What Marissa Johnson never expected when she came to Illinois to tour her brother’s Alma mater was meet the man who would haunt her dreams.
Once introduced, she knew she would do anything to stay close to him and hope for a chance.
Mike Harrison never expected to fall for his old college friends little sister. Defending his heavy weight title and having any woman he wanted wasn’t enough to keep him away any longer.
Two years came and went while neither of them acted on their wants or desires. All of that changes when someone’s grief brings the two together into a situation they can’t ignore any longer.
But what happens when insecurity, jealousy, and lack of faith come into play? Can these two overcome the obstacles thrown in their path or will it all come crashing down around them?
* A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour *
~~ 4.5 Stars ~~
Fighting Fate is the final book in the Flawlessly Broken Trilogy by Barbara Speak. This could probably be considered a standalone novel, but I wouldn’t suggest that. There are recurring characters in this book and I truly believe you need to read FindingSolace and Fearing Regret to get the true feel of the story and characters. She has created such a bond with all of her characters that I feel you would truly be missing out if you don’t read these books in order.
Barbara knows how to write a compelling story that will keep you intrigued all the way through. She also knows how to pull out every emotion a reader can feel while reading her books. I truly believe her writing and story telling has gotten better with each book. I can’t wait to see what she gives us in the future. I wouldn’t consider this a quick read but it didn’t drag either, she gave us just enough information without is being drawn out and slow. But on the other hand it did feel like a quick read because once you pick this book up you will have a hard time putting it down.
I think the only reason I couldn’t give this book a 5 star rating was because I had trouble connecting with Marissa. Her character drove me crazy for most of the book. She starts this book as an innocent girl who has had a crush on Mike Harrison for 3 years but has always felt he wouldn’t be interested in her and never noticed her. That all changes as the story goes on and Marissa becomes a strong woman who knows what she wants. What bothered me about her the most was she let her insecurities get the best of her throughout the whole story. Now don’t get me wrong Marissa is put through the ringer in this story and what happened to her was horrible, but even before the tragic event, she continued to run and push Mike away. Mike made no mistake in letting her know that he wanted to be with her and was there to protect her. To me, she just came off as a weaker type person and I wish we would’ve seen more of how she was towards the very beginning of the story and the very end. Her behavior during the middle of the story is what really made me want to slap her and tell her to wake up. I have to say that Mike and all the other characters from the previous books is what kept this book a 4.5 star read for me. I LOVED Mike. He was so loving, protective and alpha, but he also had a very sweet side. My heart broke for Mike so many times for some of the things Marissa put him through, maybe that is another reason I couldn’t connect with Marissa, because there were plenty of times I thought Mike deserved better.
What I absolutely LOVED about this story was the closure we got on the other characters of the previous books. Barbara included them into this story so well, that we got to see what was happening with each of the other couples we met throughout the trilogy. I thought it was the perfect way to end this series.
I would definitely recommend this book and series to anyone who loves a story that is filled with angst, drama, and a lot of different emotions. If you like books that pull at your heartstrings, then you won’t want to miss this series!!!