Title: Fighting Fate
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Series: Fighting #7
Release Date: May 3, 2016
I live to hold her together.
Killian McCreery only has two dreams . . .
Fight for the UFL.
He’s watched her give her time and her body to men who don’t deserve to breathe her air. He’s waited, worked hard to become the kind of man she deserves, hoping one day, when the time is right, he’d get the opportunity to make her happy. After a painful anniversary, he finally gets his chance.
But life has a way of sucker-punching its victims–striking when they least expect it in the most devastating ways.
Killian loves me.
But I screwed up. Big time.
Axelle Daniels appears to be the typical college student–parties, hangovers, and men. No one knows that inside she’s a mess, and no amount of booze or meaningless relationships have managed to fill the cracks in her heart. But Killian knows. He’s been there since the night it all began and has never left her side.
When she wakes up one morning to find the consequences of her actions have caught up to her, even Killian’s white-knighthood can’t save her now.
Fate is put to the test when, for the first time in their five-year friendship, they no longer have each other to lean on. When he becomes a UFL superstar, she hardly recognizes the man he used to be. And she no longer needs him to hold her together.
With the foundation of their friendship gone, they’ll discover that even a love that is meant to be needs to be fought for and destiny is a choice.
J.B. Salsbury has once again sucker punched me with her newest Fighter romance. Fighting Fate took down my heart in an easy knockout, delivering Killian and Axelle’s unexpectedly gut wrenching journey with all of the emotional ferocity I’ve come to adore from this series. Since the very first Fighting novel, I’ve been anxious to hear Killian’s story. He’s a warrior, a protector down to his very soul, and I couldn’t wait to see his incredible friendship with Axelle set free to be something more. J.B. Salsbury doesn’t disappoint, taking Killian and Axelle’s fun and familiar banter, easy camaraderie, good-natured teasing, and undeniable connection and setting it aflame. I lost myself in the blinding light and flickering shadows of their story and fell in love all over again with J.B.’s unforgettable Fighting world. Fighting Fate serves up some serious angst alongside the witty dialogue, heartfelt moments, and surprising truths that have fast become a staple of J.B. Salsbury’s novels. Killian and Axelle’s story was a rollercoaster of emotions, putting my heart through the wringer and leaving my mind reeling from their hard fought love.
“So yeah… some girls get the man they want just by being them. The rest of us have to prove we’re worth it.”
With each obstacle they had to face, J.B. Salsbury orchestrated significant character growth for Axelle and Killian, both as individuals and as a couple. While Killian stayed true to the compassionate, kind, and unfailingly loyal best friend I first fell in love with, we get to see an entirely new side to him as he steps into the spotlight. For the first time, J.B. exposes Killian’s cracks – the vulnerability, insecurities, and flaws that make him all too human. As much as I adored the perfect version of our hero, I found myself loving the gritty, genuine Killian who I could relate to and connect with even more. Getting to know Axelle, on the other hand, was far more heartbreaking than I ever would have suspected. While I knew what she had been through in the past, I wasn’t ready for the ramifications of those emotional scars. As the story progressed, Axelle falls hard and struggles to pick herself back up again, but it was this fight and her determination to face down the worst parts of herself that revealed her incredible character and had me hooked on this strong, brave, and feisty heroine.
“I make a vow to myself right then. That will be the last time I ever look back. She made her choice. And now I’ve made mine.”
To say I was blindsided by the storyline in Fighting Fate would be an understatement. I wasn’t prepared for the disaster Axelle had made of her life, nor was I ready for the pain she and Killian would cause one another. I certainly would have liked for more of this story to focus on Axelle and Killian as a couple. Unlike the previous books in the series, the majority of Fighting Fate was spent with our couple apart, undermining the strength of their overall relationship for me. Although I never really connected with any of the new fighters we get to meet in this book, the secondary characters did a decent job filling in when Axelle or Killian needed someone to lean on during their time apart. Fighting Fate effortlessly captured the feeling of family that J.B. Salsbury has so carefully nurtured into being with each new Fighting novel. I was absolutely giddy at seeing so many of my favorite couples again, especially Blake and Layla who continue to make my heart swoon with each new appearance. J.B. Salsbury’s writing is as exquisite as ever, capturing every emotional nuance of Axelle and Killian’s journey and embedding it deep within her readers to experience as their own. Fighting Fate was a fantastic reminder of why I’ve become so addicted to this author and her seriously sexy and utterly unforgettable Fighters.
There is something so relatable and likable about J.B. Salsbury’s writing. It’s honestly what drives me to come back with every new release in the Fighting series. Not to mention, I feel like I’ve been waiting for Killian and Axelle’s story since the moment the characters were introduced in the earlier books. Fighting Fate probably had the most push and pull of all her characters’ personalities, but it was still just as addicting as its predecessors.
“You’ve always been mine.”
This installment of the Fighting series really pulled me through the wringer. Every time I thought I’d get a footing, Salsbury pulled the rug out from underneath me and had me growling. Yes, I literally growled out loud while reading this book! My heart ached so much for Axelle and what she was settling for in her life. We had seen her through others’ eyes so to feel the vast difference of what she saw in the mirror was utterly heartbreaking at times. I wanted to jump into the pages and save her myself, which totally made me relate to Killian in an unexpected way. Of course, there were also moments where my heart felt horrible for Killian and I wanted to pull that big ol’ fighter in for a teddy bear hug. He was so strong and protective, which is basically my Achilles’ Heel in heroes. However, a part of me loved watching the struggles that each faced. The varying levels of adversity is what made them both stronger in the end, resulting in a beautiful transformation from beginning to end.
“Someday soon I’ll win her over. There’s no other option because, no matter what life brings, she’ll always own me.”
To be honest, there were a couple times that I struggled with the direction of Fighting Fate. The two characters weren’t together for a large portion of the novel and it kind of threw me for a loop given the previous books. However, this only really bothered me as it was occurring. Once I got to the end, and could see the greater purpose for each little thing, I was more okay with it all. I do still wish I got more of this couple in the boyfriend/girlfriend dynamic, but I was definitely satisfied with the ending.
“I’ll fight for us, but I’ll need you to fight too.”
J.B. Salsbury sure knows how to write her alpha heroes with strong female counterparts, and that is undoubtedly what will keep me coming back for more. Even though this is the sixth book in the Fighting series, the storylines still feel new and refreshing. I don’t know how she does it, but she amazes me each and every time. I’m so glad that we got to see Salsbury’s twist on a friends to lovers romance with Killian and Axelle, and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
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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)
A Father’s Fight (Fighting #5)
Fighting For Forever (Fighting #6)
Fighting for Honor (Fighting #8)
The Final Fight (Fighting #9)
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.