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Worth the Fight Audiobook

Worth the Fight: MMA Fighter, Book 1

It didn't matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she's been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it's boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control. Then Nico walks into Elle's office and everything changes…for both of them.

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It didn't matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she's been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it's boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle's office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always-steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

©2013 Vi Keeland (P)2014 Tantor

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"This story is a beautiful journey into healing, acceptance and forgiveness." (Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews)

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    Jordy 03-12-14
    Jordy 03-12-14 Member Since 2016

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "4 Hard Hitting MMA Fightin Stars!"

    First, I'm a HUGE fan of books about MMA fighters so I was excited to see that Audible final released this one. Elle is a lawyer who lives a safe, normal, controlled life. She likes things uncomplicated actually quite boring. When she meets Nico, she knows he is the exact opposite of what she thinks she needs in her life. Nico was a six-foot-three, two hundred and twenty-one pounds, green eyed sex on a stick. She is helping him with a contract that he wants to get out of. Nico knows he wants her the minute he sees her. She is nothing like the women he normally goes after. He wants to do everything right with her and not screw things up. The relationship between Nico and Elle was not a perfect one since they are both characters that are trying to deal with a past that has scarred them. While Elle knows the nightmares that haunt Nico, he doesn't realize the darkness that Elle hides. While we learn what haunts Nico pretty much right away, there are only hints and pieces alluding to Elle's past. I had a feeling about what it was from the beginning, but I don't think it was meant to be a big secret. But still, when I found out the whole story, my heart broke for her. I really enjoyed this book. There was no unnecessary angst. They didn't play games with each other. They both had enough going on with past unresolved issues that they had enough insecurity and demons to battle without too much extra drama being thrown in. I loved that even though Nico had a womanizing past, he doesn't hesitate to stake a claim on Elle. He was a straight shooter and didn't have commitment issues. There were moments where this was extremely sweet and a lot of other ones where this was sexy as hell. Worth the Fight has so much emotion and an underlying beauty in the writing. It has heart and soul. It was just so easy to fall in love with Nico & Elle and to become invested in their lives. It had an epilogue that wrapped the story up really well. I’m looking forward the next story in the MMA Fighter series, Worth the Chance. The next book is about Vinny, Nico’s protégé. I’m dying to meet Vinny all grown up.


    27 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 03-21-14
    DawnG Clayton, NC, United States 03-21-14

    My favorite things are my family and my books! Depending on the day, not in that order. :)

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    "Dawn's Review of Worth the Fight:MMA Fighter, Book"

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this book. The story was well written and the characters very well developed. The way that they interacted was fun and witty. The intelligent female lead was well balanced male lead. Even though they were both damaged by things that had happened in their past, they learned that could depend on each other to get through to overcome everything to make a future.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-22-16
    Malinda Phoenix, AZ, United States 04-22-16 Member Since 2011

    I love books and love to get lost in the fantasy. I'm always looking for a new good story to bury myself in. :)

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    "Pretty good start to the series :)"

    3.5-4 stars

    This was a pretty good story. I liked both Elle and Nico and their story was enjoyable without being overly drama-filled.

    Elle is a lawyer at a small law firm that she's been working at since she interned there right out of college. She's happy with her job even though the guy she's dating, William, thinks she should move to a larger firm. William is everything Elle thinks she should want in a boyfriend but their relationship is more along the lines of friends with benefits. Unfortunately, Elle's become bored with the relationship and isn't very interested in the benefits any more.

    Nico is a championship winning MMA fighter that is on a break from fighting. About a year before, Nico was in a fight and a hit accidentally killed Nico's opponent. Even though they found out the guy died because of a brain aneurysm and through no fault of Nico's, he hasn't been able to face going back in the ring. He still has some endorsement deals however and it's one of those deals that brings him to Elle.

