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Book Review – Fighting to Forget (Fighting #3) by J. B. Salsbury

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There’s a certain expectation when you read a book like this. You know that in the beginning things will build, we will get to know the characters, and their story will develop until they end up happy and in love (even if they don’t know it yet). Then around the 60-70% mark, things usually go pear-shaped before getting back on track around the 90% mark for the big finale – the HEA. That is what keeps me going – knowing that it’s all fine, don’t worry, they will get back together and live happily ever after. Fighting to Forget was no exception – everything turned out ok in the end – but that 65% mark was BRUTAL! So let’s talk it out.

“To every child who waited for a savior that never came.”

The story started off with a heartbreaking prologue. We were introduced to each of the characters and frankly – they were living a nightmare. Skip forward to the present day and Rex is a broken man who no longer remembers his past. The events that occurred were so traumatic, that his mind has locked them away so tight that he can’t recall a single detail. He is a fighter, and he sings in a band. He craves pain, and is disgusted by sex and his own body. Pretty telling, right?
Mac is a girl on a mission. She wasn’t able to save Rex when they were kids but she has been watching him, waiting quietly in the wings for her chance to make amends and let loose the secret of their shared past. 
However things don’t go according to plan and after a chance meeting they find themselves thrown together. But it’s only a matter of time before the secrets between them boil to the surface. 

Phew. I LOVED the first 60% of this story. I’m an absolute sucker for a damaged hero and Rex’s issues have issues. It was that bad. But the way that his story was told was so engaging that you just wanted more, more, more. I felt heartbroken over what he had been through and his inability to deal with it all. I just wanted him to find love and be happy. Forever and ever. Easier said than done though. 
Mac was amazing. She was understanding and patient. Exactly what Rex needed. But, girlfriend held on to that secret waaaay too long! It was never ever going to end well! And here is where things went wrong…

“Black like my soul and my memories
A void beyond consciousness
Red like the way they treated me
Now a man left to clean up the mess”

There are many things I don’t mind reading about in books. It’s pretty rare that I come across something that almost makes me stop reading it. I knew that when Rex found out that Mac had been hiding the truth from him everything would turn to sh-t, but I just didn’t think for a second that it would turn out THAT BADLY. I’m not sure how to say this without being a spoiler, so I won’t, but Macs decent into darkness just made me feel a bit sick really. It was awful. I know, I know, they got back together and it all worked out in the end but I couldn’t seem to shake the dark feeling that lingered from her going down that path. Blah. 

Fighting to Forget is the third book in the series but each book is about a different couple. I have read the first and now I have read the third but I didn’t read the second book. At times I felt a little like I had missed something (and obviously I had) but not reading the second book really didn’t take too much away from the third. I didn’t find it to be a problem. 
All in all, I loved the start and I loved the end. It was just that small section that threw me off a little. I was glad to see things resolved though, and the next book in the story sounds like it’s going to be great. I’m eager to keep reading about this group of friends. 

“What started as a need to alleviate the guilt turned into an obsession to be near him and, now, an undeniable, unconditional, all-consuming love for him.”

 

 

 

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