Undefeated

Undefeated

When your world crashes down...When they all say you’re out...When your body is broken...I will rise.I will return.And I will be undefeated. Nick Renshaw is the golden boy of British rugby. When a serious injury threatens his career, he starts to spiral downwards, a broken man.Feeling abandoned and betrayed by those closest to him, he fights to restart his life. Maybe ther...

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Undefeated Reviews

  • MJ

    Let me first just say that Stuart Reardon is so much more than just a handsome face. I didn't know what to expect from his collaboration with Jane Harvey-Berrick, but knowing Jane's work intimately I knew to expect something of quality. And then I started it. And I quickly realized oh this book would clearly be more than quality. And it is. It is extraordinary. I was immediately pulled into Nick Renshaw's world of rugby and never looked back. And as the name suggests, it truly is the story of on

    Let me first just say that Stuart Reardon is so much more than just a handsome face. I didn't know what to expect from his collaboration with Jane Harvey-Berrick, but knowing Jane's work intimately I knew to expect something of quality. And then I started it. And I quickly realized oh this book would clearly be more than quality. And it is. It is extraordinary. I was immediately pulled into Nick Renshaw's world of rugby and never looked back. And as the name suggests, it truly is the story of one man's quest to not only be undefeated on the field but in his heart as well.

    Although for me I truly felt this was Nick's journey, the love story that emerges between Nick and Anna is clearly at the heart of this book. Their forbidden romance because she is his rugby team's psychologist is full of angst but it is also filled with trust, respect and most of all the ultimate solace when each of their worlds blows apart when they are found out. Even when kept apart by circumstances out of their control, there is strong tether between each of their hearts that won't simply go away because rules dictated their future. The heartache I felt for both Nick and Anna, whether it was because of lies told or injuries sustained was deep for me. I was so invested in their lives it was hard to not shed a tear or twenty because of their fast-changing circumstances.

    The backdrop of rugby even when there is a boatload of foreign jargon being tossed about in almost every chapter was fascinating to me. As an American, I felt a bond with Anna, learning together about the ins and outs of this sometimes very brutal sport and quickly becoming a fan, when I've never even watched one match! With Stuart Reardon's vast knowledge of the rugby world, the adage of writing what you know was clearly the way to go for his debut work since his experience as a former star player made this book that much more captivating.

    Jane Harvey-Berrick and Stuart Reardon write seamlessly together. There is so much to absorb but I savored every word. Even though this book is quite lengthy it never felt that way. I was never bored nor was I prone to skimming, something I do when many passages in a book seem redundant. With Undefeated I was fully immersed in every single sentence, feeling almost bereft that it came to an end. It is quite the voyage through the eyes of both Nick and Anna. From doctor/patient to friends through email and then to lovers, they have certainly one helluva tale to tell. To say it is unputdownable is an understatement.

    So don't be fooled that this is yet another attempt by a cover model to jump on the romance bandwagon. This is writing at its very best and I look forward to more collaborations from these two in the future.

    5 HUGE STARS!!

  • Sophie

    I've been kindly given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.

    5 Undefeated stars

    It’s been nothing like I expected. Rather let me reformulate: I expected something good as I know Jane Harvey-Berrick’s writing and am a fan. I did not expect that intensity!

    I've been kindly given an ARC by the author in exchange for an honest opinion.

    5 Undefeated stars

    It’s been nothing like I expected. Rather let me reformulate: I expected something good as I know Jane Harvey-Berrick’s writing and am a fan. I did not expect that intensity!

    Nick Renshaw is a professional rugby player of 26 years old at the beginning of the book. He just signed with a first league club. His future seems bright and he will propose his girlfriend Molly.

    The first bump comes with an injury suffered in his last match at his former club. Nick will have surgery but will never feel he recovered totally and it will play with his head hindering his progress in his new club.

