★ SYNOPSIS ★
After suffering a devastating loss during his last fight, heavyweight boxer Jack Brady’s whole career went down for the count. Now, his late manager’s daughter has inherited his contract and Jack is pleased to discover that the girl he fell in love with as a kid has grown into a strong, sexy woman—until she makes it clear that Jack has no choice but to get in the ring.
Daniella Chambers is determined to get her father’s failing gym back on track with Jack’s upcoming fight. She knows Jack’s got the talent to become champion and decides to force the unmotivated fighter away from the neon lights of Vegas to train in the seclusion of her lake house. But when they take a time out from their sessions to steam up the bedroom, the urge to win gets all tangled up with their desires.
Now, Jack’s fight is swiftly approaching, and the fate of the gym isn’t the only thing on the ropes…
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★ MY REVIEW ★
Fighting For It is the first novel in a new boxing series set in Las Vegas by Jennifer Fusco. I’m really on the fence with this novel for more than once reason. I’ll explain that a bit further in though. In particular, Fighting For It can be read as a stand alone, it does have an HEA and it’s written in dual first person point-of-view.
Going into this book, I had pretty high hopes. I was excited to read about a boxer as opposed to an MMA fighter because when you come across something that is in the fighter trope lately, it’s typically MMA. So it was nice to see boxing. I thought that was extremely well done.The author has obviously researched not only boxing the various committees that go with it both in and out of the United States.
I enjoyed the characters the main characters. They both have drive and passion for boxing, and yet they are both stubborn. Oh so stubborn. This really is a second chance romance though. The actual pacing of the romance between the pair threw me, but not in a bad way. It didn’t overwhelm, didn’t underwhelm and was over all extremely sweet. It’s seeing two people realize that they had something, and they made mistakes due to youth.
You not only see the pair overcome what is between them, you see them take on the boxing world. The plot within the book for that in particular was fun to read. I also enjoyed the supporting characters in the series. One of my on the fence reasons with this book is that I am not a fan of Las Vegas based anything book wise. Usually I won’t even read them, but this book won me over, so I am excited to read the other books in the series.
It’s a very solid 3 star book for me, although I’d teeter into 3.5. The timing of what felt like the climax of the book to me was something else that threw me, but then I realized, “Oh there is more!”. So it may have been just the build up. It’s a definite recommend on my part, however, especially if you’re wanting to read a good fighter novel that’s not MMA.
**ARC Provided by Publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**