★★★★ 4 Stars!
“Sometimes the willingness to fight for another is all a person has left to give. And sometimes the fight is the most important gift of all.”
The Fight for Us by Elizabeth Finn is a beautiful, gut-wrenching, heart warming story about two people who had given up the fight to live a happy and carefree life but who together, help each other to overcome their fears and realize life and love are still worth fighting for.
Joselyn "Joss" Verna and Isaiah Henry are both single parents with a fourteen year old daughter. Joss and Isaiah's first meeting takes off with a rocky start when Joss gets called into the principal's office because her daughter Harper is being accused of bullying Isaiah's daughter Natalie. Naturally, this leads to a lot of tension and even some anger between the two parents, but when they keep running in to each other and they start getting to know each other better, this anger start to turn into respect and an undeniable sexual attraction, which they are both, for their own reasons, reluctant to act upon at first.
Isaiah and Joss have both been through a lot in their life and while Isaiah's late wife is no longer in the picture, Joss's ex-husband Todd comes back to taunt her time and again. From the prologue I already knew what a horrible person he was, but throughout the story Todd just became more and more vicious in his attempts to hurt Joss and that provided for a lot of tension and drama. Throughout the first half of the book, Isaiah pissed me off sometimes with his lack of willingness to fight for Joss, but luckily he got it together and became the strong-willed source of support Joss needed in order to fight her ex.
"We're stronger when we're together."
Individually they might have been moving miserably through life, but together they give each other strength. They each had to overcome their own obstacles and fight their own battles before they were ready to fight for each other and through alternating POV's the author managed to give a perfect insight in how both of them evolved and became stronger throughout the story.
All in all, this was a wonderfully written, drama-filled, emotional and sensual read with a very swoon-worthy read and some very entertaining side characters. I especially liked their daughters Harper and Natalie and the role they played in bringing Joss and Isaiah even closer together. This was only my second book by Elizabeth Finn but it was once again a winner so I already know it won't be my last!
Highly recommend romantic standalone novel.
**ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review**
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