Blog Tour: “Fighting The Fall” (The Fighting Series #4) by J. B. Salsbury – My Review, Excerpts & Teasers

 

 

 

The toughest fighters aren’t created in the octagon but are born of necessity. When life delivers blow after punishing blow, you fight back or get destroyed.
 
Eve Dawson has had her fill of bad luck. A string of unhealthy relationships has left her angry, bitter, and frustrated. She’s given up on being happy and settles for content. Swearing off men, she repels advances and makes herself a challenge to even the most persistent suitors. After all, how much can the fragile human heart take? But life isn’t finished with her, and when things can’t possibly get worse . . . they do.
 
STAY ON YOUR FEET
 
It’s Cameron Kyle’s motto, but with his fighting career ripped from his grasp, a child he wasn’t strong enough to save, and a marriage that even the brawn of a heavyweight couldn’t hold together, it’s getting harder and harder to stay upright. He takes on the position of CEO of the UFL, intent on hiding his biggest weakness in order to forge a path that leads him back into the octagon.
 
When an old rival mysteriously gets wind of Cameron’s plan to fight again, he comes out of retirement to settle old debts, but secrets, lies, and betrayal threaten to deliver the death-blow. The distraction of a sass-mouthed girl seventeen years his junior is the last thing he needs until a tragic accident shatters the firm foundation of his resolve and he realizes just how far he’s fallen.
 
Will they risk it all and fight to be together?
OR DOES DEFEAT LIE WITHIN THE FALL?

 










 

 

 



 

 

Complimentary copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review

It can, I believe, sometimes be difficult for an author to maintain the interest of her readers when said author writes a series. Will the readers still be invested in the characters? Is it possible to keep each character’s voice different from the others? And what about the environment in which the series takes place – are readers still enjoying it? You might wonder why I start my review of “Fighting The Fall” in this way, but these questions have crossed my mind from time to time, so that is why I choose to voice them here.

I am happy to say that although this is not exactly one of my favourite books this year, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, and I am, as ever, in awe of Miss Salsbury’s storytelling skills. These MMA fighters, and the women who “tame” them, are all very interesting to read about, and I will definitely recommend the entire series to romance lovers.

Now, this installment of The Fighting Series deals with some very controversial issues, but I do hope that you will keep an open mind, because you will rob yourself of a very compelling reading experience if you do not.

Cameron Kyle has suffered more than others: due to a blow during a fight when he was at the peak of his career in his early twenties, he was forced to leave the octagon, perhaps for good. A minor brain damage was the result of that last fight, and since then, he has spent the last fourteen years getting his strength back in order to take up fighting again. He is now the CEO of the UFL, and although being great at it, it is not exactly his dream. But that is not all he has had to endure, and when you read his story, I am quite positive that your heart will bleed for him.

Things start to change one night when Cam meets Eve Dawson, Raven’s best friend. Sworn off men for good – well, at least that is what she tries to convince herself of – she is unlike any other woman he has ever met. Not much intrigues Cam, but he finds himself completely unable to get Eve out of his mind, and she feels exactly the same way about him. The question is, though, if these two very broken people can find a way out of the darkness and live their lives to the fullest? And can they do it together, ignoring the scorn and ridicule they may face due to the age difference between them? Time will tell…

The character I connected with the most is actually Cam: he is strong, but hides his vulnerable side to everyone; his determination to never fall again is admirable; and his personal heartbreak tore at my heartstrings, making me hope that this strong man would find a way out of his pain-filled life. He is also an alpha male with a capital A, fiercely protective, and he truly has a heart of gold once you get to know him.

As for Eve…well, there is no doubt about the fact that she does seem older than her years in many ways. As it is with everyone, her past has shaped her, and I admire her tenacity and her pride: she does not want to be a charity case. I also admire her nurturing and caring sides a great deal, actually, and how she is determined to fight her way back whenever she falls. These are some of the characters traits she possesses which make her perfect for Cam. There were times, however, when I struggled a bit due to some of the things she said and did – which seemed unnatural or uncharacteristic to the person I had got to know – and that is why the book is given 4 stars instead of 5 from me.

