Thursday, February 6, 2014
SUNNY: BOOK REVIEW "Fighting for Irish" by Gina L. Maxwell
Kat MacGregor has forty-eight hours to make good on the debt her ex-boyfriend owes a crime boss. Unfortunately, the measly tips she makes waitressing are barely enough for her to live on, much less cover the twenty-thousand needed to keep her breathing. With time running out, Kat 's forced to accept help from the only man who's ever made her feel fire rather than fear.
When he learns a friend's sister is in trouble, former Boston MMA fighter Aiden "Irish" O'Brien heads to Louisiana to offer himself up as collateral to keep her safe. But to satisfy the debt, he has to do the one thing he swore hed never do again: fight. With more than just money on the line, will Irish have what it takes to not only reclaim the man he once was, but become the man he needs to be for the woman he can't live without?
I'm a little ambivalent about this book. On the one hand, if you are an occasional romance reader, chances are you are really going to like this book. However, if you are an avid romance reader, you might find this a little familiar. The themes are fairly standard and despite the hero being an former MMA fighter, this is not a MMA themed book. There is simply not enough fight action for that. There are other books that are better MMA stories, including one from this very author (Fighting Cinderella).
What is clear is that Gina Maxwell writes an gripping portrayal of a woman who has been sexually abused. She depicts the post traumatic stress, including the fear and paranoia and loathing to be touched so well. I am also impressed with the evolution of Irish's and Kat's relationship. Irish's patience and loving kindness made my heart melt.
IN A NUTSHELL:
If you are looking for a good read with an emotional edge and are willing to let Irish touch your heart, go get this book.