reagan spent time with Marianne and Kara and the times Greg spends with Brad and Sweeny were fantastic, often funny and in truth really made this book special.While Against the Ropes didn’t quite live up to its predecessor I still enjoyed it and I am very much looking forward to the next book in this series.Review copy provided for an honest review.

  • Sandy S
    2018-12-28 20:04

    3.75 stars--ABOUT THE BOOK: Release Date October 6, 2015As a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—a job that gets more challenging when someone digs up the truth about Greg’s not-so-shiny past after equipment is vandalized at the gym.Even if it wasn’t her job, Reagan can’t let Greg take the fall. Because passion doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to matters of the heart••••••REVIEW: 3.75 stars--AGAINST THE ROPES is the second instalment in Jeanette Murray's contemporary, adult FIRST TO FIGHT military, romance series focusing on a group of Marine Corps boxers and the women they love. This is Marine/boxer Gregory Higgs, and PR representative Reagan Robilard's storyline.Told from several third person points of view AGAINST THE ROPES continues to focus on the destruction, and threats against the Marine boxing team with the attacks becoming more personal and aggressive. As the PR representative for the boxing team, it is Reagan's job to spin the press but the continued attacks and threats against their own find Reagan falling behind when the attacks become personal and Greg Higgs is a target for both the press and the harassment. Several purposefully planted clues take aim at Greg and his 'colourful' past, and Reagan's job is on the line when she is unable to keep a handle of the negative PR>The relationship between Greg and Reagan is one of mutual attraction that finds our trying to keep secret their liaisons and personal life. While Reagan continues to push Greg for information about his earlier life, Reagan soon discovers that the man with whom she has fallen in love has a secret and dangerous past she knew nothing about. The $ex scenes are intimate and romantic; there are no erotic sexual situations and no graphic sexual language.AGAINST THE ROPES is an ensemble storyline with several of the previous storyline characters playing supporting and secondary roles. Marianne and Brad (Below the Belt #1) have a strong presence throughout the story, as does Marine Graham who begins to take an interest in Kara-the team's yoga instructor. The banter and camaraderie between the boxers is friendly; there is a definite support system in place.The world building continues to focus on the preparation for the upcoming boxing matches, but begins to aggressively turn its' attention to the investigation into who or what is responsible for the acts of violence and betrayal against the Marine boxing team. I do have an issue with the unreality as it pertains to a lack of security and closed circuit monitors on a Marine base with visible MPs who apparently are not doing their job. The situation is disconcerting under the circumstance and what could very well be terrorist threats at another time seems to be all but ignored by the people in charge-they are quick to blame a PR rep for the trouble and not actively looking into the who, what and why. The situation, as presented, is not believable as it pertains to the investigation and blame.AGAINST THE ROPES is an entertaining storyline. The premise is engaging with colourful and charismatic characters. The romance is predictable but seductive; the happily ever after has yet to be revealed as the Marine Corps boxing team continues to struggle with threats from an unknown source. There are no active military scenes or sequences; the series focuses on the boxing team and the person(s) responsible for the attacks.Copy supplied by the publisher through

