The Final Fight by J.B. Salsbury

The Final Fight

When life brings you the perfect person at the worst possible time… On a weekend visit to Las Vegas to visit his brother, Marine Braeden Daniels meets a woman who challenges him in ways he can’t deny. The best part is she wants what he wants. No strings. No feelings. Just fun. AJ is a Las Vegas performer who is finally living her dream. Growing up poor, she’s determined to...

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The Final Fight Reviews

  • Betul

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

    3.5 stars

    The Fighting series by J.B. Salsbury is one of my favorites and has a special place in my heart. I read the first book four years ago, and have been a fan of the author ever since. It was bittersweet when I heard that this book would be the last one in the series. I have been through so much with the characters and I love them. I loved that they all were present in this book, it made me want to reread all their stories. Let me stop remini

    **ARC provided in exchange for an honest review**

    3.5 stars

    The Fighting series by J.B. Salsbury is one of my favorites and has a special place in my heart. I read the first book four years ago, and have been a fan of the author ever since. It was bittersweet when I heard that this book would be the last one in the series. I have been through so much with the characters and I love them. I loved that they all were present in this book, it made me want to reread all their stories. Let me stop reminiscing and get back to The Final Fight. This book is about Marine Braeden Daniels, who is Blake Daniels' (main character in the second book: Fighting to Forgive) younger brother. His love interest is AJ, who is an acrobatic performer in Las Vegas. I really enjoyed how they met and their chemistry together. Both are married to their jobs and don't really have time for a committed relationship. I liked that there was no miscommunication about that. They were both upfront with how things would go down, and I really appreciate that. Of course eventually feelings come into play, and decisions have to be made.

    Even though I enjoyed this book, it wasn't my favorite. I don't know why, but it was a bit difficult for me to connect to AJ and Braeden. I liked AJ more than I did Braeden, even though he was such a nice guy. He made some decisions and acted in a way that I didn't support. There was even a moment that I was hoping that they didn't end up together. Thankfully, the author managed to convince me that these two belonged together. I just wanted these two to spend more time together, and really grow as a couple. I think that was what I was missing the most in this book. Overall, The Final Fight was a solid contemporary romance with interesting characters. There was one side character, who I hope will get his own book, because I am kind of in love with him.

  • AJ

    I loved EVERYTHING about this book! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I felt everything in between! JB Salsbury has given us another emotionally intense story with a romance that is just perfection. I freaking loved it!

    While I am sad to see this series come to an end, I’ve been really looking forward to this book, and it’s a very worthy end to a collection of wonderful, character-driven stories, finishing the series with (in my opinion) one of the best. Having said that tho

    I loved EVERYTHING about this book! I laughed, I cried, I swooned, and I felt everything in between! JB Salsbury has given us another emotionally intense story with a romance that is just perfection. I freaking loved it!

    While I am sad to see this series come to an end, I’ve been really looking forward to this book, and it’s a very worthy end to a collection of wonderful, character-driven stories, finishing the series with (in my opinion) one of the best. Having said that though, this book would stand strongly on its own, and could be read without the others first (though of course you would be missing background on the side characters).

    Braeden has appeared in the series before. He is Blake’s younger brother who, after escaping the controlling hand of his father, became a marine. He loves his job and has dedicated his life to proudly serving his country, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t enjoy a bit of fun as well, and he often makes the trip down to Vegas to visit his brother and party it up as he enjoys the single life.

    AJ is a performer in a Cirque-du-Soleil-ish act on the Vegas strip. It’s what she’s always dreamed of and she’s loving her new life, working her butt off to make her dreams a reality and not letting anything get in her way.

    Braeden and AJ meet one night in the casino, there’s a spark, and it’s all on. From that first meeting full of flirty smiles and witty banter, to fun moments and easy conversation as they get to know each other, you can feel their attraction blossom. And they hold nothing back from each other, offering complete honesty about their feelings and where they are at, all underpinned by sizzling chemistry which builds beautifully into a steaming hot weekend that both of them know they won’t be able to walk away from.

    And thank God, that isn’t it, because what develops is an absolutely gorgeous, though undefined, relationship as Braeden and AJ steal every moment they can – having fun together, exploring their insane chemistry, and being there for each other in all the ways they want to be. But then the time comes for Braeden’s deployment and they are suddenly facing six months apart.

    They face it sensibly, knowing that 6 months isn’t forever, but also knowing that they are both single-mindedly pursuing their dream careers, so they don’t put any unrealistic expectations on themselves or each other. But those six months will change them irrevocably, and finding their way back to each other will be a journey that neither of them expected.

