Series: Fighting #1
Genres: Dark Romance
Also in this series: Fighting to Forgive, Fighting For a Second Chance, The Final Fight
Also by this author: Fighting to Forgive, Split, Wrecked, Fighting for Honor, The Final Fight
What happens when in order to win, you’re forced to lose?The only daughter of an infamous Las Vegas pimp, Raven Morretti grew up an outsider. Liberated from the neglectful home of her prostitute mother, she finds solace as a mechanic. With few friends, she’s content with the simple life. Flying under the radar is all she knows, and more than she expects.Until she catches the eye of local celebrity, UFL playboy Jonah Slade. Weeks away from his title fight, Jonah is determined to stay focused on everything he’s trained so hard to achieve. Undefeated in the octagon, he’s at the height of his career. But resisting Raven’s effortless allure and uncomplicated nature is a fight he can’t win. Jonah trades in his bad-boy reputation and puts his heart on the line. But when her father contacts her, setting in motion the ugly truth of her destiny, Jonah must choose. In a high-stakes gamble where love and freedom hang in the balance, a war is waged where the price of losing is a fate worse than death.Will the hotheaded Jonah be able to restrain his inner fighter to save the woman he loves? Or will Raven be forced into a life she’s been desperate to avoid?Word Count: 112,406
What I loved:
Jonah is probably the best written alpha male I have ever read in a New Adult book. He wasn’t just a caveman, beating his chest and going all “my woman this” and “my woman that”. JB Salsbury wrote a character with depth. While he does have his alpha male tendencies, he also has this other side-mature, sweet, and deeply compassionate. I was truly surprised by how much I liked this character as I often find the guys in New Adult to be a bit neanderthal.
I also liked Raven. She was very needy, but it wasn’t annoying like I have found other heroines to be. She is pretty broken (I mean, her mom is a whore who never gave Raven any love or attention and her dad is the biggest pimp in Vegas!) but she has managed to create a life for herself that doesn’t revolve around how broken she is.
What I didn’t love:
In typical New Adult fiction, Raven is a virgin and her and Jonah fall in love instantly. I am not in any way opposed to the ‘insta-love’ thing (I know it makes some people crazy, but I am not one of them!), but it starts to wear a little thin as a I read New Adult books. I am not opposed to the virginal heroine either-in fact, I usually find I like those characters better. But, this book sort of hits all the plot traps of New adult-instant love, virginal heroine, broken characters with horrible trauma in their pasts. I hope that authors can find a way to better develop New Adult books so they don’t all follow this same pattern.
If you liked…
The Hurricane by RJ Prescott, The Coincidence of Callie and Kayden by Jessica Sorenson, Protecting Summer by Susan Stoker
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