    The club sends Nick to a psychologist specialized in athletes. Dr Anna Scott is really dedicated to her profession. She is American and moved to England to have a fresh start after a sordid affair. There is instant attraction between Anna and Nick but Nick is loyal and engaged whereas Anna has a strict no dating patient rule. They will form a friendship of sort but nothing more.

    On a fatefull day Nick’s world will crumble and he’ll make a very bad and violent decision that will lead to serious consequences and have him lose everything he had worked so hard to achieve. Broken he will need someone to drag him out and have him rise again. Will Anna be able to help him and at what price for them both?

    I was running on the field among my mates. I was soaking in ice baths to have my muscle recover from their micro trauma. I was swallowing ibuprofens to help my battered body to recover.

    For two days I was Nick.

    I was battered physically and emotionally. I thought my life was finished. I was desperate then numb. “Because what am I, if I don’t have rugby?” Until that spark was re-ignited again thanks to Anna. Until I trained like mad and fought like a lion to get reborn like a phoenix and rise …undefeated.

    What Stuart Reardon and jane Harvey Berrick achieved was a sportsromance story like none other. I never thought I would enjoy reading the technical aspects of rugby and yet I found them fascinating.

    The work, the courage and the dedication these athletes push into their passion is admirable.

    Beneath his hot bod with bulging muscles, raven-dark hair and tattoos lies a truly good man. He was “raised right” by his mom. He had an incredibly supportive family. Having left school at sixteen and working in a factory for two years he was not the typical cocky hero. He was handsome, supportive, passionate, hard-working, solid and humble.

    Yes he made a huge mistake that will be the beginning of his descent in Hell. Stuart and Jane described perfectly what it does to someone to see his dreams shattered. The destructive path you can follow just to be numb. Just to stop suffering. Just to forget.

    But no other hero has ever been more deserving of a second chance than Nick. Because he’s been destroyed and he clawed his way out of his dark pit.

    She was real. She was flawed. For all her expertise and dedication in her fieldwork she had her own secrets and made her own mistake making her relatable and loveable.

    Nick won’t be the only one smashed to pieces in this story. Anna will be crushed.

    This is a lesson of courage, determination and endurance. A romance story and a tale of redemption and determination.

    Not only was I fascinated by Nick’s journey but the romance between Nick and Anna was excellent.

    When Nick and Anna meet the attraction is undeniable and sparks fly by.

    When they’ll succumb…you will have incredibly HOT scenes. One in particular in the physio room left me in need of a cold shower!!!

    You will be swept off your feet by their romance and the power of their attraction. But love does NOT solve everything. You need to work for what you want. You need to fight back. When you’ve been in the pit of despair and worked to conquer everything and everyone back your victory will be incomparable.

    And what a glorious finish!

    If you love intense sportsromance featuring a battered bruised but triumphant hero and a courageous relatable heroine just one click already. You will live it. You will dream it. You will fall head over heel in love with it. You can thank me with chocolate 😉

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  • Nicola

    Rugby is one of my pleasures in life and not just because the players thighs are a work of art. The atmosphere, the camaraderie between both the fans and the players, the all-round passion, there’s nothing like it. So when I started this and discovered that the club the hero plays for when we first meet him is my hometown, along with the fact he’s a Yorkshireman who can make Cottage Pie, calls an evening meal

    and uses the word

    , I was chuffed to bits.

    Rugby is one of my pleasures in life and not just because the players thighs are a work of art. The atmosphere, the camaraderie between both the fans and the players, the all-round passion, there’s nothing like it. So when I started this and discovered that the club the hero plays for when we first meet him is my hometown, along with the fact he’s a Yorkshireman who can make Cottage Pie, calls an evening meal

    and uses the word

    , I was chuffed to bits.

    is more than your sports-themed sexy romance with a man to swoon over. It has that, and Nick Renshaw is easy to fall for—a quiet, witty, self-effacing man with a sinful mouth and a cracking physique—but it’s when he begins his downward spiral that the

    becomes evident and it does make you question your own judgement of people’s actions.

