Fighting for What's His

Fighting for What's His

by Laura Kaye


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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 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780999850442
Publisher: Laura Kaye
Publication date: 09/09/2018
Series: Warrior Fight Club
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 278,379
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.54(d)

About the Author

Laura Kaye is the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestselling author of over thirty books in contemporary romance and romantic suspense. Laura grew up amid family lore involving angels, ghosts, and evil-eye curses, cementing her life-long fascination with storytelling and the supernatural. A former college history professor, Laura also writes bestselling historical women's fiction as Laura Kamoie. Laura lives in Maryland with her husband and two daughters, and appreciates her view of the Chesapeake Bay every day.

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Fighting for What's His 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 25 reviews.
HEABookNerd More than 1 year ago
I really loved Fighting for What's His because it features Laura Kaye's classic humor and witty banter between the hero and heroine. Shayna grew up around brothers so she's a bit of a tom boy and she knows how to handle her own with friendly insults. And boy those insults and creative curse words had me laughing out loud! I adored Shayna and wish she was real so we could be friends. She's the perfect match for Billy who can go between charming to brooding depending on the day and Shayna seems to know how to handle both. Billy does struggle mentally and emotionally throughout the book due to a very serious injury that ended his military career. He still has nightmares, hates fire, and his self-confidence is a bit dented. Warrior Fight Club is Billy's saving grace but as he begins to fall for Shayna, he gets himself pretty mixed up. He wants to be with her but he also doesn't want to disrespect her brother who asked him to look out for her. He's also not the best at expressing his emotions and internalizes everything so makes some incorrect assumptions based on Shayna's behavior. While Billy has to overcome his demons they don't overwhelm the whole story; I was happy that this book wasn't as troubled and heavy as the previous one.
Mikky More than 1 year ago
This book was better than the first book, but still not as action-packed and as well paced as I'd like. The characters were, overall, much more likable and did a lot for keeping me interested in the story. Shayna was a fun and sassy person. Her impulsive decisions made for a predictable but rather realistic story. The almost ending caught me by surprise and I loved seeing her "in her element" and how respectful and understanding Billy was about it. Billy was an overall great guy (still) dealing with issues (both mental and physical) from his time in the military. He was sweet, caring and most importantly emotionally present (which is rare in the alpha character trope). I liked how observant he was of the smallest details and how he appreciated when Shayna put effort into doing things his way so he wouldn't have to re-do them later. Billy and Shayna had amazing banter and chemistry. I wish that he'd told her how he felt earlier in the novel so the conclusion didn't feel so rushed. The ending was no surprise, but it felt rushed when compared to the overall pace of the story. The world the author continued to develop in this series felt a little bigger this time around. The standout character for me in this novel was Mo and I'd love to read his story in a future book in this series. My Favorite Quotes: "There was absolutely no way to experience crisis, trauma, and violence - or even the threat of it - without it changing the way you viewed the world." "It took losing the choice about whether to turn right or left to highlight which path you'd really wanted to go down all along."
rc1836 More than 1 year ago
Compelling, honest, sexy romance by a talented writer. I waited in anticipation for Laura Kaye's "Fighting For What's His" the second book in the Warrior Fight Club series and it was well worth the wait. This book had everything I want in my books. Shayna and Billy were fully developed three dimensional characters that could be found walking down the street. They had believable hopes, dreams and insecurities with chemistry that was off the charts. Too, the plot kept my attention from page one to the very end. I could not put this book down, finishing it in one sitting. This was an exceptionally realistic read, it breaks my heart to read about the challenges our servicemen and women face when they come home but I'm so glad that such a thoughtful writer is helping to tell their stories. I received an advance reader copy from the author via Lorelei's Lit Lair.
