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The Girl Worth Fighting For

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Bruises fade.
A cut can be bandaged,
A broken bone healed.
But can a wounded heart mend?

Deeply damaged by her father’s abandonment when she was thirteen years old, Rainey Miller has let the fear of getting hurt shape and trap her to the point she refuses to connect with people on a deeper level. She is popular and has friends, but her strict dating rules prevent anyone from the chance to touch her heart.

Up and coming boxer, Logan Danvers, has his eyes set on the raven-haired beauty with the cerulean eyes. No matter how hard she tries to push him away, he will push back even harder.
Until she gives in.
Until she is his.
Because once he sets his eyes on what he wants, he doesn’t give up.
It’s who he is.

But what will he do when he realizes it’s not who he is but what he is that could cost him his chance with Rainey? Will he give up or will he find a way to make her realize she is The Girl Worth Fighting For?

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Published November 14, 2016

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Julia Goda

17 books135 followers
Julia Goda is the self-published author of the Cedar Creek Series and The Girl Series. Her novels touch on all kinds of different topics, but the things she tries to focus on no matter what are strong women and romance. When she’s not in her writing cave, spinning the tales that have been hounding her, she enjoys reading, drinking coffee, eating good food, and listening to rock music. Her current home is Vancouver Island, Canada, by way of Germany and the Albertan Rocky Mountains. She lives with her husband and two Labs to enjoy the beauty and wildness that is Pacific Northwest living.

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2,196 reviews641 followers
August 8, 2018
I loved it and I hated it.


what to say, it's all in the blurb.

I loved the persistance and dominance of the male character, the fighter/boxer Logan Danvers but then I hated it, it was suffocating and overbearing and just too much!!!
He sets his eyes on a girl and he bites the bone and won't let go for months - pursuing her, crowding her and she still won't give him the time of day...and it's because of a little fact that he does
Now that I know it's not me you don't like but what I do for a living, I'll do anything I can to make you realize I'm not like that asshole who screwed you over.

okay, I admit, i loved the chase while it lasted...but then, Logan's actions and reactions and motions became a tad bit too much for me - pushy, and that INSTA LOVE shit that gives me the hives, just threw me overboared and roll eyes infliction...damn it

and then, the heroines reactions were just overly dramatic. I mean, sure, I get that, when a parent leaves you and practically denounces you (like her father has done to her), it leaves scars. heavy scars and it hurts. BUT the way she's "damaged" afterwards, sounds somewhat strange. From her reactions, one would think she was abused and violated in the most horrid of ways...

besides, many were unfortunate to live and grow up without one or both parents and fortunately they actually turned out to be the most strongest and attentive people I know. So, these overly dramatic reactions were strange and weird, so it threw me of the path the book had me going at the beginning.

too bad it didn't stay on the same path till the end.

it would have been a fab sport romance drama.
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454 reviews24 followers
November 14, 2016
“He and I could never happen. I had a rule I lived by, a rule I wouldn’t break for anyone. I knew men like him, arrogant and self-righteous men who fucked everything up if things didn’t go their way—or even when they did. The risk was just too high.”

Rainey had the perfect childhood with a loving mother and father. Until it wasn’t perfect anymore; her dad lost himself to anger and alcohol, not being able to handle his defeat in the boxing ring. This has left Rainey emotional scarred, unable to truly connect with other people on an intimate level. Nowadays she works at a shelter, to make a difference in the lives of children, to make sure they have a chance at a better future. Rainey loves her job, and enjoys working with her co-workers and the children they look after. But lately Rainey is very distracted by a man, an annoying always present man she’s not allowed to like (per her own rules). But ignoring Logan isn’t an option.
“No, that’s not what I meant. I meant, why do you want to kiss me? I told you—” “And I told you I wasn’t going to give up. I never lie and I always stand by my word.” “Do you now?” “Yes. I do.” “Well, so do I.”

Logan is a boxer, and a very good one. He has been doing it for a long time, and he loves to train other young kids in the art of boxing. Because Logan’s parents had a rocky marriage – his father was a cheater – his mother has taught him to respect women, and that’s what he does. He doesn’t play the field, and never dates multiple women at once. Logan also volunteers at a local shelter, helping with the youngsters who are facing rough times. And here he meets a woman he instantly falls for, Rainey. Too bad she doesn’t date boxers..
“He wanted her. And as he was standing across the room from her, unable to move his eyes away, frozen in time, he realized he was already in so much deeper than he had thought. For him, there was no turning back.”

