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A quick summary of Fighting to Forgive. 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?
Reading Fighting to Forgive is like rooting for a fighter in the ring. You can't stop hoping for your favorite to 'win' in the end--and you can't stop watching (or reading in this case) through the ups and downs. Salsbury creates well developed, wonderful characters who struggle and battle through difficult, real world situations. Readers are easily drawn into the drama surrounding Salsbury's characters.
Fighting to Forgive offers its own storyline to the series. While I didn't read the first book (yet), I understand that it focused on other characters. Salsbury returns those characters to the story of Blake and Layla--but, it isn't necessary to read the first book first. (Although you will probably want to read the whole series and more after getting hooked by one!)
Do I recommend Fighting to Forgive? I really like Salsbury's writing style, loved her characters, and enjoyed the storyline. I'm not always a fan of romance novels pushing together damaged characters--but, Salsbury does it very well and this book is well worth a read.