Series: Worth the Fight #2
Published by Loveswept Source: Netgalley
Genres: Alpha Guy, Contemporary Romance, Romance, Sports, Suspense, Tattoos
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How could she have been so stupid? When Jessica Cross decides to give her violently jealous boyfriend—the otherwise influential and charming Dennis Stavros—a second chance, she very nearly becomes a statistic. After weeks of healing from a broken rib and collapsed lung, and with Dennis behind bars, Jessica finally feels ready to come out of hiding. But will she ever be able to take a chance on love again with someone new?
Mixed martial arts fighter Slade Martin knows he has a bad reputation. Hell, he's probably earned it. So it won’t be easy to convince beautiful, vulnerable Jessica that she can trust him—that from the moment she walked into his life, she’s been the only one he’s wanted. Powerful and confident, Slade knows he can honor his vow to protect Jessica body and soul. Winning her heart will be another matter . . . but a woman like Jessica is worth the fight.
I’ve read a few books in this series, and I have liked every one of them. Although I read this one out of order, it still worked for me. I love these MMA fighters, and the women in this series, so for me this was pretty much a sure thing when it came to me liking the book.
So I’m gonna start with Jessica, and first let me start by saying I am horrible with names, like so horrible with names, I have a decade long history of calling all of my best friend’s girlfriends Jessica (and none of them have been named Jessica, I’m horrible I know). Anyway for the first couple of chapters every time I read Jessica’s name I kind of mentally had to shake myself, but after a while I started to really like her and the character cemented itself in my head. I think what stands out to me the most about her and about this book frankly is how much I found myself laughing. Jessica and Slade had this great dynamic between them, and there was more than one scene in the book where I found myself laughing out loud (especially the scenes with Drogo and the date with the guy who wouldn’t stop talking about her womanly time, seriously read it you will laugh out loud too). Jessica was with a guy for a long time who was not good to her, and one day he put her in the hospital, like bad, punctured lung and broken bones bad. But thankfully, Jessica gets out that relationship and her friend Slade really takes care of her, the perfect gentlemen. When the two of them get their relationship going, it was great seeing her really be happy. She was just such a likable character who only wanted the best for the people she cares about.
As for Slade, wow, Slade. I love me a tattooed MMA guy. Slade has a dirty mouth, which I kind of loved, cause it wasn’t too much, but it wasn’t like he was all sweet and gentle either. I liked that he stood up for Jessica against her ex, I liked that he took care of her, but not in a smoothing kind of way. I think what I liked about him the most, was that all he wanted for Jessica was for her to be happy and to be who she was, nothing more, nothing less. I like that he never gave up, that he was persistent about things, and went after what he cared about, he was really just my kind of hero for a romance book.
I can honestly say I really enjoy this series, and this is probably my favorite book in the series so far (although knowing me I probably said that about another one of the books in the series). I loved how much this book made me laugh, but also how much it had me wanting to know what was going to happen next, I really was sitting on the edge of my chair for some of this book. If you love MMA fighter romances, then without a doubt you should pick up this book and check it out.