BookAngel_Emma More than 1 year ago
3.5/5 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 
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book from the author. Fighting for what's His is a stand alone novel in the Warrior Fight Club series by Laura Kaye. It can truly be read by itself as the book really only focuses on Billy and Shayna. These two characters have known one another for quite some time. Billy served with Shayna's brother in the Army Rangers and his best friend. Shayna moved to DC for her new job and her brother asked Billy if she could live with him until she found her own place. Since recovering from his injury Billy has pretty much stayed to himself. He does have a few friends from the WFC but since he works for himself that's really the only ones he has. Inserting Shayna into his house and life should have been hard to do. It's was virtually painless. She brings new life to his. Of course there's the fight of attraction. You'll really want to shake him or knock him upside his head while you're reading this book. I enjoyed reading their story. I think you'll enjoy this story.
Robbiebee More than 1 year ago
Private investigator Billy Parrish has had a rough time finding his place since his discharge from the army. He still carries guil for the brothers he lost. Warrior Fight Club helps keep him centered, but sometimes even that isn't enough. Then his best friend Ryan asks a favor. Shayna Curtis is running from her own demons, memories of the accident that killed her brother and the guilt that she carries. She's ready to start over and is looking forward to starting her new job as a photojournalist. Thanks to Billy she's got a place to stay while she settles in. From the moment she moves in the chemistry is strong. Billy wants her. She is a reminder of all he's locked himself away from. But she's his buddy's kid sister. That makes her off limits, doesn't it?
JenniferSchultheisJS More than 1 year ago
Fighting for What’s His by Laura Kaye is book two in the Warrior Fight Club series and just like the previous book, this one is filled with excitement, emotion, and plenty of sexy to go around! When Billy’s best friend calls in a favor, he had no idea it would forever change his life. Shayna is his friend’s little sister and now roommate, at least until she finds her own place. But it’s abundantly clear that it’s more than that. Shayna and Billy had a connection from the get go. No matter, how much Billy tried to deny it. Through many trials and emotions, these two grow closer together, which creates for an intense romance that readers will adore! Must-read for those who enjoy a great romance!
kimjda More than 1 year ago
Wow! I am loving this new series from Laura Kaye. In this, the second installment of her new, Warrior Fight Club series, we are treated to yet another beautifully broken Veteran who fights with his demons every day. And we also get to meet a sweet but spunky woman who refuses to let her own fight with a past mistake completely break her. Billy is sweeter than I expected him to be. Yes, he struggles with anger and depression, but he has a good grip on it and doesn't let it leak out onto the people around him. It was good to read a book where the Hero wasn't an a$$hat. Shayna has her own ghosts she fights with on a daily basis. And I felt her pain. I think everyone has struggled with something that they wish they could go back and change. Together, Billy and Shayna shine! It's obvious from the first hilarious meeting that there's something going on between these two. Shayna's idea of colorful language made me giggle and gave me a few new words to add to my vocabulary. I flipped pages on my e reader quickly with this book. It's so engaging, getting lost in the story is easy. Though, I felt like the end was a bit rushed. Or maybe I just didn't want the story to end. Fighting For What's His, is a sweet, sexy, touching story of two people who have to learn how to trust not only in themselves, but each other too. Thank you Laura Kaye for the opportunity to read and review this book.
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
Forbidden attraction! With the second book in the Warrior Fight Club series, we get a sexy take on a best friend's sister/friends to lovers story line. Both main characters have heartache and issues holding them back, but together they seem to make a little more sense out of life. They are a fun couple to get to know, and I enjoyed their story. The ending was really abrupt and I felt like some of her story was left hanging, but overall it was a good read. Private investigator Billy Parrish has to keep himself busy in order to keep his demons at bay. He works hard, plays hard and fights hard! The Warrior Fight Club for struggling vets that he attends is all that's kept him sane these last few years, so it's always high on his list of priorities. When an Army Ranger buddy calls him up wanting a favor, he's not one to refuse ... even if it puts him in such an awkward position! Shayna Curtis is relocating to DC and her brother has hooked her up with a place to stay until she gets on her feet with a place of her own. Only problem is, it's with the guy she's been crushing on since she was in high school! Shayna has her own set of struggles she's trying to get through, so meeting someone that seems to have his head on straight for a change is good for her ... but when the lack of communication sends them both spiraling, will they be able to correct the free fall before it's too late?
