Series: Fighting #1
Genres: New Adult
Also in this series: Fighting to Forgive, The Final Fight
I am an eighteen year old high school graduate who has just experienced my first… well, everything. I would give anything to hold on to Cooper but we made a decision. After thirty hours of falling in lust, after tonight we are parting ways. I am starting college and I can’t be distracted. Besides he has his own life to get back to. ***The moment I saw her I knew she was the one but what my heart wants it doesn’t get. I know how life works. I have been fighting most of my life. My dad was a fighter and so was his dad. I watched my mom cheat on him and in return he destroyed her. I will never do that to a woman. I get thirty hours with Liz and then we are both walking away. At the end of the day, all we will have is the memories we have created here in Miami. ***Five years later Liz runs into Cooper only he has no idea that memories weren’t the only thing they created in Miami. He broke her heart once the day he left and her heart is now guarded. Will he succeed in winning her heart back a second time? The only thing he knows for sure is that he is fighting for a second chance and this time he will not let her go.
Sadly this book was a DNF for me. First, I found the heroine to be a bit unbelievable and almost cliche. Sweet, naive, virgin girl who just graduated high school and is going off on a celebratory vacation with her BFF, who is a bit of a tramp. Liz, the heroine, was the bookworm counterpart to her friend, Kayla, the life of the party. So, right off the bat I found this cliche and really overdone in new adult romance.
Then, at a club in Miami, she meets the hero, Cooper. First, he sees her in line, then tells the bouncer to let her and her friend come up to VIP with him. Before she even officially meets him, he comes up and starts grinding on her on the dance floor. Okay, now, she is an 18 year old virgin who comments on how little she knows about guys and sex, yet this doesn’t freak her out. Every teenage girl I know views this as a red flag. Instead of being cautious, she goes up to the VIP area with him ALONE. Yep, her friend stays on the dance floor. Seriously, I cannot believe this girl’s behavior. She is a smart girl; she has to realize this is high risk behavior! Then, she gets TRASHED and takes Cooper home with her. Ok, I just can’t.
So, I had to stop. I just don’t think I would ever like this girl because she doesn’t seem to have enough survival skills to make it through college (in Las Vegas no less!). I teach high school kids. I know they enjoy high risk behavior. However, I also know that they are wary of people and most of the girls I teach would NOT put themselves in this type of situation.
Coop is an MMA fighter. Liz asks if thats like the Karate Kid stuff and he says YES. Seriously?!? First off, as someone with a black belt in Karate, no. And MMA is like way more vicious than that pansy fight at the end of the Karate Kid.
While this was a DNF for me, I don’t think it would be for everyone. The writing was good and I think there was potential for a good story but I was just too turned off from behavior of the character to continue.