I continue to hop into series in mid-point, and Kirsty Moseley’s Fighting to Be Free series is no exception. With the second book in the series, narrated by Caitlin Elizabeth and Michael Crouch, please read on for my review of the audio version of
Worth Fighting For
Told in dual POV, this wraps up the story for Jamie and Ella, and while I am sure I missed fully enjoying this book because I hadn’t read the first, I can wholeheartedly say that I was drawn into the story and completely engaged and entertained from the start. Since breaking up because they wanted different, Ella has been living in England while Jamie has never quite left the gangster lifestyle, the life that cost him Ella. He’s broken, bitter and unable to forget her, but he’s doing his best to not believe in love anymore, and push thoughts of her away. But, Ella comes home in the wake of a tragedy, and he can’t stay away, even as he knows he must.
Ella has a choice: she never forgot Jamie, but she has a life in England and a fiancé, so everything should be clear cut. But, we all know that the first love is that one that always leaves you with the ‘what if’ moments, and maybe there’s still something there. But Jamie has changed: he’s harder, edgier and the pain he tries so hard to hide just radiates from him, at least to her. She shouldn’t want more from him, she knows he’s back in a dangerous life, and he wasn’t able to walk away from it before – can he now. Or does he even want to? Or her?
The twists and turns that Moseley wrote here felt so right: they did have much to sort out, and both have grown and changed since they were last together. But to pull the emotions and make them present and palpable, where I could understand (and even appreciate) all of the justifications and reasons for their break, and feel the struggle that they now face was nothing short of wonderful. With a narrator that perfectly captured the youth, grief and kindness of Ella as voiced by Caitlin Elizabeth. You could feel the emotional struggles and her whole pro-con list for moving back to England and the life she left versus taking another chance. Michael Crouch perfectly sets Jamie: rough-edged, foul-mouthed and wounded, trying to be hard until the simple presence of Ella softens him, allowing him to feel hope again, reconnecting him with that younger, hope filled self. A wonderful story that comes to life in audio: keep the tissues handy – you won’t leave this one without tears.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story: 5
Title: Worth Fighting For
Author: Kirsty Moseley
Series: Fighting to be Free #2
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance
Narrator: Caitlin Elizabeth, Michael Crouch
Published by: Forever, Hachette Audio
Published on: 6 December 2017
Source: Hachette Audio
Audio Length: 10 Hours: 7 minutes
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Kirsty Moseley brings us the sequel to Fighting to be Free.
It's been years since Jamie Cole's seen Ellie Pearce. He's immersed himself in the life he'd once fought to leave and taken over his old turf--creating dangerous rivals. He has nothing to lose--until Ellie comes back to town.
Ellie has moved on. She met a man in London--a man she's marrying. She hardly allows herself to remember the boy who broker her heart at 18. But when tragedy strikes, Ellie's forced to return to New York. She thought she could handle seeing Jamie again, but she can't deny he's still a part of her. Now amidst threats from Jamie's enemies and fighting to keep her sister safe, Ellie must decide to return to her fiancé or surrender to the fire that still burns with Jamie.
A copy of this title was provided via Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.