jneen277 More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading Billy and Shayna's story. It was really fast paced, full of humor and sexual tension. I love a good brothers best friend story and this didn't disappoint.
blonde_betty More than 1 year ago
Fighting for What’s His is the latest in Laura Kaye’s Warrior Fight Club series. Billy Parrish still struggles with the demons that accompany being one of a few survivors of an ambush. When his best friend’s little sister Shayna Curtis moves into his spare bedroom while she finds her footing in DC, Billy can’t help but fall under her spell. This book is everything we’ve come to expect from Kaye’s writing. Both Shayna and Billy are dealing with a lot of guilt and Kaye doesn’t pull her punches, but still gives the emotion its due. I fell hard for Billy. I voluntarily reviewed an ARC of this novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed book 2 of this series. Even though it goes to some dark places there is hope shining in their future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow...I knew that I was going to love Billy and Shayna but I REALLY love Billy and Shayna! Billy, you just can't help but fall for him. He is so tortured and he tries so hard to make himself feel worthy of life, much less love, yet he struggles. Then we have Shayna who is carrying her own guilt around on her shoulders and she struggles with allowing herself to get close to anyone because she fears that once they find out her secret they will see her how she sees herself. Put Billy and Shayna together and you have amazing chemistry, sweet moments, and a whole lot of heat. Laura Kaye really did it again with this one!
tfail24 More than 1 year ago
Loving the Warrior Fight Club series. Billy and Shayna both carry around their guilt and blame themselves for things that they had no control. Perhaps, kindred spirits that see their self in each other. Billy doesn’t want to burden Shayna with all of his issues, but what happens when she moves on and he almost loses her? I love how Billy and Shayna both admit how they feel for each other and discuss the issues from their past. Sometimes you just need to right person to talk to and it will make you whole again.
booknooknuts More than 1 year ago
Book two in this wickedly hot and sexy new series. Billy has worked hard to overcome his Demons via fighting. Everything has been some what okay for him until... His best friend asks him to put up his kid sister as she is moving to DC. Well two things happen... Shayna is no longer a kid. She is more beautiful then he ever paid attention too. She is quick, witty and doesn't take his BS. She truly enjoys time out with him at the club too. Shayna has crushed on Billy and knows what she wants. Can she manage it? They both have skeletons in their closets isn't it time to throw them out? How can he keep his distance? Does he want too? Hot, Sexy, and great reading...
RHolub More than 1 year ago
OH EM GEE!!!! Fantastic!!!!! I loved Shayna and Billy's story! These two are broken in the saddest ways. And they are so perfect for each other. But Billy, being who and what he is, fights his attraction for Shayna almost to the point he loses her for good. This story made me feel so much! The pain, the friendship Billy has with his brothers in the WFC, and Shayna is finding with her co-workers, and some hilarious laugh-out-loud moments!!! I will never think of clowns in the same way!!! And the colorful, inventive swear words, ingenious!!! This is one of my favorite authors, and as usual, I was absolutely in love with this book from beginning to end!!!!
jennifer315 More than 1 year ago
I love that this series is about our men and women who come home from military service and are part of the WFC. They each are adjusting to civilian life and some are coping with injuries that sent them home. Billy is a PI and a member of the WFC and he does a favor for a friend and lets his friend's sister Shayna stay with him while she settles into a new job and apartment hunts. Shayna may not have served like Billy but she carries her own scars. Billy and Shayna both have to overcome their pasts and the question is will they be able to do that and find their HEA.