    Part two sees the romance aspect really kick into gear although the sports element remains ever present, and with a no-fraternisation policy in place club psychotherapist, Anna and Nick’s romance is already forbidden before it even begins. But you can’t deny what the heart wants and as their feelings crescendo it leads to a passionate love story where said hearts are tangled in professional ethics and secrecy.

    Anna and Nick were portrayed wonderfully: they have such a natural ease around one another and are strong yet flawed, loveable yet maddening, sexy and funny and what they have is worth fighting for. And for all the moments when this story hurts and your heart breaks—at 34% I’m not ashamed to admit I sat sobbing, and again at 78%—there are those that fill you with hope, make you feel and give you a damn good giggle.

    When it comes to collaborations it matters not to me who wrote what, I just want to discover a story with memorable characters, a journey which holds me captive, gives my emotions a work out and leaves me with a happy heart. Together, Jane Harvey-Berrick and Stuart Reardon succeeded on all counts.

  • Pick a Book

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    3,5 stars

    Curiosity. That's what attracted me most to read UNDEFEATED. I have read a few books by Jane, however, being the first book by Stuart Reardon, a former Rugby player and current model among other things - including covers of authors we know and love - I was extremely curious about this partnership. And it was a good surprise. I liked them together.

    The book tells the story of rugby player Nick Renshaw, who had just been hired by a great team. However, in his last game o

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    / Português

    3,5 stars

    Curiosity. That's what attracted me most to read UNDEFEATED. I have read a few books by Jane, however, being the first book by Stuart Reardon, a former Rugby player and current model among other things - including covers of authors we know and love - I was extremely curious about this partnership. And it was a good surprise. I liked them together.

    The book tells the story of rugby player Nick Renshaw, who had just been hired by a great team. However, in his last game on the old team, he hurt in a way that could end his career. Afraid not to play anymore, apart from improving the physique, Nick also needs help on the psychological side. Anna, a psychologist specializing in helping players, is the chosen one. However, what began with a professional relationship ends up breaking down barriers and becoming something more.

    Both Nick and Anna were great characters. The story shows the conflicts in a relationship in that environment and in everything it entails. The authors also didn't focus on just that, the book has enough drama. I felt sorry for Nick several times. As for Anna, I was very angry at everything that happened to her. I wouldn't be able to deal with everything the way she coped. What I liked the most was that although young, around 26 years old, both were very mature, determined. And I loved the fact that they were both passionate about their professions.

    What bothered me the most about this story is that it is something that doesn't really bother a lot of people. I confess I don't enjoy stories written in 3rd person and this made me take too long on my reading. I find it much harder to connect with the characters like that. I don't get in the story so easy. And that, certainly was what made the difference in me rating this book.

    The story is good. Stuart's baggage is clearly seen in the book, both in relation to the games and the feelings toward his profession making this book of sports/romance very well grounded. I think some games were too detailed, and for those who don't know much about it - as me - can be a bit lost. The middle of the book got a little slow, but soon after that the story gained strength again holding us till the end.

    Both hero and heroine are charismatic. We hope that, after all the drama - and there is a lot - everything works out. UNDEFEATED, has a romance that happens gradually and also is about recovery. From accepting what happened and going forward. Things happen and we have to learn to deal with the new situation.

    I thought the book was a standalone, but Jane wrote at the end of the book that by the end of the year we will have MODEL BOYFRIEND continuing the story of Nick and Anna. I really enjoyed the book, I loved the partnership of Jane and Stuart bringing a very mature story, without overdo. I hope to read much more of these two together.

    *An ARC was provided by the authors and Ardent PRose. Thank you!

