Renee “Ren” Miller was five when her Dad left to go to the shops and never came back.
to grow up with a cancer riddled mother, things have never been easy
for a teenager who had to be wise beyond her years. Then one day they
lose the battle and she’s all alone.
Now twenty-two, Ren
reluctantly goes to find her estranged father. He owns the down and out
boxing studio, Beat, and Ren finds herself drawn to the ring. She
thrives on learning a new way of fighting a life that kept kicking her
down…instead of struggling against the current, she kicks it right
between the legs.
Then one day, Ash Fuller, her Dad’s star
fighter comes back to town. Mysterious, handsome… Dangerous… Everything
Ren doesn’t need.
But he’s got other ideas…
…and so does she.
things about me and they all wouldn’t be nice. I’ve done a lot of things I’m
not proud of.
only saw what was on the surface.
factor. Mainly because I was winning it out from under everyone’s noses on a
daily basis by just being good at punching the shit through people. It’s
fucking great to ride high, but there’s always someone right at your heels,
snapping like a rabid beast, waiting for the moment you stumble.
about getting a little fame and money – it made everyone below you jealous and
jealous people were willing to do whatever it took to bring you down. They all
wanted the prize and not all of them were up for playing fair to get it. There
were lines you never crossed and that line had been obliterated a long
to get to me and I will fucking kill you.
will do it time and time again.
you beg for mercy.
my muscles had tightened, and my pain receptors were shot.
horrified knowing what I made of my life after she was gone. I lived for her,
to see her win her battle, but in the end she lost. I wasn’t losing this fight.
The fight for my future. How could she argue with that? She always wanted the
best for me, even when she was too sick to move and this is my best.
It’s just that it involves pounding my fists into the flesh of my opponent
until they drop.
of an estranged father. The love of a mother… What good did it do if they just
abandoned you in the end?
what would get me through this battle. That’s what would get me onto that
way. I, least of all, didn’t see it coming until it hit me square in the face.
place that would change my life into something unrecognisable.
door that was painted in red letters. Red – the same colour as the blood that I
drew three nights a week in the cage.
The one word that had
become my mantra.