Sunday, January 12, 2014

Fighting for Irish (Fighting for Love #3) by Gina L Maxwell

Kat MacGregor has forty-eight hours to make good on the debt her ex-boyfriend owes a crime boss. Unfortunately, the measly tips she makes waitressing are barely enough for her to live on, much less cover the twenty-thousand needed to keep her breathing. With time running out, Kat 's forced to accept help from the only man who's ever made her feel fire rather than fear.

When he learns a friend's sister is in trouble, former Boston MMA fighter Aiden "Irish" O'Brien heads to Louisiana to offer himself up as collateral to keep her safe. But to satisfy the debt, he has to do the one thing he swore hed never do again: fight. With more than just money on the line, will Irish have what it takes to not only reclaim the man he once was, but become the man he needs to be for the woman he can't live without?

Type: Contemporary Romance
Heat: 4 out of 5 (hello! there's some backdoor action)
Rating: 4 out of 5

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Sometimes you just have to start a meal with dessert. And...sometimes...the Man Candy has to come before the review too. Because. Seriously. This... Irish. Yeah. Take a closer look at that cover ladies. 

Merarg! Gina Lynn Maxwell! Talk about a distracting visual when a girl's trying to read!
A lovely, wonderful distracting visual of course ;) But damn. Irish is yummeh!

So. Okay, a review. I can do this. Yall with me? 

I've been loving on this series something fierce. It's fun, sexy and just utterly unique. And Fighting for Irish *girly sigh* was no different.

Kat and Irish (or really Aiden) are both on the damaged side of things and hiding from pasts that are quickly catching up to them. Which is how they've come to be in the same place. Aiden is there keeping an eye out on her for his friend--without Kat knowing. Ah yeah. You know that's going to be good. Especially when trouble comes knocking.

So, these two...Irish is one of those guys that's a bit rough around the edges. He's no knight in shining armor. His is beat up, dented and well used and damn he's a hero any girl would want. He's a brawler with a thick "Southie" accent that pretty much says what he's thinking, is totally focused on Kat, drool worthy a rescuer of kittens. Did I mention *girly swoon* yet? I mean, really now. And Kat. I just loved her all around. She's been through hell--still is going though it. But she plugs on, doesn't take shit from this tough fighter and even when she's scared or terrified over something she fights hard to overcome it.

I really enjoyed watching these two broken people who keep everyone at an arms distance start to open up to each other and heal as time passed. Some of the things they'd gone through. The stuff that haunted them. It just hurt my heart. And seeing the vulnerability as they let each other in and started falling in love was just amazing.

Heat wise it's interesting because Kat has some serious, and understandable, intimacy issues. I loved how Irish helped her through them. It brought an incredible closeness to their relationship and really was touching and erotic as well. And holy cow do things heat up once they get steamy--including a little backdoor action. Which totally surprised me but fit the storyline and was perfect for them. But, whew! Wasn't expecting that. lol
"Ready to go to work?" he asked after finally releasing her lips.

She raised a dubious eyebrow at him. "That depends. How many tips are you going to cost me tonight?"

"Depends on how many assholes try to play grab-ass with you."

She huffed out a breath and planted her fists on her hips.

"Okay, tell you what," he said, pulling her in until their chests rubbed together, the friction causing her nipples to pebble beneath the thin cotton of her shirt. "You keep track of how many dickwads short your tips because of me..." Leaning in, he sucked her earlobe into his mouth before releasing it with a quiet pop. "And that's how many times I'll make you come tonight."

Suddenly, losing tips didn't sound like such a horrible thing.
All in all. Fighting for Irish was an excellent addition to the series. Maxwell knows just how to blend romance, humor, and action--both in and outside of the bedroom-- to create a perfectly captivating story that's incredibly satisfying. While some parts were very emotional and choked me up others had me laughing my ass off. Which really makes for some entertaining reading. There were some very tempting secondary characters in this one as well that I'm so hoping will have their stories told one day. If you enjoy sweet, sexy and heartwarming stories with just a little rough around the edges goodness this is one to check out.

And fuck me but, yeah, decided it felt too weird to end a review and NOT have a book candy inspiration as usual so went looking and found...

*thud* Yeah. Good luck being at all productive in the next hour ladies.

And for yall interested. Adam is on Facebook! Go check him out. He's pretty awesome. 

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