Fighting For You (Danvers #4) by Sydney Landon
Released: October 15, 2013
Genre: Contemporary romance
Reviewed by Sarah
On the flap: Ella Webber has spent years uncomfortable around the opposite sex...
But as soon as she meets handsome Declan Stone, she is smitten. Quickly they become friends, finding frequent reasons to see each other around the office, and Ella longs for even more. So-with a little help from her friends-Ella resorts to performing a little seduction. One that Declan will never be able to resist.
Burdened by emotional baggage from his time in the army, Declan refuses to believe he's the right man for sweet Ella. Even if she makes him long for normal things, like marriage and family....But in his attempts to close off his heart from her love, could he have underestimated Ella's powers of persuasion?
This is the fourth installment in the Danvers series but can still be enjoyed as a standalone book, although I would recommend starting from the beginning of the series to get the most out of it. By doing that you can really see the various personalities and how they all play off each other, plus they’re just good reads.
Because Ella Webber was raised in a strict religious household, she has had issues coming into her own; her own personality, her own style. We met her a couple of books back where she was markedly more awkward but now under the tutelage of her friends, Beth, Suzy, and Claire she has grown comfortable in her own skin while learning how to be herself. She is sweet, funny, kind, caring…and horny for Declan Stone.
Declan is a former military man who has seen too many horrible things while serving overseas. These events have scarred him mentally and rendered him emotionally unavailable. He continues to carry the guilt of losing comrades to senseless acts of violence. Now although wanting more with Ella, the past culpability makes him want to limit himself to be only her protector.
Ella takes matters into her own hands to make herself more desirable to Declan. She figures she needs to be more worldly and have more experience to attract him. This quickly becomes like a game of dating chicken that he’s not willing to play. He continues to tell himself he’s just shielding her from dating other men who will simply take advantage meanwhile they’re relationship continues to flourish.
I love how this book shows two people who have overcome various obstacles and have in different instances hidden parts of themselves but together they can be comfortable and open. Towards the end, I thought I knew how the peak of the story would happen but the author through a slight curveball (with a good message). There are new and interesting characters introduced to let you know the series still has fresh paths to take. Fighting for You, like the previous Danvers books, is a quick and satisfying read filled with quirkiness, pleasure, and love.
Rating: 4.5 Stars
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I have a large appetite for books with pensive alpha males. I tend to lean towards erotica and contemporary romance. I am completely addicted to my Kindle and feel naked when it’s not with me. If you have any recommendations, feel free to email them. I’m a single-ish woman with two crazy dogs. I also love football and basketball. Living in Oklahoma City, my teams are the Thunder and Sooners.