The journey Cam and Eve go through, together but also separately, is not an easy one – but when is life truly ever easy? There are many obstacles these characters must go through, but that is why I, in many ways, find their love story to be very genuine and believable.

I love how this author always manages to keep me enthralled and fully invested in the stories she writes; her writing is very powerful, in my opinion, and she has a certain knack of incorporating a bit of wit and banter after some very heavy scenes have taken place. I really like that.

Overall, I cannot recommend this series enough; I enjoyed getting glimpses into the lives of the characters from previous books, and I would like to stress that I have no problem whatsoever with the age difference between Cam and Eve. Maybe it is because I am from Europe, and we see this type of thing a lot more different than other nations do, but I am of the firm belief that as long as people are consenting adults, love is the only thing that truly matters. Everything else is simply details.

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Cameron
 
Meeting with the whiners. Check. Weigh-ins. Check. I’m flipping through the pages and checking off things I’ve completed when I feel her eyes on me.
I don’t look up from my lists, but hear her feet on the carpet and finally the sound of creaking wood as she takes a seat across from me. “You got something to say?”
“Can I ask you something?”
“As long as you make it fast.” Her silence brings my eyes to her contemplative expression.
“I noticed you’re not married.” She tilts her head to my left hand that is very much without a wedding ring.
Not anymore. “And?”
“Nothing really. Just surprised.”
I lean back in my chair as irritation pinches my brows. “Surprised.”
She shrugs. “Yeah, I mean you seem like a decent guy.”
I’m not. “You seem like a decent woman and you aren’t married.” I nod to her empty left ring finger.
She grins. “That’s because I just got divorced. Marriage jumping isn’t my thing.”
This feels like one of those you-share-I-share conversations that I do not participate in. I find if I can bite back my impulsive outbursts and stay zipped people eventually give up.
She twirls a strand of her long blond hair. “Ever been married?”
I lock my jaw and wait, but she doesn’t fucking budge and stares with expectant eyes. Something tells me we’ll be here all day if I don’t give her something. I’d lie, tell her I’ve never been married, but if I plan on digging in here for the long haul, I’m going to have to give her enough to keep her satisfied.
“Once.”
Her eyes light up as if she just realized we belong to the same super-secret club. “Really.”
What is it about sharing that creates this weird expectation from people? As if simply telling another person about your past allows them some special access into friendship. I don’t do friendship.
I flip through my notebook and hope like hell this conversation is headed toward The End.
“Any kids?”
My hand freezes mid page-turn, and a whisper of pain echoes through my gut that would usually be followed by a cringe, but not anymore. I clear my throat and refocus on my notebook. “I have a son.”
“Oh, that’s cool.” She’s silent for a few beats that are probably uncomfortable for her but don’t bother me at all. “I have a daughter.”
The rumble of an old hurt reverberates against my shield. Ten years ago those words would’ve bled me alive, but not anymore. “Mm.”
“How old—”
“Look, I really have a lot to do.” I’m still studying the pages of my notebook like a complete asshole, but honest to God it’s as if we’re about to bust out some knitting needles and tiny sandwiches.
“Sure thing.” She hops up and moves toward the door when she turns suddenly. “Oh, I forgot. We’re having a party after the fight tonight. The Blackout. You should come.”
“Thanks, but”—I flip a page and another—“I think I’ll go home after the fight. Long day.”
“Suit yourself. If you change your mind, we’ll be there.” She’s gone with the soft click of my office door.
After party. Haven’t been to one of those in a while, at least not many I remember. The little flashes I’ve managed to retain carry good feelings of camaraderie with the team. I groan and lean back in my desk chair. My goal is to get back into the octagon, but until then I need to run this organization and put it back on its feet. The fighters got screwed by Gibbs and are having trust issues. I get that. Maybe showing up at this party is a smart move after all. Just for one drink. Should be painless enough.
Eve
 
