Leilana Ito knew her family had a long history in the wrestling world, but she never knew how much had been kept secret from her. When Leilana wanted to follow in the family footsteps, she was shocked when her father adamantly refused to let her proceed with no reason why.
Leilana couldn’t deny the fighting spirit in her heart. Refusing his prohibition, she had no idea what terrible events her defiance would set into motion!
Now a rookie wrestler in the heart of Oklahoma, Leilana faces ring rivalries, impossible odds, corporate machinations, and threats she could never imagine as she struggles to prove herself. As the truth behind her family’s history becomes clear, the stakes continue to rise. Will Leilana rise to the challenge and win it all or face a final, crushing defeat?
Opening Bell is the first of three books in Three Seconds to Legend.
Here’s What Several Reviewers Had To Say:
J.B. Garner has written a great wrestling story. The action was well paced, and gloriously detailed. The characters were engaging with well thought out motives. He clearly has a great amount of respect for professional wrestling and women’s wrestling in particular. I liked how he allowed the “head office” politics play out effecting things in the ring as well as driving the overall plot. I would get this book if you like professional wrestling, action/adventure, or good-vs-evil story lines. In the end I’ll just sum it up as I liked it so much I bought the hardcopy for my shelf.
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J.B. Garner has finally done what so many tried and either fell short or failed. He wrote, in my opinion one of the best in wrestling fiction. And better yet, a story involving pro women’s wrestling. Characters you care about, well developed with an exciting story and seemingly half the book dedicated to describing graphic wrestling action. Two families hell bent on continuing a generational feud, Rookie Leilani Ito is the pawn in a power struggle between her family, the Ito’ s and the power hungry Von Richters. Fighting her family’s support and indifference to her pursuing this dangerous struggle is but one fight she faces. Jealous wrestlers, fellow rookies and seasoned pros see her as a threat determined to test her mettle. Friendship, rivalries and betrayal all test her resolve. But her biggest fight comes with the granddaughter of the rival family, the Von Richters who is willing to put her out of wrestling just like her father and grandfather even if it’s a fight to the death. Very exciting we’ll written action makes this a page turner with an obvious sequel. Which I can’t wait for.
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This book pulls no punches – pun intended.
We are catapulted into the world of woman’s wrestling. The lead character, Leilana, is from Hawaii,and her choice of profession comes with her family’s involvement in the sport. But there is also a long standing feud with another formidable wrestling family, which has ended in tragedy and disability for both her father and grandfather, who love her and don’t want her to be hurt. Therefore, Leilana has to go against their wishes to proceed with her career.
Leilana’s ancestry is Hawaiian and Japanese, and one of the most sensitive parts of the novel is the depiction of her personality. Since I lived in Hawaii I thought it was spot-on. Love of family. Respect of elders. A tradition of hard work.
No punches pulled in the fight scenes. They are graphic and brutish. The Dirty One is a wonderful female character who basks in the glory of being booed by the crowds who come to see her fight.
There is a nice ending to the novel and poetic justice for Leilana’s family.