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My Man Michael (SBC Fighters, Book 4) by…

My Man Michael (SBC Fighters, Book 4)

by Lori Foster

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Title:My Man Michael (SBC Fighters, Book 4)
Authors:Lori Foster
Info:Berkley (no date), Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
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1.5 stars

A MMA fighter gets into a car accident, a woman from the future asks him to help teach her people how to fight in exchange for fixing his leg. They lust after each other, the hero(?) made me want to strangle him with his sexist comments, heroine who was supposed to be strong just disappears, heroine's mother and father storyline is simplistic, can be seen from a mile away, and there is next to no world building.
Simplistic, sexist, and not good in my opinion.

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  WhiskeyintheJar | Feb 14, 2019 |
Crippled in a car accident and unable to fight, the hero is depressed. That is until he receives a visitor. The heroine is a beautiful albeit a bit bizarre woman who has odd speech patterns and a tendency to disappear into thin air. She's from the future. She's a warrior woman charged with retrieving a warrior from odd to fight for them in the future. When it's made clear to him he will gain the use of his leg again and be a whole man, the hero jumps at the heroine offer and together they travel to 2220. First off, what a stupid book. The cover nor the synopsis states that this is in anyway a paranormal time travel romance. And secondly, it was basically porn. The hero had no personality and though of nothing but banging the heroine who states time and time again that she's not available for mating. The reason she's unavailable is that she wants to fight for he people and a mated female can't be a warrior. If she goes with him, she loses everything she's ever fought for. And the hero had ZERO compassion regarding this. His solution to his lust for her was to take her against her wishes as his chosen mate and make himself a general in her place. He completely disregarded her feelings and wishes for his old selfish gain. I can't remember truly hating a hero as much as I hated him because he had nothing significant to say. He was thrust into a world he didn't know or understand and refused to see anything from the people's point of view. Yes it was awful that they're offering virgin sacrifices but for a society hanging on by a thread, without weapons or the means to protect themselves, what do you expect them to do? He also finished every sentence with either 'eh, or huh or some other nonsensical gibberish. The heroine was no better. Warrior my ass. She was so weak willed and rather pathetic instead of the proud soldier she was supposed to be. The loathing of the two characters and the absolutely absurd and stupid plot line made this book unbearable. ( )
  Eden00 | May 14, 2016 |
One of my pet peeves when reading a romance series—or in this case a number of related series—is that even though the characters and situations are different, they are all written with the same formula. Having read so many of this author’s series, yeah, I have to say the formula was feeling old, especially when reading so many of the books back to back.

So when going along and picking up this book from the library without reading the synopsis, I’m expecting something along the same lines. Boy was I surprised as not only are we taken away from the rest of the series characters as well as the setting, but Michael “Mallet” Manchester travels through time to help a futuristic, backward-culture colony that needs his abilities as a warrior. In exchange, his legs, both mangled in a car wreck to the point he’d never be able to fight again, would be restored.

The romance is done quite well and I like the setting and challenges faced. The science fiction angle has some interesting components to it. But the major confrontation is disappointing in that it’s over with too quickly and things are long on their way to being resolved at warp speed.

I was surprised that I didn’t miss the group of fighters and their wives from prior books, although a few make an appearance both at the beginning and end of the story. The inclusion of prior characters is one of the things I like best about the author’s different series.

A nice change of pace. ( )
  dearheart | Sep 19, 2015 |
Ack. Ugh. Ack. This just failed across the board. Maybe someone told Foster she needed to tap the sci-fi/paranormal crowd. If so, this definitely was a terrible execution of a bad idea. ( )
  lesmel | May 21, 2013 |
Michael gets himself into a no-fault car accident and busts himself up pretty good, enough to end his career. While still in hospital, he meets this woman who tells him she can cure him completely, but he won't be in Kansas anymore, Toto. Yep, you guessed it, she's an alien. She is from an Amazon-like society (by necessity because they are very short on men), but they need Michael's fighting skills to help them fight off bigger, stronger, more aggressive males from a neighboring culture. Of course, she's completely off-limits for a number of reasons, one of which is that she's only half-Amazon. The other half is from that neighboring male culture that is kidnapping females because they are long on men, short on women.

Okay. I didn't like the whole premise. I bought the book thinking that Michael was going to meet an awesome surgeon or physical therapist, mainly because all the other SBC Fighter books have been mundane in that way. I was not expecting SBC-meets-alien-and-relocates-off-earth. The writing technique was fine. The plot seemed far too forced and contrived, as did many of the characterizations. The mother of Ms. Amazon (also leader of said culture)in the beginning might as well be Cinderella's wicked step-mother...complete with two younger and very favored full-blooded daughters. Somewhere in the middle, mommy turns into a creampuff (read: complete 180) with very little convincing. Now, I thought mommy was doing an awesome job as the villain/obstacle of the romance up until that point, and would have liked the book so much better had she been developed further as such.

The above are only a few examples of the problems I had with the book. I gave it a two-star rating because it was readable and the sex was passable, but it wasn't anything to write home about and it won't be staying on my shelves. ( )
  SLHobbs | Nov 17, 2011 |
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Fighter Michael "Mallet" Manchester is on the verge of being an SBC fighting champion. But before he can step into the cage for a shot at the title, a car accident destroys his dream. His right leg is so severely damaged that the doctors tell him he'll need extensive physical therapy just to walk. Fighting is out of the question. His career has been his life, and now that life is over.

Then Kayli Raine appears. She's a tougher woman than Mallet is used to, but he's immediately captivated by her. What he doesn't expect is for her to offer him a second chance at becoming whole. And even though Mallet thinks it's the drugs talking, he accepts her challenge...
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Knocked out in one world, he?ll take on another.

On the verge of a title shot match, fighter Michael ?Mallet? Manchester is injured in a car accident. And just as quickly as his career was taking off, it?s over. Then Kaylie Raine appears, offering him a second chance at becoming whole. Even though Mallet thinks it?s the pain medication talking, he accepts her challenge. And on an extraordinary journey with Kaylie, he?ll get a chance to fight again?to save the woman who has saved him.

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On the verge of a title shot match, fighter Michael "Mallet" Manchester is injured in a car accident. And just as quickly as his career was taking off, it's over. Then Kaylie Raine appears, offering him a second chance at becoming whole. Even though Mallet thinks it's the pain medication talking, he accepts her challenge. And on an extraordinary journey with Kaylie, he'll get a chance to fight again--to save the woman who has saved him.… (more)

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