  • Kimberly
    2019-01-04 19:12

    My review cross-posted from Wit and Sin: the Ropes is a fast-paced, sensual romance with plenty of action and a whole lot of heart. Greg and Reagan are strong, likeable characters with hidden vulnerabilities that will call to you and their romance is one that will leave you with a smile on your face.Greg captured my interest in the first First to Fight book, Below the Belt. To all the world, Greg is a man who is quick on his feet and has charm to spare. He laughs easily and rolls with the punches. That first impression – Brad and Marianne’s image of Greg – is only part of the story. In Against the Ropes we see the whole of the man. Greg has a painful past, one he wishes he could wipe off the face of the earth. And though he swears his life began when he joined the Marines, he has undoubtedly been shaped by his childhood as much as he has by what he has done to change his life since. I loved peeling back the layers of Greg’s character and I was rooting for him to find peace and happiness.A loveable hero like Greg deserves an equally endearing heroine and he got one in Reagan. Like Greg, Reagan has built an image around her – in her case the confident professional – that is only part of who she is. Reagan has worked her butt off to break out of the life her family thinks she should have. Managing the boxing team’s PR is her first real job and she’s desperate to do her best. Reagan is a smart, caring woman who sees the best in people and sometimes struggles to find her way. She and Greg have an instant attraction, but their romance is a slow building one. Author Jeanette Murray doesn’t let Reagan and Greg slide through without overcoming obstacles, but there’s no doubt that the two of them are meant to be together. There’s a sweetness to their romance that, when mixed in with the sensuality, made Against the Ropes sigh-worthy.Against the Ropes is the second book in the First to Fight series, but it can be read as a standalone. That being said, I defy you to see Brad and Marianne after their happily ever after and not want to dive into the fabulous Below the Belt. There is also an overarching series plot involving someone targeting the team, and the vandal ups their game in this book. This time, the attacks threaten to damage Greg’s reputation and ruin Reagan’s career, which makes the plotline all the more compelling. The only downside to the blending of the romance and mystery threads was that it made the ending of the story feel rushed. Without spoiling anything, I’ll say that I would have liked to have spent a bit more time with Greg and Reagan at the climax. Still, the added mystery keeps the book moving at a quick clip and I thoroughly enjoyed the book as-is.Greg’s relationships with his fellow Marines and Reagan’s with her new friends adds an extra layer of entertainment to the story. The men of the Marine Corps boxing team and the woman who love (or will love) them are all smart, interesting characters you wish were real just so you could know them. I absolutely adore the First to Fight series and after finishing Against the Ropes I am on the edge of my seat, waiting to read Graham’s book, Fight to the Finish!FTC Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  • Alex (HEABookNerd)
    2019-01-13 23:18

    SERIES: First to Fight #2The pace was better than in the first book since there was a bit more going on. The team continues to practice but they also have a match and the vandalism ramps up. The vandalism continues but isn’t resolved so that mystery is still left open. I do have my suspicions on who’s causing it and I can’t wait to read the next one and if I’m right.Once again Jeanette Murray writes characters that are goofy and silly and I love it. Greg is great at bringing humor to a situation and helping to bring Reagan back to earth when she gets too wrapped up in work. I really enjoyed Greg’s character, especially once we learn about his childhood and sordid past. He really turns himself around and you can truly tell what a good guy he is. Reagan was a bit much sometimes when she gets neurotic about her work and making everything perfect for the team but overall I liked her character.There were a few moments that I struggled with, first was Greg and Reagan’s height. It’s possible I missed the part explaining their heights but I was confused on how tall exactly they were since it’s mentioned quite a bit that Reagan is taller than Greg when she wears heels. It’s brought up a few times that Brad and Marianne kept their relationship a secret and how this caused problems but that wasn’t the case in Below the Belt; they actually disclose their relationship pretty early on.Find this and more on my blog:Happily Ever After Book Nerd

  • Nissanmama
    2019-01-10 17:11

    Against the Ropes is the second book in Murray’s First to Fight series. It’s also the second book I’ve read with the same title in the last two years. The first one, a BDSM story, wasn’t much better written than this one, but it was funnier and edgier. Murray’s Against the Ropes fell solidly into the contemporary romance category, complete with too many over-used clichés and painfully predictable plot lines. There were even some grammatical errors that slipped in with wrong tenses and metaphors that just didn’t work.Murray did successfully create two characters, Greg Higgs and Reagan Robilard with motivating backstories. I liked both of them. Unfortunately, that’s all she gave them. Coming in under 300 pages, there could have been a lot more plot linked to extended family and legal history that would have been compelling to read. Instead we have a brief conflict, some insecurity, and the flush of a new romance. And some great shoes, but that’s about it. Their chemistry was good, but like many things in the book, their sex scenes felt abbreviated. I wanted more for the characters and from Murray.This is a good, one day read when you need a light distraction. It’s not necessary to have read the first book, Below the Belt, in the series to enjoy this one, it stands on its own. Characters from the first installment are present, but they are peripheral to the main plot. Against the Ropes is also a transitory book. There is a mystery which affects both Greg and Reagan, but it is not resolved in this novel. Book three, Fight to the Finish, will presumably solve the crimes that are hampering our main characters as Murray moves on to the romance of Greg and Reagan’s friends, JAG attorney Graham Sweeny and single mother Kara.My Rating: C+ Liked It, but I had issuesRead this review and others at "That's What I'm Talking About":

  • Ellen
    2018-12-20 17:15

    What do you get when you have a bunch of hot, sexy Marines who are also on the Marine Corp Boxing Team, the women they love and/or are falling for, some mystery and suspense centered around vandalism and pranks that are escalating, and just the testosterone charged air that fills the the gym where the hotties practice? A great story, that's what. Against the Ropes is Greg and Regan's story. He's one of the men on the boxing team who has been around a while, and who the others look up to. He has his secrets though, and they center around a past that haunts him. He's pleasantly surprised when into the gym and into his life walks the new PR Liaison, Reagan Robilard, who's spunk, high heels, and sexy voice have him reeling. Their relationship was a fun and romantic and I enjoyed watching it progress over the course of the book. I especially enjoyed Reagan's character. She not only had a lot of personality, she was a really stand-up person and was very loyal as well. The secondary characters also added a lot to the book as well. If you are a fan of sports-themed romance and/or contemporary romance, then Against the Ropes is something you'd enjoy checking out.