    William is a lawyer that has Nico as a client and brings him to Elle to consult about his case. She agrees to help them with the issue they're having but it's clear from the first meeting that there's an attraction between Elle and Nico. William seems oblivious though and Elle is left trying to figure out how to proceed. Nico comes back to see her and asks her out but makes sure she knows it's just for a platonic dinner until she figures out where things stand between her and William. the dinner goes great and although she's a bit stressed about it, Elle quickly ends up breaking things off with William so she can go out with Nico.

    Once William is out of the way, Nico and Elle find that their relationship falls into place almost easily. They fit together well and things seem good between them. There are some issues to deal with though and most of those harken back to Nico's fight that went wrong and whether or not he'll go back to fighting. And if he does go back to fighting, how will he handle his first fight back in the ring. Overall, the story wasn't majorly dramatic but Nico having to deal with what happened in order to move on, does provide some drama that has to be dealt with. I felt bad for them both but I was happy that Elle and Nico managed to get past the issues to end the story with a well deserved HEA together.

    This was a pretty enjoyable story. I liked both Elle and Nico and was happy with how things turned out. The road to that ending was a bit rough but I think the story was well written overall and I'd recommend this story. :)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Heather Tooele, UT, United States 12-01-15
    Heather Tooele, UT, United States 12-01-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Love this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    Elle though she needed a boring life, boring, boring, boring. That is until she meet the hot, yummy MMA fighter Nico.
    It's like an instant connections sparks between them and they can't stop thinking about each other.

    This was great, it was nicely paced and was a delight to read. I really loved this book. Worth the Fight is Worth reading. Love Nico and Elle together, they were meant for each other. They needed each other to heal, live, love and feel.


    **Freaking love this book, and this author is one of my fav's! Love the epilogue.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle 11-14-14
    Michelle 11-14-14

    Never underestimate the power of a word!

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    "Liked book wish it had been more detailed."
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    There is not enough action going on I was left wanting more and almost did not finishing listen because I felt the book stalled.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The most interesting aspect was the history of the two main characters and it was also the least discussed which was a let down. The book was just not detailed enough.


    What about Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn ’s performance did you like?

    I really enjoyed the narration their voices were easy to listen to and pulled you in to the story.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    No, not detailed enough.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Dyson 04-24-14
    Jamie Dyson 04-24-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Main Character as Observer, not Participant"

    I've never written a bad review because I know the types of books I like and I don't like to criticize authors or narrators because whether I like a book often depends on my mood, frame of mind, etc. However, I felt the need to write this review though because the story was written so badly. I've never read a book where the main characters seemed to be giving an overview of the story instead of being actual participants. This is a terrible way to tell a story - I want to feel the emotions, the heat, goosebumps, heartache, belly tingles, something! Unfortunately, that just wasn't possible with the way this book was written. I'm incredibly disappointed that I wasted a credit on this book and highly recommend that you save your credits for another author.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 06-11-14
    Jennifer 06-11-14
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    "Entertaining"
    Would you try another book from Vi Keeland and/or Tatiana Sokolov and Todd Haberkorn ?

    Yes, overall good story and performance


    Would you be willing to try another book from Vi Keeland? Why or why not?

    Yes, overall entertaining


    Any additional comments?

    More in-depth on supporting characters would make interesting

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    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 05-05-14
    Tara Eagle River, Alaska 05-05-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Missing Pieces in the Storyline"

    I got this based on the great reviews but I have to say it was just Mah for me. There were parts in the story that were never followed up. For example, the contract that Nico was trying to get out of. It just sort of resolved itself but there was a lot of build up to this and then nothing. Again there was a whole part on a new contract and not knowing who he was to fight and implications for his trainer and himself. Elle was to look into it and then you hear nothing until all of a sudden the fight is going to happen. I think these parts could have really made the storyline more interesting. I did like the parts where his family was involved and t-shirts. This book is marketed as an MMA fight book but in my opinion there was very little fighting or tense moments. I just found that the book was choppy. Although it had romance, steamy sex and chemistry, I just found that it is a book you will easily forget. I am not sure if I will continue on or not. I think if I needed a filler book, then I would keep going. It just did not wow me.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful

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