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    English /

    3,5 estrelas

    ​​​Curiosidade. Foi isso que mais me atraiu para ler UNDEFEATED. Já li alguns livros da Jane, entretanto, por ser o primeiro livro de Stuart Reardon​,​ ex​-​jogador de Rugby e atual modelo​ dentre outras coisas​ - inclusive de capas de autoras que conhecemos e amamos - fiquei extremamente curiosa com essa parceria. E foi uma boa surpresa. Gostei dos dois juntos.

    ​O livro conta a história do jogador de Rugby, Nick Renshaw, que acabara de ser contratado por um grande time. Entretanto, em seu ultimo jogo no antigo time, ele machucou de uma maneira que poderia acabar com sua carreira. Com medo não jogar mais, além de melhorar o físico, Nick também precisa de ajuda no lado psicológico. Anna, uma psicologa especializada em ajudar jogadores, é a escolhida. Entretanto, o que começou com uma relação profissional acaba quebrando barreiras e se transformando em algo mais.

    Tanto Nick quando Anna foram ótimos personagens. A história mostra os conflitos em um relacionamento nesse meio e em tudo que acarreta. Os autores também não focaram só nisso, o livro tem bastante drama. Fiquei com pena de Nick em várias partes. Quanto a Anna fiquei com muita raiva com tudo que aconteceu com ela. Eu não conseguiria lidar com tudo assim dá maneira que ela lidou. O que mais gostei foi que apesar de novos, por volta dos 26 anos, ambos eram bem maduros, decididos. E amei o fato de ambos serem apaixonados por suas profissões.

    ​​O que mais me incomodou nessa história é algo, na verdade, que não costuma incomodar muita gente. Confesso que não curto histórias escritas em 3ª pessoa e isso me fez demorar um pouco na leitura. Acho bem mais difícil de conectar com os personagens assim. Não entro tanto na história. E isso, com certeza foi o que fez a diferença em minha nota nesse livro.

    ​A história é boa. A bagagem do Stuart é vista claramente no livro, tanto em relação os jogos e como se sentia em relação a profissão tornando esse livro de romance esportivo muito bem fundamentado. Acho que algumas partidas foram detalhas até demais, e pra quem não conhece muito do jogo - eu - pode ficar meio perdido. O meio do livro ficou um pouco lento, mas logo depois a história ganhou força novamente nos prendendo até o final.

    Os personagens são carismáticos. A gente torce para que, depois de todo drama - e tem muito - tudo dê certo. UNDEFEATED, além do romance de forma gradativa, trata também da recuperação. De aceitar o que aconteceu e ir em frente. As coisas acontecem e a gente tem que aprender a se virar com a nova situação.

    ​Achava que o livro era único, mas a Jane avisa no final do livro que no final do ano teremos MODEL BOYFRIEND dando continuidade a história de Nick e Anna. Gostei bastante do livro, adorei a parceria da Jane e Stuart trazendo uma historia bem madura, sem exagero. Espero ler muito mais desses dois juntos.

    * Recebi um ARC dos autores e da Ardent PRose. Obrigada!​

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  • Kindling Micky

    I’m already a Jane Harvey-Berrick fan but I had a little trepidation going into this book with a debut author as a writing duo, no prejudices, I was just unsure what I’d find. Actually, what I did find was that the experience of Stuart Reardon brought a tangibility and raw-ness to the sports element of this book that made it unique in the world of sports romance. So, I have come out of this unsure where each author started and finished in terms of quality of writing (that was good) but with some

    I’m already a Jane Harvey-Berrick fan but I had a little trepidation going into this book with a debut author as a writing duo, no prejudices, I was just unsure what I’d find. Actually, what I did find was that the experience of Stuart Reardon brought a tangibility and raw-ness to the sports element of this book that made it unique in the world of sports romance. So, I have come out of this unsure where each author started and finished in terms of quality of writing (that was good) but with some inkling of the sports side of things that came from Stuart Reardon. Big congratulations to both authors on this, I’m thrilled to have enjoyed it so much.

