Choke Hold by Christa Faust
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
A former lover of Angel Dare's walks into a diner where she's working until she can arrange a new identity and embroils her in a new set of complications. Angel's already hiding out from Croatian criminals that she fell afoul of in Faust's first Angel Dare novel, MONEY SHOT.
Angel's ex-lover, Vic, is meeting his 18-year old son, Cody, and when Vic is gunned down in the diner, he extracts a promise from Angel that she'll look out for Cody.
Cody is determined to compete to become a fighter in a Las Vegas Mixed Martial Arts show, so Angel has two priorities, keeping Cody and his fighting mentor, Hank, from getting killed, and getting Cody to his fighting competition.
Angel has her work cut out for her, especially when the Croatians show up again. They're still angry she exposed their sex-slave operation and they're seeking revenge.
CHOKE HOLD is a spare story, with action aplenty and little sentimentality. It rolls along from one calamity to the next until its dark, brutal ending. Those looking for expansive descriptions of the MMA fight scene will be disappointed. However, those looking for a tale from an evolving voice of gritty angst should be well-satisfied.
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