Monday, January 26, 2015

review || A FATHER'S FIGHT

A Father's Fight by JB Salsbury

Publisher: CreateSpace Independent (1/26/2015)
Series: Fighting, book 5
Genre: Sport Romance
Source: Author
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Life changes in the span of a heartbeat—one tiny heartbeat.
Blake and Layla have lived through disappointment and regret, only finally finding relief through the powerful love they have for each other. A love they intend to fight to keep.

They’ve had to forgive each other, but can they truly move forward without facing the pain of the past?

Layla’s been avoiding the phone calls. Nine months pregnant and exhausted, she doesn’t want the complication. But she can’t run from the truth. Whoever’s calling was there eighteen years ago. Unlike her, he remembers the night that changed the course of her life, and he’s ready to confess.

Blake’s preoccupied with an email, a few simple sentences sent through cyberspace that have the capability to rob him of his sanity, his freedom, and the people he loves most in the world. When he’s called home for a mysterious reason, leaving Layla isn’t ideal, but hope for reconciliation with his father combined with his brother’s secrecy ignites a curiosity he refuses to ignore.

Putting the pain behind them is no longer an option.

To get the answers they need, they must face the past and open up old wounds that threaten to bleed them dry.

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about JB Salsbury || JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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I have read this series all sorts of backwards...

My first taste was FIGHTING THE FALL -- Cam and Eve's story (and even that, if you go back and read my review, I read inside out and then some). I knew that I loved all the characters after reading FALL, and when the first three books went on a set-sale, I jumped to buy them.

....and then I did a quick glance through them before going in my merry way with all my other reads. But I knew, without a doubt, that I'd be reading them soon.

Before even TOUCHING this book, I wanted to fully read FIGHTING TO FORGIVE, Blake and Layla's first story -- so I did (and that review is around the corner, promise).

But this is about A FATHER'S FIGHT, and oh goodness, how lovely it was.

I love Blake and Layla, let's just put that out there. And I love how Blake, who never wanted a family and kids, has grown so much in the role.

His lips dance over my belly, randomly dropping kisses and whispering words meant for only our child. Heat fires my eyes, and I fight to hold back the emotion that his gentle and reverent touch brings.

He seems more grown up in this book -- Layla and Axelle are good for him.

He recognizes that Layla and Axle (and the coming baby, too!) are the good in his life and he fights for them. Even when he gets news of his past, he doesn't want to leave Layla's side -- and when he does, it's begrudgingly and he fights back at every turn... but even with this, he's grown up.
Everything life throws affects who we become. Different experiences wouldn’t have brought me to where I am today. I owe everything I have to the fact that my dad didn’t make things easy on me. Rather than give him my forgiveness, he deserves my gratitude.
Layla, too, has some past-mending to do in this book. She's a bit secretive about it and on one hand, I wish she'd have trusted Blake with the information, but on the other...

She knows her fiance well and knows he'd go way off his rocker if he knew what was going on.

The only part that left me semi-unsatisfied, I suppose, was when in a Layla scene, she him thinks something about if she'd looked at Axelle, she'd see her fear (new baby, new family)... Or something along that line (I need to go through this review when I'm on a laptop and will pull the appropriate quote) -- but I suppose what leaves me ok with that not being addressed is that Blake does an amazing job letting Axelle know she's his in every way.

I absolutely loved Blake and Layla's book two! Blake, in all his ass-hat-ery ways, has made me fall in love with him over and over again.
This kind of love isn’t a fairy tale meant for dreamers or stuck in the pages of books. It’s real, all-consuming, and soul deep, and now, here, lying in the arms of my husband, I’ve never felt more convinced.

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