Monday, March 10, 2014

Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway: Fighting for Love by L.P. Dover

Title: Fighting For Love (A Second Chance Standalone)
Series: Second Chances
Author: L.P. Dover
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: March 9, 2014
Review Source: ARC

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Fighting for someone’s heart is more challenging than fighting for a title.

For a time, many years ago, love had grown, love was made, and in the end … love was lost. The decision to leave had been the worst mistake Shelby Dawson could have ever made. However, at the time—ten years ago—she felt her secret needed to stay hidden, even if it broke her heart and the heart of the man she loved. Back then, he was all hers and she was all his, but now things have changed and he isn’t the same guy she knew.

He happens to be the well-known MMA Heavyweight champion and famous bad boy, Matt ‘The Destroyer’ Reynolds, who once before struggled to help his family pay the bills. Now, he has money flowing with each undefeated win and an insurmountable number of women filling his bed. Everything is perfect for the illustrious fighter, until one day it all changes. In walks the girl from his past, the same girl who promised to stick by him but left and never looked back. 

Their second chance to make things right will not come easy, for when one mistake is made an unwelcome consequence soon follows. Someone out there wants to rip them apart and they won’t stop until Matt and Shelby pay the ultimate price … their love.

We are introduced to Shelby Dawson with her remembering the loss of her one true love, Matt Reynolds.  She is trying to convince herself that after 10 long years she should finally be able to move on with her life and hopefully meet a man she can love.  She still wonders what her life could have been like if she had stayed with Matt and done things differently.  She also still carries the grief of her loss and the reason she chose to leave Matt in the first place.  After 10 years she still feels the longing and the loss of her one true love.

One afternoon Shelby's best friend and co-worker Lexi convinces her to take the afternoon off and call the handsome guy Caleb that they met at Lexi's sister, Hayley's part a few days prior.  Taking the chance Shelby calls Caleb and they seem to hit it off when they meet at the beach for the afternoon.  As Shelby is considering seeing where this goes fate has another idea for her.  The following day she is told that her next journalism assignment for the sports magazine she works for will be on a fighter.  When Garrett Wells the manager for the fighter Shelby  is going to interview calls and sets up a lunch date for the three of them to meet she has no idea who he works for.  When she arrives to their meeting and Garrett hands her a file with the information on the fighter she is immediately stunned because it is none other than her "ex" Matt.  She quickly tries to find away to leave the restaurant, but is stopped by Matt himself.

When Matt see Shelby he knows that this is his one chance to finally get her back and he is not willing to allow anything to get into his way.  He does everything he can to keep her close to him, not allowing her a chance to try and leave him again.  After 10 years, and many other women he is still in love with her and wants to use this second chance to make it count.

Shelby knows that fate is working in her favor, but will her secrets from the past allow her to get the happiness she so very wants and the future with Matt that she has wished for?  Shelby turns to her best friends Lexi and Jace for the support and confidence that she needs to help her work to be able to try to find happiness again.  Unfortunately things don't go as smooth for Matt and Shelby and they are thrown some curves that are so full of drama that it causes them to wonder if they will be able to get back together.  As one thing leads to another they find out that the root of all the drama is caused by one person that they never would have suspected.  Throw in the secrets that have remained hidden and these two lovers are faced with decisions that will cause them to question if there really is a second chance for them.  Will they be willing to put up the fight that is needed?

It was a wonderful story that just keeps tugging at your heart.  You so desperately want to see Matt and Shelby find happiness.  I found myself sitting up until the wee hours of the morning still reading this book because I wanted to see how it ended.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book that will keep you all warm and fuzzy.

Favorite Quotes:

1. “All I wanted was to hate you, but now that you’re right here in front of me I just hate myself because I still can’t. No matter how hard I tried, I could never get you out of my mind.”

2. I wanted him again, but then I knew I shouldn’t. I had to remember that so many other women had tasted his lips and felt his body between their legs while my heart ached. Although, it wasn’t a full day ago that I was in the arms of another man; kissing him, and vowing to myself that I was going to try and get over my past. It was a vow I knew I couldn’t keep.

3. “Okay, so I’ve made mistakes, but so have you,” he pointed out. “I’m pretty sure you didn’t stay innocent over the years, either. Right now I’d say we’re both fifty shades of fucked up. The question is … what are we going to do about it?”

4. With his hands caressing my back, his breath tickled my skin when he murmured in my ear, “You will be mine tonight, angel. Your body, your lips … all mine.”
“For how long?” I whispered back, shivering from his touch. “One night? Two?” I had to know what he wanted.
He nipped my earlobe with his teeth and a deep rumble sounded in his chest. “I want you always, but I’ll settle for as long as you want to give me. Whether that be one night, two, or fifty years. It’s all up to you.” 

5. “Let me loose in a den of wolves, huh? Little does Ryan know I’m not a little lamb,” she thundered. “I’m also not a model. What if I suck?”
“You’ve never sucked at anything, Shelby. Just don’t get too comfortable with the guys, okay? I’m sure once we leave here word will spread they got to put their hands on what’s mine without getting their heads smashed in.”
“And who says I’m yours? I don’t think I gave you an answer yet,” she teased. “However, you did ask me to come here with you, so if I get excited being touched by your fellow fighters then it’s all your fault. I’m starting to think I might enjoy it.”

6. She loved to tease me; she always had, but I fucking loved it. Her torture would come soon, and I was going to make sure she begged before I gave her what she wanted.

7. Sliding the box of strawberries to my side, I grabbed one of the dark chocolate ones and rubbed it across her swollen lips. “Sweetheart, I don’t think this is torture, but I am getting ready to show you what torture is.”

8. “It just feels like every step forward we take there’s always something that tries to hold us back.”
“And that’s why we’ll keep pushing,” he murmured low. “Nothing is going to hold us back because I’m not going to let it. I’ll fight for what’s mine, and you, my angel, are mine.”

9. “I want to be the only man to have the privilege of touching you like this, of making love to you. Because this right here,” he murmured, placing his other hand over my heart, “is where I want to be. It’s where I’ve always wanted to be … it’s where I belong.”

10. We only had to go down two more doors before he pressed me up against the wall and thrust his tongue in between my lips. 
Reaching between my legs to the waist of his jeans, I undid them and he let them fall to the floor. If only mine were gone I’d get him to take me against the wall and fuck me hard. I didn’t want it gentle tonight, I wanted it hard and fast.

USA TODAY Bestselling author, L.P. Dover, is the author of the Forever Fae series, as well as the Second Chances standalone series, and her NA romantic suspense standalone called Love, Lies, and Deception. She lives in the beautiful state of North Carolina with her husband, her two wild girls, and her rambunctious kitten Katrina.
Before she began her career in the literary world, L.P. Dover spent her years going to college and then graduated to cleaning teeth, which she loved doing. At least until the characters in her head called her away. She has never been the same since.


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