What has a sexy, bad-ass veteran hero…
A feisty and independent heroine who won’t hesitate to stand up for herself…
A forbidden, best friend’s younger sister conflict…
And a forced-proximity roommates-to-lovers situation that creates all kinds of sexual tension?
FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS—the second standalone title in New York Times bestselling author Laura Kaye’s Warrior Fight Club series! FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS is now available! Grab your copy and join the Warrior Fight Club world today!
About FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS (Warrior Fight Club #2, 9/7/18):
This fight club has one rule: you must be a veteran…
Resisting her only makes him want her more…
Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things—fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay—mostly, and one night stands ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.
Shayna Curtis is new to town, fresh out of grad school, and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting in a month, she’s grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.
Billy can’t wait for Shay to leave—because the longer she’s there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can’t have her—that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what’s his.
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Shayna sat nearly plastered against Billy’s side, because the restaurant had squeezed the seven of them into a booth that would’ve been more comfortable for four or five. Only the fact that Mo sat in a chair at the end of the booth made it work, but it was still a tight fit.
Shayna was not complaining.
Because Billy smelled like soap and a clean-scented aftershave and something that was all him—combined, they made up a mouthwatering scent that she wouldn’t have minded drowning in. The whole night she’d been over-aware of the press of their thighs and the way they kept bumping arms until they’d finally broken down in laughter over how difficult it was to cut their steaks without elbowing each other in the face.
Billy turned to Shayna. “Are you having a good time?”
“Yes. Thanks for letting me tag along,” she said.
He shook his head. “You’re not tagging along. I wanted you here. And everyone wanted to meet you.
“It’s true,” Sean said. “Because it’s not everyday someone gets a jump on a Ranger.”
Billy threw the guy an unamused look, and Shayna laughed. “I wouldn’t go that far,” she said.
“Thank you,” Billy said.
“Wait.” Dani held out her hands and surveyed the lot of them. “I need this story from the beginning.”
Which kicked off twenty minutes of her and Billy fighting to tell their versions of the story—sans all mention of her getting naked at the end of it, thank God—while everyone laughed and taunted Billy and high-fived Shayna.
Dani and Tara were totally on her side all the way, and that had Billy refusing to share the piece of cheesecake that he’d agreed to split with Shayna when they ordered it.
She tried to maneuver her fork around his arm, but he blocked her, making her laugh even as she pleaded for a bite. “Come on. It’s not my fault that all your friends think it’s funny that I broke into your house.”
He smirked at her. “That isn’t earning you any cheesecake.”
“It’s my cheesecake, too,” she said, trying again.
He easily blocked her next attack. “Possession is nine-tenths of the law.”
“Quit being a dickweasal,” she said, laughing as she tried again.
He grinned and held the dessert plate further away. “Dickweasal, am I?”
“Oh, do you prefer jizzmuffin?”
Mo’s eyebrows went way up. “Listen to the genius coming out of this girl’s mouth.” Everyone laughed. “Is this also courtesy of your brother?”
“Brothers,” Shayna said, not failing to claim Dylan, too. For once. “And yes. I had to be able to insult them back, didn’t I?”
Grinning, Mo grabbed the plate from Billy’s hand when he wasn’t looking.
“Hey!” Billy said, a comically outraged expression on his sexy face.
“Creativity like that takes fuel, brother, that’s all I’m saying.” He handed the plate around Billy to Shayna.
About two-thirds of the cake was left, and Shayna promptly licked the whole top of it. “I licked it. It’s mine now. Take that, assclown.”
The whole table howled in laughter. Mo was actually crying.
And she thought Billy’s expression had been comical before. His jaw dropped. “I can’t believe you just did that.”
She slid a big forkful of the sweet, creamy deliciousness into her mouth. “Oh, believe it,” she said around the bite.
As he watched her, his gaze shifted. From outraged to playful to challenging. And she didn’t think she was imagining more than a little heat in those dark eyes, either. “You think I’m put off by a pretty woman’s tongue, Shayna Curtis?”
Ms. Kaye has done it again–another great story about redemption and being able to forgive oneself, mixed in with the ever-popular best friend’s little sister trope!
Shay and Billy are great characters. Their meet cute (meet again cute? They’ve known each other for years, after all…) was truly unique and laugh-out-loud. They’re both struggling with a form of survivor’s guilt–which they’re also trying to hide from the world–and drawn to each other, a fact helped along quite a bit by the aforementioned meet cute 😉 It’s so much fun to read about them together, whether it’s a lighthearted scene or a steamier one. It’s clear these two are going to be a relationship to be reckoned with.
So what’s in their way? That same survivor’s guilt (“I’m not good enough for them because…”) blended with the ever-present fear of incurring big brother’s wrath…and Shay’s starting a new life and new job in DC while Billy’s unsure that the PI gig is really where he wants to be. There’s a decent amount of slow burn (and not at all slow burn!) and a whole lot of we-should-be-just-friends-because-that’s-obviously-what-he/she-wants-anyway that makes it hard to put this one down.
Though they do fix their relationship woes really quickly (helped along somewhat by external events) and I’m not sure Billy did resolve his job woes (but maybe I was distracted by the steamy scenes? ;)) it’s really hard to argue with the HEA they reach at the end.
Though some aspects of the first story ( Fighting for Everything ) are alluded to here, you should have no problem at all starting with this story if you needed to. Just don’t blame me when you find yourself one-clicking book one before you’ve even finished this one!
Rating: 4 stars / A-
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
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“The always amazing Kaye is kicking off a terrific new contemporary romance series that centers around a wounded warrior’s fight club. Kaye does a beautiful job exploring the fallout from war and PTSD as various characters struggle to cope in their own ways. The love story between Noah Cortez and his childhood friend Kristina Moore is both compelling and touching, for the obstacles in their way loom large. A truly memorable read!” ~ RT Book Reviews
About Laura Kaye:
Laura is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary and erotic romance and romantic suspense, including the Blasphemy, Hard Ink, and Raven Riders series. Growing up, Laura’s large extended family believed in the supernatural, and family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses cemented in Laura a life-long fascination with storytelling and all things paranormal. Laura also writes historical fiction as the NYT bestselling author, Laura Kamoie. She lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.
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