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The Opening Bell by J. B. Garner – Review

Title – The Opening Bell
Author – J. B. Garner
Genre – Sport Fiction
Length –   168  Pages
My Rating – 4/5 Stars


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?

The Opening Bell is the first of three books in Three Seconds to Legend.


The Opening Bell is book 1 in a wrestling fiction trilogy…what if I don’t like wrestling I hear you say… Well first off let me be honest with you. I’m not a fan of wrestling but I loved this book.

J B. Garner has a talent for making a story interesting for the reader. This is the second book of his I’ve read and I see the same fast, easy flowing reading that I expected and loved

There’s more going on in the book than just a simple tale of wrestling. Wrestling is just the theme.. the story is family feuds and the past coming back to haunt the ones you love

For me there was a perfect mix of action in this book, in and out of the ring. This was the key reason I enjoyed the book so much. Garner has managed to write a book around wrestling in such a way that even someone like me who’s not into the sport can still enjoy his work.

J B. Garner has a talent for the short story with fewer than 200 pages. For anyone who doesn’t fancy picking up a 400 page + book in highly recommend his work. The subject matters he covers are a breath of fresh air for me and covered in such a way that the tales are easy and enjoyable to read

The plot of this story focuses around Leilana who is trying to make her way in the wrestling world with a deep family history that doesn’t become clear until the end of the book. Along the way she makes friends and also some enemies.. rivalries become clear and a path is left nicely for the series to continue.

As I’ve said.. I’m not a fan of wrestling but this story is deeper than that, I’ll definitely be interested in reading the rest of the series

If you’re a fan of the genre you’ll no doubt enjoy this.. I also think anyone who likes a short story or anyone looking outside of their general comfort zone will enjoy this

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