Finn Ward has two passions: being a firefighter and being single. Although his parents are constantly nagging him to settle down, Finn just wants to enjoy himself while he’s young. Then, at a union meeting, he meets a gorgeous lawyer with a dazzling smile—and suddenly, settling down doesn’t sound so bad.
Rory Adams is fresh out of law school and looking to make a name for herself at her mother’s firm. She doesn’t have time for silly games anymore. But when she catches the eye of a dashing fireman who makes her body tingle from across the room, something instantly ignites between them. The only problem? Her father is Finn’s boss.
Their relationship turns both of their lives upside-down. Rory tames Finn’s wild ways, while he shows her that life can’t be all work and no play. But it’ll take some serious determination to keep their love secret—and real courage to admit the truth.
Praise for Fighting for Love
“One of the best stories I have read in a while—it had me laughing out loud and brought tears to my eyes!”—Once Upon An Alpha
“Bottom line: If you are looking for a feel-good romance, look no further—the Boston Love series is for you. Whether you start with Fighting for Love or start with book one, you will enjoy the sweet, character-driven romances.”—Book Briefs
“Fighting for Love is a swoony, sexy romance that I couldn’t put down. You’ll quickly make Finn Ward your newest book boyfriend!”—New York Times bestselling author A. Meredith Walters
“Fun, flirty, and sexy! What more could you ask for? I sank right into Fighting for Love, and didn’t stop rooting for these two!”—New York Times bestselling author A. L. Jackson
“Fighting for Love is absolute perfection. The banter, love, and emotion is exquisitely crafted in a way no one but Kelly Elliott can do.”—Kristin Mayer, author of the A Twisted Fate series
“Finn and Rory define immense chemistry and sizzling passion.”—New York Times bestselling author Heidi McLaughlin
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Same story, different day
“It’s time to settle down. You’re almost twenty-seven.”
My mother’s voice was on repeat while my feet pounded the pavement beneath me. I dragged in a deep breath, the early fall air filling my lungs while I pushed myself harder as I ran through the Fens. I loved running in this park. It was close to my job and my condo. And not that I would ever admit it to anyone, but I loved the gardens.
Picking up my speed, I headed down Boylston Street. Normally during my runs, I would stop at least once or twice to talk to a pretty girl looking my way, but today I wasn’t in the mood. Not after having dinner with my folks last night. Their constant nagging to settle down had me in a foul mood today.
“Morning, Finn!” Mr. Thomas called out.
Lifting my hand, I called back, “Morning, sir!”
“I’ve got fresh berries!”
Laughing, I spun around and ran backward. “I’ll be by when my shift is up!”
Turning back around, I picked up the pace.
My T-shirt was soaked with sweat as I made my way toward the firehouse. Stopping outside the open door, I rested my hands on my knees and took in a few deep breaths.
“Your birthday is coming up and you’re already feeling it, huh? Old age.”
I glanced up to see my best friend standing there with a smirk on his face. I shot Colton a dirty look. “Go to hell,” I mumbled as I straightened and walked into the building.
Slapping me on the back, he laughed. “Someone is grumpy. What’s wrong? Didn’t get laid last night?”
I grabbed a water and downed it. Tossing it in the trash, I replied, “No, I didn’t. I haven’t in the last week, and therein lies the problem. Well, that and the fact that my mother will not stop talking about me finding a girl and settling down.”
A look of horror moved over Colton’s face, and I chuckled. “What? Doesn’t she know you’re in your prime time of life right now? Endless pussy is bountiful.”
With a lighthearted laugh, as I headed upstairs to shower I responded, “Apparently not. My poor little sister Angela is taking the brunt of it, though. For some reason my mother is hell-bent on her finding a guy.”
“Have I ever told you your sister is hot?”
I stopped and turned to face him. “I don’t care how long we’ve been friends, don’t call my sister hot. How many times do I have to tell you that?”
Rob Mason, another firefighter, walked down the stairs past me and added, “Dude, your sister is hot.”
“Oh come on, Rob! Not you, too.”
Colton pushed me up the steps. “Come on, our shift starts soon and you stink.”
Twenty-four Hours Later
Walking into the conference room, I took a quick glance around. My eyes were immediately drawn to the curvy woman in the pencil skirt. That ass alone was enough to make my dick jump. I was drawn to her, and couldn’t take my eyes off her.
Shit, I need to get laid.
She was standing with her back to me talking to our new fire chief, Rick Adams. He was a hard-ass and had already formed his opinion of me and Colton as the station’s resident playboys. We were two of the younger guys in our house, even though we had both been in service for almost nine years.
“See something you like?” Colton asked with a slap on the back.
Grinning, I nodded my head. “Who is she?”
We took seats near the back. I had a clear view of the front podium where the speakers sat, and I hoped like hell she’d sit at the end of the table so I could see her. Everyone else quickly found seats.