    UNDEFEATED is a sports romance with a forbidden element, it was a compelling story with a believable slow build of connection between injured rugby player, Nick and sports psychologist, Anna. The character of Nick was written with such depth, his frustration, his emotions, his anger and his injuries, and I truly got lost in the reality of the read. Anna was likeable if a little weak in her intentions to stay away. I hated the demise of both Nick and Anna at different junctures because I had quickly become on their side; I couldn’t look away when things unraveled.

    Things I loved about this book were the narratives on injury and that Nick wasn’t at the top of his game. So many sports romances are about the top team, top player and this difference was refreshing. I loved to hate some of the side characters.

    This was quite an angsty and intense read at times and it takes the reader on something of an emotional roller coaster (a few times). I’m really looking forward to see what this author duo might do with this characters in the next book but don’t worry, this book stands alone as it is for now.

    A copy of this book was provided by the authors in return for a honest review.

    Reviewed for Jo&IsaLoveBooks Blog.

  • Melanie A.

    There was A LOT to like in

    ! It was solidly written, and I loved the passion for rugby that underscored the whole story.

    Nick is a professional rugby player whose world comes crashing down when he suffers a potentially career-ending injury. His club sends him to sports psychologist Dr. Anna Scott to help him

    , so to speak. Of course, sparks fly between them. ;)

    It was Nick who made this book for me. He

    There was A LOT to like in

    ! It was solidly written, and I loved the passion for rugby that underscored the whole story.

    Nick is a professional rugby player whose world comes crashing down when he suffers a potentially career-ending injury. His club sends him to sports psychologist Dr. Anna Scott to help him

    , so to speak. Of course, sparks fly between them. ;)

    It was Nick who made this book for me. He was such a good guy; sweet, dedicated to his sport, and hot, hot, hot! The cover on this one fits his description to a T. ~fans self~ (Did I mention he's a rugby player? A British rugby player?) Sorry, I got caught up in the moment....

    I digress.

    Nick's absolute devastation bled from between the pages as his career seemingly slipped through his fingers. The writing in this regard was fabulous; I cried for him, I raged with him, I definitely felt it when he hit rock bottom.

    And then the shift in the feel of the story when he met Anna was wonderful. She was like a breath of fresh air for him. Unfortunately, I wasn't as much of a fan of Anna as Nick was. To me, she wasn't the strongest of heroines. Yes, I understand that she had her issues, but I hated the way she helped everyone except herself, and I wanted her to show more loyalty, more love, more devotion to Nick.

    I also thought there were a lot of people in the story who didn't get what was coming to them....a certain female character (sorry, no spoilers!), a certain male character, the doctor, Anna's parents, the club, the media, the justice system (okay, maybe the last ones are a bit much, but still). They were all let off the hook and it left me feeling childishly unsatisfied - because who doesn't enjoy a good comeuppance?

    However, if you are a mature adult, unlike me, this may be a 5 star read for you!

    Here's my favorite quote:

  • Sharon ∞❥ is an emotional book junkie ❥∞

    2.5 - 3 ★'s

    I was definitely curious about this book. I hadn't read a book by Jane Harvey-Berrick before although I know a lot of my GR's friends really like her books. And well, almost everyone has

    heard of Stuart Reardon. Sounds like a win-win, right?

    Unfortunately for me, not so much. The amount of rugby information was a bit overwhelming. TBH I don't really care what all the positions do, all the injuries they get, all the league info, etc, etc. But to be fair, I guess it wasn't

    over

    2.5 - 3 ★'s

    I was definitely curious about this book. I hadn't read a book by Jane Harvey-Berrick before although I know a lot of my GR's friends really like her books. And well, almost everyone has

    heard of Stuart Reardon. Sounds like a win-win, right?

    Unfortunately for me, not so much. The amount of rugby information was a bit overwhelming. TBH I don't really care what all the positions do, all the injuries they get, all the league info, etc, etc. But to be fair, I guess it wasn't

    over the top.

