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Fighting to Start (Fighting Madly Book 1) by [Ziegler, S.L.]
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4 'Mad' stars

This book, wow, i don't even know how to put it in words. It tore me open, ripped my heart to shreds, slowly rebuilt it to once again make it crumble. I am in awe!

So many issues were touched on in this book so as a warning be prepared for a few triggers (drug use, abuse and illness)
Hadley Thomas was a great heroine, she had it rough even though she had all the money in the world. It just goes to show you money doesn't buy you happiness. At times I could have shook some sense into her but I could also see her reasoning at times.

Reed 'Riker' Collins has found his one! Coming from a s***ty upbringing he doesn't think he deserves Hadley. Determined to make something of himself to prove his worth to the world he makes decisions that have repercussions and leave the love of his life with demons and battles to face.

I loved Reed! Sure I could have totally kicked his ass for at least 50% of the time! While he made mistakes his one true constant was that he always loved Hadley. He may not have taken the right path each time something happened but he tried to protect his girl the best he could, when he could.

I was gutted this ended on somewhat of a cliffhanger and I seriously need to get the rest of this story now as I can't possibly think of anything but a HEA for these two.

This is a fab must read! It is filled with drama around every corner that all connects! I have a few thoughts on some shocks that will appear in book two.

Thanks for the opportunity to review!
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I was caught up in the romance of this story – and yes I do know what I am saying – this might have a hard exterior due to the setting but that is a clever ploy on behalf of the author because this hard assed fighter had a heart that was just begging to have someone to love and to be loved by.
I absolutely love a fight based novel, it gives me everything I need and they all have a lot to live up to, big men in the ring need to show me that they can a real man outside the ring and Reed was that and more.
Yes, he was what I would have expected a screwed up kid who was determined that he wanted to be more than everyone would have expect him to be.
The quintessential bad boy who has the bit between his teeth and a chip on his shoulder…you go Reed!
Serve up Hadley and you have a couple that were so good together that I galloped through their tale and was rocked on my heels by the time I got to the end, not just because of the ending but because I hadn’t realised how much I had read.
I loved the two of them and how much they were willing to share with me as a reader, they laid their hearts out on the line for each other and when they hit the wall, I felt my heart seep through my hands and take refuge on the floor, the author broke my heart!
I know there is more to come but that didn’t soften the blow that the author dished up, the end was devastating, I was ruined, it left me dumbfounded and distraught.
This is a story about life, about what you have, what you want and what you get …and the concoction that you make out of all those ingredients. It is about reaching your limit and watching your world fall apart around you and wondering what the heck you have to do to put it back together again.
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★★★ ½
I loved the story, ADORED it even, but I just couldn't connect with the characters...

Reed and Hadley have that epic, once in a lifetime, heart stopping kind of love that just flows from the pages and hits you straight in the chest. Their journey is so emotional that at times it felt suffocating and more than once I wanted to slap some sense into them both because of their secret keeping! Fighting To Start covers 6+ years of their lives and is set in both POV so you get a good look at what they are both thinking and feeling, there really is two sides to this story!

Reed has two personalities... Firstly you have Reed, he's romantic, soft and loves Hadley with all that he's got! Then you have Riker, his cage persona that dominates the MMPL, he still loves Hadley with everything he's got but Riker is A LOT harder and he hasn't got a romantic bone in his body! I don't really know what to say about Hadley... She's the character that I found it hardest to connect with... She comes from a wealthy family and is with the bad boy, which even though it sounds cliché was anything but, Hadley was with Reed because she loved him, plain and simple. Hadley's coping mechanisms are probably the reason why I couldn't connect with her, I understand her reasons for wanting to feel again but she went the wrong way about it!

Even though I couldn't connect with the characters I was able to get past that and finish the book... There is a HUGE cliffhanger. I don't necessarily want a HEA with every book but I LOATHE cliffhangers LOL I hate waiting to know what's next!

I am looking forward to seeing where Reed and Hadley go from here!

***ARC provided by author for honest review***
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Can't wait to see what happens next I really hope it a happy ending for them and lots of babies
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HASH(0x8d993690) out of 5 stars Holy Crap! 10 Jun. 2015
By TheBookDisciple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Holy Crap! This book just bitch slapped me. I could not put it down and was up all night. A few things you need to know: there are some triggers (drug use, abuse) but its very well written and handled. CLIFFHANGER (just warning you!).
You must read this book. I can't stop thinking about it. I plan to write a full review on my blog once I process everything that just happened to me at the hands of a book. Seriously, the feels, man.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d9936e4) out of 5 stars this book just ripped out my heart and stomped on it 19 Jun. 2015
By Kim U - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Oh, this book- what do I say about this book that just ripped my heart out? I will start by saying it was very well written and overflowed with emotion. The story is told in dual POV so we get inside both Hadley and Reed's heads. And man oh man Hadley's head is a scary place at times over the course of the book but Reed's POV helped me to understand him and ultimately find a way to root for him as the story unfolded.

Fighting to Start covers several years in their lives and really focuses on how one decision can effectively cause a ripple effect as the resulting waves transform everything in ways you never would have predicted. And that story is far from pretty - miscommunications, secrets and heartache abound and are compounded by poor decisions made as s result.

