by JB SalsburyWhat do you do when everything you avoid, turns out to be exactly what you need? Easy and predictable, just the way he likes it, Blake Daniels flies through life the way he burns through women: on his terms, no regrets. With his fighting career in full swing, he's on the threshold of title contention. But when his training is compromised by injury, the stakes grow impossibly higher. The rage that fuels his punches also chips away at his focus, and he risks losing everything he cares about. He won’t let that happen. Not again. Layla’s through with men. After a marriage that never should’ve happened, she hopes to reclaim the pieces of the woman she lost years ago. Emotional abuse has left her insecure and terrified. A master at faking what she’s not feeling, she masks her self-doubt in false confidence. She’ll never let another man hurt her. Not again. Chased by shadows of the past, Blake and Layla know what they don’t want, but their hearts have a different plan. As a web of lies and betrayal threatens to destroy them, they’re forced to make a choice.
Is love enough to heal even the deepest wounds?
My Review:I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This is book two in the Fighting series. Blake Daniels comes from a troubling past with a controlling father. He uses women as his playthings and has no strings relationships. Then he meets the drop dead gorgeous Layla Moorehead. With her beauty and fiery spirit, he has an instant attraction that he cannot ignore. But with her broken past, will she be open to accepting his kindness as well as his heart?
This was an unusual romance novel. It’s not all frilly and pretty, it also deals with a few of today’s hard hitting issues, drugs, verbal abuse, and rape. This book was so difficult to put down as you were drawn in immediately and held captive by Blake and Layla’s stories. There are quite a few tearjerker moments, so be ready to have some Kleenex ready. The situations and characters felt real, so it was very easy to connect with the main characters. Your heart will break for Layla as she tries to put her life back together and deals with her rebellious daughter. You’ll scream at Blake to wake up and see what’s in front of him. All in all, I enjoyed this book quite a bit, I even found myself thinking about it afterwards. Even if you’re not into romance novels, this is a great page turner!