Summary from Goodreads:
What do you do when everything you avoid, turns out to be exactly what you need?
Easy and predictable, just the way he likes it, Blake Daniels flies through life the way he burns through women: on his terms, no regrets.
With his fighting career in full swing, he’s on the threshold of title contention. But when his training is compromised by injury, the stakes grow impossibly higher. The rage that fuels his punches also chips away at his focus, and he risks losing everything he cares about.
He won’t let that happen. Not again.
Layla’s through with men. After a marriage that never should’ve happened, she hopes to reclaim the pieces of the woman she lost years ago.
Emotional abuse has left her insecure and terrified. A master at faking what she’s not feeling, she masks her self-doubt in false confidence.
She’ll never let another man hurt her. Not again.
Chased by shadows of the past, Blake and Layla know what they don’t want, but their hearts have a different plan. As a web of lies and betrayal threatens to destroy them, they’re forced to make a choice.
Is love enough to heal even the deepest wounds?
Or will they be left Fighting to Forgive?
Ok (Catches breath), where do I start? This book is full to capacity with a shit ton of sex, abuse, humor, violence, angst, sweetness, and above all, love. Love for each other, love for ones self, and love of the game! This tantalizing tale is so tragic and yet uplifting at the same time. Hard to put into words, but image savoring a piece of Dove chocolate and then having someone tell you to spit it out only to let you put another piece back in your mouth!!! Highs and lows man, highs and lows! Damn Jamie you nearly killed me! I’m ok now, but my Kindle may have a few dents in it! LOL!
The character roster in this novel is phenomenal and immense. Not only do we have Blake “The Snake” Daniels (BD) as our main squeeze, but throw in Rex, Jonah, and our newest baby, Killian “Killer” in the mix, and holy hell, my panties were on fire!! Now throw in the most amazing female characters… Layla, Raven, Eve, and Axelle Rose!! Cool effing name by the way!! Bada bing bada boom… I was swooning over all of them!
Blake, oh Blake, how I love you. The torture that boy went through from such a young age just about broke me. I can’t imagine any parent being so shitty to their kids like Blake’s were. His life just seemed to be a series of unfortunate events that ultimately lead him to the MMA and his thriving fighting career. Even though he was a colossal dick in the beginning of the book, I still loved him. Something about those male whore-ish kinda guys that just ropes me in! I’ll never understand the “No attachments, no risk, and no pain” sort of man. Don’t they know us women want all that and more? Thank the Gods he keeps that alpha demeanor, but softens the edges a bit! “I WANT THEM. THEY’RE MINE!!!” Oh how I love him!
Onto the WOMAN I’ll forever aspire to be… Layla! She’s very relatable to me as I was a single Mother myself for 8 years. Again, our female main character doesn’t have a pleasant or orderly upbringing. Nope! Layla started her Mommy-hood at 15 and was treated like a piece of shit by just about everybody she should be able to count on. Her Ex is an asshole and basically broke her to say the least. Although she’s broken and unhappy on the inside, she manages to put on a happy face and attitude on the outside for her beautiful and smart daughter Axelle. She’s so damn cute: “I just… wanted to see if you’d watch TV with me!” My heart melted. What a great Mom, friend, and all around remarkable gal to come from the ashes and rise above all the shit she was dealt.
Alright, enough about this magnificent character cast… The book is 443 (Kindle version) pages long and if you ask me, just right! The pacing is remarkable and it flows with such tenacity that I could barely set my Kindle down for even a second. Great succeeding installment Jamie! I am in love with your beautiful words!