Fighting for Control by Melynda Price
Series: Against the Cage #3
Also in this series: Passing His Guard
Published by Montlake Romance on March 22nd 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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For Nikko “the Bull” Del Toro, an ex-marine turned MMA fighter, only two things quiet the demons raging inside him—facing an opponent in the cage…and the memory of his hottest one-night stand. But when his PTSD resurfaces, causing him to lose control at a CFA press party, it’s his career that may be KO’d.
Dr. Violet Summers is stunned to discover her newest patient is the man who rocked her world—and put her heart in a clinch after her nasty divorce. She’s determined to delve deep into the darkness that haunts him and to keep all further encounters strictly professional.
Nikko doesn’t want a shrink. What he needs is Violet. With the memory of their passion blazing between them, it’s only a matter of time before they give in to desire. Can Violet help save this surly fighter from his own personal nightmare? Or will he forfeit his career and his last chance at love?
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
I always forget just how much I love MMA Fighters romances until I get my hands on one, and Fighting for Control was really good. After reading the previous book in this series I was intrigued by Nikko Del Toro’s story, it promised to be captivating at the least with a very broken man riddled with more demons than one would know what to do with.
Violet is finally settling in her new life in Vegas six months after her divorce to that spineless cheating weasel was finalized. She is finally seeing patients with real issues who she can actually help (she is a psychologist ) and her secretary is her best friend. Now she just needs to forget about the hot stranger in the plane so she can move on romantically.
Nikko Del Toro is facing an impossible choice, go to therapy and get his head straight or get kicked out of the FCA. He knows no one can help him with his issues, not the military, not some shrink, not anyone; not when he deserves to be all effed up after what happened on his last mission before he was sent home, and never cleared for active duty back again. His only outlet is training and fighting, so he has little choice really, but to comply and set the mandatory appointment.
Both Violet and Nikko are in for the surprise of their lives when they meet again in her office. Neither can believe their eyes, both see the potential problems stemming from their… first encounter, but there’s no denying the chemistry and feelings that resurface just by being in each other’s presence.
Violet immediately refuses to be his doctor, but Nikko can’t wait six weeks for her partner to come back from holidays and treat him, he needs to be cleared for fighting ASAP or he might just explode, so Violet is put in the impossible situation where she can’t not help Nikko out, even if she feels heavily conflicted about being his doctor. Both of them have deep issues, Nikko’s being especially difficult to deal with. You just can’t help who you fall in love with though, but they have one hell of a ride in store if they want to be together.
While I liked Fighting for Control a lot better than Passing His Guard, I still found the inner monologues of both MCs a bit frustrating and repetitive at times, I understand there’s no other way to show us their inner struggles and that was the main issue in the story, but I won’t lie and say I didn’t skim on more than one occasion through their lengthy mental comings and goings. At one point I also got kind of fed up with both of them responding in the exact same way to certain situations time and time again (I can read a variation of the same scene –Nikko feels exposed so he lashes out, Violet understands what he is doing but feels hurt and still kicks him out, Nikko leaves feeling like crap, and then they make up- so many times before I want to throw my kindle at the wall).
Crazy ex’s, career pressures and being in the public eye will meddle in too, making the likelihood of them making it less and less probable, fortunately this is a fighter romance and they won’t stop fighting till they get to the other side.
A bit of drama, dark secrets, some seriously hot sexy scenes and a story of redemption and healing made Fighting for Control a very interesting and gripping story for me. I’m seeing myself reading the next installments for sure.
Sparkles’ Rating: 4 Lucky Clover Stars
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