I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.by Shannon Stacey
Published by Carina Press A Fighting Chance on February 1st 2016
Genres: Contemporary Romance
All work and no play makes Adeline Kendrick a dull girl, so when she heads to a casino resort for a friend's bachelorette weekend, she's ready to have a good time. Until she runs into Brendan Quinn, professional fighter and the one who got away—the one her family drove away—and things take a turn for the interesting.
Running into his ex won't shake Brendan. Even if it brings up the old pain of loving her when she was only slumming. Even if she looks really good. In fact, what better way to get over the past than to take advantage of the still-sizzling chemistry running hot between them? He's there to win an MMA fight, but he won't say no to a little physical relief of a different kind.
But when the weekend is over, Adeline isn't ready to give up her second chance that easily. Brendan is still the one for her, no matter what her family thinks. Now, if only she can convince him of that…
I’m a sucker for Stacey’s writing, add in the fact that this is a second chance romance, and I was pretty much sold!
Adeline is prepared to have a fun weekend with her girlfriends, but when she runs into a life sized poster of the one man who broke her heart, her past is thrown back in her face. Over the course of one short weekend, Adeline will have to decide if Brendan is worth a second chance, and if their love has a chance of succeeding a second time around.
I thought this was such a fun and cute story. I love books that deal with a couple that has to overcome socioeconomic differences, and the stresses that come with that. Add in a dash of family drama, and I was hooked from the start.
I enjoyed Adeline, especially as she struggled with balancing the return of an old flame, and wanting to spend the weekend with her girlfriends as planned. I liked the fact that she would run off every chance she got to steal a kiss or two, it really went a long way to showcasing just how intense the attraction and history was between them. I also liked seeing the way her friends made Brendan work for their approval, especially after the way things had ended between them years before.
While I enjoyed Brendan’s character, I didn’t love him as much as Stacey’s other heroes. For some reason, I struggled to connect with the strong and physically imposing fighter who was all too willing to back away from the love of his life on a suggestion from family. Part of me felt like Brendan should have had a stronger backbone and really stuck up for his relationship with Adeline and all they had. But, that being said, I liked the way he went out of his way to show her just how much he was willing to do to get the second chance.
All in all, Stacey once again wrote a fabulous novella that I didn’t want to put down! I thought Adeline was such a fabulous heroine, and I wish we could have spent more time with her and her girlfriends!
I give A Fighting Chance a B