Review: Fighting For Love by Kelly Elliott (2017)

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My Rating: 4 stars                        Read: 2/18/2017

Challenges:

  • New Releases Challenge
  • My Romance Challenge

Blurb:

A larger-than-life firefighter inspires a career-driven woman to live in the moment—and trust in the power of love—in this flirty, emotional novel from the New York Times bestselling author of Searching for Harmony.
 
Finn Ward has two passions: being a firefighter and being single. Although his parents are constantly nagging him to settle down, Finn just wants to enjoy himself while he’s young. Then, at a union meeting, he meets a gorgeous lawyer with a dazzling smile—and suddenly, settling down doesn’t sound so bad.

Rory Adams is fresh out of law school and looking to make a name for herself at her mother’s firm. She doesn’t have time for silly games anymore. But when she catches the eye of a dashing fireman who makes her body tingle from across the room, something instantly ignites between them. The only problem? Her father is Finn’s boss.

Their relationship turns both of their lives upside-down. Rory tames Finn’s wild ways, while he shows her that life can’t be all work and no play. But it’ll take some serious determination to keep their love secret—and real courage to admit the truth.

Review:

This was my first book by Kelly Elliott, and it was seriously cute. There are some wonderful LOL lines and scenes in this book involving dogs and childbirth and general awkwardness. This is a mostly light and fun book, but the angst around Rory’s parents and her sleezo work partner is genuinely hard and a bit heartbreaking. I liked that — it gave the novel unexpected depth and extra “feels”.

I read a lot of romance, and it’s hard to find a book that feels really “fresh”, but this one did. Rory is a strong female character, a lawyer, yet she’s also sheltered and a little awkward, sweet and funny. Finn is a fireman and a womanizer, but as soon as he sees Rory he decides she’s the only woman for him. Maybe that’s unrealistic, but it’s lovely to read in any case. Finn ends up being a true romantic, always doing crazy things for Rory, like giving her roses and fairy lights and secret letters.

The main stress in the book comes from Rory’s father, aka Finn’s boss, who is dead set against Rory dating any fireman (because he doesn’t want Rory to live a life of worrying about her man, the way Rory’s mother did) and he particular dislikes Finn. Between the stress of worrying about her dad finding out, and then the fallout that happens when he does, it was a nice, meaty subplot that, as I said above, adds a nice balance and maturity to an otherwise sweet romcom book.

There’s definitely some sexual tension and then steam in this book, but the sex scenes didn’t go on for pages or feel like page fillers, which I appreciated.

This book is clearly part of a series, since other characters were mentioned that I assume were featured in other books, and/or being set-up to be featured. I enjoyed this book as a stand-alone, but I’m really interested in reading more of the series.

I was given an ARC of this book via netgalley in return for an honest review.

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