With my head down, I make way to my car when I notice a familiar car parked next to mine. I look up and my steps freeze just feet away. Leaning against my car, arms crossed at his chest, long powerful legs crossed at his ankles, is Cameron.
My hand clutches my purse to my side. “Hey, what are you doing here?” I internally scold myself for sounding more defensive than happy to see him. He can’t possibly know what’s in my purse.
It’s been days since I’ve seen him, and our quick telephone conversations do little to slake my desire to see him in the flesh.
He shrugs. “Passing by, saw the place was closed for the night. Thought I’d hang out and see if I could speak to the manager.”
My stomach jumps and goes warm. He came all the way here just to see me?
“Did you have a bad experience? Like to make a formal complaint?”
He pushes off my car and takes two steps toward me. Close, but not close enough. His eyes set in their usual glare, he shoves his hands into the pockets of his dark washed jeans. “Mmm . . .” He rubs his fingers across his lower lip, as he did the night in front of Mason. His eyes burn through me. “I have no complaints about my . . . experience.”
His presence combined with his insinuation become too much and I drop my gaze. A tickle of caution pricks at my subconscious, reminding me that I’m not the kind of girl who shies away from flirtation. I’m not timid, demure, or easily swayed by just any man. But there are a few who have brought me to my emotional knees, and both of them I dislike. Immensely.
His feet move into my line of site, and I pull my gaze up to settle on his face. How is he even more beautiful than I remember with all that thick dark hair, his fierce jaw, and full lips that I know are as powerful as they are soft?
“What’re your plans tonight?” He reaches out and brushes my bangs off my forehead.
Such a tiny gesture, but the sweetness of it makes my eyes flutter. “I was going to grab a bite to eat.”
His eyebrows pinch together. “You hungry? I’ll take you to dinner.”
I look around at the empty parking lot then move my eyes back to his. “Now?”
“You hungry now?”
“Very.”
“Then yeah. Now.”
“But it’s the middle of the night.”
The corner of his mouth lifts so slightly it’s barely noticeable. “It’s Vegas, babe.”
“But I’m in the mood for a bacon cheeseburger.” I lick my lips. I can almost taste the greasy goodness. “With green chilis.” My stomach grumbles in agreement. “And onion rings. Not the battered ones, but those breadcrumb ones.” I hum low in my throat. “Oh, and a chocolate milkshake or an ice cold beer will also do.” I tap my lips, thinking. “Hm. Maybe both.”

 

So lost in my food-fantasy I don’t notice the way he’s staring at me until I focus on him. His glare isn’t as tight as it usually is, and his mouth isn’t the straight—but full and kissable—line it usually is. It’s as if someone pulled the starch from his expression, not completely relaxed, but tender.
 

 
 
JB Salsbury, New York Times Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.
Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.
Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released in November 2014.
 
For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, Twitter or Goodreads page.
 
 
 
 

 

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Blog Tour: “Fighting To Forget” (Fighting Series #3) by J. B. Salsbusy – My Review

 

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Synopsis

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?

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My Review

Complimentary copy given by the author in exchange for an honest review

It is no secret that I love books about MMA fighters – these men, physically strong, almost invincible, all show their vulnerabilities when a good woman comes into their life. We are shown that they are just like the rest of us: scared of being hurt emotionally, showing weakness and, most of all, scared of being accepted for who they really are.

Ever since meeting Rex in the first book in The Fighting Series, I feel that he has been the odd man out – the guy who we know practically nothing about, the guy who always wears a mask. It should come as no surprise, then, that I have been extremely anxious to get his story.

And what a story it is…

Rex does not remember anything from his past from the moment when he woke up in a hospital bed as a ten-year-old boy and he was told that he had tried to commit suicide. And he does not actually believe that that is what he attempted to do. However, even now, aged 25, he feels wrong, sick and twisted. He has been in therapy since he was seventeen and although he appreciates the help his counsellor, Darren, has tried to provide, he still feels that he is lost somehow. Part of this is due to his dreams – or, rather, nightmares – he has most nights.

If you have read the other books in the series, you know that apart from being a MMA fighter, Rex is the lead singer in a band called Atraxia. He plays at a specific bar every week, and, one night, he meets Mac, one of the waitresses working there. Once they start talking, he does know who she is, and he finds it strange that he has never noticed her until now.

Mac has secrets of her own, and most of them them revolve around Rex: she knew him when they were children and when her name was Gia. Should she approach him, tell him what she knows? She is fully aware of the fact that if she does, she could destroy Rex and their budding romance…she could lose him again.

