A mafia prince who doesn’t want the crown.
A girl who has secrets of her own.
One love that they’ll both have to fight for.
Nicky Ragusa lives his life inside the cage, circuiting the underground ring to escape his fate as the mafia prince. When Jackie Marks crashes into his life, he’ll take the fight outside the cage.
But the battle for Jackie’s heart comes with a steep price. Nicky’s father has wanted him to take over the family business for years, and the time for running is over. Now Nicky is right where his father has always wanted him: in the middle of a war.
All Nicky has ever wanted to do was fight. Now all he has to do is fight for her.
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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
G&J: 2 1/2-3 Stars
“I’ll never stop fighting for you.”
Gitte: Well Jenny, Fight For You certainly started full on didn’t it?! So much happened in the first few pages I was immediately intrigued, though I have to admit to being slightly put off by the insta love we had going on with Nick and Jackie. I always find it hard to fully believe in and connect with a romance where we haven’t learnt or spent time with the characters apart in order to feel the intensity of their attraction before they embark upon a romance. So, for me this had quite an impact on my overall feeling of Fight For you, sadly.
“This is what matters to me. That thing that’s beating inside of you. You have so much heart, so much life.”
Now, I loved the raw and gritty fighter and mafia element in this story and thought Nick was a really strong and intriguing character. He was a fierce fighter and a mafia man yet had a gentle heart and a strong sense of right and wrong, though he was either reluctant or unable to act upon this. Reason being, Nick is knee deep into the doing’s and traditions of his famiglia so has a position and a belief to live up to. Nick wants to do the right thing but faces obstacles from the family and a rival gang.
“Everyone makes you out to be this powerful and elusive man, but I’ve seen the compassionate soul…”
As for Jackie, she had quite a strong personality too by not taking any nonsense from anyone or anything; though she did display a vulnerability. I didn’t feel as if we got to know Jackie really; her character wasn’t fleshed out to forge that important connection with the reader, in my opinion. This was exacerbated by having Nick’s POV throughout, until the epilogue, when sadly it was too late for me. In that same breath though, I have to say I loved having Nick’s POV and I think this is why I became absorbed in the story. For me, Nick made this journey what it was and he’s the reason for why I enjoyed it. I loved his reasons for cage fighting and his stance in the family line of business.
“Usually I just feel numb. Like nothing can get to me….”
Thinking about it, I actually enjoyed the mafia and cage fighting elements more than the romance. How did you feel, Jenny?
Jenny: I felt the same as you Gitte, in that I did enjoy the mafia, famiglia and cage fighting aspects of Fight For You and oh goodness, didn’t I just love Nicky, he was divine! Nicky is what held me until the end in Fight For You. Here was a guy who showed so much vulnerability, so much heart, a man bound by birth to a life he doesn’t necessarily want but has no choice but to accept and I felt his internal struggle as he was torn between desire and duty.
“You’re your father’s son, Nicky.”
‘I stared at him. He didn’t mean the words as an insult but they hit me harder than a punch ever could. My father was never who I wanted to be.’
He was feared and revered and could show ruthlessness at the flick of a switch when the situation arose and his intense and passionate feelings for Jackie were without question.
However, like you, I felt as if I wasn’t afforded the chance to really get to know them, especially Jackie, before they plunged head long into a heart pouring love affair. It was too insta love and didn’t allow me the chance to saviour the build up before they were professing their love for one another. More story and character development was needed to draw me into their relationship and have me feeling their connection, because I didn’t feel it and yes, the romance took a back seat to other aspects of the story.
“For being the guy with a certain reputation, you’re sure failing at this tough guy thing, you know that.” – Jackie
There was one particular scene in the story which irked me and this isn’t a spoiler so I’ll mention it. Nicky came across Jackie during an exchange with her ex-boyfriend who is a member of a Gang, where it was obvious he had been repeatedly cheating on her for a long time. Nicky and Jackie proceed to have sex without a condom where she assures him she’s on the pill. The lack of a condom between them at that point didn’t sit right with me considering Jackie’s ex’s past and current exploits and this didn’t sit right with me.
I did enjoy the exchanges between the family when they were all together, you could just picture the Italian Aunties fawning over Nicky and pinching his cheeks. These parts of the story allowed me to see more of the person Nicky was and I relished those moments. So whilst I enjoyed aspects of this story, the lack of story development and the insta love left me feeling a little flat.
J&G: So despite a few issues, we did enjoy Fight For You; if only there’d been more depth to the characters as well as story development before the romance started, it would have been more than just okay. The slightly unusual direction of this story, Nick’s POV as well as the mafia element was ensured we stayed until the end. This story could have been fantastic but something was missing for us sadly. It was a good read but it didn’t wow us.
*Pre-edited ARC received for an honest review**
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