Fighting Fair by Anne Calhoun
Published by Self-Published on July 15, 2011
Genres: Contemporary, Erotic, Romance
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With a marriage in trouble, there’s no such thing as fighting fair...
Jersey girl Natalie Copeland is ready to give up on a decade of marriage. Her husband Shane disappeared into the long, stressful hours necessary to make partner at his investment firm, and now their once-hot sex life has gone ice cold. She knows fighting for the man she loves against the adrenaline rush of deals and dollars is a fight she can’t win.
The fast-track to partner came a high price, but Shane’s not going to lose Natalie over his work. He knows winning back his headstrong, passionate wife won’t be easy. Proving he’s in their marriage forever will take everything he’s got...and on Wall Street and in love, there’s no such thing as a fair fight.
12,000 words in length, contemporary erotic romance.
Fighting Fair is a super hot short that I really enjoyed. I’ve always enjoyed Romances where the couple already have some sort of deep connection – reunited lovers, friends to lovers, marriage in trouble – because those type of plot devices really allow the author to dig deeper into the emotions of the characters instead of worrying about how to get the couple into bed.
There’s not too much to the story to discuss – Shane and Natalie have been married for ten years but he’s allowed business to change the way he interacts with his wife. This change is so drastic from the man Natalie has married that she was finally forced to admit – to Shane as well – that if he didn’t change his priorities he would be going through a divorce. Shane loves his wife, he just had a difficult time finding a work/life balance and compounded that by ignoring his wife’s complaints.
When Shane was forced to look at his actions and the way he treated his wife, he realized he really did need to reorganize his priorities. He decided to fight to keep his marriage and he never “fights fair,” he fights to win.
I loved watching Shane break down Natalie’s walls of hurt and anger. The sex between Shane and Natalie is incredibly hot as well. My only issue with the story was the…incredibly fast shift that occurred when Shane and Natalie went from a huge argument to sex. That transition was really harsh and stark to me so it felt more than a little forced. My other favorite part of the story was when Shane and Natalie actually sat down to talk. *Bliss*
I also read the untitled free short prequel for Fighting Fair. I have to say, it really enhanced my enjoyment of Fighting Fair.