Advanced Book Review: Fight to Forgive, by j. leigh bailey


Fight To Forgive, by j. leigh bailey
Series: Letting Go, Book 3 (Stand-alone)
Publisher: Carina Press
Release Date: March 28, 2016

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

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Recent college grad Aaron Elliott is a pro when it comes to avoiding conflict. So when he hears his mother and stepfather plan to sell the family’s rambling summer retreat, it takes everything in him to object. The lake house is where he feels closest to his late father. It’s where he fell in love with his best friend…and it’s where he let family pressure decide his future rather than following his heart.

A combat injury has naval officer James “Freddie” Fredrick dry-docked, possibly for good. But the pain in his shoulder is nothing like the hurt he feels when he sees Aaron back in town. It’s been four years since the love of his life left without a word—and though Freddie would give anything to deny it, the heat between them hasn’t faded.

Once upon a time, Aaron let Freddie go without a fight. He won’t screw up their second chance to have a happy ending. But unless he makes peace with the past, Freddie won’t be able to face their future.


M/M Pairing
Bisexual Character
Gay Character
Second Chance
Small Town


I really adore j. leigh’s novels to pieces. They’re sweet and romantic and the relationships are lovely. I really tore through it in a couple of hours and couldn’t put it down!

I love books with second chances and past misunderstandings. This book has both of those in spades, and a lot of fascinating flashbacks so we can see the past and present of Freddie and Aaron’s relationship.

There’s not a lot of drama. It’s set up so you’d expect there to be, but mostly it’s some brief intense emotion that then only unravels. And on the one hand I really loved that, because I didn’t really need big drama.

But I do wish some of the build-up had been more bang and less fizzle. There are a lot of plots weaving around, and while most resolve satisfactorily, a few were tied off a bit too cleanly.

A really excellent read! I will gladly devour anything that j. leigh puts out.


j. leigh bailey is an office drone by day and the author of Young Adult LGBT Romance by night. She can usually be found with her nose in a book or pressed up against her computer monitor. A book-a-day reading habit sometimes gets in the way of… well, everything…but some habits aren’t worth breaking. She’s been reading romance novels since she was ten years old. The last twenty years or so have not changed her voracious appetite for stories of romance, relationships and achieving that vitally important Happy Ever After. She’s a firm believer that everyone, no matter their gender, age, sexual orientation or paranormal affiliation deserves a happy ending.

You can buy Fight to Forgive from the publisher!

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I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for a fair and honest review.



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