“Lawyer with Adams, Burks, and Monroe.”
I lifted my brow and nodded. Zeb Clark sat next to me as he reached out for my hand. “What’s up, guys?”
Colton and I both gave him a head nod and replied at once, “Not much.”
“All right, let’s sit and listen to the same bullshit we always listen to,” Zeb whispered as I let out a halfhearted chuckle.
I appreciated our union, but damn these meetings were the same old shit time and time again.
The meeting hadn’t even started and I soon found myself nodding off to sleep. I forced myself to keep my eyes open as long as I could before my head dropped and I dozed off. I jerked awake when Colton hit my arm, then he leaned over and whispered, “The lawyer is watching you, and if you’re not careful, Adams is going see you back here sleeping.”
I lifted my eyes and caught hers. Holy shit. I could see the blue in her eyes from where I was sitting. The left corner of her mouth rose into a smirk while she shook her head. With a shrug, I gave her a wink, which made her blush.
Damn. If winking at her made her blush, what else could I do to make those cheeks turn such a beautiful rose color?
“I think I’m in love,” I whispered as Colton chuckled.
“I’m not gonna lie, she’s good-looking, but I don’t think she’s your type, dude.”
My head snapped over to him. “What makes you say that?” I asked in a hushed voice.
“Dude, look at her. The innocence is dripping off her. What are you going to do? Ask her to join you in a threesome?”
The idea of sharing her with anyone else made my stomach turn, and I didn’t even know this girl’s name. But with the way she kept glancing my way, I knew one thing for sure—she was as captivated by me as I was by her.
Colton was right, though. She looked to be about our age, which meant she was fresh out of law school and most likely a workaholic. But damn, what I wouldn’t do to put my hands on that body.
When she looked back my way, I smiled bigger. The moment her teeth sunk into her lower lip, she grinned wider. I was screwed. Then, for some unknown reason, the room felt like it was spinning, and I lost my breath.
What. In. The. Hell. Just. Happened?
I glanced down as I dragged in air. My heart felt like it was sitting on the bottom of my stomach.
“Is it hot in here to you guys?” I asked while rubbing the back of my neck.
“No,” Colton and Zeb replied. My gaze moved back to her. I had to find out her name. Ask her out. Ask her to marry me . . .
No. Shit. Ask her out. Jesus, what is wrong with me?
All right, Ward, it’s time to get your game on. Play it cool.
When I glanced back at her, she was leaning over talking to the dick next to her. He was dressed in a suit, and I could tell from first look he was also a lawyer. The way he stared at her pissed me off.
“Ward, you look like you’re about to rip someone’s head off. What the hell is wrong with you?”
Pulling my stare off them, I tried to get a hold on these crazy-ass feelings I had.
“Um, it’s been a rough few days. Plus, I have a damn surprise birthday party my mother is throwing.”
Zeb hit my arm. “She still trying to fix you up?”
With a slight moan, I nodded my head.
It was strange how I felt her eyes on me. Glimpsing back over, I couldn’t help but smile at her again. When her tongue darted out and quickly licked her lips, my dick jumped. She pressed her mouth together, and I swear those blue eyes of hers shined even brighter.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Sexy, sweet and passionate love story. This series has been a wonderful read. I immediately fell in love with the Ward family and cant wait to see what happens next. You wont want to put it down. I just hope I wont have to wait to long for the next book!
Kelly Elliott is a fantastic writer and her characters are always just what you are looking for . This story has so many emotions and love . Finn and Rory have a hard journey to take to for their great love. Absolutely love Flash and what he brings to the story. As always an amazing read that I strongly recommend.
Finn is a firefighter, playboy for Engine #33. He loves the adrenaline rush he experiences when rushing into a burning building to save someone. He also enjoys women, almost to a fault. He and his best friend Colton are on the Captain's "naughty" list as a result of their playboy ways. As a punishment, the Captain decides to give the firehouse puppy, Flash, to Finn to take home and train. Finn tries to exhaust Flash by taking him for a run, but Flash has other ideas. He takes off and runs right into Rory... Rory, an attorney with her mom's law firm, has always lived a life mapped out for her. She wanted to be a teacher, but attended law school because that's what her mom wanted. Her dad, the Captain at Engine #33, has forbidden Rory to ever date a firefighter. He doesn't want her to constantly worry if her boyfriend/husband will make it home. He also knows that firefighters tend to be playboys and doesn't want Rory to fall for someone who may be unfaithful. So Rory tries to be the "good girl", until she meets Finn via Flash.... Finn and Rory engage in a "secret" romance that moves extremely fast. So fast that Rory practically meets Finn's whole family on their first date. They are able to keep their relationship a secret for 2mths, until Rory's creepy co-worker informs her mom that Rory is dating Finn. Rory swears her mom to secrecy, promising she'll tell her dad before the Firefighters Ball. Only she doesn't. Captain Adams loses it when he finds out and tells Rory to break it off or he'll have Finn transferred or fired.... So as not to spoil the rest of the story, I'll just say that they eventually get their HEA. This novel was laugh out loud funny, laugh so hard you cry, while also engaging you in the lives of every character. I don't think I've ever enjoyed a novel as much as this one! The scenes with Finn and Flash or when Finn and Rory were changing Presley's diaper for the first time had me in tears I laughed so hard! I was kind of disappointed that we never found out the reason or lesson the Captain was trying to get across to Finn by having him train Flash. I can guess, but I really wanted to know his reasoning. I also wanted to read the last letter Finn gave to Rory.....I've never read a Kelly Elliott novel and this was a most pleasant surprise! I can't wait to read the rest of the series! I read a gifted copy and all opinions stated are my own.
