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Fighting for Love

(Second Chances #4)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  2,053 ratings  ·  151 reviews
Fighting for someone’s heart is more challenging than fighting for a title.

For a time, many years ago, love had grown, love was made, and in the end … love was lost. The decision to leave had been the worst mistake Shelby Dawson could have ever made. However, at the time—ten years ago—she felt her secret needed to stay hidden, even if it broke her heart and the heart of
Paperback, 360 pages
Published March 9th 2014 by Createspace (first published March 7th 2014)
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Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
So many four & five star reviews, I often wonder if I'm reading the same book as everybody else. Okay so while I certainly didn't think it sucked, it was just so over the top in how easily everything turned out okay. At one point the hero says, I hope she can really see that I'm changing, after having been back in her life after a day & a half. And it's a minor plotline, but the thing that put it over the top for me, between a 2 & 3 star rating was the whole issue w/Jace (view ...more
L.P. Dover
Dec 24, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
Matt's story!! Synopsis to come soon!!
Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.75 Stars...

Story... Fighting For Love starts 10 years in the past. Shelby has left the love of her life and it seems things just got a whole lot worse for Shelby...

"Was it karma rearing it's ugly head taunting me for making the wrong decisions in life? Could it honestly be that cruel to make me pay with such a high price?" - Shelby

The present... Shelby is now a famous journalist for one of the most popular sports magazines on the market. It's time to do a spread for an athlete, but to
Mar 17, 2014 rated it liked it
I didn't much care for this one.I kind of felt like the meeting between the two main characters after 10 years of being apart was uneventful. Everything was forgiven, and outside of a crazy opponent of Matt's and a sister the book was a bit lacking in excitement.
Kendall {Book Crazy}
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, blog-tours
I always look forward to a new book from L.P. Dover because her books are amazing, and this book was no exception! It was absolutely amazing! I was drawn right into it as soon as I started reading! It starts really quickly and it gives you vital information and then it takes until quite a good bit through the book until the full story about what you assume at the beginning starts to come out! I cried at this book twice because the plot was emotional, but so beautiful at the same time! And I'm ...more
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog
This is my first book I've read in this series and I loved it. The author mentioned they didn't have to be read in order and can be read as standalones so I picked this book up on release day and I'm now loving this author. This book was so sweet, suspenseful, and a great story about forgiveness and learning to move past old mistakes. Matt and Shelby were the perfect couple one they got back together. Matt and Shelby have a lot of bad history from when they were teenagers. Shelby left him ...more
Apr 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love L.P. Dover's books. This is the 3rd book in the Second Chances Series that I have read & I love them all! This was such a beautiful story. Matt, MMA Heavyweight champion, and Shelby, writer for a popular sports magazine, have known each other since they were 12 years old. They were high school sweethearts. But something happens, and Shelby breaks up with Matt and leaves him. Ten years pass and they both never stopped loving each other. They come together again and I just love how it ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
First read for me by this author. Thought I would give it a go as it was cheap but I didn't enjoy it.
Shelby and Matt were together from age 12 - 17 when Shelby made a decision thinking she was doing the best for Matt. I did not understand her decision at all and it just seemed ridiculous that a couple supposedly in love and together that long would not discuss something like that together.
It's obvious from the prologue what happens to the 'problem' Shelby had. Ten years later they are reunited.
Kristina Snyder
Jan 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I want to start off by saying L.P has done it again!!!! I always look forward to getting my hands on one of her books, because her story telling always draws me in. Fighting for Love was a very emotional read for me. I cried continuously throughout this story. Some were sad tears and others were happy tears. This is one of those stories that drew me in, because it felt so real to me. I felt as if I was right there with the characters, and I love when stories pull me in like that. The romance in ...more
Rebecca Edwards
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I Received An ARC Of This Book In Exchange For My Honest Review!!!

Oh my god this book is franfreakentastic!!! The characters were awesome and so well written that they came alive on the pages as you were reading along. Not to mention it felt like coming home for me since we met some of the characters previously in Meant For Me. I loved meeting the new characters but was so very happy to see some of the old characters return. I'm loving the whole MMA fighting thing that L.P. has going on in her
Rebecca Edwards
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I Received An ARC Of This Book In Exchange For My Honest Review!!!