    What was over the top was all the cliché moments...too bad I can't really expand on those without spoilers. I guess I was hoping for a little inside scoop of the actual romantic life of a rugby player. ~sigh~

    Anna, the doctor, was extremely frustrating. Granted, she was trying to do the right thing but when you finally make a decision, stick with it, woman! *SMDH*

    One of my favorite things was Nick's family...especially his sister, Trish. She was amazeballs, such an awesome sister and Nick would've been lost without her.

    I also had an issue with Stuart Reardon being included in the story. I mean, wasn't he already Nick? It was just weird.

    Overall, I'm glad I read it even if I wasn't crazy about it. They're doing another book,

    , coming out in the fall and I will probably check that out as well because, you know, curiosity killed the cat and all that. ;)

  • Penny

    ★Hero - Nick Renshaw (Rugby player)

    ★Heroine - Anna Scott (Sports psychologist)

    ★The story begins a few months before the MCs met in 2014, at the time Nick had a girlfriend, Molly (bitch!), they had been together for 3 years and he was planning on proposing to her but then he suffered an injury, a few months later he finally asked her to marry him. Moments after getting a bj from Molly he sees Anna for the first time

    ★Hero - Nick Renshaw (Rugby player)

    ★Heroine - Anna Scott (Sports psychologist)

    ★The story begins a few months before the MCs met in 2014, at the time Nick had a girlfriend, Molly (bitch!), they had been together for 3 years and he was planning on proposing to her but then he suffered an injury, a few months later he finally asked her to marry him. Moments after getting a bj from Molly he sees Anna for the first time

    They meet officially the next day:

    The story progresses slowly after that. They were attracted to each other on a physical level but never did anything about it. He was still engaged to Molly and his relationship with Anna was strictly professional. A few months after that, he caught Molly cheating on him with his best friend and he went crazy, he destroyed his friend's house and beat him up, he also punched Molly by accident:

    Nick was arrested and he fell into depression, with Molly's betrayal and an injury that was threatening to end his career he started drinking and having suicidal thoughts. 3-4 months later, he decided to email Anna to thank her for everything she had done for him, he invited her to dinner and told her that he wanted to be more than friends but she said no, that night they ended up having sex anyway and the next day he woke up alone:

    She was afraid of getting involved with Nick because she had fucked up in the past and didn't want to make the same mistake and ruin her reputation and career.

    Anyway, after their ONS they didn't see each other for 4 months, until they were forced to work together again (she was the psychologist of his new team). They both tried to stay away from each other but that didn't last long. Once they became a couple they had to keep their relationship a secret because their contracts had a severe no-fraternization policy.

    Weeks (?) later they bumped into Molly and the bitch went nuts. She told the press about their relationship and Anna was arrested, she lost her job and her practise licence, her father had a stroke and she wasn't allowed to see or talk to Nick until the end of the investigation. Nick went to see her after a month of no communication because he couldn't stay away from her but she told him that it was over. 2 months later they reconciled. THE END.

    ★I hated Molly. I hated everything she said and everything she did

    ★I feel like there wasn't enought couple time, they spent too much time apart

    ★The romance pace was SO slow

    ★I'm not sure if he would've ended his engagement to be with Anna if Molly hadn't cheated on him

    ★If you like rugby I'm sure you'll enjoy all the talk about the sport

    ★I feel like he loved Molly but wasn't in love with her, so I don't think Anna was second best at all

    ★The timeline and the constant POV change was confusing

    ★I lost all respect for Anna when she mentioned the affair she had with a married man

    ★It was never mentioned but it was pretty obvious to me that he kept having sex with Molly after meeting Anna (Nick and Anna met 2 months before his break up with Molly)

    ★The epilogue was disappointing, I expected more after everything they went through

    ★What I liked the most was picturing Stuart as Nick, it made this book 10x better lol

    Happy reading!

    --------SFME

  • Rejane

    This book is not for me. Cheaters everywhere. Among other things.

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