    I won’t say any more because you seriously just need to dive in and experience it – and let me tell you that you will feel every single moment of it! My heart ached for these characters. ACHED! I felt so much for them, and I wanted to badly to reach into my book and hold them both. But the way it all played out was just magic. I could understand where they were at, and it was hard and messy at times, but I admired them so much for the way they dealt with everything. And as they work to overcome all that they are faced with, everything that was once between them is still very much there and the love story beautifully and naturally unfolds.

    Braeden and AJ are amazing. I love their fun, their honesty, their intelligence, and their willingness to explore everything happening between them. They are the kind of characters that I love reading about. But not to be outdone, I loved seeing more of Blake in the role of big brother. He really steps up for Brae, and he had me in tears more than once as he unequivocally has his brother’s back.

    The rest of the MMA crew and their girls are all a part of the journey, and I loved catching up with them and getting some progression for their stories as well, but Braeden and AJ and their story absolutely shine among a sea of much-loved characters, and I adored their book.

    5 huge stars.

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  • Ellen at Book Bellas

    JB Salsbury is my go-to author for sweet and sexy Alpha heroes and The Final Fight did not disappoint!! I absolutely adored this story and read it in one sitting. Passionate and funny and sexy and heartfelt. Don't miss this fabulous conclusion to the Fighting Series!!

    Back to Las Vegas, the Final Fight does not so much focus on the fighting world as it does on the experiences of our war heroes. All of my favorite characters make an appearance though and the way the author ties everything togethe

    JB Salsbury is my go-to author for sweet and sexy Alpha heroes and The Final Fight did not disappoint!! I absolutely adored this story and read it in one sitting. Passionate and funny and sexy and heartfelt. Don't miss this fabulous conclusion to the Fighting Series!!

    Back to Las Vegas, the Final Fight does not so much focus on the fighting world as it does on the experiences of our war heroes. All of my favorite characters make an appearance though and the way the author ties everything together was incredibly satisfying.

    AJ is pursuing her dreams of headlining as an acrobatic dancer in a Las Vegas show. For now, she's just one of the performers in a Cirque du Soleil-type show. But she dreams big. And nothing and no one will deter her from her dreams.

    Braeden is only in town for a short time on military leave. He is instantly drawn to AJ's wit and beauty and drive. He is not interested in a long-term commitment because he knows he can be shipped out anytime. I loved when these two met because they are both funny, driven and just very REAL.

    I really felt their intense connection which is SO important for me. Their chemistry is scorching hot but more than that, they share an emotional connection. Even though they both try to deny it.

    Circumstances and a series of miscommunications lead to Braeden and AJ being separated. JB Salsbury added just the right amount of angst so that the story moved forward but never felt forced. And can I say that I really liked AJ's boss, Andre? I felt that he was a little misunderstood and I can definitely feel another story there!

    Braeden and AJ both have to overcome tragedy and curveballs thrown in their way. But their story is ultimately uplifting and inspiring and very, very emotional. Braeden especially was SO inspiring.

    Fans of the Fighting Series will LOVE how this series ends. 'The Final Fight' is fast-paced, sexy and funny in all the right places. I loved Braeden and AJ and their inspiring journey.

  •  Sonya ♕Chatterbooks book blog♕

    I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve read a book from the fighting series I’m seriously smacking myself right now because I forgot just how good they were! I feel like I need to go back and savor every last word from the previous books that I did read and hold on just a little bit longer because this really was the Final Fight.

    If you’re familiar with the past characters then you know that Braedan Daniels is the younger brother of Blake Daniels who’s now a former UFL Fighter. Well he’s

    I can’t believe it’s been so long since I’ve read a book from the fighting series I’m seriously smacking myself right now because I forgot just how good they were! I feel like I need to go back and savor every last word from the previous books that I did read and hold on just a little bit longer because this really was the Final Fight.

    If you’re familiar with the past characters then you know that Braedan Daniels is the younger brother of Blake Daniels who’s now a former UFL Fighter. Well he’s making his own mark now by stepping away from the required family tradition and decides to become a marine. Doing the right thing has never been the problem for this Marine but one look at the brown eyed beauty, and he’s breaking all the rules of wanting something more.

    Becoming a well established performer in Las Vegas isn’t easy but for someone like AJ, having an opportunity to do so is the only thing she cares about. When she meets Braedan at the casino, AJ knows that this Marine is going to make her feel things she’s never felt before and when her number one goal is to be successful, that kind of distraction can be dangerous.

    I don’t want to give the entire story away so this review is going to be short and very vague. What I will say is that I loved seeing Breeden and AJ’s interactions with each other. These two were the complete opposite of each other in certain things but when they together, it felt so natural and complete. I also loved that we got to see more of Blake and his family because I missed them and it was good to catch up.

    If you’re new to this series or you’ve just read a few books before, then you’re going to love the final chapter in this epic fighting Saga.

