In Review: Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter #1) by Vi Keeland

Posted October 11, 2013 by Kim in 4 Stars, In Review / 11 Comments

In Review: Worth the Fight (MMA Fighter #1) by Vi KeelandWorth the Fight Series: MMA Fighter #1
Publication date: October 3, 2013
Format: eARC, 378 pages
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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.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

In Review: My Thoughts

You know how sometimes when you get into a book with a lot of drama and a fair bit of angst, you just know that everything is still doing to turn out right in the end? When you just know the characters will get their issues worked out and they will live happily ever after? This book never gave me that sense of security. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat, waiting for the other shoe to drop the whole time. You’ll just have to find out for yourself if it did or not.

Perfect is highly overrated. I’m a character in my story, going through the chapters of my life as if it was written by an imaginary person, when I should be the author.”

Worth the Fight is the story of Elle and Nico, two people whose traumatic pasts are getting in the way of their futures. Elle is a successful lawyer. On the surface, she has it all: good job, great apartment and a wonderful boyfriend. Underneath, Elle wants more, but is afraid to lose control or feel too much because of something that happened in her past. Nico “The Lady Killer” Hunter is exactly what Elle thinks she doesn’t need, despite how attracted she is to him. He’s a super sexy, tattooed MMA fighter. He killed a man in a fight. It was a clean hit, the man had a health issue that caused his death, but that doesn’t matter to Nico. He caused the death of another person and he can’t live with himself because of it.

You’re smart and confident and the people around you seem to love you.” He stops and watches me, I can tell he is deciding to continue. “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.”

Nico is a client of Elle’s (perfectly nice, but suuuuuuuuuper boring *yawn*) boyfriend, William. William pulls Elle in to advise on Nico’s endorsement case and sparks fly immediately when Elle and Nico meet. It’s not until later, once Elle puts two and two together and realizes that Nico is an MMA fighter, that she recalls him and the events that unfolded the night she was in the audience when Nico’s opponent died. Her heart breaks for the man who she fears will never be whole again, the man she met for the first time the day before and was immediately attracted to. Despite her best intentions to not get involved with him, their chemistry is hard to ignore. She agrees to dinner with him and they begin to get to know one another. Ultimately, she winds up breaking off her relationship with William in favor of Nico and the story really gets started.

You’re a beautiful, smart, strong woman who is used to being treated like a lady. But when I finally get you underneath me, I’m definitely not going to treat you like a lady.”

I feel like I’m stuck in a bad movie, with a little devil sitting on one shoulder and an angel on the other. But the goddamn devil is twice the size and my angel is a fucking mute.”

Elle and Nico were perfect for each other. I loved both of the characters. Elle was strong and focused, even though she was still a bit of a mess from the event that occurred in her past. It was easy to connect with her. Nico was hot and strong and vulnerable. He treated Elle so well. He’s completely swoon-worthy. Their sexual chemistry was intense, but so were their feelings for each other. They clicked immediately. And I fell for them nearly as quickly.

You’ve brought me further along in the last two months than a year and half of trying to work it out on my own ever did. Before I met you, I was hitting my head against a concrete wall, going nowhere fast. Only I didn’t know it. Didn’t even realize I was stuck, until I met you and took that first step.”

Their journey was not an easy one. Not only were they dealing with their own demons and fears, they were dealing with those of the other person. Nico was back in training for a fight, despite the fact he didn’t feel he was ready. Elle was trying to help him realize that he wasn’t to blame for what happened in that fight. She was trying to help him find redemption and move on. He was trying to do the same for her. This is why they work perfectly together. I only hoped things would work out for them. I was terrified of what would happen when he got back in the cage.

I’m a mess, but it’s beautiful and real and I can’t get enough of him. Not now, not ever. He’s right. We’re two lost souls that found each other and became one. And I’m the luckiest girl on the planet.”

There are a lot of books out there with main male characters who are either current or past MMA fighters. It’s a staple of the New Adult Genre, much like rock stars or military men. Sometimes I find myself reading one only to come to the realization that, while I enjoyed the book, nothing about it or the characters will stick with me. That is not at all the case with Worth the Fight. I connected with the characters and their struggles and they will stick with me for a long time. So far this book has given me a pretty big book hangover. I wasn’t ready to let go of Elle and Nico.

About Vi Keeland

Vi Keeland is a native New Yorker with three children that occupy most of her free time, which she complains about often, but wouldn't change for the world. She is a bookworm and has been known to read her kindle at stop lights, while styling her hair, cleaning, walking, during sporting events, and frequently while pretending to work. She is a boring attorney by day, and an exciting smut author by night!


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