  • Krissys
    2018-12-30 22:26

    Against the Ropes (First to Fight #2) by Jeanette MurrayAs a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—a job that gets more challenging when someone digs up the truth about Greg’s not-so-shiny past after equipment is vandalized at the gym.Even if it wasn’t her job, Reagan can’t let Greg take the fall. Because passion doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to matters of the heartMy Review: Against the Ropes is a lot of winning heart over sex which is nice because it wouldn't be believable if the characters were too absorbed by urge than true passion. These men need to be won not seduced. Their fight is our benefit. It makes for a better story and a better win in the ending. My Rating:4 StarsReviewed By: Krissy's Bookshelf Reviews I received a print copy in exchange for an honest review from Berkley

  • Kara
    2019-01-11 22:26

    Rating: 3.5 starsGreg is on the Marine boxing team and Reagan is the teams liaison. Reagan is escaping from her family that cares little about what she dreams for her future and Greg is doing his all to forget his past. Greg is sweet and gentlemanly at the speed in which he approaches Reagan. They want a solid foundation for a relationship, so this aspect I enjoyed a lot in this novel. Against the Ropes ebbed and flowed for me. The vandalizing suspect is at it again, with no culprit in mind. Those moments would hike up the excitement as would the alone moments between Greg and Reagan. Other moments were fluffy and redundant; the constant practicing, the description of Reagan's attire. I wanted more answers in terms of the suspect and I wanted Reagan to stand up for herself sooner than she did. Overall this was a good read, and Greg is easy to swoon over.

  • Judy
    2018-12-25 22:01

    This is the second book in the series and picks up almost literally where the last one left off. This time, we have Greg Higgs, roommate to our last hero Brad. Greg is another of the "mini-plantoon" leaders and second in age to Brad. He has been taking everything pretty lackadaisically throughout, but once he makes the team, it hits him that he doesn't want to get sent home; he really does want to stay. His romance with the team PR Liaison, Reagan was so very scorchingly hot. They had some serious chemistry. The mystery of who is out to get the team member heats up and although I have some suspicions, I can't wait for the next book to see if I'm correct.

  • Lourdes
    2019-01-07 16:23

    This is I believe my first adult romance and oh my gosh I loved it! I didn't know it was a series until I got to the end but it didn't seem to mean much that I hadn't read it. I might actually pick up the others in the series to read about the others! I know I'll be picking up the next one because I want to see if there will be more Greg and Reagan! Their romance was so cute and I got so attached to them, so hoping to read more about them in the future. Highly recommend!

  • CatherineWright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
    2018-12-27 21:04

    I was given a copy in exchange for an honest review.I found this to be a really entertaining read, I really enjoyed. The characters are great and the romance is steamy. There is not a whole lot of action but we do see them in action trying to figure out who is behind the attacks. I'm looking forward to the next one.

  • Dee
    2018-12-26 23:01

    Greg is a man with a past he isn't proud of. Reagan is starting out in her first job after graduating college as the public relations liaison for the Marines boxing team. Greg is determined to go after Reagan, but he wants to take it slow. Neither character really hooked me, but they weren't annoying either. Overall, it was a decent read.

  • Mary
    2019-01-09 16:01

    I loved this book so much! Her characters are so strong in every book I've read of hers and it makes it a joy to read. All through the book I found myself thinking, "Oh my god! I totally say that all the time!" I feel like I just mesh well with her books and really can't wait for #3 in this series. If you haven't read one of Jeanette Murray's books I recommend you try this series.

  • Jaclyn
    2018-12-16 19:19

    Didn't really connect with the characters and there wasn't really much of a conflict in the story. Also: a huge part was the vandalism in the gym, but it was never resolved. This is the only book in the series I've read so I unsure -- is that a thread that runs through the whole series and will be resolved at the very end?