Title: A Father’s Fight
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Series: Fighting #5
Release Date: January 26, 2015
Life changes in the span of a heartbeat. One, tiny heartbeat.
Blake and Layla have lived through disappointment and regret, only finally finding relief with the powerful love they have for each other. A love they intend to fight to keep.
They’ve had to forgive each other, but can they truly move forward without facing the pain of the past?
Layla’s been avoiding the phone calls. Nine months pregnant and exhausted, she doesn’t want the complication. But she can’t run from the truth. Whoever’s calling was there eighteen years ago. Unlike her, he remembers the night that changed the course of her life, and he’s ready to talk.
Blake’s preoccupied with an email, a few simple sentences sent through cyberspace that have the capability to rob him of his sanity, his freedom, and the people he loves most in the world. When he’s called home for a mysterious reason, leaving Layla isn’t ideal, but hope for reconciliation combined with his brother’s secrecy ignites a curiosity he refuses to ignore.
Putting the pain behind them is no longer an option.
To get the answers they need, they must face the past and open up old wounds that threaten to bleed them dry.
Blake and Layla are two of my favorites from JB Salsbury’s Fighting series. When I heard they were getting another book, I was ecstatic. I couldn’t wait for more of this hilarious and sexy couple and the people they call family. Having been through the wringer more than once already, I wasn’t sure where JB was planning on taking this chapter of Blake and Layla’s story. In true Fighting series fashion, happily ever afters are hard fought and JB doesn’t disappoint while delivering the latest battle for this amazing couple. I was incredibly overwhelmed by the multitude of emotions I felt and the ease with which I slipped right back into JB’s world of ferocious fighters and fierce women. A Father’s Fight is so much more than just Blake’s journey to the birth of his first biological child, it’s a careful examination of what it means to be a father and the different ways in which fatherhood is redefined to deal with hardships in order to provide the best life for a child.
“And the world fucking stops. Life hits pause. The room, our expressions, everything except the steady thud of my heart. Thump, thump. Thump, thump. Thump, thump.”
Once again, JB Salsbury’s characters steal the show with their definitive personalities and genuine voices. Blake, Layla, and Axelle continued to steal pieces of my heart as their story continued. Axelle is quickly becoming more of a voice I’m desperate to hear. I can feel her growing and changing as JB writes her and it makes me excited to experience her character fully. Without hesitation, Killian continues to protect Axelle, making me fall more in love with that kid by the second. I’m dying to get into both of their heads and watch them find the love they both deserve. Blake’s brother Braeden also steals some of the spotlight with his familiar good looks and charming antics. I really enjoyed seeing Blake and his brother together. I felt like it gave further depth to Blake’s character by exposing another vital piece of who he is. Braeden is just as sarcastic and delicious as his brother and I’m hoping we’ll be hearing his story sometime soon as well.
“This is what life is all about. It’s these moments, these few hours of euphoric joy that make up for years and years of torture. Love. Love is what makes the pain of the fight so worth it.”
A Father’s Fight bridged the gap between the past and the present for Layla. We finally get to experience some of what she went through in high school and even received some much needed resolution in regards to the night she wishes she could leave behind her. Blake is also forced to face his past and the emotions it stirred up for him (and me) were surprising and strangely cathartic. Since this is JB Salsbury we’re talking about, through all of the angst runs a steamy undercurrent of lust and love, which is what allows her books to absolutely consume you. JB expertly captures the emotions of her characters, transferring them to each and every reader as if they were their own. Her characters are raw and their struggles real and she makes them feel like family. Each book in this series just continues to get better and better and I love every heart stopping, breathtaking minute I get to spend laughing, loving, and living with JB Salsbury’s fighting family.
Oh JB, you sure know how to leave a girl simultaneously satisfied, yet aching and drooling for more. The Fighting boys are back at it again and just when I thought my favorite couldn’t be edged out, we get a deeper glimpse into Blake’s brokenness and Layla’s strength. A Father’s Fight delivered on so many feels that I simply never ever wanted it to end.
“True strength comes from resilience, an inner force that refuses to give up a fight.”
Honestly, when I started this book, I didn’t expect to have my heartstrings pulled as much as they were. Blake was left to confront the demons of his past, but in a way that readers have yet to see – without his fighting or music. Much like our hero, I was very much hardened toward The General and found my feelings mirroring those of Blake’s. However, I also softened right along with him in his journey to fatherhood. Layla, my sweet Layla, was as strong as ever and maybe even more so than we’ve become accustomed to. With hormones raging, and having to face her own worst fears, Layla shone as a pillar of strength, which just made me adore her even more. A feisty, damaged heroine is a signature trademark of Salsbury, but it is in A Father’s Fight that Layla shines in mending the pieces she lost long ago. These two characters have to be some of my favorites of the series and the passion they had for their family definitely solidified that feeling.
“Amazing how quick life can change. There are periods where we soar and some where we plummet, but as long as we hold fast to what matters, fight for the things that count, we die happy knowing we did our best to battle for what matters most.”
JB Salsbury has yet to disappoint me in a novel that she releases. I expected a much lighter read when it came to A Father’s Fight, but was pleasantly surprised with the emotional depth it provided. These characters were tested once again, and came out on top due to their unwavering love and support of one another. It may have been about characters already introduced in the series, but I felt like I got to know a whole new side of them. A Father’s Fight was most certainly an asset to the Fighting series and I have no doubt that long time lovers of the boys will agree with me!
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Don’t miss the rest of the Fighting Series:
Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)
Fighting to Forgive (Fighting #2)
Fighting to Forget (Fighting #3)
Fighting the Fall (Fighting #4)
Fighting for Forever (Fighting #6)
Fighting Fate (Fighting #7)
Fighting for Honor (Fighting #8)
The Final Fight (Fighting #9)
Uncaged: A Fighting for Flight Short Story
JB Salsbury, New York Times Bestselling author of the Fighting Series, lives in Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.