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unDefeated (Wayward Fighters, #3)

by J. C. Valentine

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This story surprised me. Since it is part of the Wayward Fighters series, I thought there would be a lot of physicality in it and action. Well, there is plenty of action in the bedroom, lol. It's a sexy story! But it's also a thoughtful one. There's a great deal of reflection on the characters' parts as they struggle with their own problems and try to help each other.
Some people are their own worst enemy. That's certainly true of Spencer. His gambling addiction led to the injury of his best friend and his own stint in rehab. Olivia has tried to visit him there every week, but he's always turned her away. When his time in rehab is up, he has nowhere to go and ends up on Liv's doorstep.
Liv loves him but wonders if she can get through to him. She has her own demons to fight and her own addiction to battle, which is revealed later in the story. Both characters struggle with unhappy pasts, but while Liv is trying to better herself, it seems that Spencer is content to wallow in self-pity and a sense of worthlessness.
I didn't much care for Spencer at first, but that turned around when Liv's problem is revealed. Though he has trouble being strong for himself, he is a rock when it turns out she needs him. Though both these characters are flawed, I loved the way they stood strong for each other. Spencer is determined to help Olivia through her hard times, just as she tried to help him. I was glad that the author stressed the importance of therapy when dealing with different types of addictions. Support is extremely important--it's very difficult for a person to "tough it out" on his own. Spencer and Liv rely on that support not just for their individual problems, but to work out the kinks in their relationship as well.
This is part of a series, and though I haven't read the first two books in the series, I had no trouble following the action. I gather than Spencer was something of an unsympathetic character in the earlier books. JC Valentine did a good job of showing what made him tick and bringing out his humanity. ( )
  nonaraines | Nov 29, 2015 |
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