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Fighting To Start

(Fighting Madly #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  431 ratings  ·  75 reviews

Reed "Riker" Collins is my story... The beginning, middle, and end.

Our love was intense, emotional, and raw, the kind that sticks with you forever. I thought we had it all, the thing that would make us last... Until we didn’t.

Reed promised me forever, and I believed him with everything in me. But it's never that easy. Without a second thought, Reed left me to foll
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Published June 10th 2015 by S.L. Ziegler (first published June 9th 2015)
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Dec 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
And the award of "man whore 2015" goes to Reed "Riker" Collins.This 'man in love' though he was not technically cheating is able to sleep with literally hundreds of women because it makes him feel momentarily blissful in the quest to forget his one & only whom he left for her own good.

Now for a man to do that than later on claim remorse & disgust at himself for having had sex with other women & than referring to them with the derogatory term "they were just cage pussy" & yours is
Jul 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is one crazy over the top soap opera of a story.

Quite frankly, Reed is just rotting poison to Hadley. It's too simple to just say he doesn't deserve her. He REALLY doesn't even deserve to be in the same city as her.

Who the hell could ever see Reed as someone worthy of a decent woman. Through his shallow selfish degenerate slutty actions he brings nothing but severe pain and trauma to the woman he professes to love.

He is just rotten. Nothing he ever does is good. He keeps saying he's going
Jun 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Rating: 4.5 Stars

I'm emotionally exhausted.


It's one of the most emotional, gut-wrenching, heartbreaking stories I have read this year.


It was a struggle as it was a beautiful tale of love. The emotions were intense and most especially the pain. You can feel it in every page, and I think I heard my heart break a couple of times in this book.

I didn't think anything could go wrong between Hadley and Reed. They were so much in love and perfect for each other. They love each other deeply, madly and t
Jun 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Hadley and Reed are in love, but when the opportunity of a lifetime comes up, Reed decides that in order for both of them to succeed they need to break up. Five years later they're back in the same town, but is that enough for them to get back together?

Quite frankly, I don't care.

I tried to give this book a go, I really did and that's pretty evident because I did get through about 70% of the book before I decided to quit. There is only so much yelling at my screen I can get through.

To begin wit
Lea ★
Holy mother of cliffhangers!!!!
I just finished this book and I LOVED it!
I enjoyed it so much that I read it all in one sitting.
At times I had to put it down for few minutes and just sob.
I feel like an emotional wreck right now, but it was worth it.
I can't wait for the next instalment.

I highly recommend this book!
Debbie "Buried in Her TBR Pile"
drama + major tstl H who just leaves h (he is no good enough for her) + H becomes major cage fighting star + major manwhore, (view spoiler) ...more
Sep 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think i just broke my heart reading this book
Jun 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fighters
Oh, this book- what do I say about this book that just ripped my freakin heart out? I will start by saying it was very well written and overflowed with emotion. The story is told in dual POV so we get inside both Hadley and Reed's heads. And man oh man Hadley's head is a scary place at times over the course of the book but Reed's POV helped me to understand him and ultimately find a way to root for him as the story unfolded.

Fighting to Start covers several years in their lives and really focuses
Reflections of a Book Geek
Jun 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: j, arc-from-author
4 'Mad' stars

This book, wow, i don't even know how to put it in words. It tore me open, ripped my heart to shreds, slowly rebuilt it to once again make it crumble. I am in awe!

So many issues were touched on in this book so as a warning be prepared for a few triggers (drug use, abuse and illness)

Hadley Thomas was a great heroine, she had it rough even though she had all the money in the world. It just goes to show you money doesn't buy you happiness. At times I could have shook some sense into h
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I really enjoyed this story. It was angst filled and the characters were really well developed. I loved how the author gave us both sides of the story.

My only negative was the over dramtic whining of Hadley. I really dislike whiney females, but I still give this 5 stars because I believe this story would have been totally different without it. The whole book was based around the drama these characters ignited in each other, the two MCs and all
Kimmy (Sinfully Snarky Reviews)
5 AMAZING emotional Stars!!

I haven't read a book like Fighting to Start in a very long time where I cried or was on the verge of tears from start to finish. Fighting to Start will draw you right in from the very beginning with Reed and Hadley's EPIC love. The journey that each goes through will absolutely gut you. You will feel every single thing that Reed and Hadley go through as if its you personally going through all the road blocks and obstacles.