The moment Logan lays his eyes on Rainey, he instinctively knows she’s the woman for him. Rainey is a different story. Yes, she’s attracted to the man, but the sport he practices is something she despises. Her dad’s betrayal still cuts deep, and she doesn’t want to get involved with a man who boxes, just like her father did. But Logan knows what he wants, and that is Rainey. Slowly he finds a way into her life and heart, Logan doesn’t give up and shows Rainey he’s nothing like her father. Rainey tries to fight Logan and the feelings she starts to develop for him, until she sees what’s in front of her. Together Rainey and Logan are a sweet couple with lots of chemistry and funny banter.

Like other books by Julia Goda, The Girl Worth Fighting For is written in an easy, clean style. No flowery phrases and overly deep inner thoughts, just the words and thoughts of normal, realistic people. Like other heroes by this author, Logan is an Alpha man, but he doesn’t take it too far. Yes, he pushes Rainey a bit, but he lets her make her own decisions, lets her come to her own conclusions. Rainey is a feisty, sweet woman who’s been through hell with her father, and still is dealing with the aftermath of his betrayal. I love to see Cole and Lizzy again (from the previous book in the series), to see their relationship is still going strong, and that Cole is still as over-the-top as ever.
“Mine to cherish, mine to worship, mine to protect. I decided I was going to be your waterfall, the one place where you could let go of all your worries, all your pain, all your troubles, where you could let yourself fall without drowning, feeling completely safe.”

I’ve enjoyed reading The Girl Worth Fighting For, I give the story of Logan and Rainey 4 stars.

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930 reviews117 followers
November 13, 2016
The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series, # 2)
4.5 Stars

Whoa! Just finished this unbelievably heartfelt love story. I am not exactly sure which genre it is but this is more than a sport romance. Logan is a boxer who volunteers at a shelter where Rainey works as a social worker. The story focuses more on the life of Rainey - how she fights her past demons to find love and happiness again. Or course Cole plays a huge part as he is the hero who helps Rainey realize she is worth loving. He is the reason Rainey was able to find herself and heal after years of heartbreak.

“You stand your ground and fight for what you believe in with a passion I admire. And all of that comes from your heart. I wat in that heart, Rainey, and I want to stay there. Like you are in mine.”

It was love at first sight for Logan. When he first laid eyes on Rainey, he knew she was the one, but Rainey is a hard nut to crack. Rainey lives strictly by her rules which include never to date athletes, especially a boxer. Thus, she is not impressed with the sexy hot man who wants to take her on a date. What I like about Rainy is that even though she guarded, stubborn and she is reluctant to date Cole for good reason, but the push and pull does not seem overdone - Rainey does not come off hard to get but rather sweet, vulnerable and endearing. I admire Cole’s determination to fight for what he wants - not even Rainey’s rules will deter him from his plan. He’s got one goal in mind and that is to make Rainey his. The way Cole steamrolled Rainey to proclaim his love is actually super-HOT and funny. Cole is definitely all alpha but there is also something sweet and charming about him. He is caring, protective, and has a big heart. The author did a great job with the chemistry between these two characters – plenty of angst and explosive passion.

“I knew you were guarded before I took you on. I knew I’d have to fight my way in there. You don’t know this about me yet, but I’m not someone who gives up. I fight for what I want, even if the something I have to fight is the same thing I’m fight for.”

This book is told in a dual POV but a little different - first person for Rainey’s POV but third person for Cole’s POV which is new to me and it took a little bit getting used to. However, the story has a nice pace and flows smoothly from beginning to end. My only hiccup is that the reunion between Rainey and her father seems a bit rushed, especially when they were able to mend quickly after so much resentment and time past. This story also deals with some difficult issues including children being placed in foster care. Some parts had me all teary eyed. I always have a hard time reading about issues relating to children – it’s heartbreaking because you know it is true in real life.

