Sunday, 20 March 2016

Review ~ Fighting for Control (Against the Cage #3) by Melynda Price

Fighting for Control
eARC received via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: March 22nd 2016

Publisher: Montlake Romance

For Nikko “the Bull” Del Toro, an ex-marine turned MMA fighter, only two things quiet the demons raging inside him—facing an opponent in the cage…and the memory of his hottest one-night stand. But when his PTSD resurfaces, causing him to lose control at a CFA press party, it’s his career that may be KO’d.

Dr. Violet Summers is stunned to discover her newest patient is the man who rocked her world—and put her heart in a clinch after her nasty divorce. She’s determined to delve deep into the darkness that haunts him and to keep all further encounters strictly professional.

Nikko doesn’t want a shrink. What he needs is Violet. With the memory of their passion blazing between them, it’s only a matter of time before they give in to desire. Can Violet help save this surly fighter from his own personal nightmare? Or will he forfeit his career and his last chance at love?

My Opinion

I'm struggling for words. This was an intense yet beautifully written read that capture my attention and heart then refused to let it go.

Fighting For Control is the third book in this series. I have read book two, but I really must go back and read book one. While it can definitely be read as a standalone I'd recommend reading the others, because one characters do feature from other books, and two this author is brilliant.

I didn't really know what to expect from Nikko's book. However, his story was gut-wrenching and I felt for him every step of the way as he fought through his PTSD and survivor's guilt to come out on the other side a healing man.

There were a lot of small things going on in this book. The forbidden nature of his and Violet's relationship, his PTSD, both of their exs, his career, and more. I thought it all flowed beautifully and the author didn't a good job of making things clear enough to keep my interest but not overloading me with information. I would have liked a little more detail in the ending. Nikko's secrets came a little late for me. Although I knew what had happened from the flashbacks, I wanted him to admit it sooner.

I also wanted more from the ending. Only my reason for that is because I didn't want the book to end and force me into reality. Nikko was a fighter in all aspects of life and I loved him.

Overall a brilliant, captivating read. It held my attention from the first chapter and I could put it down. I'd highly recommend!


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