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Just finished this book and I'm emotionally drained...but in a good way. It's def. a gut wrenching story. I didn't think that Reed would be so far gone while he was away from Hadley but he went into total douche/man-whore mode. Even though Reed disappointed me a lot, this story keeps you on the edge of your seat and is very well written. Beware, there is a cliffhanger and a lot questions are left unanswered. I don't know how I'll make it to Fall 2015, when Fighting to Stay comes out. I'm hoping
Abigail Webb
Jun 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
When my ARC came thru, I did not put the book down until I was done!!! Like the others have said, I love that you got both sides of the story... I would not love Reed the way I do had it only been Hadley's side. I got completely wrapped up in this story and am hanging waiting for the next installment. I laughed out loud, I cried real tears, and I was excited and hanging in suspense. If you want to get sucked in, read this book! S.L. Ziegler is amazing and I cannot wait to see what comes next!
Lauren Runow
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book. Holy cow! Normally I read throughout the day, a little here and there but I could not do this with Fighting to Start. I knew I had to block out a few hours at a time so I could read which did make the book last longer but it was oh so worth it! Just picking it up would make my heart pound as I read. This book is filled with angst and I even had to call my friend to make sure I could handle it because I'm not much on an angsty reader. When she assured me I could I kept going and I'm so ...more
The Romance Book Disciple (Samantha)
Holy Crap! This book just bitch slapped me. I could not put it down and was up all night. A few things you need to know: there are some triggers (drug use, abuse) but its very well written and handled. CLIFFHANGER (just warning you!).
You must read this book. I can't stop thinking about it. I plan to write a full review on my blog once I process everything that just happened to me at the hands of a book. Seriously, the feels, man.
Diane Norwood For The Love of Pimping
Loved this book. I cried. I got mad . I fell in love with Reed!!! I cannot wait for the next one to come out!!!
May 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What an AMAZING book! You will get wrapped up in each and every character. Extremely well written! Good luck putting this book down once you start!
Claudine Van
Dec 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars!!!
Jun 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I went into Fighting to Start completely blind. I thought it was a fighter book, had no clue what it was really about. And gosh did this book left me NEEDING…. WANTING… MORE.

Gosh this is seriously such a great freaking book.

Hadley and Reed were perfect. They were seriously so in love. I don’t think anyone who read this was expecting the s**t storm that follows their relationship. I never could have ever guessed they would fall apart. There was never any question of their love for one another.
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the first review for me on goodreads and I don't know why I choose this book to write about it, but somehow deep inside me I know that I have to explain my rating.

I was so sure that this book will get 5 stars from me because I really enjoyed reading it. But at the end everything changed.

I hate CLIFFHANGER and usually I don't read the first book until the second one is published. Nevertheless I started reading this one and like other members say, when you start reading it you can't stop.
Books Laid Bare
Dec 17, 2015 rated it really liked it
I was caught up in the romance of this story – and yes I do know what I am saying – this might have a hard exterior due to the setting but that is a clever ploy on behalf of the author because this hard assed fighter had a heart that was just begging to have someone to love and to be loved by.
I absolutely love a fight based novel, it gives me everything I need and they all have a lot to live up to, big men in the ring need to show me that they can a real man outside the ring and Reed was that a
Jazmín Marín
Nov 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
4 Beautiful Stars

First of all, the cover is beautiful (yes, that's the reason I wanted to read this and because is about a fighter).

Hadley and Reed's story is not easy, it's not light, it's painful, it's full of mistakes made by both of them but you can fell their young love. Reed wants a fighter's career, he's been told all of his life he's not worth it and he has a goal to prove everyone that he's worth of Hadley's love. Yes, when you're young you're stupid (we've all been there) and unfortuna
Jun 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reed and Hadley have a love story that is enviable to people on the outside. They love passionately and fight wickedly. Their love story ends just as fast as we get to know them.

First off, this story is sad. Legitimately, heartbreaking. Hadley is so broken by the events that happened when Riker left her to better their lives that everything spirals out of control and he's nowhere near her to help her through the nightmares she's enduring.

Reed "Riker" is the hottest MMA fighter at the moment and
Amazeballs Book Addicts
Apr 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow, this is one of the most emotional read I have read. Reed and Hadley are wonderful characters but they have a crazy emotional story. They are on their own crazy roller coaster of life. Reed and Hadley are happy and crazy in love then one decision changes everything. Reed's initial choice makes sense to Reed but completely devastates Hadley.

Reed goes off the be a big MMA fighter. When we finally decides to return a lot of stuff has happened and changed with both of them. The pull between the
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Wow this is one emotional roller coaster of a read. Hadley & Reed had it all, well it would seem that way. They had a strong once in a lifetime love but Reed needed to make something of himself to feel worthy of Hadley. To say Reed leaving broke Hadley would be a gross understatement it wrecked her and not just for a week or month but for years. When a chain of events leads Rees back to Hadley it's not rainbows & unicorns it's a dirty drag out fight to get back in her good graces. When f ...more
Michele McMullen
Jun 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is my first book by this author and I am certainly a fan!!!
This is the story of Reed and Hadley, it began for them many years ago. Their love was intense, undeniable and difficult. Time and distance has separated them but the burn is still there. So many questions unanswered, too many words said and feelings trampled upon. The chemistry between them is amazing. You know that they belong to each other but so much had gotten in the way, too much! Is it possible to get another chance at the on
She Hearts Books
Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
Hadley and Reed's story is an emotional rollercoaster ride which broke my heart for her. I wanted to give him a kick or two for not being the guy worthy of her. It doesn't begin that way. At first they are so much in love and things are going so well for them. Then Reed makes some seriously bad decisions and ruins everything shattering Hadley's heart in the process. Then there's that whole cliffhanger that had me wondering if they would ever find their way back to each other again.

I give Fighti
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing
LOVED this book! I went through so many emotions, I could not read fast enough. I felt so much for Hadley. I loved that we got Reed's POV too, or I would not love him like I do! This story was a roller coaster ride that kept me wanting more. I can't wait for the next book to see where S.L. Ziegler takes these characters!
Book Junkie
Jun 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 'Madly' stars

Wow, it was such a roller coaster ride. Amazing amazing piece of work by S.L Zeigler. I loveddd itt to the coreee!

I really the next book now. It was a nasty cliffhanger. What a tear jerker. Absolutely brilliant
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