Blog Tour: Fighting For Irish by Gina Maxwell my review & excerpt!

Posted January 27, 2014 by Holly in Blog Tour / 0 Comments

Fighting for Irishis the third book in Gina’s bestselling Fighting for Love series, featuring sexy MMA heroes. It released digitally, January 13th, at a special discounted price of only $2.99. At THE TIME OF THIS POST it’s currently on sale for $.99 The first book, Seducing Cinderella, is available in both digital and mass market paperback forms. Fighting for Irish, as well as the second book, Rules of Entanglement, will be also be available in paperback next month.
Former MMA fighter Aiden “Irish” O’Brien hasn’t stepped into the ring since he accidentally took someone’s life in the heat of rage. When his friend calls in a favor that sends him south to check on family, Irish figures he’s got nothing to lose. His life is on the ropes. The least he can do is make sure the sexy redhead is safe.
Kat MacGregor has forty-eight hours to settle the twenty thousand dollar debt her deadbeat ex-boyfriend owes a crime boss. If she doesn’t, she’ll pay for it—with her life. Kat’s halfway out the door when a sexy new guy walks into the bar and insists he’s there to help.
Irish is forced to fight in the underground MMA circuit to win the money she needs. But he’s been lying to Kat. About who he is, about knowing her sister, about why he comes home bruised every night. She’s the best thing that’s ever happened to him, but breaking her trust will cost him the most important fight of his life: the one for her heart.

Aiden dropped his hands to her hips and stepped closer. “Will you stay tonight?” he asked softly.
 “I’ll stay.”
One night. He could do that, couldn’t he? Then he could get this need for her out of his system and focus on winning the tournament to free her from any danger. His job would be done, his debt paid to Jax, and he could move back home to continue his daily penance and meaningless existence.
But right now he wanted to feel alive again, if only for a night in the arms of the woman who’d had his balls on lockdown for months. She was the reason no one else even appealed to him anymore. He needed her, just this once. But he wouldn’t do it without an understanding between them.
“Kat, can I be honest with you?” Aiden was aware of the fine line he was walking. Now he just had to do it without sounding crude or disrespectful, which would be a challenge. He was no smooth-talking Romeo.
Meeting her expectant gaze, he took a deep breath and prepared himself for the possibility of getting slapped. “I wanna be with you tonight.”
“As in, with me with me?”
“Yeah,” he said, amusement lifting a corner of his mouth. “With you with you. It’s been a really long time since I wanted someone as much I want you.”
“Really?” she asked breathlessly.
“You sound surprised.”
She offered a weak shrug and suddenly found interest in the floorboards. “You seem like you’d be more into exciting, exotic looking women. Like one of those sexy, new-age pin-up girls with the flawless skin and beautiful tattoos.”
He almost laughed until he realized she was serious. She had no idea what she did to him. Grabbing one of her hands still resting on his shoulder, he slowly dragged it over his chest and down his stomach until they finally reached his stiff erection straining against the restrictive boxer briefs under his shorts.
Aiden groaned as he molded her hand over his cock. The feel of her gripping him nearly redefined the word “premature.” She drew in a quick breath and raised her eyes to his. Her cheeks filling with a pretty shade of pink did crazy things to his insides. The more her innocence showed through the more he wanted her.
He couldn’t make sense of it. She was right. Typically he went for the larger-than-life women who treated every day like it was their own personal thrill ride. Kat was something else entirely. Worldly beyond her years, yet somehow more innocent than she should be.
“This is how into you I am, sweetheart. Believe me when I tell you I couldn’t fake this kind of interest,” he assured her. “I want you, Kat. Wicked bad. But I don’t have anything more to offer you than one night. That’s me being honest. So if you wanna give me the red light now I’ll understand, but you gotta let me know while I still have use of some of my brain.”

I loved the previous two books in Gina’s Fighting For Love series but I think Fighting For Irish is my favorite! Yes, in true Gina style she gives us an incredibly sexy, panty dropping man with a heart of gold and a strong, feisty, independent female but what makes this one stand out for me is the story itself. We first learned of Kat in Rules of Entanglement (each book is a stand alone and you will get enough back story if you haven’t read it yet; you won’t be lost) finding out she’s Vanessa’s little sister, who has gotten herself mixed up with owing the wrong people a ton of money courtesy of her slime ball (ex) boyfriend.  
In FFI, we learn all about Kat’s childhood, it wasn’t pretty by any means and we learn of the abuse she suffered as a kid/teen. This is where the story stuck out for me, Gina describes Kat’s past with such a raw honesty you could feel all of Kat’s emotions as she told Irish her story, I was horrified and heartbroken for her but at the same time I was proud of her for surviving all she’d been through. While Irish had his own demons to work through he never faltered in his care and support of Kat. He protected her at all costs, he was patient, gentle and loving with her. Always. Seeing Kat be there for him when he finally let his demons loose warmed my heart. Despite what they had gone through in their respective pasts, thinking they’d never be worthy of receiving love, these two showed each other so much love and they did it without question. The love they have for each other is what made me fall in love with their story. In Fighting For Irish you’ll get two beautifully broken characters, a BEAUTIFULLY love story and sex so hot you’ll need to run outside in the freezing cold, naked, to cool off! I even loved Irish’s Boston accent and as a die hard Yankees fan, that kind of pains me to say since we’re not supposed to be a Boston loving people lol. I honestly can’t say enough positive things about this one; it’s definitely one for my re-read shelf. I look forward to what Gina has in store next for us.

New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, Gina L. Maxwell, is a shameless romance addict with no intentions of ever kicking the habit.
Growing up, she dreamed of helping people escape reality with her sublime acting abilities. It wasn’t until college when she realized she had none to speak of, thereby derailing her lifelong plans. Another ten years would pass before she discovered a different means to accomplishing the same dream: writing stories of love and passion for romance addicts just like her.
Thanks to the support of her amazing family, Gina is now the Boss of the world’s first organized romance mafia, the Maxwell Mob, and living her dream of bringing a little romantic fantasy to the world—one steamy novel at a time.


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