Fighting for Honor (Fighting #6.5) by J.B. Salsbury
UFL fighter Caleb hasn’t been to Hope Town since he was eighteen. His next big fight takes place in Atlanta and the serene lakefront home from his childhood is the perfect place to train without distractions.
Until he stumbles downstairs to find a woman in his house. He’s met her before, and he’s never forgotten.
Honor was raised by her grandfather, Crazy Colonel Cartwright. Ostracized at a young age she was an outcast. Combined with her awkward personality and she became the local bully’s favorite plaything.
Honor and Caleb come face-to-face and feelings from fourteen years ago come rushing back—not all of them good.
She prefers to remain unknown, but she’s seen in public with the world’s most talked about fighter and thrust into a national spotlight that catches the attention of her childhood tormentors.
And they aren’t finished with her yet.
Come on Caleb….you never questioned that her name was Bug?
If you’re a fan of both J.B. Salsbury and Harper Sloan, you are in for a treat.
Even if this had just been the story of Caleb I would have been all in. He’s another one of those characters who’s always there on the periphery, but that we don’t know that much about. And I can say with absolute certainty, I wanted to know more!
What I didn’t expect was how nice Caleb was. He always came off as kind of removed in the earlier Fighting series books. The glimpses you get of him as a teen paint a whole new picture of the man in an incredibly good way. He has some questionable friends, but no ones perfect. Finding out that he has never forgotten Honor is another reason to like him. Never questioning the reason the object of his teen fantasies was named Bug makes him a dumbass but it doesn’t make him mean. He’s a guy.
Honor was a surprise in a very good way. She’s one of those women you just hope good things happen for. She has put up with more shit than I think anyone realized and it continues well into her adult life. It made me sad to think that she never thought she might have better. I wanted to cheer when Caleb came back into her life and I was just waiting for the smack down to come for the assholes who enjoyed making her life difficult.
I never expected to like Caleb as much as I did and I think Honor has tied Raven as my favorite woman in this series. Caleb was born to be a protector and Honor has grown up in a way that begs for someone to put her first. Caleb recognizes how much Honor has to offer the right man and goes after her, which makes him incredibly smart. That he loves her little quirks and doesn’t treat her like the town oddity makes me love him even more.
As a bonus, we get to visit with all the men and women of the Corps Security and Hope Town series combined with all the men and women we love from the Fighting series in this book. No other group of men and women could appreciate Colonel Cartwright like the guys of Corp Security and their understanding of the Colonel gave Honor back the good memories she held of her grandfather, which made me appreciate those characters even more.
These three series meshed really well together and I’d love to see more crossover between these two authors. They just fit.