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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Gail Guerrero

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin

Four Stars

First off I love the cover art. The cover draws you in. Then you get into the book and fall in love with the characters. Chloe is a tough chick I mean the type of chick that you don’t talk smack to. Through the whole book I wanted more from her POV. Locke man oh man Locke. Makes a girl want to move to Australia to find herself a man lol. I really enjoyed this story because it shows that even though we don’t trust people we learn to. We give in when we find someone worthy of our trust. Even when we fight it. I didn’t like Trent and Eric. What they did to him was awful. Friends and family should always have your back.
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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Kandis Posey

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I love reading books that have a positive bisexual main character. And Spar did not disappoint! This is a great book to read on a rainy day! It’s definitely steamy! This is also an accurate representation of the sport. Randi Perrin hasn’t written a book I don’t like! I can’t wait to read the next one!

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Heather Bass

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is the first book I have read from this author and now she has a new fan. I didn’t know what to expect from this new author but I’m so glad I took the chance. I was hooked to these characters right from the beginning. These characters are so raw and real. I could not put this books down. It only took a few hours to devour this amazing story.

Chloe Darue lives in a normal small southern town. She is anything but normal. Chloe is what you would call a triple threat she codes computers for a living, she can lay you flat on your butt in a matter of seconds, and she is very confident in herself. She only fears two things her ex and her family finding out her deep secret. Chloe is getting bored in this small town but when she sees a new judge she sees things looking up. She is immediately attracted to the blue eyed god. Chloe keeps on running into Locke and they start to get to know each other. She finds out that he also has some secrets of his own. They have a deep connection but will Chloe be able to put her trust issues aside and give him a chance?

I absolutely loved this book. The storyline has it all romance, heartbreak, healing, and trust. You will fall in love with these characters right from the beginning. Chloe is a very beautiful woman that had a very hard past. She is afraid of letting her guard down again and getting hurt. Locke is very handsome and charming. He knows what he wants and he will do anything to get Chloe. The way he treats Chloe will make your heart melt. These characters have some steamy scenes that will make your toes curl. This talented author will keep you at the edge of your seat until the end. I can’t wait to see what this author will write about next.

Review by @heatherbass
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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Sunday Barnaby

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin
Four Stars

Spar had me hooked from the very first page and I couldn’t put it down until the last. I enjoyed the main characters and how they interacted with each other. Chloe is a tough, independent, bi-sexual young woman, who knows what she wants and go after it. Locke is a strong sexy man who loves to spar, which catches Chloe’s attention. The chemistry between them is off the charts, now if they could only get past the trust issues, they would be heading in the right direction. I highly recommend this story. It is something you will want to see what happens to these two.

Reviewed by @sunbarn

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Karyn Taylor

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin is a fantastic contemporary romance set in the TaeKwonDo martial arts world. It was the first time that I had read any of this author’s work and wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a well written story with really great characters that I loved reading about.
Chloe Darue is a 2nd dan black belt, a computer programmer and is also bisexual (a fact that she hides from her ultra-religious family). She’s a very tough, independent woman who is not afraid to let others know exactly what she thinks. She’s damn feisty and I loved this about her.
Australian Locke Headley is the new guy in town, 4th dan black belt, also a computer programmer, very heterosexual but a supporter of LGBT rights as he has a gay brother who he adores.
Locke and Chloe meet when he is one of the judges at a competition she is competing in and he is instantly smitten. However he finds that Chloe is one hard nut to crack.
This book also has an element of BDSM throughout the story, something I was not aware of before I read it. This would not have put me off as it is a genre that I enjoy reading, in fact it added to my enjoyment of this book.
I love that this book set out to challenge that a person’s sexuality, beliefs etc do not define them. It totally advocates the idea that we should be happy and free to lead the lives we want to live without worrying about what others think about our choices.

