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Review of Fighting for Flight By Jamie Salsbury

Fighting for Flight

Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)  by Jamie Salsbury

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, UFL Fighter, Erotica, Suspense.

Published: February 2013

Book Format: Amazon Kindle

3.5 out of 5 Stars (The series has a lot of potential)

I started by loving the Prologue, it sucked me in, but then somewhere along the way the story lost me.

UFL fighter falls for a cute, sweet girl who mechanic.  Jonah Slade, a famous UFL fighter slash playboy, hires Raven Morretti to help him fix up an old car. Jonah finds out that Raven’s mother is a prostitute and a daughter of a well-known pimp, Dominick Moretti, in Vegas.  However, Jonah can’t seem to stay away or fall in love with Raven.   Jonah has to make big decisions about his career when Dominick tells Raven’s his plans for her when she turns 21.  Will Jonah risk everything to save Raven?

First let me start by saying I love these types of stories, but I had a few problems.

The love story between the characters was too inst-love for me, too much…too soon.  The minute they saw each other they fell in love hard and fast.  I don’t mind when the couple find immediate attraction to each other, but it should not be the first minute that they see each other.  However, saying that though, I want to add that the first initial love scene between Raven and Jonah were beautiful and hot.  It was VERY well written.  And don’t get me wrong, I loved how Jonah loved Raven.  She deserved it, but I wished it wasn’t so sudden.

Raven best friend, Eve, I had a huge problem with her.  In the story, Eve, finds herself a boyfriend.  Later Raven finds out that Eve was telling this boyfriend all of Raven’s personal information. I mean everything. I won’t tell you more about who the boyfriend was and all the circumstances that followed Eve’s big mouth, but I have a problem with that. Desperate or not to have or keep a boyfriend, your friends should not be telling the guys they are having sex with your personal business. And what a “dumb” girl Eve was not to question why her “boyfriend” was asking about her friend.

I loved Blake, Jonah’s best friend. LOVED that playboy! I want him to have his own story.  However, here is my plea to the author…I DO NOT want the story to be between Blake and Eve.  Blake was “smooth” talking playboy in the book.  He made me laugh out loud. I loved all his one liners and I loved that he had a huge heart when it came to people he cared about.  However, Blake’s big thing was he never slept with women who had kids.  SO I am hoping that the author, in Blake’s book *hint, hint* meets a girl who is strong, but is having a hard time but also has a child.  She could be waitress or do some other legitimate job in the casino. BUT this girl for Blake has to be independent and not take his crap but sees what the good person he is. I want this relationship to be about friendship and love.

  • Did I skim? A little. Some of the dialogue needed to be smoothed out.
  • Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes
  • Pace of story? Okay
  • Positives:  I loved the concept of the story.  I think this author has a lot of potential. If she writes another book and especially if it is about Blake, I will probably be the first one to buy it.  I think I loved Blake a little bit more than Jonah. Jeez, I really do have a thing for bad boys…Blake was HOT!!
  • Negatives: I did enjoy the story overall, it did lack “something” in certain scenes.
  • Would I recommend?  Bottom line, I am giving this book 3.5 stars, but I do RECOMMEND IT. Overall, it was a cute story, AND if hear that the next story if about Blake, I want to be the first one to read it.

NOTE: I see that since I wrote my review that Jamie Salsbury is having a sequel about Blake!! *squee*

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Series Reading Order:

Fighting for Flight (Fighting #1)

Fighting to Forgive (Fighting #2)

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Review of Red Zone (Daniels Brothers #2) By Sherri Hayes

RedZone

3 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Suspense

Length: 221 Pages

Published: February 7, 2013

Gage, a professional football player has been getting death threats from an unknown stalker.  Rebecca, a FBI agent is hired to investigate and protect Gage.  Gage is a player and Rebecca is a very guarded person.  However, they cannot resist their mutual attraction.

This story is told through both POVs which I really liked. I really liked Gage.  I thought he was a good person who loved his family and was a stand-up guy, who was also a hot, professional football player. I have a love for contemporary romances with hot sport players.

I liked Rebecca but then she got on my nerves a little.  At first, I understood Rebecca’s reasoning for not wanting to start a relationship with Gage, but then it got a little silly and when she finally realized that she should give Gage a try, I was over it.

I love when there is sexual tension, but this one either took too long or just came at a weird time in the book.

I liked the characters, I liked the plot, but I think the execution of the two could have been better.

Overall, this is a very sweet contemporary romance with a little bit of suspense which I enjoy in novels. It was fun trying to figure out who was threatening Gage. I always do enjoy a “who done it.” 

Did I skim? A little. I got tired of Rebecca’s silly thoughts about how she should not be with Gage.  I felt bad for the guy after the while.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes

Do I recommend? If you are looking for a sweet romance with some suspense, yes.

Ending? It was nice and sweet.

 
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Posted by on February 7, 2013 in Contemporary Romance, Sports, Suspense

 

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Review of Star Crossed (Battered Hearts #2) By Kele Moon

Star Crossed

4 out of 5 Stars

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Sports, Adult Fiction, Erotica

Published: July 2012

Length: 295 Pages

Well written story.  I love sport stories, but my favorite are with cage fighting.  I loved Romeo and I loved Jules and I loved them together.  This romance was a breath of fresh air since they fought the obstacles in their relationship together.

The chemistry is from page one.  You feel it and want it.  My favorite scenes are when they are apart and do what they do to stay “connected.”  *wink*

Yes there is a lot of steamy sex.  However, there is also a story/plot, therefore making it an interesting read.

Romeo Wellings is a Heavyweight MMA fighter that grew up in the streets of New York where he has ties to the mafia.  He wants to cut those ties, but that is easier said than done.

Romeo meets Jules Connor and has one night with her in Vegas only to discover that there are strong, mutual feelings. Jules is a law abiding citizen that practices law and is also a volunteer deputy sheriff.  Being involved with a man who has a record and has ties in the mafia is not what she hoped. Plus, Jules’ twin brother, Wyatt, has always thought Romeo was more trouble than good. Jules loves her brother, but loves Romeo too.

The story does not only focus on Romeo and Julia, but also Romeo’s half-brothers, Valentino “Tino” and Casanoa “Nova”.  Tino and Nova’s father is a mobster.  Romeo wants his brothers to walk away from the mob, but it is harder said than done.   One brother wanting to do right thing, but feeling “stuck” in that world; while the other feels there is no other option but to stay committed.

Did I skim? No.

Did I feel connected to the characters? Yes.

Do I recommend? Yes.

Did I think about the book after I was done? Yes.

Ending/Cliffhanger? It was sweet.  Wasn’t a favorite, but it was nice.

Sequels: Defying the Odds (Battered Hearts #1) Published: December 2011

 

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