This book deals with some incredibly difficult subject matters: child abuse and molestation, and although I find books dealing with these themes incredibly difficult to read, I do not shy away from them. The fact of the matter is that these horrific and tragic atrocities happen all over the world, and it does not help burying your head in the sand, pretending that they do not.

And I have to say that although I felt some bile rising in my throat on more than one occasion while reading this book, I never – not once – felt that I could not finish it. This author handles the subject with the greatest of care, and you can feel how much both Rex and Mac/Gia are hurting because of the things they were subjected to. Furthermore, you can absolutely feel how much Miss Salsbury loves these characters and how much she wants them to succeed in their lives.

Rex and his issues – being kind of OCD, showering many times throughout the day, etc. – are described in a way that is very realistic. He longs for love but due to the lack of memories about his past life, he does not believe that he can find and hold it. He is afraid of uncovering his past fully, and that part of his personality also felt real to me. Rex is sweet, caring, sensitive, and you just want to wrap your arms around him and hoild him close.

As for Gia: I admire her so much! She is incredibly strong, yet vulnerable, and also very charming and feisty. She, too, fears rejection because of her past, but she is in a better place mentally than Rex when we first meet her. I love her independence, her willingness to give Rex all that he needs and how protective she is of him as well. She is, plain and simple, the perfect partner for Rex.

One of the things I love about reading a certain book is when I get surprised. And this book has some twists and turns I did not anticipate at all. I love it! I found myself completely immersed in unraveling Rex’ past, learning everything I could about him as the story progressed. And my heart broke for Gia more than once…Yes, she is a very strong woman, but only while having a purpose: avenging Rex and herself for the hand life dealt them when they were children. Once that purpose is gone, she is left vulnerable, unsure and scared.

It would be a great disservice to you, my readers, if I reveal too much of the story line, because this, to me, truly is a book you simply have to lose yourselves in. To me, the story of Rex & Gia centers around “choices”: the choices that were taken from them when they were children, and the choices that they have to make years later when they are adults. But it is also a story about hope: hope that you can beat the odds, that you can lead a perfectly normal and happy life despite of what you were subjected to when you were young. And that, to me, is so uplifting and so life-affirming that I cannot help but smile when I think about it.

I have been a huge fan of Miss Salsbury’s ever since her first novel, and I honestly think that she becomes better and better with each story that she chooses to tell us. Her writing is honest, deeply emotional and so very real. And while the nature of the subject matters is so tragic, and slightly darker than the author’s previous books, please do not think that this is not a romance. Because it most certainly is. I was rooting for Rex and Gia to find the strength and courage to unravel their different pasts, and although my heart broke while uncovering their secrets and thoughts, I also found myself sighing happily from time to time.

I know that I have left out many details in my review, and it is quite on purpose. I want you to let go of your apprehension regarding the subject matters and take a chance if you feel unsure about reading this book. The love story of Rex & Gia is one of the most beautiful I have ever read, and I now find myself adding “Fighting To Forget”  to My Favourite Books shelf where the previous two books in The Fighting Series already have a spot of their own. Miss Salsbury: thank you for your bravery, for your honesty, for your compassion…in short: thank you for giving us Rex & Gia’s story. It is very inspiring, beautiful and romantic. I truly love it and I know that I will read it many times in the years to come.

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Author Bio

JBProfilepicJB Salsbury, USA Today Best Selling author of the Fighting series, lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

Fighting for Flight, Fighting to Forgive, and Fighting to Forget are the first three novels in the MMA romance series. Fighting the Fall is due to be released in October 2014.

For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB on her website, Facebook, or Goodreads page.

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“Fighting To Forgive” by J. B. Salsbury

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Blurb

What do you do when everything you avoid, turns out to be exactly what you need?

Easy and predictable, just the way he likes it, Blake Daniels flies through life the way he burns through women: on his terms, no regrets.

With his fighting career in full swing, he’s on the threshold of title contention. But when his training is compromised by injury, the stakes grow impossibly higher. The rage that fuels his punches also chips away at his focus, and he risks losing everything he cares about.

He won’t let that happen. Not again.

Layla’s through with men. After a marriage that never should’ve happened, she hopes to reclaim the pieces of the woman she lost years ago.

