Oh my Lord, you guys I have been all kinds of excited about this tour!! Worth the Fight is my first Vi Keeland novel and I am thrilled to be a part of this AToMR Tours tour. Today, I have my gushy review, a link to the rest of the stops on the tour (right here) and, a link for the event-wide sweepstakes. Thank you all for stopping by and Happy Hump to you all 🙂
It didn’t matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.
Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.
Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.
Elle’s life is perfect: she is an accomplished lawyer, she has a lovely home and, she is dating the perfect if somewhat predicable man. Since that one horrible, horrible (there really aren’t enough ‘horribles’ for this) day in her youth, Elle has worked hard to ensure there is no drama, no excitement and, no passion in her life. So far, everything is going according to plan: her job is generally smooth and uninteresting and her boyfriend, though he may be perfect on paper does nothing to ignite the passion in Elle that she has worked so hard to keep suppressed.
Nico Hunter is a damaged soul and like Elle has worked hard to overcome that one horrible, horrible day in his past. Nico was once a champion MMA fighter and though he no longer fights professionally, he continues to train as if he will step back into the octagon at a moment’s notice. His career made him wealthy and he owns his training gym where he trains young, at-risk kids and where he continues to punish his own body with a rigorous six day a week training schedule. Sadly, all the bodily punishment in the world will do nothing to banish the mental demons Nico fights every day. Nico is tough and completely capable of taking back everything he lost but the thought of fighting again almost literally paralyzes him.
Inevitably fate steps in and brings Elle and Nico together and though their initial meeting is no sonic boom, it is a huge wake-up call for both. Elle begins to seriously question her completely boring (flat-lined as she calls it) life and after one dinner (he cooks!!!) and one smoldering kiss with Nico, she breaks up with her boyfriend. Though Nico represents everything Elle has eliminated from her life, she just can’t deny her mind, heart, and body’s reaction to the man. Nico brings out the abandon and the passion in Elle and though she is somewhat frightened by her reaction to him, she knows there is no way she is walking away from Nico. Nico has never considered himself to be a long-term commitment kind of guy but Elle just won’t get out of his head. He wants Elle in a way he has never wanted anyone else and in order to make her his, he is going to have to be on his best behavior. Well, most of the time, anyway. 🙂 For Nico, Elle is no wham, bam, thank you ma’am kind of girl and so, he fights to control his body, his actions and his mouth so he can actually get to know this intriguing and dead-sexy woman. Both Elle and Nico know their meeting has irrevocably changed their lives and if they hope to make a go of this new relationship they are going to have to deal with their respective pasts.
The Bottom Line: Worth the Fight is my first Vi Keeland novel and I am pretty sure I am going to blow through my monthly book budget buying everything else she has written. This character-driven read had me hooked from the beginning and there was no looking back once I got started reading. Though Elle appears put-together and confident, she is really a hot mess. Her past has damaged her and though she feels like she has dealt with it, she understands that she truly hasn’t when it comes to sharing her secrets with Nico. Elle’s vulnerability and strength were very strong draws for me and had me rooting for her from the start. Nico. It took me 0.00004 seconds to fall head over heels in love with this man. He is the perfect combination of naughty and nice, gentlemanly and rough, and hard and soft. I totally mean that last part in the completely sincere and completely punny way 🙂 Like Elle, Nico thought he had dealt with his demons but Elle’s presence in his life and his struggle to get back into the octagon brings his lack of dealing into sharp focus. Both Nico and Elle are such strong characters that they would have carried the book for me even if the plot totally sucked. The plot did not suck!! Keeland has perfectly blended the dialogue (Nico has a mouth like a sailor J), the action and the naughty bits (so hot!!!) into a well-balanced and entertaining read. Nothing overshadows the other and there is plenty of conversation, fighting, drama and, steamy scenes. If you are a lover of HEA romance, tatted up tough guys with a kind heart, strong lead women and, well-written books, then Worth the Fight is the book for you!
Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn’t change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!
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