15 February 2014

A Fighting Chance by A.J. Sand - Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway

By A.J. Sand
New Adult/Adult Romantic Suspense
Released February 4, 2014
Jesse Chance is a bastard.

And that’s all he heard his entire life growing up once news got out that he was the illegitimate child of womanizing ex-con, Henry Chance.

Stuck in Glory, Texas, a town too small to escape the sins of his parents, Jesse turned into exactly what everyone expected him to be: a lover of liquor and women, and so good with his fists, he became a teenage champion of the secret underground fighting rings that float around the South, while doubting the only people who ever believed he could be more, his ailing mother, and his girlfriend, Drew Hallisay.

But determined to make his mother’s dying wish come true, he enrolled in a college on the East Coast, far away from his past. Jesse Chance is reborn into a new life, and set on keeping Glory, Texas--and Henry Chance--in his rear view.

Until a visit from his father in the middle of the night changes everything.

Forced to return to Glory to prevent a tragedy, Jesse is soon back on the fighting circuit with Drew's help and facing the history he was so desperate to escape, the part of him he would prefer to hide.

As he slips back into his old ways--Henry Chance's ways--he finds himself torn between the guy he was and the one he’s been struggling to become. And in a world dead set on betting against you, can you ever really overcome your past… or your destiny?
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my review -

He was fighting not really because of the money – it was the only thing that can get the attention of the person he was so desperately want to please, and it breaks my heart to see him bloodied, hurt and still can’t find the recognition he longed for.

Years later, he was living a different life, away from all the fight and ugliness of his past, even the best thing that happened to him in Glory -  his girlfriend, Drew.  

His promise to his mother is almost fulfilled as he’s nearing graduation. But a visit from his father changed it all. He was forced to go back to stop a nightmare from happening. He once again started fighting which he gave up years before. He didn’t want to, but he NEEDED to.

Jesse – he’s an amazing guy with no luck from the parents department. He had daddy issues, and his mother, the only one who had loved him (besides Drew, that is), had already passed away. I wish his father could see how lucky he is to have him as a child. He was truly a fighter, not just on the cage, but in life as well. Because I doubt any weaker man can handle what he had been through. There was a time when I wished he could see beyond his desperation – he didn’t need the recognition, the appreciation from that someone. He was already a better person than him. I was not surprise to see how everything ended, and how he was played at. I hated it a million times, and I just can’t get over the feeling of hate of the person that screwed him up. WTF!!!!
 Drew’s an undeniable force in my life, a pull I can’t escape.
She’s my gravity.
I think she’s my everything.
Drew – this girl totally rocked! She was not just a pretty face, this girl is also blessed with an insight and a smart mind. Jesse broke her heart when he decided to bury everything Glory-related in his life. But when he needed help, and Drew was the only one who can help him, our girl dropped everything just to go with him. She made sure he didn’t get himself killed in the process. The things she do, the planning, the observations she’s making – it had really kept him alive. I’m so glad she stuck by him.

NEVER pass this one for another mushy love story – because it surely is not. This novel tackles sensitive issues that have been a problem for a very long time. It’s about friendship, and family. It’s about a boy who desperately wants something, and figured out the hard way that something wasn’t really worth it. Your heart will go out to the characters if it hasn’t dropped to your stomach from all the fighting and chasing scenes.  

This novel is not for the faint of heart, if you can’t handle the punches, the spluttering of blood which I can almost see coming out of my kindle because of the vividness of the description, then stay out of it. The author had made sure I had the front row seat of every fight, watching one fighter go down over the other, having me cheering for Jesse, and crossing my fingers every time he goes to the cage. 

★ARC Copy was given in exchange for an honest review.★

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the author -
A.J. Sand grew up an only child whose parents bought her many, many books to keep her busy, so it was only natural that she would start writing her own stories. She is the author of “Documentary,” “Remake” and “Recklessly.” She lives just outside of Washington, D.C.
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giveaway -

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