By Kelly Elliott
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.
After reading and loving SEARCHING FOR HARMONY last year, I jumped at the chance to read FIGHTING FOR LOVE, the next book in the Boston Love series.
I don’t remember any of the secondary characters from the last book, so I had no idea who Finn was. Turns out he’s the brother of Preston, the male lead from the previous book. He’s also a firefighter, one who has a playboy reputation. Or at least he did, until he saw Rory from across the room one day and became smitten with her immediately. I loved reading all the romantic gestures he pulled trying to win her affection, and in his spare time he reads to kids at the local library. Swoon.
“It’s our first date. I wanted it to be special for you, because you’re special to me.”
Rory was a lovely young woman, but too much of a people pleaser. She became a lawyer to please her mother. She stays away from firemen to please her father. She works harder than anyone else at her mother’s firm just to prove to her co-workers she’s not there just because of her mother. But in saying that, she’s not always a push-over. She had no problem putting her chauvinistic co-worker in his place several times, and she does finally stand up to her parents to find her own happiness.
There is one character in this story whose behaviour didn’t sit right with me, and that was Rory’s father. His insistence that she never date a firefighter was understandable, but only up to a certain point. When your daughter is twenty-six years old, you really need to let go. What was more disturbing was his over-the-top reaction to when Finn first declared his love for Rory. The way he treated Rory and Finn was disgusting, and I was disappointed that he wasn’t man enough to resolve things in the end.
FIGHTING FOR LOVE is told in dual POVs and while it’s part of a series, it can be read as a stand-alone. It was an enjoyable read and I’d love to visit this series again if/when the next book comes out.
Fighting For Love (Boston Love # 2)
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