What has a sexy, bad-ass veteran hero… A feisty and independent heroine who won’t hesitate to stand up for herself… A forbidden, best friend’s younger sister conflict… And a forced-proximity roommates-to-lovers situation that creates all kinds of sexual tension?
FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS—the second standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye’s Warrior Fight Club series! FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS is now available! Grab your copy and join the Warrior Fight Club world today!
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Author: Laura Kaye
Publication Date: 7 September, 2018
Series: Warrior Fight Club, Book 2
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 4 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
This fight club has one rule: you must be a veteran…
Resisting her only makes him want her more...
Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things—fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay—mostly, and one night stands ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.
Shayna Curtis is new to town, fresh out of grad school, and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting in a month, she’s grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.
Billy can’t wait for Shay to leave—because the longer she’s there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can’t have her—that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what’s his.
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It's hard for me to find much to say about these books other than I love the concept and the stories. I love the growth of the characters, the history behind each one and how they got to be where they are today. Laura Kaye never fails to write a emotional, sexy, compassionate story. She writes from the heart of these characters, you can feel their truth coming through the pages and seeping into your own heart and mind. There's something about a Laura Kaye book that always makes you want to be a better person, that makes you want to go out and make a difference, to change the world for someone.
We met Billy in the first book from the series, Fighting for Everything and you just knew that his story was going to be an emotional power punch. Watching the two main characters, Billy and Shay fight through feelings of guilt side by side just makes your hear melt. Their guilt may come from different places yet in its essence it is the same. I loved when they finally opened up and gave themselves completely too each other, gave not only their hearts, their emotions, but also their fears is just everything in this book. I adored the connection between these two but I also loved them just as much separately.
Another of my favorite things about this series is the look into the lives of the members of Warrior Fight Club. I am so excited for each (please I need them all) of these characters books. I love the camaraderie, the care for one another, the ribbing. These members have gone through hell and back, heck some of them are still going through it, but together they find ways to live again, to enjoy life.
The only things that keep me from going a full 5 stars for this is that I felt like the end was a tad bit rushed. It's a hard call for me though because I think Laura Kaye could have written this the length of War and Peace and I may still have said it wasn't long enough, haha. The another thing is just a small one but it stuck out to me. At one point Billy talks about his work but he doesn't sound as though he fully enjoys it, he comments that he would like to do something that is more of a 'on the front line' type job and that comment never goes anywhere. I was kinda of looking forward to him having a life changing moment about his employment situation, especially when we got to the dramatic moments at the end, and as far as we know he's still doing a job that "pays the bills".
In the end I really loved this story. I loved the silliness, the emotion, the characters, the message. It's a classic Laura Kaye and I will be back for more and more so keep them coming Laura! <3
~ HAPPY READING ~
“Shay, wait.” The words came out of Billy’s mouth before he even thought to say them. As if keeping Shayna around had been pure instinct.
And maybe it had been, because despite staying away from her all week, just one night in her presence had him craving more of her. Her humor. Her sarcasm. Her easy acceptance.
Maybe it was because of how little sleep he’d had all week. Or because doing his job well had meant delivering to his client the terrible news of her husband’s infidelity. Or because his surveillance work had required a lot of hours of sitting in his car—and the constant press of his back against the seat had awakened the phantom pain of long-ago fried nerves that he sometimes felt something fierce. All of which had him feeling exhausted.
Billy sighed and crossed the room to the staircase. “Come with me. Tomorrow, I mean.”
From where she stood on the fourth step, Shayna frowned. “Dude, it’s okay.”
He shook his head. “I want you to come.”
Her frown deepened. “Why? It’s not a big deal. Really.”
Why did he want her to come? When just moments before he’d felt so ambivalent and even a little embarrassed about it?
Billy didn’t have to think long on the answer—because she’d reacted as if WFC was not only perfectly normal, but really cool. And it was. But it was also fucking therapy of a sort, even though the format was something way different than sitting on a couch and spilling your emotional guts.
He needed to make up for hurting her feelings—and he knew he’d done just that. The expressiveness of her face made her an open book. And telling the truth was the best way to make up for it. He knew that, too.
“I was fucking embarrassed about what you’d think. That’s why I hesitated when you asked. Not because I didn’t want you to come. Besides, you could meet some of my friends.” Unusual heat rushed into Billy’s face, and he dropped his chin to his chest.
Shay made her way down to him until he was staring at her bare feet and her bright red toenails. “Did you think I’d tease you or something?” she asked, her voice neutral.
He forced himself to lift his chin and meet her gaze. “You do like to bust my balls.”
“Not about this. Never about this.” Her expression was so fucking earnest, and her face was even more beautiful.
He nodded, feeling the truth of her words down deep. After all, she’d seen his scars and heard him talk about how hard it was to come home from deployment and been nothing but cool about that, too. “So. will you come?”
Her smile answered before her words did. “Yeah. Sounds fun. I’d like to come. But I promise I’ll stay out of your hair.”
“You don’t have to stay out of my hair, Shayna.”
“Oh, good, because this is driving me crazy,” she said, her fingers suddenly combing through his hair. “You made it stand up funny.”
Billy could’ve fucking purred. If he did things like purr, which he fucking didn’t. But her nails felt damn amazing against his scalp. He would’ve closed his eyes at the goodness of it if it weren’t for watching the satisfaction shaping her pretty face as she touched him.
“There,” she said, her smile turning a little shy. She cleared her throat. “So, uh, okay then. What time do we need to leave?”
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“The always amazing Kaye is kicking off a terrific new contemporary romance series that centers around a wounded warrior’s fight club. Kaye does a beautiful job exploring the fallout from war and PTSD as various characters struggle to cope in their own ways. The love story between Noah Cortez and his childhood friend Kristina Moore is both compelling and touching, for the obstacles in their way loom large. A truly memorable read!” ~ RT Book Reviews
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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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