Fighting for Everything
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Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…
Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn't want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he's noticing just how sexy and confident she's become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he's not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.
Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she's crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he's become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it's everything Kristina never dared hope for.
But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he's finally ready to fight for everything.
Terrific read and great start to a new series (standalone story)
This book is what I have come to expect from a Laura Kaye book, especially a military related one - emotional, intense and raw at moments, respectful, sexy and sweet. The biggest thing I can say here is that the issues related to Noah's TBI and PTSD were handled incredibly well. It's clear that Ms. Kaye took the time to truly understand these issues and not just on the surface, but how the lives of someone with these issues are affected over a long period of time, from daily tasks to jobs, personality changes, to family and friends to other relationships.
Now on to the rest of the book. I liked Kristina as well. There was a long standing friendship between these two before the book's starting point. Kristina was definitely a positive influence on Noah, but it wasn't one of those "her love miracle cured him" storylines at all - he did the things he needed to do to manage his issues. The relationship side is maybe a bit more like a 4.5 star for me just due to a couple of super super minor things, but overall, I LOVED the book and I think it definitely falls in at 5 stars. I can't wait to read the rest of the series. I recommend this book and if you haven’t tried Laura Kaye before, this is a fabulous time to start!
Fighting for Everything is a well written book. It deals with some difficult issues and Laura Kaye does a great job with it. The way she writes and explains Noah and all of his thoughts and actions is so good. Everything that he has been through and is going through makes sense and makes you feel and root for him. Being in his head was really interesting for me, especially all the ups and downs he has and how he deals with them. Kristina is a nice and caring girl who will do anything for Noah. I love how she interacts with him and doesn't let him shut her out, she's determined. Her and Noah are a great match; Kristina is just what Noah needs in his life. I really enjoyed Fighting for Everything and am definitely interested in continuing the series.
Worth the Fight!
Laura Kaye seems to have the patent for tortured alpha males - ones who have earned their scars fighting for their country but, one way or another, have not gotten the help they so desperately need, which leaves them finding outlets on their own terms, which either heal their wounds or send them spiraling even further.
Kaye’s newest hero, Noah Cortez, valiantly fought for his country, but now he has an even bigger fight on his hands - his own demons, and unless he admits his issues and seeks help for what’s sending him over the edge, he won’t be able to move forward with his life and have the chance to see where these newfound feelings for Kristina could take them both.
Kristina Moore is her own kind of fighter, so the fact that she feels helpless when it comes to her best friend and her inability to heal his emotional wounds, she’s devastated and that fact is compounded by the fact that Noah pushes her away because he feels it’s the only way to protect her from his issues. But Kristina isn’t willing to give up on the man she loves, which means that like it or not, Noah has someone fighting in his corner, willing to risk everything.
Fighting For Everything is an apt name for the battle that Noah and Kristina find themselves in throughout their friends-to-lovers story line; there are a significant amount of obstacles that have the potential to crush them, which means that their journey is an emotional one, full of angst fueled by Noah’s PTSD and brain injury and Kristina’s determination to not allow Noah to shut her out because their feelings for one another are worth the risks that come with fighting what seems to be an ‘unwinnalbe’ situation.
Because Noah and Kristina’s story is the first book in Kaye’s new Warriors Fight Club series, insights into the MMA gym where Noah finds an outlet for his frustrations and potential future heroes is necessary, and it definitely adds to the intrigue of what Laura Kaye has in store for her readers.
Despite the depth of Noah’s issue, Fighting Everything is a hopeful second chance romance story - one that realistically portrays the struggles that wounded heroes go through and what’s at stake if they remain untreated for all that they’ve endured. There were many times throughout the story that Noah’s actions frustrated me, but that was more because I saw what it was doing to Kristina and hated that for both of them, and it’s also because I was so invested in their relationship and quietly cheering for them to figure things out together instead of fighting separately while wanting the same thing.
I can’t wait for more stories in this series; I can’t get enough of Laura Kaye’s wounded heroes and the women who find a way to heal them!
4.5 Poison Apples (The Fairest of All Book Reviews)