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?
©2013 JB Salsbury (P)2014 JB Salsbury
I am a lover of books. I enjoy losing myself in a fabulous romance and great story plot.
OMG, the narration of this book is off the hook! Between the sexy-masculine voice of Ryan West, to the vulnerability brought about by the sweet & sultry voice of Erin Mallon, this duo rocks! I also really liked the continuation of characters from the 1st book because I adored Jonah and Raven, so it was so nice to see their relationship continue to progress and flourish.
Now, in regard to Blake and Layla, for me the romance was a bit labored. You have two very attractive people who have this great 1st encounter that further builds with strong sexual tension along the way. Yet, from the moment they acknowledge a kind of happhazard attraction for one another to finally giving in…it was a lot of work! I'm also having a hard time with the women Blake hooks up with to distract himself from Layla. Those were just douchy moments for Blake, as I hated those moments, as a reader. And, so add to the labored reading, the initial sex portion between Blake and Layla was also labored because of Layla's past history with her ex. So, when things were finally rolling out for the couple…BAM the height of the conflict in this book hits hard! OMG, it's a doozy…such build up & then suffering. After that pounding portion of the book I was finally happy to see the couple in good times, but it was too short and felt rushed at the end. Yet, we definitely get a great HEA for the couple and Layla's wonderful daughter. Wow! What a story!
Now, regarding the villains in both the previous book and this one, they have left me intrigued! I found Layla's ex-husband's character to be unbelievable, or perhaps, I didn't understand how a person could be so singularly moved with lust and self-preservation to guide his entire life decisions and relationship, in particular with Layla and Axel. The only way for me to understand both this villain and the previous (Raven's father) is to categorize them as sociopaths---selfish people with no conscience, or sense of remorse.
I'm hoping the 3rd installment is better than the second, but even though I adored the narration, I felt the love story was a bit too labored for my taste.
This is the kind of book that makes you shout, laugh and gasp out loud at the characters and the audacity of a situation, and then rewind it 30 seconds to make sure you heard what you heard. This is an epic follow up to the first book which was equally as phenomenal. The narration was good, and a little dramatic at points but I gotta give it to Ryan West, he knows how to deliver on "sexy alpha scary MMA dude"! Overall, I LOVED this book. Its intense and deals with a subject matter that evokes strong emotions. This isn't a hearts and flowers love story, its kind of grimy which makes the HEA that much more gratifying. I highly recommend this book/series, loved it loved it loved it!
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Not what is expected. Blake was so funny and light in first book. He was so dark and moody. It's explained but I missed him as more light hearted. Mouse is dealing with a lot and I admired the sacrifices. Main plot twist is obvious and unrealistic. It was unnecessary tension that didn't add to their story. This series is not great. Summer candy but not great. Could be so much more complex and a study of damage people healing. It's just our of reach. You can see how it could have been flushed out more but the time was spent on detailed sex. Not that I'm complaining it's the saving grace.
This story is a gem! The narration just adds to the overall perfection of JB Salsbury's work. Treat yourself to this book. You won't regret it.
Of course! I actually gifted a few copies to my friends because I believe in this series so much. It has all the elements I like in an audio book. The audio length is a good amount and it allows the characters to be developed and you can get consumed by the story (something I crave for in a read). I love the plot and all the issues the characters faces.
I love the beginning. I think it’s mostly because it deals with Layla and her struggles. It kind of set the tone of the characters and the read. I liked how she wanted something better for herself and her daughter. I liked that she was strong and took a risk for happiness. It’s something we all readers can relate to.
Most of the book is memorable, but I like the little shifts within the book. You have the beginning with Blake and Layla where you get to know them as individuals. You get insight to the past and issues. Then you have the middle where Blake and Layla try to work out the issues. Then the crazy shift towards the end where the pace just picks up a notch (it’s always fun).
My heart has a weak spot for single moms. I just smile ear to ear when I read these kinds of books. I was completely consumed by Blake and Layla’s story. It’s a beautiful story and I enjoyed every bit of it.
Full Book Review
5 SEXY BLAKE STARS
I’m doing a re-read via Audio Version. I think audio books are the perfect solution when you don’t have time to read. I carry my phone EVERYWHERE and if I’m doing chores, running errands or even working, I just put my earbuds on and listen to my books.
I’m a mega fan of this series and it’s not only because I’m a fan of the covers and I think the author is completely fantastic. I LOVE the emotions I feel when I read/listen to these books. Not only it’s a “fighting” kind of read, but it’s much more. It’s about serious relationships, complicated problems and finding love within all of that!