     

     

  • ✿kawehi.reviews

    JB Salsbury is one of my five go to authors that never ever fails me. Her writing is raw, unfiltered, diversely layered, and very relatable.

    From parental issues, abuse, rape, selling of the flesh; to self-identity crises, personal tragedies, devastating loss and redemption; this series covers a wide range of issues.

    In the latest and final novel in its series,

    focuses upon two fighters.

    JB Salsbury is one of my five go to authors that never ever fails me. Her writing is raw, unfiltered, diversely layered, and very relatable.

    From parental issues, abuse, rape, selling of the flesh; to self-identity crises, personal tragedies, devastating loss and redemption; this series covers a wide range of issues.

    In the latest and final novel in its series,

    focuses upon two fighters.

    Braeden, our male heroine, is a born military man and the younger brother of UFL fighter, Blake Daniels. His lady love, AJ Pines, is an up and acrobat dancer in one of the hottest Vegas hotels premier shows, Eros, looking for her big break.

    Both committed to their fields of expertise, neither had ever expected a few days of no strings attached fun to turn into something possibly more.

    Now with Braeden about to be deployed overseas to Iraq and AJ to be left in Vegas, reality begins to get real, QUICK, and now the rules have changed and the the stakes are much higher.

    We witness Braeden and AJ through their highs and utter lows, and let me say, it was gut wrenching to bear at times. For Braeden and those who serve in the military--- the juggle between the call of duty and leaving behind your loved ones can be an agonizing toll. For soldiers and their kin, it's always the fear of the unknown. Not knowing if you're going to come back, or, come back not the person you once were before you left.

    Can Braeden quench that call to serve and protect and still preserve the man he was? That is, if he survives his next deployment? And if so, can he finally claim the girl he told not to wait for him but yearns for?.... OR will the glitz and glamour of Sin City turn her away?

    As for AJ, being a struggling performer America's City of Lights, can be both gratifying but dangerous ordeal. It is her dream to become the starting act but as she soon finds out, reaching that ambition might cost her more than she could have ever anticipated.

    Can she become the top lining artist she's always wanted to be? Will she ever get the chance to confess to the man who stole her heart but hasn't heard a word from in months?..... Or will she leave with a broken heart and broken dreams?

    Fans of the FIGHTING series will be in for a treat in this story of love, perseverance, and sacrifice.

    I felt it highlighted the fighting nature of the human spirit in all faucets. From the plights of our men and women bravely serving on the frontlines and the predicaments they take on and off the frontlines....To the hardwork and grueling nature of being an athlete.... These are only some examples of one's resilience and determination to overcome the odds, as shown in our characters, Braeden and AJ.

    It's a battle that co-exists in all aspects of life really. From getting up in the morning and picking yourself up no matter how low you've sunk. You need to go out fighting and live your life to its fullest. That's what this book and all of the FIGHTING books themes emcompass.

    I'm still trying to convince myself that this is not the end of this series for me but from what I gather I suppose it is. Pity, I would have read 10 more books of these characters if that I meant I could hold on to them forever; but, it was fun while it all lasted.

    Will certainly miss the entire FIGHTING family and their highly functional-dysfunctional cocoon of guys and gals and their impenetrable bond of love, friendship and unwavering brotherhood. #GOALSBABY

    Anyway, #ONE-CLICK #ONE-CLICK #ONE-CLICK STRAIGHT AWAY!! #ANDREI<3U You will not be disappointed!

  • Jen

    Jen reviewing for KinkyGirlsBookObsessions

    I'm so sad to be seeing this series come to an end but hot damn did it go out with a bang!

    Ever since book 1 I have become attached to every book in this series. JB gives us an ending that does this series justice. Fans of military romance, you'll want to jump on this as soon as it's live! Such a beautiful story of true love and overcoming your demons and coming out on the other side.

    I honestly didn't think any story in this series could hit me harder t

    Jen reviewing for KinkyGirlsBookObsessions

    I'm so sad to be seeing this series come to an end but hot damn did it go out with a bang!

    Ever since book 1 I have become attached to every book in this series. JB gives us an ending that does this series justice. Fans of military romance, you'll want to jump on this as soon as it's live! Such a beautiful story of true love and overcoming your demons and coming out on the other side.

    I honestly didn't think any story in this series could hit me harder than Killian and Axelle, but boy did Braeden and AJ break my heart and put it back together. I'm pretty sure I cried for 50% of the book. Their story is that real. It's that raw. It's that true. And it's that beautiful. It brings to the forefront what really happens after war and how our hero's and their families are left in a sense to pick up the pieces.

