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The fourth book in the Fighting series brings us the story of UFL CEO, Cameron Kyle, and OMG, it’s a heartbreaker! Cam’s backstory is revealed early on in the book and my heart ached for him! Cam’s career ended following a devastating injury, followed shortly by the implosion of his family. Everything changed for him in such a short space of time, and he was left to scrape up the pieces and keep moving forward. In the present, he has stepped in to the role of managing the organisation he is passionate about and is cleaning up the mess left behind by his corrupt predecessor, when he is challenged from an enemy from the past and starts to plan his return to the octagon – despite the risks and challenges standing in his way.
Fighting is my life. I can’t lose it. I will not lose everything over something I had zero control over.
In a surprise twist, the heroine of the story is Eve – best friend of Raven from book #1 of the series, and a young woman who has been deserted by everybody in her life except her best friend, and who is desperate for the kind of love that her friend has found. But Eve has been hurt badly, and in extreme ways, and after a stint of wondering if she could become gay, she is currently playing with the idea of being asexual and never risking her heart again. And then she meets Cameron.
I always want more. That’s my problem. I want to be the girl that a man can’t live without.
There is a sizzling spark of attraction between Cameron and Eve that neither of them are able to resist and sexy time very quickly follows. But while they both know in their heads that that their hook-up will be a one-time thing, a bond is formed between them that isn’t so easily shaken. Even after they part ways, neither of them can stop thinking about the other, and despite the fact that they have so much standing in their way, they can’t resist their pull to each other.
There are a thousand reasons why I need to stay away, but only one reason why I don’t want to. I can’t get enough of her.
This is a really unlikely pairing, and I must admit I was a bit sceptical about these two together – mostly because of the huge age difference (Cam is 38 and Eve just 21). That’s pretty significant on its own, but they both have issues that impact on how they relate to each other. Eve has a need for love and acceptance which makes her come off as kind of desperate at times, whereas Cam is scared to death of commitment and trusting his heart to another. It makes for a complicated and difficult situation for them, but a really interesting, gritty read for us as they battle their demons, figure out where their hearts truly lie and then find the strength to fight for what they want.
I never saw it clearly before because sometimes it takes losing someone to put life into perspective. Sort our priorities. I’ve lost close to everything I ever loved and I’m only now seeing shit for what it really is. A series of tragic mistakes that have ruined lives. And I’ve had the power to put an end to it all.
I’m loving this series, and like the other couples I have read so far, Cam and Eve do not have an easy road to their HEA. And though I didn’t feel their story as strongly as I have others (Eve’s immaturity perhaps?), I did enjoy their journey. There’s a lot of drama for Cam and Eve to wade through individually in order to move on from their pasts (with a dramatic twist that adds an unexpectedly emotional edge) and that creates something special when they come together.
Falling isn’t always a failure. Sometimes the biggest victories only happen when we’re brave enough to let go and give in to the pull.
I really enjoyed this read. Another chemistry-filled, passionate and multi-layered love story that had me glued to the pages from start to finish. I can’t wait to continue on with the series.
The Fighting series
Fighting for Honor (#6.5) (Caleb & Honor – crossover with Harper Sloan’s Hope Town series)
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