By Erika Krouse
“Nina was once a thief, technically, even though she by no means outlined herself that method. Stealing was once sponsorship. battling was once the passion.”
Street-fighter Nina Black lives via her fists in Denver, stealing wallets and making the most of males who attempt to reap the benefits of her. This symbiosis is upended whilst one in all her marks, a cop and MMA comeback contender, desires his pockets — and his dignity — again. averting retribution is tough sufficient by myself, however it turns into very unlikely as soon as Nina will get unforeseen custody of an orphaned eight-year-old niece she didn’t recognize existed, followed by means of her long-lost (and ever-vigilant) early life flame, Isaac. while the placement implodes, just one individual will help Nina earn again her lifestyles, and get ready her for the struggle that may finish it.
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