Title: The Final Fight
Author: J.B. Salsbury
Publication Date: October 23, 2017
Series: Fighting #9
When life brings you the perfect person at the worst possible time…
On a weekend visit to Las Vegas to visit his brother, Marine Braeden Daniels meets a woman who challenges him in ways he can’t deny. The best part is she wants what he wants.
No strings. No feelings. Just fun.
AJ is a Las Vegas performer who is finally living her dream. Growing up poor, she’s determined to succeed at any cost. No one will stand in her way—not even a hot Marine who breezes into her life all confidence and a cocky smile.
A few stolen weekends and neither can deny the feelings quickly growing between them. But the obstacles that keep them apart become more devastating when the Marine Corps calls Braeden away for a six-month deployment.
It’s only six months.
What could possibly happen?
JB Salsbury brings her unforgettable Fighting series to a close with another epic and angsty romance. The Final Fight is Braeden and A.J.’s story and it was everything I’d hoped it would be and so much more. Their journey was sweet, sexy, and full of surprises. The author had me riding one heck of an emotional rollercoaster as I fell hard and fast for this great new couple. A.J. fit right into the Fighting world, proving to be the perfect match for Braeden and all of his demons. These two shared an instantly addictive chemistry that burned hot and fast. However, it was their significant emotional connection that gave me all the feels. Braeden and A.J.’s story was a fantastic addition to what is one of my all-time favorite series. With The Final Fight, JB Salsbury leaves Fighting fans totally satisfied.
“Even fifty years from now, if I never speak to the man again, I know I’ll never forget him. He’s made an irreversible mark on me as real as the heart that beats in my chest.”
A.J. was everything I’ve come to expect from a Fighting series heroine. She was independent, fierce, and perfectly vulnerable. She had a heart that demanded to be loved and enough attitude to handle everything Braeden threw her way. Braeden was equally intriguing and I adored finally getting to know this character after seeing bits and pieces of him throughout the series. Braeden’s personal journey stirred up a lot of turmoil and I appreciated the raw and genuine emotions that poured from the pages of this novel. Together, Braeden and A.J. were a force to be reckoned with. I loved seeing them unravel each other so completely, forcing one another to fall apart so that they could both find a way to heal.
“In time, maybe we’ll both start seeing ourselves a little more clearly.”
One of my favorite things about The Final Fight was getting to see all of the previous couples from throughout the series. JB Salsbury gave readers a glimpse into the happily ever afters of her beloved characters and I found myself overcome by the beautiful feeling of family the author has so masterfully cultivated over the course of the series. Paced to be devoured, Braeden and A.J.’s journey was completely captivating and the author’s writing proved to be as enchanting as ever. The Final Fight expertly balanced the potent emotional element of the story with plenty of adorable banter and just the right amount of sizzle to deliver something wholly incomparable. JB Salsbury leaves readers with plenty of spin-off possibilities as she brings this phenomenal series to a close with what is definitely one of her best novels yet. The Final Fight is breathtaking, swoon-worthy, and an absolute must read!
I swear, I’m that reader who looks at a series with more than a few books and thinks “enough already”. However, when it comes to J.B. Salsbury’s Fighting boys, it feels like I’ll never be able to get my fill. With each new release, she sucks me in and makes me fall head over heels in love with the characters and their journeys. The Final Fight was like a one-two punch to my heart with all the feels and emotions I experienced, but I wouldn’t have the series go out any other way.
“We’re going to get through this. We’re gonna fight our way through this because we know no other way. And we’re gonna do it together.”
I was hooked on the relationship between A.J. and Braeden from their very first meeting. There was familiarity in the confident (almost cocky) attitude of Braeden as well as the strong, independent personality of A.J.’s, yet they were incredibly different from Salsbury’s other Fighting boys. Braeden’s story was emotional, filled with ups and downs, but in a devastatingly beautiful way. Plus, it shone a light on a very real affliction facing way too many members of the population. I loved that while the characters lived these separate lives, their chemistry and feelings were never misconstrued. Their setbacks became my very own heartbreaks, while their victories became my own joyous moments as well. I could feel their emotions bleed from the pages, seep into my heart, and couldn’t help but root for them from beginning to end.
“There’s no way she can do what she’s proposing; she’s just one girl. But she’s the girl.”
If you’ve read any of my previous reviews, then it’s no surprise that I am a long time fan of this author and tend to think highly of whatever she puts out into the world. She found a niche with her Fighting boys, but after reading The Final Fight, I think she may have a penchant for military heroes as well. Braeden and A.J. may not have been fighters in the traditional sense, but they were every bit the embodiment of the word. It was such a bittersweet moment to turn that last page of the book, but if the series had to end, this poignantly beautiful tale of love and fighting for survival was the absolute best way to do it.
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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 Fate (Fighting #7)
Fighting for Honor (Fighting #8)
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.