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Release Review: Fight to the Finish: Jeanette Murray


Fight to the Finish (First to Fight #3)
Jeanette Murray
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Expected March 1, 2016


The author of Against the Ropes takes her First to Fight series another round with a novel of a JAG officer who loses his cool, when love delivers a knockout punch...

Kara is a single mom working hard to keep life running smoothly for herself and her son, but a custody battle is wearing her down. When her friend suggests asking a JAG officer for some unofficial advice, Kara agrees—and soon finds herself officially head over heels...

As a Judge Advocate, Graham has seen his share of nasty custody disputes—and he plans on keeping his distance from this one. But this purposeful, passionate woman has a way of drawing him ever closer to the edge. And when Kara’s ex starts to throw his weight around, Graham will have to choose between toeing the line or stepping into the ring...

Graham Sweeney has been attracted to Kara since meeting her because of  their mutual friends. But she is guarded and resistant to dating. She is a single mom to her ten year old son Zach who has significant allergies and special dietary needs that make their lives more complicated. But Graham is even understanding about that and goes out of his way to be accepting and helpful. He is perfectly swoony, a Marine, lawyer, boxer, smart, sexy, funny, thoughtful, and sweet. But this good guy is getting impatient with getting avoided or rejected.

Though Kara tries, Graham is getting harder to resist and he has even bonded with her son. She is used to doing it all alone and could use a partner, but she has a reason that makes her not want to lead him on since she does not think there is hope for a future. But the pull between them just keeps growing and their friends are all trying to push them together.

But their "in the now" is combustible, exciting, and just brings them closer. Graham is willing to fight for more and be persistent. But there are some other outside complications and she's got another battle on her hands that affects their lives and future. Sometimes her stubborn pride gets in the way as well.

Finally there is a conclusion in the vandalism story that has run through this series causing mystery and suspense. And characters from the previous books--Marianne and Brad, Greg and Reagan and some other team mates and staff are back. This was a sweet, romantic, love story with a single mom an dependable but sexy guy. Graham was just amazing and I love how he treated Kara and Zach. The Marine boxing team and All Military Games along with the ongoing story of the vandalism against them added more drama to the story.


This was my favorite book of this series and I have become attached to this group. It was fairly low angst, but had fun camaraderie, some mystery, suspense, romance, and feels.

ARC provided by publisher in exchange for an honest review. 
Below The Belt (First to Fight #1)

There's more than one way to win in the debut of the First to Fight series…

Athletic trainer Marianne Cook is ready to do whatever it takes to turn the men of the Marine Corps boxing team into fighting machines. After all, her ultimate goal is to land a job training professional athletes. But when she notices a certain hard-bodied marine trying to hide an injury, Marianne realizes that she’ll have to use covert tactics to get him talking.

First Lieutenant Brad Costa has waited years for the chance to fight for a spot on the Marine Corps boxing team, knowing he has to push twice as hard to get half as far as his younger counterparts. Brad tries to downplay his injuries to the attractive trainer who has his dreams in her hands, but Marianne isn’t buying it. Maybe it’s time to deploy some targeted flattery.

As Brad and Marianne’s attraction turns red-hot, there’s more than one person having a hard time keeping their eyes on the prize…

Against the Ropes (First to Fight #2)
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The author of Below the Belt continues her First to Fight series with a novel of one Marine’s battle to come out on top—in life and love…

As a troubled teen, Gregory Higgs channeled his energy into boxing instead of breaking the law. The ring gave him purpose and something to strive for. So did the Marines. Combining the two seemed like a natural fit.

Another natural fit? Reagan Robilard, the sweet athlete liaison who keeps all the fighters out of trouble and manages their PR—a job that gets more challenging when someone digs up the truth about Greg’s not-so-shiny past after equipment is vandalized at the gym.

Even if it wasn’t her job, Reagan can’t let Greg take the fall. Because passion doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to matters of the heart…
Jeanette Murray Website/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest

Jeanette spends her days surrounded by hunky alpha men…at least in her imagination. In real life, she’s a wife and a mother, keeping tabs on her husband of seven years, her four year old daughter (often called Tot) and the family dog, a lovable (but completely stupid) Goldendoodle named Clyde. Hang around long enough and you’re guaranteed to hear at least one or two stories about these three. She and her family currently live just outside of St. Louis.

.What’s with the two names? Great question. Jeanette writes for a few different publishers. And due to the timing of some releases, two names just seemed like the right option. But Jeanette can assure you, no matter which pen name you’re reading, you’re going to get sexy contemporary love..
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