    I absolutely adore every word written not just in this book, but the entire series, so JB Salsbury, I think I speak for everyone when I say Thank You for bringing us these fierce loyal men and what a wild ride it's been!

    5 Muffin Stars for The Final Fight

  • Pavlina Read more sleep less blog❤❤

    4 stars

    I enjoyed this one a lot and now I want to read the rest books in the series.It was sexy and passionate.I devoured it, the characters were great and I really felt their intense connection.

    “I don’t need promises. I only want to live in this moment with you, whatever that means, and not think about tomorrow or a week or a year from now.”

    The story kept my interest until the end.Overall it was a great story.

     

  • ♚Julia ~ The Romance Rebels ♚

    I still remember all the feels Fighting For Flight gave me like it was yesterday. The Fighting series has been one of my favorites, and I have been a die hard fan of J.B. Salsbury's ever since. I am so incredibly sad that this is the end to an incredible series. To see all the characters from previous books, made my heart bleed and damn near teary eyed. I just wanted to go back and start the series all over again, after finishing The Final Fight.

    The Final Flight is the story of Braeden Daniels,

    I still remember all the feels Fighting For Flight gave me like it was yesterday. The Fighting series has been one of my favorites, and I have been a die hard fan of J.B. Salsbury's ever since. I am so incredibly sad that this is the end to an incredible series. To see all the characters from previous books, made my heart bleed and damn near teary eyed. I just wanted to go back and start the series all over again, after finishing The Final Fight.

    The Final Flight is the story of Braeden Daniels, Blake Daniels brother. And his love interest is AJ, a performer in Vegas. They both were workaholics, didn't have time or want to be in a committed relationship. Made their point known from the very beginning, that this is a fling.... just a fling. Or so they thought!

    Why my rating:

    Even though I liked this story, it wasn't exactly my favorite. I felt the chemistry between Braeden and AJ, but their relationship felt a bit forced. I honestly had a really hard time liking Braedan..... *GASP* I know, I love his brother but Braeden....It took some time. But overall I thought it was a good ending, a great wrap up for the Fighting series.

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    Amazing is the word that came to my head when I read the last word. J.B. gave us a tough subject but she handled it beautifully.

    There are many people that have loved ones that have gone through what Braeden went through. And though I have not dealt with something that deep I can only imagine that if they have people like AJ (Adeline), Blake, Killian and the rest of the family that it might make it a bit more manageable.

    AJ's life has been anything but easy yet she did what she had to, to surviv

    Amazing is the word that came to my head when I read the last word. J.B. gave us a tough subject but she handled it beautifully.

    There are many people that have loved ones that have gone through what Braeden went through. And though I have not dealt with something that deep I can only imagine that if they have people like AJ (Adeline), Blake, Killian and the rest of the family that it might make it a bit more manageable.

    AJ's life has been anything but easy yet she did what she had to, to survive. When she catches a strangers attention she knows that nothing can come from it because she is focused and determined to succeed.

    Braeden was a sexy smooth talker that did not take no for an answer. And though he was married to the military he realized that AJ would not be one of his many conquest. AJ's never been one to "cling" on to guys but with Braeden it's different and that's why it hurt much more.

    Y'all be prepared to sniffle, cry, punch and smack some sense into certain individuals. I had to hold my composure at work because I decided I could not wait until I got home to start reading it and good grief was it hard. 4.5 Stars

  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

    Over the past 4 years JB Salisbury has made me laugh and cry with her Fighting series. She's given us sexy Alpha Males and sweet sassy heroines who fight for love. The Final Fight, the last book in the series, is no different.

    I was immediately drawn into their story and once I started reading it I didn't put it down. Braeden and AJ have a quick and easy chemistry-with or without clothes on. It was evident they were perfect for each other but timing wasn't on their side.

    Their friendship grew qu

    Over the past 4 years JB Salisbury has made me laugh and cry with her Fighting series. She's given us sexy Alpha Males and sweet sassy heroines who fight for love. The Final Fight, the last book in the series, is no different.

    I was immediately drawn into their story and once I started reading it I didn't put it down. Braeden and AJ have a quick and easy chemistry-with or without clothes on. It was evident they were perfect for each other but timing wasn't on their side.

    Their friendship grew quickly and easily. While neither was looking for more, you could feel their hearts breaking when he leaves for his 6 month deployment.

    During their time apart they both experience tragedy. They are forced to change and must learn how to mend without one another. Despite constantly thinking of the other one.

    At times I found the story to be predictable but I enjoyed it nevertheless. Their heartache and love was so real at times.

    I also liked reconnecting with the other characters. Blake is one of my favorites and excited he was part of this final journey. There were also a few characters in the book that I would love to see them getting their own book.

    The story can be read as a standalone and still enjoyed but I would recommend starting from the beginning.


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