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"I’d been fighting the wrong fight. Without realizing it, the thing I needed to fight for wasn’t in the ring. It was in my heart. It was Abel."
Wow!! What an intense, unique, thrilling and emotional story. So unlike any other fighter story you have ever read, this story will grip you from the beginning until the very end.
"There was a girl I wanted, but she didn’t want me. I took that lack of reciprocated desire and used it to fuel me. I was tired of going unnoticed. I was tired of being put down. It was my turn to fight back. The ring was my answer."
Both Abel and Elma were such complex characters. Each with their own demons, insecurities and dramas but also each with their own strengths. Elma was destroyed by the death of her brother but after the grief has passed she uses her anger and determination to find out what has happened. She had courage, determination, strength but also had passion and love that she desperately wanted to give to someone. Abel, in my eyes, was always the alpha; his personality shone through. He was brave and strong but he was also so considerate and caring and didn't care if that made him weak in other people's eyes.Read more ›
I found Beta/Abel a character that I didn’t immediately jump on board with; rather I had a slow appreciation for his character that ultimately ended with me really liking him. He had some flaws of course; I mean what main character doesn’t? But they are easy to get over. He has this kind of slow reveal I think and it’s endearing to watch it unravel. The reasoning behind it is all too familiar and the fighter name he has definitely suited his character. Now I found our other main character, Elma, a little harder to warm too. Whilst I understood her reasoning behind many of her actions it didn’t mean that I liked them.
I absolutely loved the underlying story of the Cane and Abel persuasion. Honestly I think this is why I fall for LB Dunbar’s work. There is so much more going on than the surface story. She can take something historic and turn it into something that is extremely current and relevant in this day and age. Oh how she does it so very well. Subject matter is quite heavy and there could be a trigger or two in here but LB offset all that drama with some delicious little bits of intimacy.Read more ›
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Paradise Fought: Abel by L.B. Dunbar ticked all of my boxes and that was before I had opened the front cover and I must admit that actually dragging my eyes away from the cover was verging on a hardship, really I could have looked at that cover model a lot long that my husband would have considered appropriate!!!
But once I delved into the story I was blown away by the most beautiful story and the most fantastic man…Abel was so much more that I had anticipated and I love a good fighter but what I got was a fighter that had spent most of his life fighting life itself, fighting to just be who he is.
Abel was used to being on the back foot, used to being the kid that was disregarded and in some cases that might not be a bad thing but when his father dished out not just praise and attention but his vitriol it was Cain, his older brother that got it all.
The lack of care, for want of a better word leaves its mark on Abel and he struggles with not just self-esteem but the social interactions that a guy his age would normally take for granted.
So this bashful man is happy in the wings so to speak, sheltering in the periphery, secretly training to be MMA fighter just like he older brother. But when he meets Elma, there is more than meets the eye between the two of them.
Abel is certainly drawn towards her and he seems to have the knack of being in the right place at the right time when it comes to helping her out of tricky situations but can she help him too?
Elma has secrets, she also has a reputation, warranted or not she uses it to get exactly what she wants.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've loved everything LB Dunbar has written so far, and this is good too! Its a little more NA/YA than previous books, but still has LB Dunbar's wonderful writing style and great... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Sharon B
The first book in a new series, Paradise, tells the story of Abel, the younger son and the lesser favoured by his father. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Foxylutely Books!
I was looking forward to this one as I alway's enjoy a fighter read and this one didn't disappoint.
The story is about Abel and Elma. Read more
It's been a while since I read an MMA story so this was a lovely refreshing read for me.
Abel and Elma- I totally loved these two characters. Read more
I received a ARC in exchange for a honest review.
I love this author and this was actually my favourite book yet even though it's completely... Read more
This book deserves more than 5 stars as far as i'm concerned! It was amazing, heartbreaking, heartwarming and every other emotion possible! A truely beautiful story!!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Tracy-Lisa Phillips Fryatt
*ARC kindly provided by the Author for an honest review*
Wow.. Read more
This isn't the first book I have read by this author but it is very different to the other books I have read by her. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Louise McKie