The Fight For Us by Elizabeth Finn – Jenn’s Review

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WHY I READ IT

I loved the blurb AND the cover!

WHAT I RATED IT

5 stars

WHAT IT’S ABOUT

When Isaiah moves his teenage daughter Natalie to a new town, there is little doubt he’s running away from the past. But what should have been a fresh start for them ends up fraught with pain and heartache when Natalie becomes the victim of intense bullying at her new school.

When Joss is called to a meeting with the high school principal to discuss her daughter Harper’s involvement in the bullying of a new student, she’s shocked to say the least. Her daughter can’t possibly be that child.

It’s a rocky start for Joss and Isaiah as they try to set their daughters on the right path. But there is more to Joss’s and Isaiah’s connection than just two teenage girls. Joss’s and Isaiah’s attraction to one another is undeniable, regardless of their fractious start. But his soul is broken, and as much as he’s drawn to her, he’s equally terrified of what that means.

Is Isaiah strong enough to let her get close to him?

Life sometimes forces you to make those choices whether you’re ready to or not. And when Joss’s life is turned upside down, Isaiah has to decide if he’s ready to leave his past behind and live again, or if he’s going to watch what he’s come to care so much for slip away. Isaiah’s fight is profound. Joss’s is too. And their strength to withstand it all is brutally tested.

Sometimes the willingness to fight for another is all a person has left to give. And sometimes the fight is the most important gift of all.

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JENN’S REVIEW

Joss Verna spends every day on Bristol Island, trapped by a past she cannot escape. Isaiah Henry flees to Bristol Island, trying to move on from a past that he cannot escape. Who knew these two tortured souls would find each other in the most unlikely way;  A meeting in the high school principal’s office.  Joss’s daughter, Harper, has been bullying Isaiah’s daughter, Natalie.  To say that their first meeting does not go well is an understatement. In fact, it could not have gone any worse.

 “Your daughter is a bully!”

“Call her that one more time. I dare you.”

“Fine! She’s a bitch! Is that better?”

Their personalities clash from the onset and even though it seems as if they will be enemies for the foreseeable future, their hatred only fuels the attraction to each other, making it all the  more intense.

Both Joss and Isaiah bring a colossal amount of baggage into their relationship, baggage that tries to derail their future together before they even get started. It would be so easy for them to give up. They struggle to forge a future together. Joss has spent years being beaten down literally and figuratively and has very little fight left in her. She lets Isaiah pull her through and fight for them, even when Joss is unable to fight for herself.

There is so much about this book that I loved. The sex scenes were very well done, story appropriate and engaging. Too often I find myself skimming them in other books. That was not the case here.  Isaiah, even with having faced horrors in his past, is sometimes the only one fighting for their relationship. He keeps Joss going regardless of how badly she just wants to give up and give in.

“I need you to love yourself as much as I love you, and I need you to let me love you too. I need you to share your hurt with me, not try to protect me from it or hide it from me. I need you to forgive yourself for your past, and I swear to God I’ll forgive myself for mine too if you will. And more than anything, I need you to fight.”

I was mad at myself for starting the book, when I didn’t have a lot of reading time and whenever I had to put it down, it was all I was thinking about and I couldn’t wait to get back to it. I wanted so badly for Joss and Isaiah to work it all out, not knowing if the deep scars between them would win out and drive them apart.

The Fight For Us has a lot of uncomfortable moments, swoon-worthy moments, laugh out loud moments and toss-your-kindle-across-the-room moments, but all of those moments made for a FIVE STAR book that I am so glad I took a chance on. You need to take a chance on it too! Definite one-click material!

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