That leads me to my struggle with the book overall. I am a person who reads for enjoyment and to find a happy place to lose myself for awhile. There is enough that happens in real life that can bring me down that I won't necessarily read a book that inflicts this type of emotional turmoil on me without preparing myself for it and really being in the right frame of mind to approach it properly. Unfortunately I went into the story somewhat blind, and after forcing myself to read through to the end, I found an unresolved ending that left me more than a little bit cranky and teary eyed.

So with that being said, the author did write an engaging and emotional story that was a page turner for sure. People who thrive on the emotional roller coaster and constant drama/ angst should definitely 1-click this story. I just personally was not in the proper mindset for this type of story when I read it and felt like I had been put through an unwelcome wringer right alongside them by the time I got to the last page. Part 2 of their story is still a few months away and it seems as though there are more secrets to be revealed particularly on Hadley's part in Fighting to Stay although I have a good idea what one of them will be already based on a few hints dropped in Fighting to Start. And yes I will probably read the next installment with the added benefit of being able to prep myself for it better the next time around.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x929259b4) out of 5 stars love Reed madly! !! 11 Jun. 2015
By Diane Norwood - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
If I could I would give it more!!!! This story sucked me in from the beginning. It's a awesome book about love and what we go through to get what we deserve! !! This book made me mad made me cry and made me laugh. What more can you ask for? It is one of my top reads!!! Thank god I was given a arc copy of this!!! Everyone needs to get this book and fall in love like I did!!!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d99396c) out of 5 stars Gosh this is seriously such a great freaking book 7 July 2015
By JMAC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I went into Fighting to Start completely blind. I thought it was a fighter book, had no clue what it was really about. And gosh did this book left me NEEDING…. WANTING… MORE.

Gosh this is seriously such a great freaking book.

Hadley and Reed were perfect. They were seriously so in love. I don’t think anyone who read this was expecting the s**t storm that follows their relationship. I never could have ever guessed they would fall apart. There was never any question of their love for one another. They loved hard, and showed their love even harder.

Hadley was a girl in love, and Reed, well he was your typical bad boy with a big heart. They were just so perfect. Reed had his own issues. Because of his past, he wanted to be a better man. Reed wanted to provide for Hadley, not just be her badass boyfriend. He wanted to give her what she deserved. He wanted to buy her everything she wanted and more. He had to do it, and once he finally got the chance to do it, everything had to change.

So part of me hated Reed, but at the same time I understood him. His decision was made with the best of intentions, but he went about it the wrong way.

Hadley completely broke me. When she broke, I broke. I took her heartbreak HARD. I was more than upset for her. I just wanted to jump into this book and hug her, cry with her, and tell her everything would be ok.

The emotions in this book are seriously so on point. I FELT EVERYTHING. I always say that when an author can make me feel so deeply, they are a seriously talented author. S.L. you are amazing. Your words, GOD YOUR WORDS, they hit me to my core. I didn’t feel like I was reading a fiction novel, but actually felt I was living the story, that’s how hard your words hit me!

GOD, AND THAT ENDING. I thought there was no way SL would make me go through all this heartbreak, all these tears, and not give me the HEA I so desperately needed. This ending killed me more than anything. No, not because it wasn’t an HEA, but because it LEFT ME HANGING. LEFT ME WANTING MORE. LEFT ME WITH MY MOUTH HANGING OPEN AS IF THIS WAS ALL A JOKE. I had to message a friend right away, and tell her how upset I was that it was over, but how goooooood it was!!

Fighting to Start is the story of two people who are meant to be together, but unfortunately life gets in the way. It is the meaning of real love, and pushing loves limits. Seeing how far your love can go before it breaks. Fighting to Start was so amazing, I honestly think everyone should read it. It was just so good.

I have to say, this was my first book of S.L.’s that I read, and OMG. It is honestly one of my favorite reads of 2015, no doubt. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would! Love, love, loved it!

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8d993bac) out of 5 stars More than what i expected! 23 Jun. 2015
By Book Freak [cha] - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I'm emotionally exhausted.

It's one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking stories I have read this year.

It was a struggle as it was a beautiful tale of love. The emotions were intense and most especially the pain. You can feel it in every page, and I think I heard my heart break a couple of times in this book.

I didn't think anything could go wrong between Hadley and Reed. They were so much in love and perfect for each other. They love each other deeply, madly and truly - what in the would could happen? Life that is. Dreams. Someone thought they need to follow their dreams, someone thought it was better that way, that somehow they will once again cross paths and find their way back into each other. But that someone had thought wrong.

Hadley - ah, she'll win your hearts I loved her fate in their love. She didn't give up at first, until he gave her (or so she thought) the reason to do so. And then everything just spiraled out of control. A whole lot of things happen, that brought Hadley to the lowest point in her life. It was good that she had family and friends who were always there for her, trying to dig her out from whatever she was digging herself into.

Five years, and their paths finally crossed. Things were not they were right now, a lot has already change, and a whole lot of things had happened in their lives individually. Will he ever win her back? Can she ever forgive him for leaving?

The ending?

I just knew it. I was struggling, in terrible pain and was hoping to be rewarded with something good - perhaps a happy ending. But no...

Because we are in for the cliffhanger of our lives - so many questions were left unanswered, so many things were left unsaid, and I was in desperate need for their happy-ever-after. How can I possibly wait for Fall 2015?!!!!

Nevertheless, this is the kind of book that despite all the emotional ups and downs this book gave me, the moment you will start reading this book, you will be hooked and can't help but get wrapped in the story, hanging on to every word, to every scene, to every dialogue in it. And if this is what the first installment is like, I wonder if I can handle the next...
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