29 May 2018

Book Review | Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye (@laurakayeauthor)

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Loving her is the biggest fight of his life…

Home from the Marines, Noah Cortez has a secret he doesn’t want his oldest friend, Kristina Moore, to know. It kills him to push her away, especially when he’s noticing just how sexy and confident she’s become in his absence. But, angry and full of fight, he’s not the same man anymore either. Which is why Warrior Fight Club sounds so good.

Kristina loves teaching, but she wants more out of life. She wants Noah—the boy she’s crushed on and waited for. Except Noah is all man now—in ways both oh so good and troubling, too. Still, she wants who he’s become—every war-hardened inch. And when they finally stop fighting their attraction, it’s everything Kristina never dared hope for.

But Noah is secretly spiraling, and when he lashes out, it threatens what he and Kristina have found. The brotherhood of the fight club helps him confront his demons, but only Noah can convince the woman he loves that he’s finally ready to fight for everything.

Rating: 5/5
I fell truly, madly, deeply with Laura Kaye’s Fighting for Everything. I was totally glued to it! I can’t say it was an easy read because my heart hurt and tears fell. But it was worth it.

It was easy to love Noah and Kristina. They were best friends who was separated by war, and now as Noah comes back to their hometown, he wasn’t the man that Kristina knew back then. He knows that. But Kristina will prove him wrong.

I always love best-friends to lovers romance. Friendship is a strong foundation for any kind of love. But it was already more than friendship when Kristina decides to stir demons away from Noah. She cares for him a whole lot, and wanted nothing but the best for him

But what happens when Noah didn’t have anything to give back?

Coming back from his stint in the Marines, Noah was a different person. He was injured both physically, physiologically and emotionally. He was at his lowest point where getting out of bed was almost a task that was really hard for him to do. He didn’t want Kristina to witness him weak and helpless. He thought he didn’t deserve his friend, but he didn’t want her with someone else either.

Nevertheless, it wasn’t easy for them. There were loads of roadblock ahead of them. Mostly for Noah, he wants to make himself worthy of Kristina. He worked on himself first before coming back to her. But I just love the fact that the story ended not with an HEA, but with a happy-for-the-moment kind of tone where Noah was steadily working on himself with Kristina beside him.

FIGHTING FOR EVERYTHING is a great way to start this new series from Laura Kaye. It was powerful, emotional, romantic and funny at times. I love the secondary characters that surrounds our main characters and their relationships with them. I can’t wait for the rest of the books in the series. It is very promising!

“I’m no good right now, Kristina,” Noah said in a low voice.

She shook her head. “That’s not true. You’ve been through something horrible. And you’re still recovering. Still hurting. That’s all understandable—”

“I am fucked in the head. You saw it yourself. Twice,” he said, his voice suddenly loud, bitter. Under her hands, his muscles tensed.

“You are not fucked in the head,” she said, anger and determination gathering deep in her belly. Not anger at Noah, but irrational anger for him. She hated that things had happened to him that left him feeling this way. So out of control, so sad, so unlike himself. “Sure, you have things you’re dealing with. And you will get a handle on them—”

“No,” he said, shaking her off and pacing in the narrow space behind the door. “You don’t understand. I’m…” Noah’s hands squeezed into fists at his sides. “…so goddamned angry. All the time. It feels like I could tear the world to pieces. And I want to.” He whirled on her. “Because the perfection of everything around me makes me feel so much more wrecked inside that I can barely breathe.”

Oh, God.

Tears pricked at the backs of her eyes, but she wouldn’t let them fall. She wouldn’t let herself fall apart. Not now. Not in front of him. Not when Noah needed to lean on her so damn badly. “The world around you is not perfect, Noah. It’s an illusion. And you are not wrecked—”

“I am.” He got right up in her face.

Kristina held her ground. “You’re not—”

“I am!”


He grabbed her by the arms, not so much that it hurt, but with enough force that it surprised her. “Here’s your proof. I want to fuck you, Kristina. I want to bury myself in you and stay there forever. Just lose myself in you until I don’t know who I am anymore. I’ve been fantasizing about it, dreaming about it, imagining it. Having you is all I can fucking think about. Do you understand what I’m saying?”

Noah’s words unleashed a flash fire in Kristina’s blood. Her heart tripped into a sprint. Her breathing shallowed out. Heat roared across her skin. One heartbeat. Two. And Kristina knew what she had to do.

Acting on instinct, she pulled out of Noah’s grip and stepped backward. Away from his confession. Away from him.

About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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