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I really didn't want to say goodbye to these characters.. characters that I'd laughed with, got annoyed with and felt compassion for as they struggled with their own personal demons.. and I savored and rejoiced in their hard won HEA ending. It was a road scattered with emotional debris and heartbreaking secrets from Nikko - a damaged soldier back from the war who was losing the battle against fateful decisions he made during a harrowing conflict that left only him alive from a Team of seven. It was a very blurred road that took Dr. Violet Summers from one crazy 'bathroom' encounter with a handsome stranger on a plane to six months later being hired to save him from himself.. and she would cross ethical, emotional and trusted lines to help the man she'd fallen in love with. It was also a road that had a drool-worthy, difficult but loyal Alpha hero, a strong but misguided heroine, sex, romance, twists, turmoil, a couple of nasty ex's dramas, passion and a love story that would be continually tested before the last words would be said.
Worth a credit? This was a riveting, enjoyable and emotion filled story as attraction waged war against ethics and sexual chemistry and love waged war against a stubborn MMA Fighter with unshakable resolve, ghosts and painful secrets. However, the one thing it didn't war against was creditworthiness because YES it definitely would have been creditworthy but, at under $7 for nearly 13 hours of a dual POV love story that was absolutely epically narrated, I reaped the rewards as I kept my credit, devoured the listen and basked in its awesome afterglow.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
Nikko went to New York to help his best friend Disco bring down Disco's dad and a mafia leader (the 2nd book Passing His Guard). This book starts with Nikko on the plane returning to Las Vegas. Nikko is sitting in 1st class next to psychologist Violet Summers. Violet is leaving NY after her divorce finalization and moving to Las Vegas to join a new practice. Violet wanting to do something wild and reckless which is very out of her prim, proper and controlled characteristic, asks Nikko does he want to have sex in the bathroom.
Prior to Nikko's two years with the MMA he was in the Marine Special Forces Recon for 6 years. Shit went bad on a mission that f*up Nikko. He was released from the Marines and came home very dark and suffering from PTSD.
Ahead 6 months: Nikko has a flashback blackout and injures his coach. He's suspended and ordered to see a psychologist at the practice that works with the MMA.
Yes...you guessed it...his psychologist is Violet Summers. Violet tells him she can't treat him for the obvious reason but Nikko hasn't been able to get Violet out of his mind since she joined the mile high club with him and he refuses to see anyone else.
Nikkos pursue begins. Violet wanting to truly help Nikko finally gives in to his chase. Their relationship takes you through a maze of emotions including Violets professional ethical struggle, her attraction to Nikko, Nikko not opening up about his demons, Nikko lying to her after they become involved, Violet betraying Nikko's trust, Violet's ex-husband blackmailing her, Nikkos flashback blackouts, there's also fun, humor and sex.
There is of course angst but not a lot of internal dialogue and filler. This book moves at a steady pace and keeps you invested in it until the end.
Melynda Price has written a MMA Series that takes you on a deep emotional journey into the lives of the fighters. Luke Daniels and Rachel Vivette give a great performance. Maybe the next book will be about 'Kill' and Penelope.
You don't need a credit for this book. The standard price is a steal at under $10. This is a book and series I will listen to over and over.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
A good story, narrated well. I'll definitely be getting the others books in this series.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It was incredible to listen to - I hated that I had to work and actually speak to people as I just wanted to keep listening.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Fighting for Control?
When he is so torn between what he knows and what he has been told plus his obvious distress when faced with his responsibility and his team mates - it would spoil it if I said more but you will know what I mean! Its funny and painful!
What about Luke Daniels and Rachel Vivette ’s performance did you like?
Just good narrators with the right amount of emotion and spice.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Oh Lord Yes!!!!
Any additional comments?
The whole series is worth listening to....give it a try and you will not be disappointed!