Oh my god this book is franfreakentastic!!! The characters were awesome and so well written that they came alive on the pages as you were reading along. Not to mention it felt like coming home for me since we met some of the characters previously in Meant For Me. I loved meeting the new characters but was so very happy to see some of the old characters return. I'm loving the whole MMA fighting thing that L.P. has going on in her
May 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Stars!

Review: This book is the fourth in a series, but it can be read as a stand alone. I had not read the previous three books. I really enjoyed this story because, as frustrating as it was to read, it really seems to be a representation of the decisions that we can make at a young age, or during an emotional time. We meet Shelby in the past at the beginning of the book, and I was pretty sure I knew what she was going through, although the book did not come out and clearly state it at that
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Jan 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-read-list, arc-s
ARC provided by Author for an Honest Review
4 Reunited And it Feels Sooooo Good Stars
We first meet Matt Reynolds in Meant for Me. During this time Matt is a cocky, man-whore fighter with a grudge. After a talk with a fellow fighter Matt is ready to change his life. In doing so Matt never thought he’d be reunited with his long lost love. Shelby is the only girl to ever mean anything to him. She is the one girl who owned his heart and ripped it to shreds when she sent him away. So for the past ten
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved it. I bought the book because I loved mason and Claire's story and although I knew it would be about Matt and Shelby two different characters I didn't care. First off I love L.P. Dover's work. She is an amazing author who puts so much emotion I to her stories that you get consumed and hypnotized by it all. She writes books that you can't put down and if by some chance you do I promise you will be picking it up because it's constantly on your mind of what will happen next and ...more
Tammy Hall
Mar 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I never imagined when I started reading Fighting for Love that it would pull me in emotionally as tight as it did. It is a very powerful and moving story not just about romance and sex but a real down to your very soul kind of love one you don't soon forget. I fell head over heels for the characters in this book especially the the two main Shelby and Matt. It was hard not to. They were just meant for each other and it was as plain as the noses on their faces. I was so taken in by their story, I ...more
Jan 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*I received and ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Just when I thought L.P. couldn't get any better, she does. We first meet Matt in her last book Meant For Me, and I was drawn to him back then. I was so excited to learn more about this hot-shot bad boy. I was not disappointed. Matt comes off as the playboy of the MMA. He has a different woman in his dressing room before AND after the fight. He's tough and closed off to anyone who doesn't know him. Those that do, know the truth.
Alicia at Mean Girls Luv Books
Jan 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mglb, 2014-faves
4.5 Stars

This is one book I could not put down; I read it straight through in one sitting. This is the 4th book in the Second Chances series, but can be read as a stand-alone. Each book in the series gets better, and this is now one of my favorite series.

To be honest, I love the concept of couples getting a second chance to get their love right. I’m drawn to these types of stories, so this series is perfect for me. Matt and Shelby were high school sweethearts, but Shelby broke Matt’s heart right
Tina Stadig-Lewis
Dec 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Another hot, sexxy, story from LP!

Matt and Shelby were completely in love. Matt thought they had it all, he was going to make Shelby his wife but the day before he was going to ask her she dropped him. Told him he wasn't good enough and she got out of the car. He lost her, the only women he would ever love and she was gone.

Shelby has always regretted leaving Matt. He was her only true love, but she had to, she wanted him to have the life he wanted and she couldn't, wouldn't be the reason he was
Jackie's Book Review
This was the second book that I read from L.P. Dover and like Meant For Me I loved this book too! This book can be read as a standalone even though it is part of the Second Chance series.

Fighting for love is about having a love, losing a love and getting the love back. The story centers around our hero Matt "the Destroyer" Reynolds as you guess is a MMA Heavyweight Champ and Shelby Dawson our heroine. Matt came from helping support his family to making a name for himself and having money, fame
Heather andrews
Mar 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To say that Matt hasn't let go of the past well...that would be an understatement, "he scoffed incredulously, his posture stiff and tense. "Why? Because I'm not good enough? After all I've accomplished, you still think that of me? I don't know if you've noticed, but I've come a long way in the past ten years, Shelby." I mean leave it to Shelby to point out the obvious, "Matt, are you okay?" she asked. When she stood, her gaze lingered down to my waist. Immediately, her eyes went wide and she bit ...more
Mar 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received an ARC from Lost in Romance in exchange for an honest review

Fighting For Love is book 4 in the series, however is a stand alone. I have not read the other books ,yet had no trouble following the story. It is the story of Shelby and Matt. Shelby left Matt 10 years ago, yet neither were able to get over the other. They never stopped loving each other.

