(First to Fight #3)
by Jeanette Murray
Published: March 1, 2016
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The author of Against the Ropes takes her First to Fight series another round with a novel of a JAG officer who loses his cool, when love delivers a knockout punch...
Kara is a single mom working hard to keep life running smoothly for herself and her son, but a custody battle is wearing her down. When her friend suggests asking a JAG officer for some unofficial advice, Kara agrees—and soon finds herself officially head over heels...
As a Judge Advocate, Graham has seen his share of nasty custody disputes—and he plans on keeping his distance from this one. But this purposeful, passionate woman has a way of drawing him ever closer to the edge. And when Kara’s ex starts to throw his weight around, Graham will have to choose between toeing the line or stepping into the ring...
My Thoughts: This is the third novel I've read by Jeanette Murray, all being in her First to Fight series, and I've enjoyed each of them very much. The series centers around a team of Marine Boxers who are training for a big tournament, and the women in their lives that each of the heroes fall in love with. That said, Fight to the Finish is Graham and Kara's story. Graham is lawyer, one of the teams best boxers, and a total hottie. Kara is a yoga instructor who through mutual connections ends up doing some yoga training sessions with the guys on the team. She and Graham have been crushing on each other for a while now, but Kara is a single mom with a really sweet son who has a ton of food allergies. She doesn't date, and she especially doesn't want to date a Marine, especially when falling for one would involve probably moving to a different area, probably more than once. Graham, however, is determined to get past Kara's defenses and show her that he can be a man she could have a future with. He's great with Kara's son, and as I said before, a total hottie.
I enjoyed watching the romance unfold and develop between Kara and Graham, and loved seeing the way he was with Kara's son. In addition to the romance, there is also quite a bit of suspense as the mystery unfolds regarding some vandalism that has been happening, which escalates into something much more dangerous. Another bonus is getting to see the characters from the previous two novels make an appearance in Fight to the Finish as well. Overall, Fight to the Finish is a very entertaining sports-themed romance with a bit of suspense in the mix as well. Definitely worth checking out.