ARC REVIEW - Fighting Fate by J.B. Salsbury

Axelle’s broken.
I live to hold her together.

Killian McCreery only has two dreams . . .
Fight for the UFL.
And Axelle.

He’s watched her give her time and her body to men who don’t deserve to breathe her air. He’s waited, worked hard to become the kind of man she deserves, hoping one day, when the time is right, he’d get the opportunity to make her happy. After a painful anniversary, he finally gets his chance.

But life has a way of sucker-punching its victims—striking when they least expect it in the most devastating ways.

Killian loves me.
But I screwed up. Big time.

Axelle Daniels appears to be the typical college student—parties, hangovers, and men. No one knows that inside she’s a mess, and no amount of booze or meaningless relationships have managed to fill the cracks in her heart. But Killian knows. He’s been there since the night it all began and has never left her side.

When she wakes up one morning to find the consequences of her actions have caught up to her, even Killian’s white-knighthood can’t save her now.

Fate is put to the test when, for the first time in their five-year friendship, they no longer have each other to lean on. When he becomes a UFL superstar, she hardly recognizes the man he used to be. And she no longer needs him to hold her together.

With the foundation of their friendship gone, they’ll discover that even a love that is meant to be needs to be fought for and destiny is a choice.

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Rating: 4 of 5 stars

**Received ARC in exchange for an honest review**

"I can't lose him to someone else. But I can't allow him to pass up on a chance at happiness with someone else either."

The Fighting series is one of my favorites. The author continues doing a great job with each book she releases. I don't even have to read the blurb to know I will love it. We already met both characters in the previous books. I was very excited when I when I found out that they would get their own book. I just love reading about friends turned to lovers.

"She lowers herself and blinks up at me with makeup free eyes, and suddenly she's sixteen again. That's the face I fell in love with, the face I'm still in love with."

This book is about Killian and Axelle who have been best friends since they met in highschool. Killian is not your usual bad boy, but he is a book nerd and very protective of his best friend. Who he secretly loves since the moment he met her. Axelle is very insecure because of her past and has abandonment issues. All she wants to do is please everyone and be accepted. She doesn't think she is good enough and that is why everyone leaves her. Killian has been friend-zones and he doesn't know how to get out of it.

Both characters were great, I loved seeing Killian so protective of her. He is the type of friend who will drop anything to be there for his best friend. He is shy and doesn't have many friends besides Ax and the guys he trains with. Killian may be shy and a bit of a book nerd but he is training to become the next MMA legend. I felt so bad for Killian for not being able to come out and tell Ax that he loves her. However I was glad that it didn't take too long before the cat was out of the bag.

"She no longer resembles the girl I fell in love with, the woman I've come to adore. Now she's jus a girl who broke my heart."

Then something happens that has an huge impact on both characters and Ax pushes Killian away. She doesn't want to depend on him for everything, she finally wants to stand on her own feet and breaks it off with Killian. It was so heartbreaking to read this part from Killian's POV, he just can't get a break. Do I agree with what she did? I don't know. It did allow them to both grow as individuals. But it could've been done in another way as well. This all sounds really mysterious, but I don't want to spoil it!

"I would've given anything for her to see herself through my eyes. If I had to gouge out my own and rip out my beating heart. I would've done it gladly if only to make her understand."

It was a great book and a great addition to the series. I loved seeing what all the other characters from previous books were up to. I really miss those guys! I hoping there will be more books in this series or maybe a spin-off. The writing was really good like always and I very much enjoyed the dual POV.

"I'll fight for us, but I'll need you to fight too."

About J.B. Salsbury

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.

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