Fighting to Forgive by JB Salsbury (Fighting #3)

Genre: Romance

Goodreads Shelves: Hot Alpha Male, MMA-Fighting, Romance
My rating: 4 out of 5 stars
My recommendation: Read it

Summary from goodreads.com:

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 review

Fighting to Forget is the third book in the Fighting Series.  Book 3 centers on Rex Carter, whom we’ve met in the other books, and Mac, the waitress at the bar Rex’s band Ataxia plays at. 

Rex had a terrible childhood.  So terrible, that he has repressed the memories, and sometimes remembers things in dreams.  He is in therapy, which helps, and so does fighting.  Then one day, he stumbles across Mac. He has no idea who Mac is, but Mac knows him – from his childhood.

Mac came to Las Vegas in the hopes of finding Rex.  They begin a relationship, and once Rex realizes who Mac is, the wheels fall off.

There are some really tough subjects in this book – child molestation, child slavery, self-abuse, drug addiction.  It was all thoughtfully written and didn’t seem unnecessary to the plot.  Rex and Mac had a LOT to overcome.  There were also some secrets revealed that tied Rex to another character from a past book, but I won’t spoil it. 

As with the other books, the sex scenes were steamy and fun.  Despite the dark content, this book is a must read.

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