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Review: Fight For Me by Jessica Linden

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Raised in the streets, Knox is a battle-worn MMA fighter with no past, present, or future. Fighting every day just to survive, Knox owns nothing but the pride in his victories and the scars on his hands. When his control snaps and he must flee the city to keep his life, he runs into a stunning woman with the same intent. All big eyes and delicate features, she’s not cut out to survive on her own. And when finding her own inner strength leads to a shocking act of violence, Knox knows he must protect her at all costs…

Natalie couldn’t spend another day under her father’s lock and key. Raised to be the perfect picture of wealth and sophistication, she detests the dark, ugly side of her father’s greed. Refusing to be held captive by her life a moment longer, she escapes his fortress – and runs right into the arms of the strongest, most dangerous, most desirable man she’s ever met. As instant attraction leads to explosive passion, Natalie finds she cannot leave his side. But as their pursuers loom closer and threaten to tear them apart, Natalie and Knox have to decide: is it easier to stand apart? Or is a love this strong worth the fight?

My Review

“She was going to destroy him, and she had no fucking clue.”

Fight for Me is a quick and easy read. This book is pretty intense and hits the ground running. The story-line is intriguing and filled with lots of danger and mystery. Fight for Me will certainly keep you on your toes and will have you wondering what will happen next.

Overall, I thought this book was an ok read. I liked Natalie and Knox. Natalie really took me by surprise. She was not what I was expecting at all. I loved her feisty attitude and that she give as good as she gets. Knox is rather intense. He’s a fighter and hasn’t lived a good life. When he meets Natalie, he can’t help but be drawn to her and feels insanely protective of her. Together, the two of them have some really explosive chemistry.

My only issue with this story was the pacing. Now, I am normally a huge fan of fast paced stories. I love when they just hit the ground running and there is never a dull moment. That part of the pacing is not the issue. My issue with the pacing has to do with the speed of Natalie and Knox’s relationship. This book is not a novella, so I had a hard time wrapping my mind around the speed of their relationship. I mean, it took insta-love to a whole other level. They were practically in the kissing, I can’t live without you phase within minutes of meeting each other and that just didn’t feel believable to me. Also and this is a bit of a spoiler, Natalie is a virgin in the story, so I had a super hard time believing that she waited as long as she did to have sex, just to give it up to a guy she barley knows. So, while I do think they had some great chemistry, the speed of their relationship just didn’t work for me.

Fight for Me is a fast-paced, action packed story. It’s filled with lots of drama, steam and danger. Fight for Me is the debut novel by author Jessica Linden. I do feel that this author does have a lot of potential, so even though this book was not a 100% hit for me, I would be open to checking out more from her in the future.

*I was provided an ARC copy of this book, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review*

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