Emotional abuse has left her insecure and terrified. A master at faking what she’s not feeling, she masks her self-doubt in false confidence.

She’ll never let another man hurt her. Not again.

Chased by shadows of the past, Blake and Layla know what they don’t want, but their hearts have a different plan. As a web of lies and betrayal threatens to destroy them, they’re forced to make a choice.

Is love enough to heal even the deepest wounds?

My Review

ARC received by the author in exchange for an honest review

I love books about MMA fighters. There, I said it. There is just something about these incredibly strong, alpha males who – without realizing it – are a bit lost until the right woman comes along. I ADORED J. B. Salsbury’s first book, “Fighting For Flight”, and I have been eagerly – and, I admit, rather impatiently – awaiting Blake’s story. When I first met him, I was rather sceptic and did not think he had that many hidden depths – but oh, how wrong I was. But I am getting a bit ahead of myself here.

Blake is the typical player: he knows how to wrap women around his little finger – it usually only takes a certain look and a slow smile, and the women drop like flies. And he is the first to admit that he enjoys this way of life with no-strings-attached sex – but even he has his standards: he does not sleep with mothers or women who have a lot of baggage. With the way he has been brought up, I cannot say I blame him.

“I’m definitely doing her kid a favor. Girl with a mouth to feed doesn’t need to be paying a babysitter overtime so she can go home with a dude that’ll fuck her and never call her again.”

In some weird way, this actually makes sense to me! And it is nice to see that Blake has his limits.

Now, Blake has a huge fight coming up and knows that he needs to pull his act together – cut down on the booze and the late nights – in order to have a proper chance at beating his opponent. He takes his fighting extremely serious – like any good athlete should – and you have to admire his work ethics. For all his bravado and cocky behavior, Blake wants to succeed in his chosen career more than anything.

Although I wanted to kind of punch Blake in the beginning of the book, I was slowly but surely won over – little by little, we learn about his past, how toxic his home environment was, and how he was let down, again and again, by his mother. As so many strong men, Blake hides his vulnerability behind a mask and he does not even really let his best friend, Jonah, see behind the surface that often. He constantly fears that he will become his father as he grows older which is the main reason he does not want a real relationship.

But Blake does not count on Layla coming into his life. Sweet, scarred, insecure and a single mother with LOADS of baggage – she is exactly the type of woman that Blake steers clear of. It is, however, rather difficult for him to do that seeing as she is the new secretary at the UFL. The first time they meet is one of my favourite scenes ever:

“I don’t know if I should trust him. “I’m not going anywhere with you. I don’t even…who are you?”

“Whoever you want me to be, Mouse.” And he’s back to teasing.

“Look, Mr..?” Why is he smiling? I follow his eyes to my…oh my gosh. He’s staring at my boobs.”

I absolutely LOVE Layla – despite her past, she is determined to make a better life for her daughter and herself.  And even though she admits to having many insecurities, she tries so hard to be tough – especially around Blake – and she can be so funny, even when she does not want to be.

In theory, this couple seems to be all wrong for each other, but Blake and Layla cannot help but admit their strong attraction. It is off the charts hot, yet so sweet at the same time. They start to get to know one another and find that they have more in common than they first thought. Blake, naturally, fights tooth and nail to stay away from Layla, but he succumbs eventually. He just cannot help himself.

Needless to say, Blake and Layla must overcome many obstacles in order to be together, and the most important of these is that they have to trust in each other and in themselves. I will not tell you more about what happens in the book – you ought to know by now that I do not want to give any spoilers.

I confess that I did not anticipate that Blake had such a caring and vulnerable side to him – he has always seemed to be so tough, a man who is all about having fun. I love how the author slowly shows us the real Blake, and the scene when he takes a leap of faith, daring to tell Layla his true feelings, is one of my favourites in the book:

“This song is for me. I’m sure of it. Those may be someone else’s lyrics, but belted from Blake’s mouth, they’re his. Even seated, my legs feel weak. My chest tightens with the warmth of his words. I’ve never heard anything so beautiful in my life.”

