Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Christie's Review: Fighting To Forget by J. B Salsbury


Title: Fighting to Forget
Series:Fighting #3 

Author: J.B. Salsbury 
Release Date: April 15, 2014
Rating: 4.5 stars

Cliffhanger: No

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?

This book is not for the faint of heart. I don't recommend reading this if you have anxiety issues. Serious-honest to God.

I fell in love with J.B. Salsbury's writing with Fighting for Flight and she hasn't let me down yet. This book was definitely the most suspenseful and heart-rending of them all so if you're in the mood for something that will hit your emotions hard, look no further.

Rex and Mac (Gia) knew each other as children in a tragic and traumatizing way. The prologue will rip your heart out-be prepared. One little red haired girl and one blue eyed boy will reach out to each other in the darkness and just in a simple touch, will ease Rex's pain. Atrocities occur in a little town called Nowhere, and it doesn't stop…until he's taken away in an ambulance. Never to return. Mac suffers consequences from his departure and vows to get retribution for all the evil she witnessed.

Back to present day, we see Rex as an adrenaline and pain junkie, unable to control his emotions but unable to explain why. He has no memory of his childhood before he woke up in the hospital. He struggles daily with anger, control issues, and pain associated with anything having to do with intimacy. 

Life lies within the chain link of the octagon: the sweat, blood…the pain. It's the only thing that reminds me I'm alive. When most of the time I wish I were dead.

Mac hunted Rex down and watches over him. She has major guilt from her childhood and feels like she could've saved Rex. She promised him. And she let him down. But she's determined to do whatever it takes to ease his suffering now and bring him closure.

I'd take a punch every day of my life if it means saving him from pain. I'll never let anyone hurt Rex again, not if it's within my power to protect him.

Rex is a scary looking guy on the outside: covered in tats, piercings, and anger issues he doesn't invite closeness with other people. But underneath his tough exterior he's a mass of confusion and hurt, and his vulnerability is tangible. Mac sees what others see but also what no one else could ever know about him-even Rex. And she only loves him all the more for it.

When these two get together, she's hiding her true identity from him, he's hiding his issues, but they have a natural ease in each other's company that he can't explain. Why does he feel so connected to her and pulled to her in a way he's never experienced before? This gorgeous, dark haired beauty is making him want things that he never thought he was capable of. Love. 

Rex is trying so hard to get past his issues and be better-for Mac. Their intimacy is growing daily and he able to have the closest thing resembling a relationship that he's ever had. It was so gratifying to see them grab on to each other and give each other the comfort they need-even as adults, they're still there for each other. And now they've fallen. Hard.

When the truth comes out, will he stick by her or will he push her away? What occurs was not easy to read and was the main reason for my half star deduction. Personally, I wasn't happy with it, but I did understand it. The last section of this book had me so tense I was as stiff as a board until the last page. It was full of suspense and the twist thrown in completely blew me away. (I loved it-and I never would have guessed it.)
This may be my favorite book of the series so far. They just seem to get better with each installment. Now I have to wait until October for the next book?? No. I call for an early release. 


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