Monday, March 28, 2016

Fight to Forgive by J. Leigh Bailey

Title: Fight to Forgive
Author: J. Leigh Bailey 
My Rating: A

Genre: Contemporary Romance (m/m)
Series: Letting Go #3
Main Characters: Aaron and Freddie
Release Date: March 2016
Publisher: Carina Press
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Sexual Intensity: hot

Story Overview:
Recent college grad Aaron Elliott is a pro when it comes to avoiding conflict. So when he hears his mother and stepfather plan to sell the family’s rambling summer retreat, it takes everything in him to object. The lake house is where he feels closest to his late father. It’s where he fell in love with his best friend…and it’s where he let family pressure decide his future rather than following his heart.

A combat injury has naval officer James “Freddie” Fredrick dry-docked, possibly for good. But the pain in his shoulder is nothing like the hurt he feels when he sees Aaron back in town. It’s been four years since the love of his life left without a word—and though Freddie would give anything to deny it, the heat between them hasn’t faded.

Once upon a time, Aaron let Freddie go without a fight. He won’t screw up their second chance to have a happy ending. But unless he makes peace with the past, Freddie won’t be able to face their future.

My Review:
This book was just flat-out one of those books that was really nice to read. It was sweet and romantic. My heart broke for both Aaron and Freddie and the time that they've lost. My heart hurt as I was reading it. Both men were so hurt by what they thought happened 4 years ago, but they both got it wrong.

But then there's the here and now...where they're both trying to deal with being in the same town and not show just how much that hurts, how much they both need and want the other. It made for a phenomenal read. There's just so much unspoken between them. To compound all those emotions, they are both going through TONS in their lives beyond their messed up relationship. 

Freddie is home from the Navy after being wounded. He may not be able to go active duty again as he may have permanent damage in his arm. He's playing a wait and see game and trying to heal in the meantime. 

For Aaron, he's dealing with a horrible, awful family (who I truly, really hated). On top of that, Aaron has anxiety issues which makes it hard (read that as almost impossible) for him to confront people. But everything in his life right now needs him to engage and confront...something he's beginning to deal with, but it's a very slow development path for him. 

I love how much chemistry there is between the guys. At first that comes out in their fighting. I loved that Aaron could actually speak up to Freddie. He may not think that he trusts Freddie, but just by the fact that Freddie is the one person he can talk back to proves that Aaron truly knows that he can trust Freddie. 

I loved the setting that the big old mansion provided to the story, especially the library. Aaron's fascination with the antique books and the threads of love for those books that ran through the story made me happy. 

This series continues to be one of the best contemporary male/male series out there and this book was no exception to that. I can recommend this one and all three of the books in the series.

I received a complimentary copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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