Friday, May 15, 2015

Review: Fighting To Forgive By JB Salsbury

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?

When we first met Blake in book one, Fighting For Flight, he is this manwhore who jokes around and doesn’t take anything seriously.  He is stupid funny if that makes sense?  His jokes at times are groan worthy but you can’t help but laugh at him.  What you don’t know about Blake is that he holds a secret about something that you would never expect from this bad boy fighter.  When he meets Layla for the first time, he is of course in total Blake fashion an ass that doesn’t stop him from trying to get with her.  What he doesn’t know is that Layla hasn’t had a good past and is trying to make a new life for her and her daughter.  I started singing Another One Bites The Dust by Queen because I could see that Blake was starting to fall for his stubborn little mouse.  I will admit I loved every second of his downfall, well almost.

When he gets injured training for his upcoming fight, he doesn’t let that stop him.  He gets treatment and continues on, but ever so slowly that rage that tends to simmer below the surface and ends up erupting like a pissed off volcano hell bent on destruction.  Why he blows up is a damn good reason, but his actions are something he is not only scared of but ashamed of as well.  Trust me Blake has a reason why, and while I figured out what was happening prior to being told, it will make you question your absolute trust in certain individuals that are supposed to protect you.

Layla’s past will make you feel so strongly for her, and the more you find out the more you want to hurt her husband for what he did.  What I wouldn’t give to kick him in the balls with a pair of steel toes boots, multiple times. I saw a lot of myself in Layla, I won’t get into specific things but her love of music, the way she dressed and her sassiness reminded me of well me.  I love her daughter’s name as well.  Guns and Roses fan will appreciate it greatly.

Layla and Blake healed each other while at the same time battling demons and building a relationship that was so strong that even the worst things couldn’t tear them apart. I will admit that I had tears in my eyes a couple of times because you can’t help but feel for what they both go through.  Fighting To Forgive is so much more than a book about a MMA fighter, it is a book of protection, healing, betrayal, heartache and finally a book of how love can heal so many different types of wounds.

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