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Every fighter is drawn to the violence, the release that a perfect hit can bring. But very few are drawn to the pain. Rex Carter lives behind a wall of indifference. The demons from his childhood act as an anesthetic, keeping him distant from emotional connections. Only the ache from a knock to the jaw, the sting of a tattoo needle, or the heat from a piercing can jolt him back from the numbness. The fiery pain is all he can feel, and nothing compares to the burn. Or so he thought. Working in a Las Vegas bar isn't Georgia McIntyre's dream. But she hopes it'll be an end to the nightmare. She's watched him, followed him and kept tabs, all in preparation for this moment: to make amends and share the secret she’s been carrying since she was a kid. But she didn't count on the feelings that seeing him again would stir up, the vacant look in his stormy-blue eyes, and his perfect body now mutilated by ink and metal. And she knows why. She's lived his pain every single day, since the day he left. Changed by time, Rex doesn't remember the girl from his past. If only she could do the same. Will she get the absolution she's spent her life seeking? Or will he continue Fighting to Forget?
My god. Finally a book that lives up to the hype! After multiple run ins with books that were huge disappointments Salsbury delivers oomph with a side of oh la la. In other words, "Fighting to Forgot" pulls no punches on emotional content and story while still managing to have a believeable and beautiful romance. Yay! While I've often had issues with damaged characters the slightly out there story of Rex and Gia snatched me from the first chapter and I couldn't tear myself away. I was emotionally ripped apart but in the best way possible. Salsbury also refuses to slip into the "love changes all things instantly" trope that is another pet peeve of mine. Rex and Gia don't magically get better or become perfect through their love, Salsbury gives them struggles and therapy to help them out. I loved that the real life was kept with the romance because overly fantastical romantic storylines leave you with less of an emotional buy in. I was all in with this particular story.
Both characters are strong and weak in a way that only true human beings can be. I adore the inner strength of Gia to keep going when things were rough. I was hugely upset at where she ended up part way through and with her backstory completely understood how she got to that place. (Trying not to spoil it for y'all, so I'm sorry if I'm vague!) Rex obviously was struggling with a lot of bullshit from his life and he worked so hard to actively work to get better. I was in love with these two throughout the whole book. I understood every decision, even if it was the worst and I felt their pain like it was mine. Salsbury knows how to write characters and flesh them out perfectly. The last time I loved a book so much was by Krista and Becca Ritchie so it will come as no surprise that JB Salsbury is jumping straight on to my favourites list! I cannot wait to see where she takes us next. My final closing note is - JEEEZUS, where can I find all these handsome, funny and ridiculously guy-ish men!? I want a Rex, Blake or Slade.
JB Salsbury, USA Today Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released in October 2014.
For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.
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