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Julie Lounello

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin is a five star novel. I absolutely loved the way the author was able to draw me in to Chloe and Locke and their lives. Locke is from down under and Chloe is drawn to him immediately. Their love blooms fast, hard, and crazy. Would they be able to keep it up or will it all fall apart? They met at a Taekwondo tournament. He was the judge and she was the number 1 contender. He couldn’t take his eyes off her the whole time and new he had to figure out a way to get to know her. As their lives become intertwined, they have some disagreements that tear them apart. How can they find their way back to each other without compromising their own beliefs?

Review by @julie-lounello

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Sarah Oakes

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A great read about rising to a challenge. Chloe Darue is a feisty Tae Kwan Do student who follows her heart instead of conventions. Whilst in a tournament, she meets a new judge who takes her breath away. She meets him again at a ball and magic blossoms between them to attraction. She doesn’t normally like people so fast, but something about him is different. Can she rise to his new challenge and win victorious?
A great read. Well developed plot with twists and turns. Well developed characters like Chloe fierce and strong minded but also vulnerable underneath or Locke as bold and brave but also with his worries and feelings underneath. Great cast of supporting characters like the unbearable mother figure of Priscilla or the fun friend Ryan.
I loved the visual detail throughout the novel like with the masquerade ball with its faerie lights decorations glimmering for a magical feel that takes your breath away. Or the dress with its blues and butterflies elegant and sophisticated but still beautiful. Or the tattoos with the dragons and the tree as pieces of pure artwork in stunning detail and wonderfully written.
The switch of perspectives worked well to display both sides of the story and was easy to follow with names in chapter titles. I also liked the use of the language and culture of Tae Kwon Do throughout the novel for the sense of community was a brilliant addition. Overall, a great read and I would give it five stars.

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Francis O’Sullivan

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was initially drawn to Spar by Randi Perrin by the promise of a bisexual protagonist, and because I enjoyed reading Perrin’s Earthbound Angels series. Spar isn’t a fantasy like Earthbound Angels – it is a modern romance with a real world setting that focuses on Tae Kwon Do and computer programming.
Both of the protagonists, Chloe and Locke, have been badly hurt in the past (TW for domestic and sexual abuse). For Chloe, it is more recent and consequently she finds it more difficult to build trust. Locke respects this, and is patient and sensitive with her. Their relationship is complicated but fundamentally caring, which I enjoyed reading!
I was both excited and wary of having a bi protagonist in a m/f relationship. Perrin does a really good job – we see Chloe being attracted to both men and women at different points in the story, she discusses past relationships and Perrin addresses homophobia and the difficulties of coming out. There are also other LGBT characters, including a long term, long distance m/m couple. One of the earlier scenes takes place at a masked ball for a local LGBT charity. So it does very much feel like an LGBT romance!
This is a fun, gripping read, and gets four stars from me! There are descriptions of violence, homophobia and other forms of abuse but it is generally a positive, empowering book.

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Lisa Brydalski

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Spar by Randi Perrin is the story of Chloe Darue and Locke Headley and is the first book I have ever read by this author. Honestly, when I picked up this story, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What I got was a really good story about two individuals broken by people who should have been all about support and love. There were parts that weren’t easy to read but the characters of Chloe and Locke made it worth pushing through. I highly recommend this book and I know I will be looking into reading more from this new to me author.

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Spar by Randi Perrin – Review by Candida Hopper

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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Spar
By Randi Perrin

I wasn’t sure what to expect going into this story, but I am so glad I gave it a chance. This story drew me in from the beginning and kept me turning pages. I absolutely loved the characters Chloe and Locke, they are both strong and independent people in their own ways. They each have their own reasons why they don’t do relationships, but as your reading you just know that these two belong together. The author did an excellent job making me feel like I was there and getting me invested in these characters. There are also very interesting and wonderful other characters in this story that I would love to get to know better. This book has different aspects to it besides romance and I enjoyed every minute of reading it. I highly recommend this book and I will definitely be reading more books by this author.

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