5/29/2018

Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye ~ Review + Excerpt

From New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye, comes the first standalone title in her brand, new Warrior Fight Club series, FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING. Join the Warrior Fight Club world today!

 
 

Warrior Fight Club #1

Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.

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Source: ARC from author
This is my honest review.
Rating: 5 Stars ~ Excellent

A wounded hero, friends-to-lovers romance not to be missed!

Combining both a romantic and steamy friends-to-lovers plot while highlighting one of the most serious issues soldiers face when transitioning back to civilian life, Fighting for Everything proves worthy as the first book of Laura Kaye’s new Warrior Fight Club series.

Former Marine, Noah Cortez, had returned home both physically and emotionally injured. He struggles quietly while trying to move on with his life. He especially doesn’t want his best friend, Kristina Moore, to know how hard things are for him as he attempts to handle his severe panic attacks all on his own. Kristina has known Noah since they were children and can sense his conflicts even when he sends her mixed signals.

There’s no doubt that Laura Kaye writes wounded heroes so well! That’s one of the reasons why reading her books is one of my favorite guilty pleasures. I love how the characters she writes are always well developed, complex, and possess a great amount of inner strength. Kaye not only guides Noah and Kristina through their own individual struggles, but also carefully develops their relationship from friends to lovers into something that each finds deserving in a lifelong relationship.

The introduction of the Warrior Fight Club in this book is also a great launching pad for this series. Kaye focuses on the mental health aspect of returning veterans and the need for them to have access to positive outlets. I found Noah’s story both heartbreaking and engaging as he finds a healthy way to deal with his struggles alongside those who can relate.

If you love wounded hero stories, friends-to-lovers romances, or have read and loved any of Laura Kaye’s books, don’t miss reading Fighting for Everything! If you’ve already enjoyed Fighting for Everything and crave more of her contemporary romances, then I also suggest Laura Kaye’s Heroes Series (Her Forbidden Hero and One Night with a Hero), Hearts in Darkness, and the entire Hard Ink series.
 
FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING – No Good Right Now Excerpt
LAURA KAYE

“I’m no good right now, Kristina,” Noah said in a low voice.

She shook her head. “That’s not true. You’ve been through something horrible. And you’re still recovering. Still hurting. That’s all understandable—”

“I am fucked in the head. You saw it yourself. Twice,” he said, his voice suddenly loud, bitter. Under her hands, his muscles tensed.

“You are not fucked in the head,” she said, anger and determination gathering deep in her belly. Not anger at Noah, but irrational anger for him. She hated that things had happened to him that left him feeling this way. So out of control, so sad, so unlike himself. “Sure, you have things you’re dealing with. And you will get a handle on them—”

“No,” he said, shaking her off and pacing in the narrow space behind the door. “You don’t understand. I’m…” Noah’s hands squeezed into fists at his sides. “…so goddamned angry. All the time. It feels like I could tear the world to pieces. And I want to.” He whirled on her. “Because the perfection of everything around me makes me feel so much more wrecked inside that I can barely breathe.”

Oh, God.

Tears pricked at the backs of her eyes, but she wouldn’t let them fall. She wouldn’t let herself fall apart. Not now. Not in front of him. Not when Noah needed to lean on her so damn badly. “The world around you is not perfect, Noah. It’s an illusion. And you are not wrecked—”

“I am.” He got right up in her face.

Kristina held her ground. “You’re not—”

“I am!”

“Noah—”

He grabbed her by the arms, not so much that it hurt, but with enough force that it surprised her. “Here’s your proof. I want to fuck you, Kristina. I want to bury myself in you and stay there forever. Just lose myself in you until I don’t know who I am anymore. I’ve been fantasizing about it, dreaming about it, imagining it. Having you is all I can fucking think about. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

Noah’s words unleashed a flash fire in Kristina’s blood. Her heart tripped into a sprint. Her breathing shallowed out. Heat roared across her skin. One heartbeat. Two. And Kristina knew what she had to do.

Acting on instinct, she pulled out of Noah’s grip and stepped backward. Away from his confession. Away from him.



And don’t miss the second standalone romance in the Warrior Fight Club series coming August 7, 2018, FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS

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Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.