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

Book description from goodreads.com:

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 he’d 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?

My rating:

4 stars

My review:

Book 3 in the Fighting for Love series focuses on Kat MacGregor, sister of Vanessa from book 2, and Aiden “Irish” O’Brien, a friend of Jackson from book 2 sent to look after Kat.  Kat is on the lam because her “boyfriend” Lenny owes the mob money, and they want to use her as leverage.  Kat has had a rough life.  Her and Vanessa’s mother was a drug addict, and when Vanessa left for college and left her sister behind, there was some abuse that occured that scarred Kat bad.

Aiden was an MMA fighter, who quit over guilt related to the death of his best friend’s sister.  He lives with a huge amount of guilt over Janey (the friend’s sister) death, and that is the reason he’s quit fighting.  Once Aiden finds out about Kat’s predicament, he goes to the mob guys and offers to pay off her debt by fighting.

Things take a turn for the worse when the mob guys decide they want Aiden to throw the fight, since they have bet against him.  Aiden refuses, which forces him and Kat to flee.  In the meantime, they develop feelings for each other, and Aiden helps Kat get past her fears of intimacy.  I thought the way the author wrote about the abuse, and Kat’s reaction to it, was pretty realistic.  I appreciated the way Aiden was caring and sensitive to Kat and her situation, and didn’t push her.  It made him an even better character.  It’s nice to see two damaged souls help each other out of their despair and mend themselves.  It felt real and genuine, and made for a good story.

Was this book the best I’ve ever written?  Not really.  Was it predictable?  Sure.  I didn’t really care though, because I really like these characters and the story is fast paced and fun.  These books are short, fun, full of hot, sexy men and super steamy!!

My recommendation:

Read this one, but read the series in order.

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