The story never seems rushed or forced in any way and I devoured every single page. I found myself reading it so fast that I had to make myself slow down, lest I missed something important in my eagerness. And THAT, my ladies, is the talent of a true storyteller in my world: to make the adrenaline course through your veins, to make the reader inaccessible to the real world because of the story. So, Miss Salsbury: THANK YOU! Thank you for giving us Blake & Layla – I know that I will read this book many times.

My final note will be this: although “Fighting To Forgive” is a standalone novel, I strongly urge you to read the previous book, “Fighting For Flight” first. Trust me, you will fall in love with Jonah & Raven.

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Blog Tour: “Fighting To Forgive” by J. B. Salsbury – Synopsis & Excerpt

Hi, my sweets!

It is now my turn on this author’s blog tour – you will find a really great excerpt in this post.

I have read the book already, but you will have to wait for the release day to read my review – I promise you, ladies, you do not want to miss out on reading it. If you loved “Fighting For Flight”, I guarantee that you will love Blake & Layla.

Enjoy!

Blurb

What do you do when everything you avoid, turns out to be exactly what you need?

Easy and predictable, just the way he likes it, Blake Daniels flies through life the way he burns through women: on his terms, no regrets.

With his fighting career in full swing, he’s on the threshold of title contention. But when his training is compromised by injury, the stakes grow impossibly higher. The rage that fuels his punches also chips away at his focus, and he risks losing everything he cares about.

He won’t let that happen. Not again.

Layla’s through with men. After a marriage that never should’ve happened, she hopes to reclaim the pieces of the woman she lost years ago.

Emotional abuse has left her insecure and terrified. A master at faking what she’s not feeling, she masks her self-doubt in false confidence.

She’ll never let another man hurt her. Not again.

Chased by shadows of the past, Blake and Layla know what they don’t want, but their hearts have a different plan. As a web of lies and betrayal threatens to destroy them, they’re forced to make a choice.

Is love enough to heal even the deepest wounds?

BUY LINKS

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Bestselling author JB Salsbury lives in Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and two kids. She spends the majority of her day as a domestic engineer. But while she works through her daily chores, a world of battling alphas, budding romance, and impossible obstacles claws away at her subconscious, begging to be released to the page.

Her love of good storytelling led her to earn a degree in Media Communications. With her journalistic background, writing has always been at the forefront, and her love of romance prompted her to sink her free time into novel writing.

Fighting for Flight is her first novel in the MMA romance series.

For more information on the series or just to say hello, visit JB here:

Website, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads.

Here is the excerpt, ladies!

“Last night, what you said? You were right, I’m broken.” Her fingers dig in and grab hold of my shirt. “You’d only hurt me.”

I take a deep breath, and close my eyes. As much as I want this girl naked, I can’t allow myself the selfish gratification. She’s a mother, and as far as I can tell all that her daughter has. Fucking her up will have lasting consequences even an asshole like me can’t live with.

I step back to clear my head. Her hand falls to her side, and I immediately miss her touch. The distance is little help, but it’s enough that her scent weakens, allowing me to think logically again.

Blog Tour: “Crossing The Line” (Battered Hearts #3) by Kele Moon – Excerpt & Giveaway

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Hello, ladies.

My blog tour stop today involves an excerpt from the latest installment in the Battered Hearts Series by Kele Moon, and IO hope you enjoy reading it.

Title: Crossing the Line

Series: Battered Hearts, #3

Author: Kele Moon

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Release Date: November 12, 2013

Tour Organized by: As the Pages Turn

Loose ID: http://www.loose-id.com/authors/g-k/battered-hearts-3-crossing-the-line.html 

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Blurb

Wyatt Conner is a hard man. A sixth generation sheriff in his hometown of Garnet. A former MMA fighter. His life is about following the rules and making sure everyone else in Garnet follows them too.

Before life hurt him, Wyatt was different. Love had once blinded him to his upbringing and made him defiant against anyone who tried to separate him from the girl he loved. He easily broke laws to ensure her safety.

When she left it destroyed him.

Now she’s back.

Tabitha knew coming home was a mistake, but family obligation demanded it. She wasn’t expecting to run smack into the love of her life the same day she returned.

Despite the danger, Tabitha is powerless against the wild rush of desire that explodes between them the moment she finds herself in Wyatt’s arms again. She needs a second chance too, but she can’t risk Wyatt finally discovering the real reason she left.

