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Warrior (First to Fight #2)

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I thought it was just one night with my brother’s best friend. The boy I had dreamt about since he gave me my first kiss, under the lights of the Ferris wheel.

I knew he was about to leave for a year – no chance for a future.

But our one night together would create memories for a lifetime.

Our paths crossed again, but I had lied, and he was no longer the man he once was. He w
Published September 8th 2015 by Bolero Books LLC (first published May 1st 2015)
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Olga therebelreader

What a charming, emotionally charged love story from Nicole Blanchard. I devoured every last page, it was clearly written and had intriguing characters. I loved this author's style completely. There were some really touchy topics and I felt she did a fabulous job with the delivery.

Ben is a marine who comes from overseas suffering from Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and having loss of hearing in one ear. One wild, erotic night with his best friend’s sister, Livvie, before his
Jan 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

4.25-.5 stars!!

Banner K

**First and foremost, before you even start reading this book--- this is NOT a fighter novel at all. For all of you who may misinterpret the cover image and the series title, this is just a heads up just in case you had your hopes over a gritty, no-holds barred type of read.**

So, Warrior…

I was actually surprised in how much I really enjoyed reading Warrior. I’d never read anything by Nicole Bl
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Ben and his sweet Spitfire, Olivia, are here to bring you a tale of love and loyalty.
Ben is a marine and a few days before he is deployed he has one night of passion with the girl he has always wanted.
Olivia knows that their time together will be brief, but their connection won't.
When Ben disappears from her life, she has to make hard choices on her own, knowing he is not going to contact her again. But fate has different plans.
Ben returns changed from the war. He suffers and he is tormented. He
Nicole Blanchard
Dec 20, 2014 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
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J.D. Hollyfield
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Sometimes I read a book thinking I know the ending... And then there is this story which left me with a HOLY FUCK feeling... I hate and love when an author does that to me.

Damn you Nicole Blanchard! I need more.... MORE!!!
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Nicole has some seriously hidden talents and this first book shows them off to her finest.

Warrior wow I thought I had read nearly every type of story there was but Nicole has taken a story and added the final twists to this and made it a fantastic read.
I will be re reading this time and time again, once you actually get your teeth stuck in to this book you will not be able to put it down, I have smiled,laughed and even ugly cried at the story it will pull on all your feelings and you will actual
5 "No-Heart" Stars

This was really good! I loved Ben and Olivia nicknamed "Spitfire", attitude and red hair. Ben and Oliva were no strangers. He happened to be her brother Jacks best friend and have known each other since she had been adopted into the Wagner family. There was a four year difference between them but they both silently longed for each other for years. At the time, others noticed but they had no idea.

After a year of serving in the Marines as a JTAC, Joint Terminal Attack Control
Mignon Mykel
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
4.5 / 5 stars
Received a copy through author in exchange for an honest review.

Ben and Olivia...

Oh, Ben and Olivia...

I truly enjoyed the story of these two. When Olivia first came to live with the Walkers, she was a hell on wheels preteen who wanted to make a family stick. Her redhair and spitfire personality was what first drew Ben to her, but she was newly a teen and he had four years on her -- never mind the fact he was her new big brother's best friend.

In a slightly different twist (if you wan
Sep 09, 2015 rated it really liked it

Nicole Blanchard

4 stars

Ben and Olivia have the worst timing! Oh lord it about put me under. But what a good story. Olivia and Ben have been fighting an attraction for a very long time. They were just kids when Olivia came into Jack’s family. Adopted, she never knew her biological parents and until one night with Ben turned into something more she had never thought much about finding them.

Ben is leaving and he hopes Olivia will wait for him. Nine months is a long time and he has seen Loga
⭐⭐ 3 Stars ⭐⭐

* may contain some spoilers *

♦BOOK: #1 - Can be read as a standalone. Full length.

♦POV: dual first person

♦SETTING: Nassau, small town in Florida

♦HERO: Benjamin "Ben" Hart, 26 -- Marine. Has had a thing for his best friend's little sister.

♦HEROINE: Olivia "Livvie" Walker, 22 -- art teacher. Adopted. Red hair, green eyes.

