Series: Warrior Fight Club #1
Published by Laura Kaye on May 17, 2018
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
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.
I fell madly in love with Laura Kaye’s Hard Ink series, and when I heard about Fighting for Everything, it looked like just my kind of story. Unfortunately, Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye just didn’t work for me. It isn’t at all a bad book, but it wasn’t what I was looking for or expecting.
In Fighting for Everything, Noah Cortez is home from the Marines, and he has PTSD, as well as survivor’s guilt. Noah is quite lost, and not really sure what to do with his life. He’s even pushing his long-time best friend, Kristina Moore, away. In addition to all the stress and turmoil going on in Noah’s mind, he is also developing feelings for Kristina, even though he doesn’t feel good enough to her. Kristina is worried about Noah, because she can see he’s hurting and struggling. And she’s starting to develop those feelings as well. But of course there are complications.
So, my biggest issue with this book was that there just wasn’t enough romance. Although I feel like the story progressed how it should, it wasn’t what I wanted. I am a romance reader, and I picked it up because I wanted to read a romance. And while this does meet the the requirements for a romance (a happy ending and a focus on the couple), it just wasn’t enough for me. It felt almost more about Noah figuring out how to deal with everything, and less about Kristina and Noah getting together.
Both Kristina and Noah were characters that I liked and wanted to see succeed. I felt so bad for Noah, because he is so clearly struggling. And Kristina was easy to love too. She’s sweet and wants to help Noah however she can. Their romance understandably hits some bumps. It results in one of my least favorite things in romanceland – the long separation while one of the characters gets their life together. I didn’t like it, but that is all about my reading preference.
Fighting for Everything by Laura Kaye is well-written with excellent character development. It turned out to not be a good fit for me, largely because I wanted more romance, but I think others would enjoy this one.