A battle is fought by soldiers on the ground in a time of war. Or at least that’s what I used to think.
I’ve never had to fight for anything in my perfectly planned life, and I certainly never thought I’d have to fight for love.
I was wrong.
One wild, carefree night, and one stupid dare made me realize you can’t appreciate love until you’re forced to fight for it. I want the complex, sexy bull rider who stole my heart in the middle of a deserted wheat field. But Battle McCoy doesn’t believe in love.
What do you do when you aren’t prepared for battle? When someone you care for becomes your greatest enemy? And your surrender is imminent?
I’m going to fight.
There’s a chance he’ll destroy me, but my heart will go to war to make him mine.
“Life has a way of working out exactly as it’s supposed to.” “When you find him, Faye, never let him go.” ~ Grammy
“Love’s an emotion cultivated over time. It grows with trust, with every touch, every stolen glance, and every kiss, until eventually it consumes you.” ~ Faye
Faye Callahan had her entire life mapped out for her and she just went with it. She was miserable but according to her father “a good plan paved the way to a happy future.” She went to the school of his choice, got a job of his liking and she is in line to marry the guy of his choice. Faye has been dating Wyatt for a while and he seems like the perfect husband material, if only he could treat her the way she should be treated. They have been drifting apart over the past few years and seems to be more focused on his needs and himself instead of Faye. But even though he doesn't treasure her, she can’t imagine her life without him. Faye has always put the needs of others before hers, she has finally done with putting her happiness on the back burner. She’s done waiting on the side while he explores his other options. She’s done being the good girl. But is she ready to put the familiar aside for something different?
“I think I’m a good girl. The responsible type. One who makes smart choices and does the right thing.” ~ Faye
Battle McCoy hasn't had an easy life growing up. He keeps to himself as much as possible and lives life on the edge. He doesn't believe in love because love doesn't exist in his world. He is broken. He uses women and tosses them as fast as they come. As a popular bull rider on tour, he tempts fate every chance he gets in front of the large crowds. The people love it, he feeds off of their adrenaline.
“Love and I aren't on good terms, sweetheart, and we never will be.” ~ Battle
“People don’t come with labels that tell ya what’s inside. We create expectations of who we’re supposed to be, and how we’re supposed to act, but eventually, who we are surfaces. We do somethin’ unexpected, like tonight. These are the moments that make us unique.” ~ Battle
One look out in the crowds and he spots Faye and the chemistry between the two of them is indescribable. It begins the growing and undeniable attraction between the pair. With some liquid courage and a dare, Faye goes up to Battle. This is something Faye never does. But for once she is doing something for herself. He tries to stay away from her as best as he can, ignoring her. She pushes, he pulls away. That is until she starts to dance on the dance floor and one of his friends has his hands on her. That’s his cue to step in. He can’t resist her any longer. They give in to one night in the wheat fields with one another. (One very hot night in the fields I tell you). The sexual tension between the two of them can be felt from a mile away.
“I want the middle” ~ Battle
Battle doesn’t do relationships so Faye will become one of his many women. But to Faye, that one night changed her forever. For once in her life, she felt cherished. She felt something different with Battle. Although he can’t promise her forever, he be her friend and nothing more. As they get to know each other, Battle gets Faye out of her shell, and lets her do things for herself; gives her confidence. Faye shows Battle that he doesn’t need to be afraid to let people in and that love does exist. I loved watching them both grow together, individually and as a couple. They have a long road ahead of them, but they go through it together.
“You’ve already changed me McCoy. You taught me love can be a surprise. You taught me life isn’t planned.” ~ Faye
I love the secondary characters KJ has in the book as well. Battle and Faye are surrounded by a lot of supportive friends and family. I loved seeing Faye stick up to her parents and Wyatt as well, something she couldn’t have done without Battle. The situations that they have to overcome are big, and secrets from the past will come back to haunt them. But can they overcome them together or will this be one battle that will end them? What will happen when things get to be too much to bear?
There is just enough angst in this book to keep you reading till the very end. Thank goodness this is a standalone. I don’t think I could handle this being part of a series. Battle will show you how to love with a broken heart, forgive, and give you the confidence you need to stand up for yourself. You will absolutely fall in love with the characters in this book. KJ does a wonderful job with them, that you will feel like a part of the group yourself.
I was given an advanced copy for my honest review.
This review was done by Jenn.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
K J Bell currently lives in California with her husband and three children. As a mother of three, when she’s not writing, she’s usually carting one of her children to their various activities.
She enjoys reading, and music, and is equally addicted to both.
Writing is a passion she simply can’t live without.
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