Shelby is a writer for a magazine doing an article on Matt. Matt is pure alpha male. A MMA fighter. He is aggressive and rough yet soft
Jan 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once again L.P. does not disappoint. When I finished Meant for Me I hoped and prayed that Matt would get his own book, and YAY! He did!!

Once I started Fighting for Love I could not turn it down, I had to know what was going to happen next. Once high school sweethearts Matt and Shelby came to a sudden end when Shelby broke up with Matt. Fast forward to ten years later and Shelby enters Matt's life again, and he is determined to get her back. He has never stopped loving her. Shelby never stopped
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fighting for love and Trusting you have to be my two favorite books in this series. I have to admit I did not think I was going to love this book as much as I did but Matt Reynolds character just floored me. Matt to me was more like a person in real life then a character in a book, he was flawed, he had a temper that got out of control, and made bad decisions when he was hurt. That made me fall in love with him even more than most of the romance story men. But let's not forget our leading lady ...more
Renee Entress
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
4.5 star

I was pulled right into this story. The story has laughs, betrayal, pain, second chances, and heartbreak.

If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) first
Love's Second Chance (Second Chances #1)
Trusting You (Second Chances #2)
Meant for Me (Second Chances #3)

This is Shelby and Matt’s story. Years ago Matt and Shelby were together but she broken his heart. Now years later she is back and has kept an eye on his through the years. She is about to do a interview
Kim Walker
Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Fighting for Love is one of those books that leaves an impression on you. It grabs at your heartstrings and plays to your soul like none other can do. Matt and Shelby, high school sweethearts, that loved each other with a passion that most could only dream about having, but something went wrong, and their love broke apart. Fast forward to present day and a chance encounter at meeting each other again. Things are different, they are different, but their love, it never disappeared. Deep down in ...more
Aug 18, 2015 rated it really liked it
*Audio book- one narrator voice for both characters. She did a good male voice & the female voice wasn't bad just not my favorite.

Shelby has made a nice life for herself but there's one thing missing, someone to share it with. She has dated a bit but nothing held her interest for very long. When she meets someone and thinks she will finally be able to move on from her past that past comes barreling back into her life. Now that Matt is front and center she knows she could never move on from
Feb 26, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC for an honest review****
Matt and Shelby were high school sweethearts until an unexpected breakup sends them apart. Matt was introduced in book 3 Meant for Me as a "bad boy" of MMA. He was a playboy, but was still healing a wounded heart from 10 years prior thanks to the unexpected split from Shelby.
Shelby kept a secret from Matt and left him without an explanation 10 years ago. There worlds have collided thanks to Shelby being assigned to write a feature for the magazine she
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Once I started reading this book I could not put it down i had to know what happen next. This is my favorite book out of this standalone series so far, I had tears in my eyes. Shelby Dawson started a new life, it was a hard decision to leave her old life, soon she realize it was a hard mistake to leave her old life. She felt like her secret had to stay hidden. Now she comes to face with the guy she loved years ago and the one she left years ago. Matt is a MMA Heavyweight champion and a bad boy. ...more
Carrie White
Jan 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is such a great series, which makes me truly great full to be gifted a copy to review
I had so many emotions reading Shelby & Matt's story!
Shelby makes a decision assuming it's what's best, changes her life forever.
Now suffering to live with the consequences and move on at the same time until they reconnect....
Matt was also deeply affected by her actions, while establishing himself as a well known MMA fighter.
Will they be able to pick up where they left off, can time heal all wounds???
Andrea  Lopez
Mar 13, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014
This was the first book in the Second Chances series that I've read, but I think I'll be reading the others.

This book had a little bit of everything. Love, regret, friendships, laughter and second chances.

Matt and Shelby had a love that would last them a lifetime, but it took a decade away from each other to find their way back.

Matt is an established MMA fighter moving to the top of the ranks and Shelby is a writer for a very popular magazine. When Matt becomes Shelby's next assignment she has
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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author L. P. Dover is a southern belle living in North Carolina with her husband and two beautiful girls. Before she began her literary journey she worked in periodontics, enjoying the wonderment of dental surgeries.

She loves to write, but she also loves to play golf, go on mountain hikes and white-water rafting, and has a passion for singing. Her two

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