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Book Review – Fighting the Fall by JB Salsbury (Fighting #4)

The toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.

Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do.

Stay on your feet.

It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.

When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.

3 out of 5 stars

I love this series.  I really do.  And I would have loved this book if the Eve we got for the last 15% was the Eve throughout the whole book.  But since she spent the first 85% acting like a petulant child with MAJOR daddy issues, I can’t give this book more than 3 stars.

Eve is Raven’s best friend.  She is a tough girl, having basically raised herself.  She meets Cameron Kyle, the CFO of the UFL, and despite the 17 year age gap, they end up in bed together.  Eve views Cameron as a “daddy” type, someone to love her and protect her the way her dad didn’t.

Cameron has issues of his own.  He has an alcoholic ex-wife and a 17 year old son to deal with, not to mention he has some lingering issues from his earlier fighting days.  Cameron also has a secret he doesn’t tell Eve about – but when she finds out, it actually makes her a better person, so I kind of wish Cameron would have manned up earlier and told her about it.

I did respect Eve’s maturity towards everything but her relationship with Cameron, and how she fought to take care of herself, with no help from others.  I really did like the end of this book, but I really didn’t love Eve for most of it.  Since I love this series though, I will continue reading it.

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