TrudyAD More than 1 year ago
Holy Mixed Martial Arts!!! I am loving this series. I am learning things about returning Vets of military conflicts that I didn't see before. I am gaining a deep respect for those that help vets to make it through each and every day. Thank you for your service isn't enough. The men and women in uniform deserve so much more. Authors like Laura Kaye are doing amazing things. I devour her books for entertainment pleasure but keep coming back for the Ah Ha moments. Billy Parish is a member of the WFC. It is one of the few ways he has to deal with his PTSD. He needs the explosive outlet to deal after a forced retirement to deal with survivors guilt. When his surviving ranger team mate Ryan asks him to put a roof over his sister's head there is no way he can say now. Billy knows he has some issues. Billy knows he won't be easy to live with. What Billy doesn't know is how he will deal with the feelings he has for Shayna when he is supposed to be protecting her not lusting after her. Shayna has her own issues, but she has kept them to herself. She carries a guilt that is all consuming. That isn't her only secret. She has crushed on Billy Parish for years. As far as she can tell it is a crush not reciprocated. Shayna is moving to D.C. after being offered a job as photographer for the Washington Gazette. The plan is to stay with Billy for a long enough to get to know the area, find a place of her own and move on. She doesn't want to move on. Billy doesn't want her to move on. Communication is key, but it seems as if they have a broken lock. This story is full of sexual tension. This story is full of eye opening revelations. Veterans of military conflicts continue to struggle long after they return to American soil. Billy is lucky in the sense that Shayna gets it. Shayna is supportive. Shayna could be everything if he let her in. Kudos to all the Shaynas out there. The story's ending is explosive. It is just what Billy needed to knock some sense into him. He finds the strength to confess his feelings. Even more important he stands by Shayna's side, protective and caring. The heat, the confessions, the emotions, the deep love rocked my world. Billy and Shayna will make beautiful babies in the future. Hopefully the author will show us in another book.
moonfox1234 More than 1 year ago
This is such an amazing series. Filled with deep emotions and showcasing the healing power of love, Billy and Shayna's story is sweet, passionate and realistic. This beautiful story will surely touch your heart. A wonderful book and an excellent addition to this series.
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4.25 stars--FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS is the second instalment in Laura Kaye’s contemporary, adult WARRIOR FIGHT CLUB erotic, military, romance series focusing on a number of retired military personnel who meet at the local WFC headed by Army Ranger Moses Griffin. This is twenty-six year old, professional photographer Shayna Curtis, and thirty-three year old private investigator and retired Army Ranger Billy Parrish’s story line. FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. Told from dual third person perspectives (Shayna and Billy) FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS follows the forbidden romance between twenty-six year old, professional photographer Shayna Curtis, and thirty-three year old private investigator and retired Army Ranger Billy Parrish. Billy Parrish is a broken man; a physically and emotionally scarred Army veteran who has agreed to do a favor for his best friend Ryan Curtis, still on assignment in the Middle East. Enter Shayna Curtis, Ryan’s younger sister, and the woman with whom Billy will fall in love. What ensues is the building romance and relationship between Billy and Shayna, and the potential fall-out as Billy is unable to come to terms with the demons that continue to ‘poke the bear’ as Shayna keeps secrets some demons of her. Shayna Curtis is a strong-willed and independant professional photographer assigned to DC’s Washington Gazette. Needing a place to stay, Shayna’s brother Ryan calls in a favor for his sister, a favor that places temptation at arm’s reach for out story line couple. Shayna has lusted after Billy since the first time they met but as Ryan’s younger sister, Shayna was off-limits to the man with whom she would fall in love. Billy Parrish struggles with PTSD and the physical affects of the injuries received in an explosion, and needing an outlet to vent his frustrations Billy joined the WFC in order to work out his anger and aggression. Hoping to keep temptation at bay, Billy throws himself into the ring, not always considering the who, where or why. The relationship between Billy and Shayna is one of immediate attraction; a forbidden romance between ‘best friend’s younger sister’ but an attraction that has been building for several years. The $ex scenes are erotic, passionate and intense without the use of over the top, sexually graphic language and text. There are a large number of colorful and charismatic secondary and supporting characters including the members of the WFC: Marine Noah Cortez, Ranger Moses Griffin, Navy man Sean Riddick, Army nurse Daniela ‘Dani’ England, diving instructor Tara Hunter, MMA coaches John ‘Mack’ McPherson, Leo ‘Hawk’ Hawkins, and Colby Richmond. WE are introduced via Skype to Shayna’s brother Ryan Curtis, neighbor Reuben and his dog Ziggy, as well as several of Shayna’s co-workers at The Gazette. FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS is an emotional story of family, friendship, determination and strength. The premise is engaging, intelligent and edgy; the romance is spicy and hot; the characters are wounded, troubled, sassy and real. FIGHTING FOR WHAT’S HIS is an energetic and inspiring addition to Laura Kaye’s WARRIOR FIGHT CLUB that will captivate your attention from the start.