♦PLOT: A very angsty read. After almost a decade of attraction, Ben & Livvie share a steamy night before he deploys for the next year. When she finds out she is
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This is one book that started out too fast for my liking. I had serious doubts whether I should continue with it or not. It had little introduction regarding the characters at first. Anyway, I carried on and I'm happy with that choice. :)

This book surprised me with its many complications and how the characters went over them one by one.

We have Ben, who's in the military. He went through so much in battle that he thinks he's incapable of redeeming himself. He finds himself unable to c
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Sep 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
There was a lot to love about this book. Olivia is one of my favorite kind of characters. Strong, but not to stubborn. Although she recognizes her strengths, she doesn't refuse to accept the help of those around her. When she wants her man, she takes him. She has her pride, but she doesn't let it stand in her way when she changes her mind. Or when the ever sexy Ben changes it for her...

Ben was a unique character for me. He had his swoonworthy, hero moments, and he is absolutely sexy as hell. Whe
Christina J.
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
*spoiler free*

Such a sweet emotional love story, quickly devoured!

Ever since Ben gave Olivia her first kiss she has dreamt about him. Her brother's best friend. He's about to leave for a year so they can't have anything but a night together, but a night to be remembered.

The next time they meet, everything has changed.

When Ben comes home from the marines he suffers from a brain injury and he has lost his hearing in one ear. He is no longer the man he once was.
Ben isn't the only one that has ch
Andrea Sanders
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Do you believe in first love, never dying ?
You will after reading this !

This the first book I have ever read by Nicole, but I aim to put that right.
Olivia comes from a loving family but she has a history of emotional baggage. She has always been attracted to her big brothers best friend Ben. Apart from a teenage kiss it has never gone further for one reason or another. One night they meet up again, the draw is so strong and the passion so intense, they give in to the moment, both knowing it can
ARC generously provided by author for review.

DNF @ 46%

I can see the appeal, and I can see how others would like this, but it just wasn't for me.

What I did like - I liked Jack (Olivia's brother) and Olivia was okay too.

My main issue with this book was that I got bored with the plot pretty quickly as it was very predictable. I've read several books with a very similiar storyline so to hold my interest, it needed to 'stand out from the crowd' so to speak. With the sheer amount of contemporary books
★ Belle The Bibliophile ★
Actual rating would be around 3.30 to 3.45 stars, but because Goodreads sucks, I'm gonna have to give this book a 3.

I really liked this book! Olivia and Ben have been dancing around for years with their feelings and they hooked up pretty quickly in the first 3 chapters so we didn't actually see their relationship develop.

But what I did see was the ups and downs of their relationship and with that, comes character and relationship growth, so it really made up for everything. And baby Cole was so
Apr 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read beautifully written and created loved the character's of Olivia and Ben definitely a page Turner loved every chapter couldn't wait to get to the next one, Definitely Heart stopping moments for sure twist and turns to there story, Great chemistry between these character's they had feelings for each other for a long time before they acted upon them! Who doesn't love a military romance story ! I can't wait to read the next book in this series! I received this Advance copy of this b ...more
Jun 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Beta read for hot tree.

Really surprised at how much I liked this book. I'm quite critical of military romances since my husband does what he does. There's only a select few authors I feel do them right and I'm happy she did it right.

The story flowed very well I'm happy I got a chance to read this.
Kathleen R.
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Title: Warrior
Author: Nicole Blanchard
Series: First to Fight series, Book 1
Publisher: Bolero Books
Reviewer: Kathleen
Release Date: September 5th, 2015
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count:296 pages
Heat Level: 3.5 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5

I thought it was just one night with my brother’s best friend.

The boy I had dreamt about since he gave me my first kiss, under the lights of the Ferris wheel.

I knew he was about to leave for a year – no chance for a future.