Even for another taste of true love.

Tabitha knows her haunted past will destroy both of them if Wyatt finds out. What she suffered through was too terrible and it’s the one thing that will have him crossing the line for revenge.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

A freckle faced, redhead born and raised in Hawaii, Kele Moon has always been a bit of a sore thumb and has come to enjoy the novelty of it. She thrives off pushing the envelope and finding ways to make the impossible work in her story telling. With a mad passion for romance, she adores the art of falling in love. The only rules she believes in is that, in love there are no rules and true love knows no bounds.

So obsessed is she with the beauty of romance and the novelty of creating it she’s lost in her own wonder world most of the time. Thankfully she married her own dark, handsome, brooding hero who had infinite patience for her airy ways and attempts to keep her grounded. When she leaves her keys in the refrigerator or her cell phone in the oven he’s usually there to save her from herself. The two of them now reside in Florida with their three beautiful children who make their lives both fun and challenging in equal parts–They wouldn’t have it any other way.

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Here is the excerpt!

“I shouldn’t have come back. I knew this was a mistake, and I sure as heck shouldn’t have gotten into your car earlier. We can’t fix this. We’re broken, Wy.”

“No, Tab.” Wyatt jumped forward and grabbed her by both arms so quickly she gasped. He forced her out of the chair. Then he hugged her tightly, and rested his chin on the top of her head. “Listen to me, darlin’. You and me, we’re going to work together to make sure coming back wasn’t a mistake. I have no idea how we’re going to do it, but we are, okay? Whatever time we have, we’re going to make the best of it. We both got demons, but we’re going to hide them. We’ll shove them in a closet somewhere until we can get to a point that we can deal with them.”

“I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s supposed to happen,” Tabitha sighed. “We could be doing more damage than good by lying to ourselves and trying to make this work. I don’t want it to be impossible for us, but I think—”

“It ain’t impossible,” Wyatt told her with that hard driving confidence he’d obviously never grown out of. “Nothing is impossible, especially if it’s worth fighting for, and you have always been worth fighting for. I should’ve fought the first time. I ain’t making that mistake again, and I don’t care how many letters you write me asking me not to.”

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Interested in the two previous books in the series?

DefyingtheOdds 

Blurb

When struggling waitress Melody Dylan gives a handsome, lonely stranger a simple gift she has no clue her life is about to take a drastic turn.

The stranger ends up being Clay Powers, a famous UFC heavyweight fighter. Clay’s large build and dangerous fists have always intimidated. People in his hometown keep their distance and Clay is fine with that. Everything changes when a new waitress at the local diner buys him a piece of pie on thanksgiving. Touched by the gesture when it’s obvious she can barely afford to survive, her warm smile and lush body churn up powerful feelings that leave Clay wanting more from her than pie.

Melody is running from her past and the small, country town of Garnet is the perfect hiding place. With an ex-husband after her and scars from her abusive marriage etched deep, the last thing she expects is to fall for a man who makes a living with his fists, but she can’t resist Clay or the tender connection they share.

Finding love in the most unlikely of places, the passion is undeniable, but Clay and Melody know their haunted pasts and unpredictable futures leave the odds stacked against them.

Publisher’s Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: violence.

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StarCrossed

Blurb

Heavyweight MMA fighter, Romeo Wellings comes from the hard streets of New York where his family ties to the mafia cause him nothing but pain. His life takes a surprising detour when he crosses paths with the twin sister of his long time enemy. After a steamy one-night stand, he faces the fight of his life, but it’s not in the cage. The secret relationship that blooms between Romeo and his real life Juliet has him battling his family and a dark past rather than let her go. 



The only lawyer in her hometown of Garnet, Jules Conner is also a volunteer Sheriff’s deputy and co-owner of a successful MMA training center. Strong and dependable, Jules is always there for those who need her. Until one forbidden night in Las Vegas with Romeo leaves her feeling so alive she can’t stop reaching out to the sexy, bad boy of MMA, even knowing the forbidden love affair could jeopardize everything.



As the tide rises against them and the people they love work at keeping them apart, Romeo and Jules hold onto a dream for a better life together and vow to go down fighting rather than accept a tragic ending.

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