The first stand-alone novel in A.L. Jackson’s brand-new Fight for Me series…
The first sexy, captivating, stand-alone novel in the brand-new FIGHT FOR ME series from NYT & USA Today Bestselling Author A.L. Jackson . . .
Rex Gunner. As bitter as he is beautiful.
The owner of the largest construction company in Gingham Lakes has been burned one too many times. His wife leaving him to raise their daughter was the last blow this single dad could take. The only woman he’ll let into his heart is his little girl.
Rynna Dayne. As vulnerable as she is tempting.
She ran from Gingham Lakes when she was seventeen. She swore to herself she would never return. Then her grandmother passed away and left her the deed to the diner that she once loved.
When Rex meets his new neighbor, he knows he’s in trouble.
She’s gorgeous and sweet and everything he can’t trust.
Until she becomes the one thing he can’t resist.
One kiss sends them tumbling toward ecstasy.
But in a town this size, pasts are bound to collide. Caught in a web of lies, betrayal, and disloyalty, Rex must make a choice.
Will he hide behind his walls or will he take the chance . . .
“All moments matter. We just rarely know how important they are until the chance to act on them has already passed.”
4 swoony, emotional stars
A.L. Jackson has kicked off her new series with a deeply emotional, intense romance between a woman who is looking to reclaim her life and a broody single father who is completely closed off to the idea of love. Beautifully written with lots of feels, this is a gorgeous story of healing and moving on, with a love story that swept me right off my feet. I loved it.
Rynna Surname left her home town on the night of her 18th birthday, humiliated, emotionally destroyed and at rock bottom. She created a life for herself in San Francisco, but following the death of her beloved grandmother, she has inherited the house that she grew up in and decides to face her demons and return home to live the life she always dreamed of having.
Rex Gunner runs his own construction company, and is a single father to an enthusiastic, delightful 4 year old girl. Little Frankie is his entire life and the only thing that makes him smile after suffering losses that have left him a shattered man. He is plagued by grief and guilt, and has shut himself off from anything else in life, existing purely to protect and raise his little girl.
When Rynna returns to her Grandmother’s house, Rex is her neighbour across the street. They meet and there is an immediate pull between them, which only becomes more intense each time they run into each other as their attraction to each other grows. And while Rynna is keen to explore everything that is building between them, Rex is adamant that he won’t go there, leading to a whole heap of deliciously chemistry-filled encounters as she pushes him to let down his walls.
“I fuck everything up, Rynna, and the only thing I’ve got to offer you is my mess. I can’t do this.”
Restraint rumbled in his chest, the sound so deep I felt it shake the ground beneath my feet.
I gently cupped one side of his rugged face. “I’m not afraid.”
It was a promise.
“You should be,” he grated. “Warned you, my shit doesn’t ever end well.”
“Maybe that’s a chance I’m willing to take.”
I love the dynamic in this relationship. I thought it was really well developed, and I could feel Rex’s conflict as he fought so hard to resist Rynna. Their need for each other is almost a palpable thing, with meaningful stares, heated conversations and steamy encounters when the sexual tension all becomes too much, and I love that Rynna had the strength to pursue what she wanted, working to tear down Rex’s barriers, knowing that that neither of them can miss out on the chance of something truly special. And when it all comes together… holy swoony hotness! All of that build up is certainly worth the way for the emotional and passionate intensity that is these two together.
“Last two times I touched you nearly ruined me. Seeing you like this? Don’t think I’m ever going to be the same. Stealing my sleep. Stealing my breath. Stealing my sanity. Little thief.”
But the pain of their pasts is still very much alive, and when they open up to each other about it, again I could feel how deeply all they had been through had impacted on who they were and the way they live their lives, and my heart ached for both of them. And when those demons become all-too real, it will put everything that Rex and Rynna have found together to the ultimate test.
I loved this story. I felt so much while reading, and I was completely drawn in to Rex and Rynna’s story. AL Jackson writes emotionally intense romance so well, and she’s done a great job with these two, not just showing, but making you feel all that they are feeling, and I loved riding the ups and downs with them
“You make me feel again, Rynna. You make me feel like every chance is one worth taking. Like you’re leading me out of the darkness that’s ruled my life. When I close my eyes, who I see is you.”
“You changed everything the day you walked into my life. You are my heart’s second chance.”
There is a great group of side characters that support Rex and Rynna along the way, and I can’t wait to get to know them more as their stories are told. And shout out, too, to little Frankie who is absolutely gorgeous and a total scene stealer. So freaking cute!
It all ends well with a beautiful epilogue, and I finished this book with a huge smile on my face. It’s a really strong series starter and I’m excited to continue on.
I loved it – 4 stars.
An Advanced Review Copy was generously provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Follow Me Back (#2)
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Lead Me Home (#3)
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About the Author
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Watch for A.L. Jackson’s upcoming novel, SHOW ME THE WAY, the first stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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