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I wanted to read this book for one reason and one reason only because it was about Romany gypsies. Gypsy Sisters on TLC is on of my guilty pleasure shows, but I realize that is an exaggerated depiction of a very real culture.
I am happy to report, that the gypsies in this book were a lot less over the top then the ones from reality TV. Sure Sammy liked to fight and dress in flashy, tight clothing, but she was also very smart and demanded respect. The men in her family didn’t push her around and she wasn’t being forced to marry as soon as she came of age, and Her family supported her desire to fight professionally. Ever since she was a baby they knew she had the strength and ability to best just about anyone in a fights, male or female, and they respected her for it.
But Sammy is also making some choices that she knows no one will support. She is sneaking away in the middle of the night to take part in an illegal fighting ring and beating every opponent they throw at her. But no matter how angry her family would be if they found out she was putting herself in danger like that, Sammy piles on top of the secrets by developing feelings for a rich gorger boy named Gregory. (For those of you who don’t watch the aforementioned TLC show a gorger is a person who is not a gypsy and dating one is a big no no.)
I found the pacing of this book to be a little odd. When Sammy wasn’t fighting or running for her life, not much was happening. Her sister is getting married so she spends a lot of time focused on that, and she also finds time to think about Gregory, but that’s about it. However, when the action was happening it was very entertaining. I also love that Sammie was stronger and more capable than her love interest. It was clear that she was stronger and a better fighter that Gregory and he was cool with that.
She and Gregory didn’t spend that much time together so I wasn’t invested in them as a couple. It was like the only thing that made them like each other so much was the fact that their families didn’t want them together. I honestly think if their families said they were cool with them dating, they would get bored with each other in a week. Sammy is too fiery to be with someone like Gregory. She really does need someone who can keep up with her better and understands her way of life.
The author wrote the perfect romantic interest for Sammy it just wasn’t Gregory. She has known Rocky her entire life, they both like to fight, and her family loves him to death. And I don’t just think they should be together because it is easy, they should be together because they are good for each other. Rocky respects her but he also knows how to tell her when she is going too far and she does the same thing for him. She had more scenes with Rocky than with Gregory so I just like him more.
I may not have loved the romance, but the fight scenes were interesting and I also liked all the facts about gypsies. I would definitely recommend this if you find the gypsy culture interesting.
Because of violence, I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up. There were no sexual scenes.
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