Over all, this was a heartwarming read for me – beautiful characters, gorgeous writing. This story is about family, friendship, heartbreak, finding yourself, forgiveness, and of course LOVE and HOT passionate sex. This is a new author for me and I highly recommend his book <3
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106 reviews41 followers
November 17, 2016
Dnf at 23%
I really wanted to like this and thought I would because 1, I liked the plot 2, i liked the prologue and 3, the hero sounds amazing. But it reaaaaally pissed me off for a few reasons.
The biggest reason is that there's a lot of focus on secondary characters. The first 10% of this was basically 2-3% of presenting the main characters and setting the scene and the rest is all about how amazing the relationship between the characters from the first book is (which I haven't read and have no interest in reading due to the plot). So basically I'm reading about the heroine observing the relationship between those two, how overprotective the dude is now that his wife is pregnant, how much they love each other, bla bla bla...and I get it, it's a series, but do we really need to read that much about them?
After observing how overprotective the guy from the first book is first hand, then we also get to read about the heroine telling other characters as well about how amazing this relationship is, on two different occasions. I. Get. It. They're happy together. Can we move on to the couple from this book?
Of course, the author also has to set up characters for future books, which again, annoyed me to no end. The two heroines from this book and previous book, who are of course best friends, are also friends with another woman, who has a 'secret' from two decades ago that has really marked her...she won't tell them because it's just so hard for her and it's also the reason why she's not interested in relationships. It's not that she doesn't trust them, she tells them, but she wants to have her own book as well (where I'm sure we'll get to hear about what amazing relationships the two sets of characters from this book and the previous one have). Ugh, definitely not interested in what problems that one has.
Regarding the heroine and her issues, in the beginning, I was sympathetic. But as I read on, her daddy issues were starting to drive me crazy. I'm not saying she shouldn't be affected, but after a certain point, I just lost all of my patience with her since a decade after it happened, it's like this is the only thing she can think of and it's affecting every aspect of her life. Not to diminish what she went through with her father, but it just rubbed the wrong way after a while. So many people have parents who abandon them, don't care about them, abuse them and so on and that makes it difficult to sympathise with all her whining (for me personally, of course).
Another thing that didn't work for me is the completely unnecessary information that we're given. Why do I need to read a page or two describing the physique of a 17-year-old boy from the perspective a 24-year-old woman? I got it, he filled out nicely. And yes, he's a really good guy, you've told me that 3 or 4 times. Move on to the actual plot please.
Anyway, I wouldn't say this is a bad book, just a book that for me, personally, just doesn't work.
It seems to be safe, though, and the hero seems to be really into the heroine and determined to do anything to get her. Which is why I'm so disappointed I didn't enjoy this and couldn't go on.
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3,749 reviews441 followers
November 21, 2016
Opening yourself to love may be the biggest gamble…

“If you let me in, if you trust yourself to me, I will do anything I can to make sure you’ll never regret it. I promise you.”

Logan is so… that! He’s a fighter but with the compassionate heart of a romantic as well as a warrior. Rainey stirs up feelings he’s never felt before and she is the last person who is going to give him an inch of encouragement. Her family history was filled with pain and loss but also resilience. She was open with her family and her close friends and threw her heart and soul into the kids she championed. Romance, however, was a different beast altogether.

I’m not sure who I liked more – Logan or Rainey – so I think I’m going to call it a tie! Rainey was vulnerable in so many ways but her own compassionate heart and capacity to love was easy to see. She was strong, physically kicking butt and taking names in a show of girl power that made me cheer! She did have her moments though when pain and worry took over and Logan was right there, watchful, and ready to provide whatever she needed. Together the sparks just flew between them with humor and snark filling the moments between heartfelt emotion and just the right amount of drama. I felt every ping and pang of sadness, each fiery spat and each loving whisper.

“I might not know everything about you, but I know who you are. I see you. You can’t hide from me.”

For anyone whose past has helped shaped their future, Rainey and Logan’s story will touch a chord. And your heart. It certainly did mine! Everyone should have these two in their corner.
March 9, 2018

I just finished reading The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series, #2) by Julia Goda and I am not sure how to rate this book.

When I chose to read this book I expected it to be a standalone story in a series of books with similar direction. Which basically is true but still I can not help but feel that I would have needed to read the first book in that series to understand something.

Because if I take only the second book (and as I did not read the first one I have no other choice than to think like this) there is some very important relationship development missing. Logan has set his eyes on Rainey and Rainey almost despises him.

