Fighting Love by Abby Niles

Fighting Love  by Abby Niles
Entangled Publishing, LLC
Publication Date: December 31, 2013
Date Read:  December 29, 2013

In the interest of full disclosure, I received an advance reader edition of this book from Entangled Publishing and Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

I enjoyed this book and would rate it 4 out of 5 stars. It was a quick, easy read. According to Goodreads, this is the second book in a series. I have not read the prior book in the series and did not feel lost or like I missed any part of a greater story arc at any time. This book can definitely be read as a stand alone book.

Tommy and Julie have been best friends for 23 years. Tommy has hit a rough patch in his life at the start of the book. Not only has he been banned from MMA fighting, having once held the championship belt, his house burns down and all of his possessions are gone. He calls Julie to help him and she invites him to stay at her home.

Julie values her friendship with Tommy but has always been in love with him. While living together, she decides that she wants to see if there could be something more between them. There are some ups, some downs, some hot steamy sex, some jealousy, some heartbreak, a few memories, and love in the end.

At the beginning of the book, I felt myself liking the heroine over the Hero. Tommy had lost a lot because of the party boy lifestyle he adapted after winning the title. He was determined to keep Julie, his one true friend, firmly in the friend zone. Meanwhile Julie was loyal and patient and told him things he needed to hear even when he did not want to. Once the couple started having a romance, I found myself switching side. Tommy seemed like the one determined to make things work after he had committed to try but Julie was quick to give up on him just for feeling a bit ignored. It did not ring true to me that Julie would give up so easily after loving Tommy for 23 years.

I thought the author wrote the sections from the male perspective very well. I would have liked to have seen more concerning the MMA fights. This was the first book that I read with a MMA fighter character and I would have liked a few more scenes focused on the sport. I also felt that the characters seemed younger than 33 as they were written. I really liked how everything tied together at the end of the book. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. I plan to look for future book by Abby Niles.


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