Gabriella Mitchell is a fighter.
She fights to keep her family together after her parent's divorce.
She fights to keep her siblings safe and in school.
She fights because it's the only thing keeping her sane.
Stumbling across an underground MMA fight ring in Sydney, her blood roars as she watches the ruthless Hayden "Hooligan" Harvie with floor of the octagon with his latest opponent.
Gabriella decides she wants to fight professionally; to support her siblings with her fists...and she wants Hooligan to teach her.
Hooligan doesn't think girls should fight. Especially young, pretty ones he'd love to have warming his bed for a night or two...if only he could silence his conscience long enough.
Every couple needs to fight for their love at some stage, however, with two stubborn hearts at stake, a happy ending for these two will require an all-out BRAWL.
About the Author
Kylie Hillman is an Australian author who loves to chat. Wife to a Harley-riding, boating and fishing, four-wheel driving quintessential Aussie bloke. Mum to two crazy, adorable, and original kids. Crohn's Disease sufferer and awareness campaigner. She’s also an avid tea drinker, a connoisseur of 80s/90s rock music, and is known for lacing everything she says with sarcasm and inappropriate innuendo.
I am left having very conflicted feelings after having read Brawl. On the one hand, there is a very diverse set of characters in the book that are used well to create conflict and interest. On the other, there are the MCs' choices - very questionable and are one's that really don't sit right with me.
So, Gabriella is one very kick-arse chick. There is no denying that. She's made the best out of her very crappy childhood, and loves her siblings deeply. I think that she comes off as a little "up-herself" at the beginning of the novel where she is forever tying to beat up the male population for slighting her in the slightest - but showing off to them at the same time. Let's just say the girl has some issues.
Then there is Hoolagin. I mean, the name should really tell you everything that you need to know. What grown arse man goes by such a ridiculous name? One with the predictably tragic backstory, that's who. AND that thinks that it is a good idea as a thirty-something-year-old to be the love interest for a 17-year-old-girl! Sorry, I mean 18 in two weeks (because that makes all the difference). I think that the age gap between Gabriella and Hoolagin is just too much for me. I mean, they don't pass the Age Rule and to me, that is something to live by. (To those who don't know, the Age Rule is where you take the oldest person's age, half it, then add 7. That is the youngest age your significant other can be. Period.) If Gabriella hadn't been so damn young - 18? You're barely legal! - I might have even been okay with the gap, but at that age, I really don't feel that you can make proper informed life decision.
I think that I could've ignored the age difference, I might have actually really liked this book. I really wish could have, to be honest. It's not often that you see an Aussie author with a novel also set in Australia - I love being able to get behind a fellow Aussie. Bu sadly it was not meant to be.
2 out of 5