Tuesday, June 23, 2015

review || FIGHTING FOR FOREVER { blog tour }

Fighting for Forever by JB Salsbury

Publisher: Self-Published (6/23/2015)
Series: Fighting, book 6
Genre: Sport Romance
Source: Give Me Books
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Slut. Hooker. Whore.

The taunts never bothered me. They only see what I allow them to see, and a Las Vegas stripper is the perfect cover.

My life had direction. I had a mission—until the man I needed vanished and is presumed dead.

It’s time to move on—give up the dream for revenge—and no one shows me that more than the mop-headed fighter with eyes the color of the ocean.

If anyone can teach me just how sweet life can be, it’s him. But first, I’d have to let go.

Mase. Baywatch. Mayhem.

I’m known by many names, but there’s only one that stirs panic and worry in my gut every time I’m called it.


I’ve bailed him out of trouble for years, so when he turns up in Vegas and asks for me, I’m prepared for the worst. And the worst is exactly what I get in the form of a lilac-eyed beauty named Trix.

She’s everything I hate about Vegas: a stripper, loose with her body and her morals. But there’s something about her, a complexity that she buries deep, and I’m determined to uncover it.

The deeper I go, the less I understand. When I finally learn the truth, we engage in a battle where life and death hang in the balance. Fighting could kill us both, but if we win, forever is the prize.

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.

{ review } .
Foreward: This is one of those books that I know, without a doubt, that I didn't get my thoughts completely out for the review. I feel like I'm missing things and thoughts, and know that later today, tomorrow, next week, the next time I read the book, I'll be "OH! I should have mentioned this-that-or-the-other-thing". This is probably just a gloss over (a longer gloss over) but the bottom line is that I loved it; I loved Mason and Trix. 

Finally, Baywatch gets his time to shine.

And what a fine job of it Jamie gives him.

Mason, also known as Baywatch, is in a rut. He's moody as all get out whenever he sees all of the gym with their girls, but mostly when he sees the owner, Cam, with Eve. Mason likes Eve and thinks she would be better off with him. Eve, though, fights for his friendship -- and while I found her to act too young in her book, I found her to be much more likable in this one.

Beyond getting Eve to fall for him (which he will realize early on that the only reason he still wants her is because he didn't get her), Mason wants to feel accepted and to be part of the group of men he fights with at the gym. He wants to be part of the brotherhood he sees when they all get together; he doesn't want to be Baywatch, the one who gets teased all the time...


Anyways... Mason and Trix were so cute. So cute. The first time they meet, it was a literal run-in. The next time (or one of the next times) again, a literal run in. It was like the universe wanted to put them together -- BAM. Together. I loved that Mason (eventually) teases Trix about the first time they ran into one another, when he dropped his phone and the screen shattered.

These two together were simply fun. They could be light and carefree one moment, but hotheads the next. Both projected feelings and thoughts, and often times were very wrong (Trix didn't think Mason would ever like a girl like her, and Mason thought that Trix thought he was shallow, for example).

Trix doesn't believe that Mason needs her -- she's an exotic dancer, she performs deeds just short of 'tricks' (to which Mason believes her name comes from), and Mason is an all-around good guy. He doesn't do hook ups; he's a forever kind of guy... And he deserves better than the girl who dances for money while trying to find her sister's killer. 

Mason is a good guy. He wants what's best for everyone else and often times puts himself last. He cares about his brother, even though he 'stole' his girlfriend. He respects Cam to a point (he is his boss...) even though he 'took' Eve. Mason very much is the "nice guys finish last" kind of guy, but when it all falls in place for him...

I loved that Mason was like the little brother of the group -- and honestly, in my opinion, that's why he was 'teased'. It wasn't done out of malice, but because he was, simply put, the little brother of the men. I loved that Trix was a strong woman who made choices to help others. Stripping hadn't been her first choice, still really isn't, but she learned that that was going to be the way to get her answers, so she does it. She still manages to keep a piece of herself for herself, something she's not planning on giving easily or freely, and I loved that Mason understood that. Also -- maybe one of my favorite 'little' things is that, while it doesn't happen often in the story, Mason eventually starts to call Trix 'Bea', a name reserved for family. That makes my heart happy, ya know...

I do love me a great epilogue, and Jamie hits this one out of the park. I kind of wanted a little bit more of the "middle" of the three year jump, but it was easy to put that aside. The love that these two share is extremely evident. They are super cute together and your heart can't help but be happy for them.

This may just be my favorite FIGHTING couple, even though I do love each of them in their own ways.

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