Fighting to Forgive is a standalone and is a part of the Fighting to Forgive series. The narrators are the same as book 1, Erin and Ryan. I am a mega fan of the narrators, so I was REALLY happy that they narrated this book too.
BLAKE BLAKE oh My
I wasn’t a fan of Blake in book 1, Fighting for Flight. Yes I found him TOO much of a ladies man (CRAZY), but I was really surprised on how much I loved him in Fighting to Forgive. I love it when my mind can be changed. I love evolving characters and I love characters that make me fall for them.
The title did scare me. I thought to myself, did he do something really bad and he has to redeem himself? No, that is not the case. It’s a story about a ladies man, coming to terms that his current situation isn’t working out for him and the very thing he said he wouldn’t do, well, he did. You will see.
Blake doesn’t have the perfect childhood and his father is a piece of work, because of that, Blake is so scared that he will become his father. All Blake cares about now is basically Blake. He uses women for fun times and loves to fight. He has a few conditions when he dates women, first he doesn’t date them, he just has relations with them and second his women can’t have kids, Blake doesn’t want any excess baggage.
Layla is running away from her past life. She’s never had a job and she is broke. She once has had a nice life, but she gave it all up for something better. She wants to be safe and happy. She landed a job at Blake’s gym and she doesn’t need any male distractions, especially since Layla has a sixteen year old daughter at home to take care of.
I love single mothers and I love alpha males. It’s really the perfect combination
How great of a story line is that? You get the damsel in distress, with Layla running away from her past. Then there’s macho Blake who does not date women with kids, but now all he can think about his Layla. From start to finish this read was just pleasant, there were no crazy fillers or annoying parts. I enjoyed the read a lot.
In the beginning we get to know Blake and he’s a total jerk, he hooks up with a girl and doesn’t give a you know what about her. He’s also perfectly fine with it. Then there’s Layla who is a bit of a mystery. Why is she running away? Is someone after her? Why does she go from rich to poor? Is her daughter okay with the situation?
Like I said, I LOVEEEEEE Layla. Not only did I love her name, but I loved how STRONG she was. She’s the type of Heroine you strive to be and you just want to be friends with her. When Blake and Layla meet, of course there’s going to be some nice banter. Blake is very interested in Layla and Layla just wants to do her own thing. I love that Layla has a daughter and puts her first, I also love that her daughter is a bit older so it adds some nice tension.
So Blake and Layla are figuring out the relationship, but you have Blake’s Daddy issues and then Layla has her baggage. It’s just a ball of goodness. So much happens and I couldn’t get enough of it. Overall, Fighting to Forgive had great elements, it was a decent long read, there was nice drama and the characters were well-rounded and developed.
I’m a fan!
An Audio Copy was Provided.
I listened to this book through Audible and I absolutely loved it. J. B. Salsbury is one of my favorite authors & she is crazy amazing talented.
I was immediately wrapped up in the story & fell in love with Blake & Layla. Ryan West & Erin Mallon are by far the best Narrator's I've ever heard - they truly bring these characters to life.
I loved the build up of Blake & Layla's relationship. They were exciting, with fun sexual tension & perfect chemistry. They each had a heartbreaking past & were scared to open up & let go. They helped each other heal & I love how careful & sweet Blake was with Layla. When they are in bed & he talks about her scars I thought he couldn't be more perfect. I adored how protective Blake was with both Layla & Axl & I thought the way Blake treated Axl made him ten times hotter- if that's even possible.
I was so excited that Jonah & Raven were added in this book - I love when authors bring previous characters back, especially when it's more than just a tiny mention. Everyone definitely needs to read this series (or listen to - Ryan West has a super sexy voice =) )
I loved everything about this book! Loved the characters, the story, and the performance. There are some very heavy issues covered and probably isn't for everyone but I am loving this series and this author more and more.
"love this book"
love this book you get so taken in by all the characters
Blake he just made me smile so much
they are both fantastic made it feel like a film acting was great
the whole book was moving
cant wait for the other books to be on Audible
well read book. loved the 2 nd book in the series can't wait to start the next one.
both readers had excellent portrayal of both characters !
only one ftoblam and that's with female narater great great male voice she as but oh my God what's with the breath after every sentence it's killing me I can't stop hearing it. what a shame she has a dam awsome voice female and male please sort this out and she will be my best female narater.
"another terrific story"
Loved it. Every bit as good as the first and the narrators are terrific.
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