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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Reviewed by Jenny & Gitte
Jenny & Gitte: 4.5 stars
“That’s my girl.”
Jenny: I was immediately drawn to the story of Joss and Isaiah from the prologue and this evocative, passionate, swoony, bloody HOT, and at times, suspensful read didn’t let me down. The banter between the characters warmed my heart and yep, I really enjoyed this one!
Isaiah and Joss’s journey was so much more than a second chance at love story with both characters having to contend with a great deal from their pasts and present and each character highlighted the lengths a parent would go to so as to ensure the wellbeing, happiness and protection of their children.
Joss, a single mother, was so broken and carried so much shame and guilt but I applauded her and realised just how difficult it was for her to make the choices and sacrifices she felt necessary for her daughter Harper. Arrgghh I hated Joss’s ex-husband Todd with a passion. What a revolting, twisted creep he was! Opening her heart and allowing Isaiah to love her when she didn’t particularly love herself was going to be hard for Joss. .
“Can you imagine what it feels like to hate yourself so much that it hurts to hear someone say they care about you?”
Isaiah. Wow! This man. When we first meet him he comes a bit offhanded but we soon learn of the protective shield he has around his heart after suffering tragedy and pain from his past. His conflicted emotions…..the author brought them all to the fore. This man is a dedicated parent, who wanted to start a new life in Bristol to ensure his daughter Natalie felt loved, protected and happy and could leave their past behind. But can you ever truly leave it behind?
“I love you – every flaw, every mistake, every imperfection. You are so worthy, so fight for this.”
Elizabeth Finn wove a wonderful story and introduced us to characters that felt real. The lust between Isaiah and Joss is evident immediately, it’s palpable and it’s steamy, but the love between them was allowed to develop naturally, at a steady pace, which made it believable as they fought the obstacles and struggles that would face them.
“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.”
Gitte: The Fight For Us was a refreshingly different read. I really enjoyed it and found myself understanding many of the issues highlighted by Joss and Isaiah via the Author’s hand. There was a lot going on in this story, most were believable, a few dramatics were not. On the whole though I found it quite original and a different take on second chance love with added drama and intense suspense. My only criticism is that I would’ve liked more background on the respective ex-partners of our main characters to somewhat collaborate, explain and endorse their present behaviour.
“You can’t hate yourself for your past any more than you hate me for mine.”
Joss and Isaiah were both very well written characters. They had real depth and portrayed true to life emotions, concerns and reservations upon embarking on a new romance. Both are single parents with a past and I loved how there was a natural and believable progression in their romance.
“I expect you to fight for us.”
The Fight For Us was quite a substantial read with, yes, a man who has just gained entry onto the list of most hated and vile book characters; Todd! This story has it all like you said, Jenny but most importantly, in my opinion, it had a beautiful romance.
“I’m kind of obsessed with you. You realize that, right?”
**ARC Provided by author in exchange for an honest review**
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THE FIGHT FOR US by ELIZABETH FINN