Review – Naked Choke by Vanessa Vale

The author delivered a sweet romance sprinkled with a bit of drama and suspense. ~ Paige, Guilty Pleasures 

Trapped at the bar during her best friend’s engagement party, Emory finds herself with Mr. Dud and his obnoxious pick-up lines. That is, until sexy Grayson Green steps in to rescue her. She’s been out of the game so long that she’s practically a dating virgin. With her son off to college and her husband now an ex, Emory is learning how to be not a wife, not a mom, but a single woman. What she doesn’t anticipate is falling—hard and fast—for a dominate, alpha male.

Grayson Green’s an MMA champion, used to working hard and playing harder. He spent years in the limelight where fast times and fast women were easy to come by. Women just want to screw him and men want to be friends with the infamous Green Machine. The appeal is gone and he steps out of the ring to make some changes and get control of his life. He runs his own gym and is a trainer for the next champ. All the training in the world can’t save him from the one-two punch of meeting Emory. She’s different. She has no idea who he is…and she wants him anyway. She’s everything he never knew he ever wanted and he’s going to do whatever it takes to keep her.

Gray convinces Emory that there are no games with him, that he wants to take care of her, protect her, and pleasure her until she can’t see straight. But not everything from his past are championship belts and sponsorship deals. He’ll have to protect her from the one thing he can’t control. Gray will do anything to keep Emory because he knows that winning in the cage is nothing compared to winning her heart.


I was pleasantly surprised by Naked Choke. I have never read anything by this author and thought she delivered a sweet romance sprinkled with a bit drama, suspense and ended with a HEA for Emory and Gray.

Gray was a perfect Alpha Male. He found Emory and knew she was the one. He was always there to protect her whether it was from his family and friends. There was instant attraction but this couple built their relationship outside the bedroom first then took it to a more physical level.

Emory is a smart woman although a bit naive when it comes to a relationship. I liked that she was an older women, late thirties, who is now on her own. She is settled in her carrier and now has time for herself. She deserved to be pampered.

While I liked the book and reading about their courtship, I thought it raced a bit towards the end. Devoting a little more time in the later chapters and this could have been a 5 star read for me.


4.5 stars

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