Katiekoz More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Fighting for What's His. It is an emotional read like the first book. Billy and Shayna both have things they need to work out and overcome in their lives. They make a great pairing though. They compliment each other nicely and make sense as a couple. Their story is sad at times, but it's a story about overcoming the past and creating a happy life. The concept was interesting and I found myself devouring the book in two sittings. Once again Laura Kaye does an excellent job of writing the characters and letting us see inside their heads and how their past has altered them. I can't wait to read more from this series!
Jennifer_e911 More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the Warrior Fight Club Series, a series based around a fight club made up of former military, which helps them adjust to civilian life. An amazing concept, this series delves into alternative therapies that could be used to help our warriors adapt. This is Billy's book, a former Army Ranger that was discharged due to injuries and is having a very hard time finding his place. Billy is a strong Warrior, but he still has a lot of issues, that he seems to be avoiding, instead of dealing with. When his best friend, also a fellow Ranger that is still active duty, asks for a favor, he doesn't hesitate. When his best friend's little sister shows up, moving in with him while looking for her own place, his already strained coping mechanisms fall apart. Shayna is a photo journalist. She has a brand new job with a DC news paper, and has relocated for that job. Staying with her older brother's best friend (who she had a crush on as a teenager!) should be a huge help to her. But the old feelings she had for Billy are suddenly back. Billy and Shayna are perfect together. Both have regrets in their pasts that haunt them. Both seem to ignore, rather than deal with the problems in their lives. And that almost costs them something amazing! This was another mind blowing story by an author that never fails to deliver a story that sticks with the reader.
Lisa-nh-23 More than 1 year ago
Two people who are innocently thrown together have more in common than they could possibly imagine. Grief plays a big part in both of their lives and it has consumed them and has given them a lonely existence where they are always alone. Billy’s job as a Private Investigator enables him to be cloaked in darkness and secrecy while he investigates individuals indiscretions. He spies on people, and they don’t see him. He analyzes reports alone in his office; he goes on stake outs, alone in his car. He has very little interaction with people while working and he doesn’t even know his neighbors. Lonely and alone. Shayna hides behind her camera lens taking pictures, only seeing what is directly in front of her. Her pictures tell a story so she doesn’t have to. She moved to DC to distance herself from her family and friends so she could start over and be alone with her grief. She has isolated herself from her past but she can never run away from it, and the same goes for Billy. Shayna and Billy were destined to meet because they are happier and healthier when they are together rather than apart. The time was right for them to finally find the one person to tear down the walls and scare away the demons so they could live life to the fullest and never be alone again.
anapjm02 More than 1 year ago
Laura Kaye has a sensibility in her writing about what hurts in the soul. Contemporary romance is not easy to write because even if you follow a specific trope you have to give these characters something deep, a third dimensional characteristic that makes them real and human. What I really enjoy about this series is that they are all wounded heroes that have to get used to the civilian life and deal with every day life and their PTSD and all the problems that go along. However, in this case, the interesting thing is that Shayna suffers from survivor's guilty without even having gone to the war and not being a military person. It makes Billy Parrish the perfect person for her. Billy and Shayna have a wonderful story of acceptance and dealing with their hurting souls, they need forgiveness and peace for their mind. This is a very good romance which talks about soul and being human.
Lashea677 More than 1 year ago
Billy seems to have his life in order. He works hard, plays hard and fights fierce. Despite the image he conveys, his wounds run deep. She's the battle that he never saw coming and not sure he can live without. Shayna is the one woman that has him questioning his long term plans. She's the beginning never imagined and the ending that he never wanted. Can he find the courage to conquer his demons and reach for the key to her heart? Fighting for What's His delivers the steam a Laura Kaye tale. From heartache to second chances, it's a gritty story filled with the emotion I've come to expect and that spark that I refuse to live without.