Series: Love to the Extreme, Book 2
Published by Entangled Publishing on 31 December 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Place(s) Traveled To: Atlanta, Georgia
First Line(s): What the hell did he give a woman for Valentine’s Day when he no longer had connections?
Fighting Love by Abby Niles is the second book in her Love to the Extreme series of which I haven’t read the first book yet. Normally I don’t like to read series books out of order, even when the series are more like companion novels and not direct sequels, but in this case I made an exception. There was just something about the write up about Fighting Love that intrigued me. However, when I first started to read it I wasn’t sold. I can’t tell you how many times I read the opening paragraphs before putting the book aside. That is until this past Friday evening when my apartment complex lost power.
With no tv to distract me, I grabbed my kindle paperwhite and snuggled up under the covers and didn’t stop reading until around 1 am when the power came back on. I then turned off the lights which I though I had turned off and thought for 1/2 a second about going to sleep before grabbing my kindle again and continuing my read of Fighting Love until I hit the end of the book. So for me, Fight Love was a book that I just had to give myself time to read without distractions.
I enjoyed the two main characters, Julie Rogers and Tommy Sparks, and the classic friends to lover story that was Fighting Love. Julie and Tommy have known each other for years and while Julie has always had a thing for Tommy he, in typical romance story fashion, had no clue. But things start to change when Tommy has to live with Julie after his house burns down. Its the living in close quarters and seeing her date someone that he can’t intimidate that he begins to realize that he has feelings for her too. For, Tommy is an MMA fighter and all the story book cliches that go along with that.
If I’m honest, I am a bit over MMA fighters and Tattoo artists and that cliched bad boy that seems to be a constant in contemporary romances these days. Only Tommy wasn’t your typical bad boy. Yes he dated around a lot but he wasn’t necessarily a bad guy even if he did let a bit of fame go to his head. In the end though it wasn’t Tommy’s career that bugged me but how he kept running so hot and cold on Julie. It was confusing and a bit mean and as with so many other books all could have been avoided if he and Julie just sat down and had an honest conversation.
Tommy wasn’t alone in this, Julie really needed to speak up more and be more honest as well. But even with her silence and misunderstandings she wasn’t a passive heroine. She was strong and feisty and I did like how she tried to move on and didn’t just pine away for something she didn’t think she could have. I liked how she and Tommy interacted and I also really liked the secondary characters of Brody and Mac. I wish they’d been in the books more and I hope that we get to see more of them in the future.
Fighting Love isn’t a perfect story and it does suffer from some very stereotypical things but it was a quick read as well as an entertaining one. It made me laugh and it also gave me those heart achy moments that I adore. The speech at the end while it did make me roll my eyes a bit was also sweet and the moment when I really fell for Tommy. This is also the time when it was very late and long past my bedtime but I could have easily stayed up longer if there had been more pages to read.
Fighting Love was my first Abby Niles book but I am definitely going to be looking for her other books and I may already have Extreme Love, the first book in this series on my ereader as I type this up. If you are looking for a fun contemporary romance then I would recommend giving this one a try.