The reader gets to hear her reasons and the current status of their “relationship” but we never get to feel why Logan is chasing her.

With all the explanations we get from Rainey’s side at first this does not seem to be a problem but the missing parts of their already developed relationship gave me the feelings that Logan is a stalker there were moments when his pursuit of Rainey bordered on creepy.

So not only could I not FEEL that there was a good thing in development – no – actually I was about to advice Rainey to get professional help to take care of her stalker. (exaggerating a little). I can only assume that I would feel different about this if I had read the first book.

Because NOW I know that the characters we meet in the second book are the ones featured in the first so it is safe to think that Rainey would have made an appearance there already.

I tried to come to terms with Logan’s (for me) intense and stalker-ish behavior. But still – where actually I was supposed to feel that Rainey’s behavior was not normal – I was more often than not thinking that she was right.

And then there is the subject of Rainey’s father – where I do not even remotely know where to start on how strange and wrong it felt from me from beginning to end (I would like to say more but the spoilers are lingering here around every corner.

I was actually speechless at times while the plot unfolded. Because while I kind of “knew” certain stuff from the beginning I would have never guessed the end of it … #shaking my head

You guessed right by now that this book was not one of my favorites. And while the subject of the missing relationship development might be resolved by reading the first book (which I only assume) – the other factor of the father can not be resolved so therefore I am not able to give this book more that 3 Stars. I liked the storyline but the development of the plot was not for me.


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969 reviews11 followers
November 11, 2016
A knock out book! What an amazing story of love, loss, trust and survival. Finding the ability to overcome the past and make a future for yourself and to begin to heal from the pain of your past makes for a wonderful heartwarming story. Oh, and that's not just dealing with the main characters! This story is so well written with so many well developed and lovable characters (and maybe one or two not so wonderful characters) that you will want so much more once you have reached the end of this book. This isn't only about Rainey and Cole but it is also about her family, his family, their family and the children at the shelter where she works and he volunteers his time. The broken children that Rainey is completely devoted to. Children who have gone through things that children should never have to experience, and Rainey, Cole and the other staff at the shelter do their best to provide them with a safe harbor and a nurturing environment. The children will grab your hearts and work their way inside as will Cole, who will stop at nothing to have what he wants, and he wants Rainey! But Rainey is broken, just as the children are but her circumstances are different from the majority of these kids. Cole has made it his life's mission to break down her walls and gain not only her trust, but her love as well.

I so loved this book and I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone!
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2,794 reviews20 followers
November 22, 2016
Hugely entertaining, heartfelt story of friendship, love, family and forgiveness.
This is not your typical sports romance!!
Logan is a successful boxer who volunteers at a shelter working with kids. He meets and falls hard for Social Worker Rainey, but she has a strict not dating boxers rule. But Logan is determined to do whatever he has to do to get the girl has fallen fall.
In this unique touching read, Rainey is the one with the demons and a painful past.
Their banter was funny and sharp, and roles are reversed as he helps her find her way.
The question is will she feel the same for him, when she dies find her way!
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739 reviews5 followers
November 7, 2016
☆☆Reviewed for Hooked On Books and CherryOBlossoms Promotions ♡ ♡

I gave this book 4.5 stars!

I absolutely fell in love with Logan and Rainey! From the start you will be hooked and will not be able to out it down . We first met Rainey in Cole and Lizzy story and I knew she would have a heartbreaking story to tell. I knew it would take a strong, supportive man to be able to get Rainey to open up. The storyline is like no other than what I have read and all the characters mesh very well.

I can't wait to read more from this author and hopefully we will get to see Bobby story soon.
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236 reviews6 followers
November 4, 2016
Reviewed on behalf of 2 Girls Who Love Books blog
The girl worth fighting for By Julia Goda
This book was recommended to me by a friend and im so so glad that she did! The cover is just beautiful and gives you a great insight to what is inside the wonderful pages of this book.
I personally found this to be a real feel good story and it came along at just the right time!

