Fighting Love, by Abby Niles


Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Warnings: A few sex scenes.
Publisher: Entangled Select
Pages: 352


Talk about kicking a fighter while he’s down.

Former Middleweight champion and confirmed bachelor Tommy “Lightning” Sparks has lost it all: his belt, his career, and now his home. After the devastating fire, he moves in with his drama-free best friend, Julie. One encounter changes everything and Julie is no longer the girl he’s spent his life protecting but a desirable woman he wants to take to his bed. Knowing his reputation, he’s determined to protect Julie more than ever—from himself.

Veterinarian Julie Rogers has been in love with Tommy since she was ten, but would love to get over the man. She’s quiet nights at home and a glass of wine. He’s clubbing all night and shots of tequila. As friends they work great. As a couple? No way in hell. She just can’t get her heart to agree. When she starts spending time with another fighter, the man who’s always treated her like a sister is suddenly not being very brotherly and enflames her body like never before.

Can two childhood friends make a relationship work, or will they lose everything because they stopped FIGHTING LOVE

About the Author:

Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.

And eventually sold.

Today, she juggles work, being a single mom, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?

Abby is the author of the contemporary MMA romance, Extreme Love, the first book in her Love to the Extreme series. Fighting Love is scheduled to release in December of 2013 and Winning Love is scheduled for 2014. She is also the author of the dark paranormal romance series The Awakening: Aidan and the The Awakening: Liam and The Awakening: Britton. Both series are with Entangled Publishing. She also has a geeky romantic comedy, Defying Convention, with Carina Press.

She is represented by Maureen Walters at Curtis Brown, LTD.

Author’s website


I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

If there’s one thing you should know about me is that when a book features a fighter I will read it as soon as possible. So I obviously couldn’t wait to read this one, the first book I finished this year.

While I give it a good rating because I enjoyed reading this book, a few things bothered me if I have to be honest and if I take a minute to stop drooling over the hot Tommy “Lightning” Sparks. I almost rated this book 3.5 stars, but the good outweighted the ‘bad’ so I decided to rate it higher.

Julie is a great female character, who once decided something went for it. It’s a great quality and sometimes too underdevelopped in Romance as often female characters are weak compared to the male character. Not here. I can’t even think about one bad thing to point out about Julie.

Tommy, the hot MMA fighter is interesting and the author did a great job at showing us the mind of a player and womanizer who is trying to find his footing when he’s changing his ways. It was even funny sometimes and I truly enjoyed it.

But – because there’s always a but – I find it quite exhausting this back and forth between Julie and Tommy. At some point, I thought I would just take a break from this book and start another one to have a breather. I think the editor should have encouraged the author to cut it a couple of chapter before it settled for good. And it’s coming from someone who LOVES that kind of back and forth.

But these two together are amazing. Really. I could feel their connection, their attraction, their past even. Their relationship is one I loved to see unfold and the author did a good job writing it.

Speaking about the author. Her writing style is flawless. The dialogues felt real and blend perfectly with the descriptive parts who are well-balanced and so very enjoyable to read.

Now let’s talk about the steamy scenes. These are H-O-T. I think you’ll enjoy them as much as I had reading them. It’s not vulgar, it’s very thrilling and it showed the connection between Tommy and Julie.

So yes, I recommend this book if you enjoy that kind of story. In fact, I’d love to know what you think about it and about Tommy. Will he be your next book boyfriend? He might be one of mine this week. 😉




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