Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Review: Fighting The Fall By JB Salsbury

The toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.

Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do.

Stay on your feet.

It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.

When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.

Will they risk it all and fight to be together?

Or does defeat lie within the fall?

I hate to even say this but for me, Fighting The Fall is my least favorite of the series so far.  Don’t get me wrong I did like it but I think after such an emotional book as Fighting To Forget was that Fighting The Fall just didn’t come to that same level of greatness.
We first meet Eve in Fighting The Flight.  She is Raven’s best friend and hasn’t had the best luck when it comes to relationships.  She didn’t have the best life growing up and she almost accepted that being treated like shit was acceptable and almost a given.  The emotional abuse she suffered made her the way she is.  I think it was her not seeing her own worth and even being extremely immature at times is what kept me from liking her like I have the rest of the women in this series.

Cam’s past is filled with a different kind of pain.  He had to give up fighting because of the risk of another concussion being life threatening as well as other reasons he is determined to work hard and get in the ring no matter what the cost.  Sadly something tragic happens and causes a whole type of pain to occur.  I can’t imagine what Cam was living through or feeling, something like that would have killed me that I wouldn’t have been able to go on.  While I feel deeply for Cam his treatment of Eve is inexcusable at times and didn’t really prove to me as a reader that he was worth forgiveness. 

While this may not have been my favorite of the series so far, this was still emotional and at times heartbreaking.  Emotional abuse is something that is real, words can’t ever be unsaid and when those words beat you down emotionally the damage caused can be unrepairable.  Fighting The Fall is the fourth book in this series and will make you want to repair any damage your words may have caused someone in the past.

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