Kirsty Moseley brings us the sequel to Fighting to be Free. Sometimes in life you have to walk away . . .
Leaving Jamie Cole was the hardest thing Ellie Pearce ever had to do. Somehow, she moved on. She made a new life in a new city with a new man. So when a family tragedy calls Ellie back home, she believes all her old feelings for Jamie-the hunger, the heat, the heartbreak-are safely behind her. But the second she lays eyes on him, the intensity of their connection is as strong as ever.
Sometimes you stay and fight . . .
Jamie knows pain. He's felt it fighting in the streets, and he felt it fighting to survive in prison. Yet nothing he's experienced has been as painful as the day Ellie left-until the moment she came back. This time Jamie is determined to hold on to Ellie forever. But as much as she still loves him, she can't ignore the dark world he's now a part of. Jamie has enemies. Dangerous ones. And after seeing Jamie with Ellie, they know exactly how to take him out . . .
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.75(d)|
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AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story: 5 Told in dual POV, this wraps up the story for Jamie and Ella, and while I am sure I missed fully enjoying this book because I hadn’t read the first, I can wholeheartedly say that I was drawn into the story and completely engaged and entertained from the start. Since breaking up because they wanted different, Ella has been living in England while Jamie has never quite left the gangster lifestyle, the life that cost him Ella. He’s broken, bitter and unable to forget her, but he’s doing his best to not believe in love anymore, and push thoughts of her away. But, Ella comes home in the wake of a tragedy, and he can’t stay away, even as he knows he must. Ella has a choice: she never forgot Jamie, but she has a life in England and a fiancé, so everything should be clear cut. But, we all know that the first love is that one that always leaves you with the ‘what if’ moments, and maybe there’s still something there. But Jamie has changed: he’s harder, edgier and the pain he tries so hard to hide just radiates from him, at least to her. She shouldn’t want more from him, she knows he’s back in a dangerous life, and he wasn’t able to walk away from it before – can he now. Or does he even want to? Or her? The twists and turns that Moseley wrote here felt so right: they did have much to sort out, and both have grown and changed since they were last together. But to pull the emotions and make them present and palpable, where I could understand (and even appreciate) all of the justifications and reasons for their break, and feel the struggle that they now face was nothing short of wonderful. With a narrator that perfectly captured the youth, grief and kindness of Ella as voiced by Caitlin Elizabeth. You could feel the emotional struggles and her whole pro-con list for moving back to England and the life she left versus taking another chance. Michael Crouch perfectly sets Jamie: rough-edged, foul-mouthed and wounded, trying to be hard until the simple presence of Ella softens him, allowing him to feel hope again, reconnecting him with that younger, hope filled self. A wonderful story that comes to life in audio: keep the tissues handy – you won’t leave this one without tears. I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
5 Stars When I first read Fighting To Be Free I had no idea it ended on a cliffhanger, I didn't check to see if there were more books in the series I just jumped right in. For me this book was a bit slower to draw me into the story than FTBF, I found it a little hard to get into early on but once I got over the 15% mark I was completely enthralled! I couldn't wait to see where Kirsty took these two characters next! Jamie stole my heart in the first book and I am so happy to say that he kept it in this one! Jamie has to be a favourite hero of mine lately, he is so loveable and his corniness just adds to his appeal!! Ellie has just had some devastating news and has to return back to the states after settling in London for the past two years! She is thrown through a loop with everything that is happening and struggles with the weight of it all! Ellie was a lot stronger for me in this book, I definitely felt more connected and liked her a lot more! This book took me a while to get into but once I was in I couldn’t wait to get to the next page, I stayed up half the night finishing it! I have loved all of Kirsty’s work that I have read and this one was no different! I feel so invested in these characters and their happiness and I really hope we get a glimpse into their life further down the road, maybe a spinoff about Stacey? Here’s hoping!!
worth fighting for continues the story of ellie and jamie from fighting to be free. it's been three years since the events that closed out the first novel, and ellie has spent all of them hiding in europe. jamie is now out of prison and even more enmeshed in his thug life style. because he has nothing without ellie. there's no need to plan for a future when you destroyed it so utterly before it could even get started. but when ellie's parents are in a serious car accident and she is forced to return to the states, it is inevitable that the two of them will end up in each other's orbits. moseley manages to draw this out, surprisingly. we spend a lot of time catching up with the two characters individually before we see them together again. but ellie and jamie are too explosive to keep away from each other. when they do get back together, conveniently after ellie has broken up with her british fiancé, the sparks fly and they cannot keep their hands off each other. but the joy that the first book had is missing. they are older and more aware of how fragile love is. they are scarred. and that makes sense given everything. i still had issues with the characters' ages, i still think the author should have aged them up in the first book so that they were older here. these characters felt like 25 year olds, but they were only 21. but when i didn't sit and think about it, you know, it is one of those details that doesn't really matter. most of the time it was easy to forget how young they were supposed to be, so you could just roll with the story. i also still struggled with how easy it was for jamie to be part of the criminal underworld, essentially running his own gang, and then turn around and give it up when it came to that. maybe i'm just scarred by years of watching general hospital and seeing how impossible it was for sonny and his associates to ever leave the business, but there is no way it is as simple as jamie makes it out to be. or as easy as the author makes it for jamie. even though there's that ridiculous showdown with jamie's rival gang, everything still happens too easily in my opinion. but everyone gets their happy ending. so the minor quibbles are easily forgotten. **worth fighting for will publish on december 6, 2016. i received an advance reader copy courtesy of netgalley/forever (grand central publishing) in exchange for my honest review.