But our one n
Susan  Burgess-Ryan
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing

This is the first book I have read by Nicole Blanchard. And I have to say that I enjoyed the book tremendously. Nothing like a good bad boy book to cuddle up with and read. I really like reading bad boy books and I was thrilled when Nicole asked me to read her book “Warrior.” Nicole had a story line that worked with her characters, even the minor characters had important parts in the story line. It was an eye opening story for me and I am sure it was for oth
Books Laid Bare
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ben and Olivia have known each other for years, he is friends with her brother and while they have never come right out and said it, they have both had a longing for a little more than friendship for longer than they would admit.
But Ben is in the military and having a relationship isn’t high on his priority list but they eventually get it on just as he is getting ready to ship out on another tour of duty.
Life on tour is harsh but little does he know that Olivia is not having it all smooth sailin
The Smutbrarians
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Panty Scorching - 4
Angst - 4
tissues - 2
Storyline - 4
Value - 4
Overall - 4
Kindle eARC
Reviewed by: Ladyballs

Well, the author took an overused plot and put a few twists on it and the gamble payed off. I loved this book! I only had one tiny thing that I found could have needed some work but other then that what a great, great read!

Olivia was in love with her brother's best friend Ben. Plain and simple. After playing cat and mouse for many years, they have an awesome night of sex before Ben is deploy
❤️ Paulette
May 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
(First to Fight Series)
Book 1
by Nicole Blanchard

I would like clear something up before you start this book, this is not no Fighting book as you might think.. Its fighting in different sense … The cover image & the series title are miss leading

I received a free copy for my honest opinion. I’d never read anything by Nicole Blanchard before, so wasn’t sure what I was getting myself into…I can tell you this much , once I got my hands on this book I could not put my tablet down!!
This bo
Whitney Cannavina
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review by The Club

Omfg I loved this series. I received an ARC of all three in the series and let me tell you... Amazing.

In the first story Olivia and Ben have a night of passion. He leaves on tour (military) and makes no promises. He doesn't plan to start something before he leaves and he only hopes when he returns that He will still have a chance with Olivia. That night though, was the best night of his life and keeps him going even when he's lost all hope. Olivia doesn't regret her single nigh
Sep 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
This was a sexy, edgy, raw, emotional whirlwind of a read. I lost myself in it and read it straight through in one sitting.
Nicole Blanchard definitely knows how to weave a story. I was entranced from the first page and couldn't put it down. I was so drawn to the characters and had to know what was going to happen.
I really loved Olivia. She's feisty and funny. A very strong person who didn't know just how strong she could be. Ben was such a cocky and arrogant jerk at times but oh my god I love
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was given this ARC in return for an honest review and I loved Ben and Olivia's story! Ben Hart was home in Nassau, Florida where his best friend was giving him a farewell party as he would soon be shipped out to fight in a war he never started and he saw Jack's little sister all grown up he couldn't believe the girl he'd kissed a long time ago would morph into the beauty she'd become and he couldn't take his eye's off of her the entire night. When she agreed to drive his truck to help him take ...more
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it

4 'now say goodbye' stars!!

Well well well. I'm very excited to read more from this author :)) Sometimes we come across 'new to us' authors and you just have a feeling they're going to do great. This is one of those authors for me <3

There really isn't a negative here. The only thing I could say is that at times I felt like all the MC's had to do was TALK. But then 'where would the story be?' Lolol
Doesn't really matter IMO. All signs point to a kick ass series coming our way soon! And I can'
reading the sheets
Sep 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Ben is her brothers best friend and Olivia is totally in love with him.When the passion can no longer be denied they spend one night together before Ben once again leaves for Afganistan.They both think it wont change anything but they were both wrong!!The night they share will change their lives forever.When Ben returns he isn’t the same as he was before he went away hes battling PTSD.Olivia has her problems too and is keeping a secret will they be able to pick up where they left things?How will ...more
Johnnie-Marie Howard
Sep 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: r2r
I finished this story in 1 day and to me that's not saying much but for some reason I couldn't put this one day at all. It was amazing from start to end. Nothing like I have read before it seemed way better. The emotions and the twist of the story every few chapters was enough to keep me on the edge of my chair. I know for me I want more and crave even more. The hole love, happiness and hardship was truly a blessing after all the mushy love stories I read this twist into the Military love was a ...more
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Other Books in the Series

First to Fight (5 books)
  • Anchor (First to Fight, #1)
  • Survivor (First to Fight #3)
  • Savior (First to Fight #4)
  • Honor (First to Fight #5)