Fighting for Love by Kelly Elliott......Wow, I loved this book!! It has all the feels you look for in a great story. Finn a hot firefighter and Rory just out of law school trying to make a name for herself, these two are a perfect match for a great story. I can't wait to read more books by Kelly Elliott. I highly recommend this book. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book from publisher via NetGalley.
Finn and Rory meet and feel an instant connection. She is an attorney for the firefighter's union and her did is Finn's boss, the captain of the firehouse he works at. Rory has been an obedient daughter her whole life and her parents have plotted out her every move. Finn has a close family but his parents let him live his life. Neither one was looking for love or to settle down, but that's exactly what happens when they finally get to know each other. Rory works at her mother's law firm and it is constantly insinuated that she is getting preferential treatment. Her co-worker was obnoxious and should have been disciplined for some of his inappropriate comments and behavior. Finn knows his captain doesn't like him but doesn't know why. Rory does not know how to stand up to her parents but slowly comes to realize she needs to live her life for her, not them. Finn and Rory get backed into a corner by her father and Rory, in my opinion, took the coward's way out. Instead of communicating with Finn as to what was going on, she caves. I was astounded at how ridiculous her father acted. Their relationship was fast building and didn't slow down the whole book. Their road was bumpy but worth the ride. I received an ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.
Instant attraction. That's what occurred between fireman and known playboy, Finn and workaholic lawyer, Rory. Rory's always tried to please her parents by doing what they asked. Seeing Finn would be the 1st time Rory went against their wishes. What's a girl to do? Engrossing and delightful romantic fun read! Enjoyed Finn, Rory, their friends and family (except Rory's dad). And then there's Flash, the firehouse 4 month old untrained pup! Loved Flash, and his antics! Still am baffled by Captain Adam's and his final outlook. Would love to read Colton, Zeb and Captain Adams stories. First book I've read in the series and book reads fine as a standalone. Voluntarily read an ARC, thru Netgalley and publisher, for my honest review.
Fantastic story! This second book in the Boston Love series was simply wonderful. Finn Ward makes no apologies for his lifestyle. Hardworking firefighter, hard playing bachelor. No need to change as far as he could see. The fact that his new boss doesn't like his fun loving ways isn't his concern. Then he meets the lovely Rory Adams. She's a lawyer who represents the firefighters union. She's hardworking and doesn't have time for much of a personal life. Finn takes this as a challenge to get her to loosen up. One little problem. That new boss that already doesn't like him just happens to be Rory's father. Problems ahead - you bet!! This is really a well done story. Lots of humor, low angst, and great characters
5 Stars Kelly Elliott has delivered again! I have loved Kelly since I first read the Wanted series so long ago, her books always suck me straight in and I can't put them down until I finish! This book was no different, I was pulled right into the story and couldn’t get enough of Finn and Rory. Finn is your typical playboy, has no intention of settling down and the word relationship makes him break out in a cold sweat! The thing is he was such a loveable git you just couldn’t help but fall for him. He see’s Rory at a meeting and can’t take his eyes off her. I loved Finn, he was sweet, charming, loved his family and had a heart of gold underneath the playboy persona he gave off. He definitely had me swooning with his romantic gestures! Rory is the fire captains daughter, she has been forbidden to date firefighters by her father! Rory doesn’t need nor does she want a distraction from her career, but fate doesn’t care about things like that! She is instantly drawn to Finn but fights it every step of the way until she finally realises what she is missing out on. Finn is Preston’s older brother so we get to see some of Preston and Harmony in this book. We find out whats happened with them and are included in a special event in their lives which I loved getting to see! Captain Adams is a complete jerk, I hated him and really wanted to junk punch the old goat! His wife wasn’t much better at times! This book had everything I love in it, I was hooked from the beginning and couldn’t put this book down. I just wish we could have seen if things ever got sorted for Rory!