Synopsis from Goodreads
Resisting her only makes him want her more…
Private investigator Billy Parrish is good at three things—fighting, investigating, and sex. MMA training with the other vets in the Warrior Fight Club keeps his war-borne demons at bay—mostly, and one night stands to ensure no one gets too close. But then his best friend from the Army Rangers calls in a favor.
Shayna Curtis is new to town and full of hope for the future. With a new job starting, she’s grateful when her brother arranges a place for her to stay while she apartment hunts. But she never expected her roommate to be so brooding. Or so sexy.
Billy can’t wait for Shay to leave—because the longer she’s there, the more he wants her in his bed. To stay. He can’t have her—that much he knows. But when fight club stops taking off the edge, Billy lets down his guard…and starts fighting for what’s his.
Fighting For What’s His is the definition of a slow-burn, with both protagonists fighting against their feelings and the chemistry crackling between them. The pacing lulls you into a dream-like state where only the power of Billy and Shayna’s emotions are of any concern. Unfortunately, this does also mean that you feel like hitting them over the head on more than one occasion.
Billy has struggled with his return to civilian life and the weight of the survivor’s guilt he carries with him, Falling into a career as a PI does nothing to satisfy the desperate need he has to help people and make a difference. Although this is mentioned in the plot more than once I didn’t really see a solution presented within Fighting For What’s His, I am hoping this will be rectified in Fighting the Fire.
What is surprising is the similarities between Billy and Shayna in the way in which they let regret and remorse direct their lives. Shayna has battled her inner demons alone since a tragedy within her family for which she feels responsible. Instead of opening up about her feelings she has bottled them up tight and allowed them to fester, affecting her closest relationships and upending her world. Even if it did lead her to Billy.
Despite Shayna’s tight reign on her self-condemnation, she has a way of bringing optimism and hope into other people’s lives. Something which endears her to people and allows Shayna to feel as if she has a purpose.
Apart from the self-inflicted torment Shayna and Billy carry with them, Fighting for What’s His is relatively angst-free. The only other concern for our couple is the fact that Shayna’s brother is also Billy’s best friend and there is quite a large age gap between them. Very minor inconveniences in the grand scheme of things.
I really love the mismatched characters within the Warrior Fight Club and cannot wait to learn more about them as we get to watch each one felled by cupid’s arrow 💞💝🌈😍