Julianna Keyes is a Canadian writer who has lived on both coasts and several places in between. She's been skydiving, bungee jumping and white water rafting, but nothing thrills--or terrifies--her as much as the blank page. She writes sizzling stories with strong characters, serious conflict, and lots of making up. For news on upcoming releases, behind the scenes insight, giveaways & more, sign up for her free newsletter at juliannakeyes.com/newsletter.html.
The Good Fightby Julianna Keyes
"If you're looking for a gritty story with a lot of heat (and I mean a lot) and real characters, I'd definitely recommend Time Served."—DearAuthor.comJulianna Keyes returns to the wrong side of the tracks in this third installment of her wildly popular Time Served seriesI was born a fighter. You had to/i>/b>/i>
"If you're looking for a gritty story with a lot of heat (and I mean a lot) and real characters, I'd definitely recommend Time Served."—DearAuthor.comJulianna Keyes returns to the wrong side of the tracks in this third installment of her wildly popular Time Served seriesI was born a fighter. You had to be, to survive in Camden. Lucky for me, I loved it. The thrill, the pain, the glory. Until one night things went too far and I almost lost my ticket out.So I swore off fighting. Never again. No matter how much I wanted it.I went to college. Got a degree. A job on Wall Street. Yet I still wasn't smart enough to stay away. So now I'm back. And it's just as bad as I remember.Enter Dr. Susan Jones, superstar neurosurgeon. She's brilliant, she's sexy and she's a pain in my ass. I can't get enough and she's too busy for a relationship. She wants to hook up, get off, go home. She doesn't have time for a thug from Camden. But she keeps coming back.This place brings out the worst in people. Every day it threatens the project I'm working on, the plans I'm making. Every day it drags me down just a little more, until the hands I vowed to keep clean start itching to get dirty.If I don't start fighting for what I want, I'll wind up with nothing.I didn't come back to Camden for nothing.I came back to start something. And when people hurt the things I care about, the gloves come off.Book three of theÿTime Served seriesThis book is approximately 97,000 wordsOne-click with confidence. This title is part of the Carina Press Romance Promise: all the romance you're looking for with an HEA/HFN. It's a promise! Find out more at CarinaPress.com/RomancePromise
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Excellent story, give and take, not all sunshine, read like a real relationship, flawed main characters didn't give up when life got rough, interesting secondary characters. Satisfying ending and I want to know what happens next in Camden.
The Good Fight by Julianna Keyes is the third story in her Time Served series. I really enjoyed the first one of this series, somehow missed the second (I'll fix that soon) and dived in eagerly into this one. It's rare to find a character like Susan as the heroine of a contemporary romance. She's really not overly likable at the start and for most of the story, but she grows on you. And you know what? That's kind of refreshing really, because that's life. Sometimes people rub you the wrong way at first, and yet over time, as you learn more about them and what makes them tick, they can become important people in your life. Susan comes across as cold and unemotional, with a blunt bedside manner. While she's very attractive physically, her social skills definitely leave something to be desired. But there are reasons for this. She's a very accomplished surgeon. Her job relies on her not being attached to a patient, but on keeping her emotions out of the operating room. The problem is she's just a little too good at it. Partly this is due to the necessity of the job. But part of it is also due to her upbringing and coming in second just one too many times to her sister. And her marriage – it started out good but became its own kind of emotional torment with some of the things that happened between her and her ex bordering on abuse. For these reasons, Susan's first encounters with Oz are detached – they are very sexy, but it's clear she's keeping her emotions under lock and key. Also, the story is told entirely from Oz's point of view so we never get into Susan's head, we just get his take and his outlook on what is happening between them. Oz is the opposite – he thinks too much, he fights too much, he feels too much. Since the fight that paralyzed his friend he's felt guilty about it, but it hasn't stopped the urge to get out his frustrations in the boxing ring. He lost his mother and two sisters in a car accident while in college and the unfairness of this still impacts him. While he mostly spars with willing partners, he worries about what might happen should his anger be given full reign. But at heart, Oz is a decent guy. He cares about his receptionist Jade, a young woman with a tough life of her own. He cares about his community. His dream to make a safe place for kids and start a shared garden might never have gotten off the ground without Susan. Because she challenged him then made sure he took steps in the right direction to make it a reality. But make no mistake, this relationship between Susan and Oz is not easy. Her lack of empathy means she does things without thinking of what they might mean to others. And when she inadvertently hurts Oz as a result, he's quick to fight back with words and actions of his own. They don't have the healthiest relationship at the start. And they continue to make mistakes, even as the sex between them gets hotter and messier. Yet they are both moving in the direction of a happy ending despite the ups and downs. Sometimes it seems that they'll never get there, but they do, and it's quite a satisfying end to this unconventional relationship. I think my favorite thing about this story is how flawed the characters are and yet they recognize and accept these flaws in each other and it doesn't diminish their feelings. They go through enough rocky times in their courtship that you definitely feel they deserve their happy ending. 4 stars for a gritty, realistic and thoroughly entertaining story.
This is the story you read, & read & read waiting for a little bit of good. And in the end, you read 90% misery & 10% good. And it wasn't enough good to not feel miserable at the end. Definitely didn't feel like the other books in the series.