A second-chance, friends-to-lovers, stand-alone romance in A.L. Jackson’s Fight for Me series…
“A TOP 2018 & LIFETIME ROMANCE!” ~Karen, Bookalicious Babes Blog
My sister disappeared. That day I was selfish. That day I chose myself over her. And that day, I lost everything.
Including Nikki Walters.
She’s the girl I’ve loved my whole life. She’s gorgeous. Caring. Every single thing I’ve ever wanted but denied myself. She was my sister’s best friend, and I destroyed any chance of keeping her.
When her safety is threatened, I have a second chance to do the right thing. But as soon as she moves in, I want her in all the wrong ways.
All it takes is a brush of her hand, and I’m losing all control.
The fire between us is only burning hotter.
But neither of us saw what was coming.
And it just might be Nikki Walters who destroys me in the end.
The highly anticipated sexy, suspenseful stand-alone second-chance romance from NYT Bestselling Author, A.L. Jackson.
This is the story I’ve been desperate for…the one that readers have been teased with since the beginning of A.L. Jackson’s Fight For Me series…the two character perspectives that can shed the most light on what happened fourteen years ago – the day that redefined Ollie, Nikki, Kale, and Rex’s lives and friendships, and led two people who seemed to be desperate to become more than just friends as far apart as they could possibly be while still being present in one another’s lives.
Oliver ‘Ollie’ Preston has been a shell of himself since the day he lost his sister and the life and girl he had always wanted. Fast forward 14 years and Ollie continues to battle his demons…continues to deal with an unrelenting conscience that tells him he is unworthy of happiness…unworthy of allowing the light to pierce the darkness that surrounds him…unworthy of forgiveness and absolutely unworthy of Nikki’s unselfish love.
Nikki Walters appears to be all sunshine and happiness – a woman whose selfless acts say so much more about her than the mask of happiness that she wears each and every day. But beneath Nikki’s cheery facade is a woman who is slowly dying inside…whose heart is breaking the longer Ollie shuts her out and refuses to build on the attraction that has always been between them.
Ollie and Nikki’s story is the most difficult one in the series to read, partly because the past has to be dealt with before a present can be established and a future can even become a possibility, and because Jackson reveals the painful truths of that day fourteen years ago, the heartbreaking flashbacks as well as the haunted and barely living present.
Ollie and Nikki’s decades of history does give them a fighting chance, but unless their issues are dealt with by frank discussions and honest revelations, they’ll never be able to lead each other home.
Every time I read an A.L. Jackson story, her lyrical prose and multifaceted characters immerse me into the storyline and allow me to experience every aspect of the characters’ lives as well as the menagerie of emotions felt, and because Jackson allows Ollie and Nikki to both tell the story through their separate point of views, readers are able to, in a way, be more objective than the characters themselves, understanding why they feel the way they do but also knowing that some of the self-doubt and self-recrimination is unwarranted despite the inclination to think otherwise.
I’m so sad to see Jackson’s Fight For Me series to be over, but she definitely allows readers to gain closure, offering true insight into who the three male leads are and what life experiences forced them to become the men we meet at the beginning of the series. And, while two of the three heroines are new to a group bound together by friendship and a shared history, without the other two women, I’m not sure if these tight knit gang would every be able to move forward regardless of their inner desire to do so.
4.5 Poison Apples
About the Author
A.L. Jackson is the New York Times & USA Today Bestselling author of contemporary romance. She writes emotional, sexy, heart-filled stories about boys who usually like to be a little bit bad.
Her bestselling series include THE REGRET SERIES, CLOSER TO YOU, and BLEEDING STARS novels. Grab A.L. Jackson’s latest novel, LEAD ME HOME, the third stand-alone novel in her brand-new FIGHT FOR ME SERIES.
If she’s not writing, you can find her hanging out by the pool with her family, sipping cocktails with her friends, or of course with her nose buried in a book.
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