Book Review: Worth The Fight

WORTH THE FIGHT (MMA Fighter, #1) by Vi Keeland: It didn't matter that the ref called it a clean hit. Nico Hunter would never be the same.

Elle has a good life. A job she loves, a great apartment, and the guy she’s been dating for more than two years is a catch and a half. But it’s boring…and she strives to keep it that way. Too many emotions are dangerous. Her own past is living proof of what can happen when you lose control.

Then Nico walks into Elle’s office and everything changes…for both of them. But what can the tattooed, hard-bodied MMA fighter and the beautiful and always steady attorney have in common? A lot more than they bargained for.

***Author's note*** THIS IS A STAND-ALONE NOVEL. Due to strong language and sexual content, this book is not intended for readers under the age of 18.

TeriLyn's thoughts: I loved Worth the Fight. I loved Nico Hunter. I loved Vi Keeland's writing. This was my first book of hers and I'm forever a fan. Being inside both Nico and Elle's minds is perfect for this story. The author does a great job of not lingering on unnecessary and mundane details of their times together but instead focuses on the important moments. 

Elle and Nico have very unique pasts that are completely unrelated to each other but at the same exactly the same. From the first moment the two meet they find a kindred spirit in the other without even understanding why. I've said before and I'll repeat it again I can't get enough of love stories where both the hero and heroine are broken and vulnerable only being able to really start living again when they meet one another. Nico and Elle are no different.

Nico is strong, tough, rough around the edges but his vulnerability is what makes him who he is and what makes you feel for him. He says the most honest sentiments to Elle, sentiments that will make you swoon coming from a man who is all man. Elle describes it better than me: "But his words, that's what does me in. They're raw and honest and filled with emotions, and I can actually feel my heart swell as they're spoken." And she's right, Keeland's dialogue writing makes you believe everything he professes to Elle because it's such a juxtaposition next to the way he looks and what he does for a living. You can't believe he's anything but real. 

Elle is an equally heroine; strong in her convictions and easily assured by Nico. She knows she's found something worth fighting for in him and she holds onto that. She has been living day to day with no emotions, existing without feeling because of the hold the guilt of her past has on her. Nico describes her best when he says "And when I look in your eyes I see a little light flicker...And for the last twenty four hours all I could think about was what it would take for me to turn that flicker into a flame." Their relationship progression was perfect for me, not too fast or slow. It's a really powerful, moving love story. I'm so excited to read the second installment and more by Ms. Keeland.

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