The story line itself is brilliant and executed beautifully it isn’t dragged out at all and at the same time it isn’t too short. The author did an incredible job of knowing when to stop and although this is a standalone story it leaves a print on your brain that keeps you thinking about it for quite some time after you have finished it. Everything is tied up well by the end of the story and it doesn’t leave you feeling like you have missed a huge chunk somewhere. I thought I had it figured at one point and I wasn’t far off the mark but it still made for an excellent read!
The characters are brilliant. There is such a diversity of different types of people and I loved that! Rainey is your main female lead and what a woman she is!!! If she was real she would be someone I would look up to and want my daughters to turn out like her! Logan is your main male lead and he is ALL man!!! There are other characters to look out for as well. They were all great in their own right!

I went through all the emotions with this book! I swooned at Logan and Ben, I felt Raineys heart break, I cried at Sarahs storyline and laughed at Cole. This book brought out every emotion going and it was fantastic!
I rate this story 5 stars
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809 reviews
November 15, 2016
3.5-4 stars.

The Girl Worth Fighting For by Julia Goda is book two in The Girl series.

"...I know I'm going to get burned and I still wanna get close. Because you're worth the risk and I know, I just know, once you explode, you're gonna be the most beautiful thing I have ever seen."

Rainey knows what it's like to be in the boxing world. She knows the joy and the pain. Now, she just wants to focus on her career at the children's homeless shelter, and her small family. When Logan met Rainey, he knew she was something special and wanted to know her more. But his life is intimately entwined in the world that Rainey would rather forget.

"No doubts. No fear. I'm with you all the way."

Written in first and third person point of views, The Girl Worth Fighting For was a uniquely written romance novel. The backdrop for this story was inspiring, a shelter for homeless kids where they could come during the day and stay the night, if needed. I loved that Logan had a facade of being brooding and cocky, but that it was actually his front for determination. He was the sweetest, most understanding and committed man….but all man. He always stood up for and protected Rainey, no matter what. She in turn gave in and brought newness to both of their lives. It was a heartwarming HEA.
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573 reviews41 followers
February 4, 2017
The Girl Worth Fighting For by Julia Goda is a sports romance written in several points of views. Rainey Miller's father abandoned her at fourteen and she has major issues. She doesn't want to let people in even though she has great friends and is popular but she has strict dating rules and won't even entertain the idea of dating anyone in certain professions Rainey is a social worker that works at a shelter where she lives. Many teens have come in and been helped and given a chance. She loves her job and is very good at it. Logan Danvers sets his eyes on Rainey and vows to make her his. He knows she is a one of a kind woman and his one. He is willing to do whatever it takes and chase her as long as needed. He is an up and coming boxer with the chance to be something great. He doesn't know that the reason Rainey won't date him is because he's a boxer but he's going to keep pushing back until she caves. Will Rainey be able to get over her fears and give Logan a chance?
This was a pretty good read. It took me till about 40% in that I felt like I was finally getting into the story and characters. This was my first boxing sports romance and I found it very interesting. I loved Logan's character. He knew what he wanted and went for it. I really enjoyed how the author tied up their story at the end. It was my favorite. I am a sucker for a good ending. 4 star rating.
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1,912 reviews24 followers
November 14, 2016
Normally I wouldn't use the words sweet or heartfelt with a fighting book but with this one that's the exact words I would use. While I loved Logan and Rainey, I found myself drawn more to their moms. They were the voice of reason so many times in this book. Logan is what exactly you want in a book boyfriend and quite possibly a real one. He was so patient and sweet with Rainey. He knew she had some issues to overcome ,so he just stood by her side and helped her along the way. He was supportive and loving but demanding in the bedroom. I loved everything about him! Rainey is a character I wasn't crazy about at first but once I saw the compassion she has for the runaway kids, she changed my mind. Her love and closeness with her mom is remarkable. They don't let anything stand in their way when they want something. They are very supportive of each other. Oh and Rainey is a firecracker, she doesn't cave to Logan's charm like well I would. This book had so many sweet moments that I found myself swooning a lot. Logan, besides being a gorgeous boxer, is a true gentleman and definitely knows how to treat a lady. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves a sweet endearing yet steaming fighter book.
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Author 8 books126 followers
November 13, 2016
Rainey' scars run deep. So deep she refuses to date anyone that is searching for fame, especially boxers. So when Logan continuously follows her around trying to get his chance with her, she can't help but run scared. But he's more than she's ever expected.

Logan is determined to break through Rainey's wall to get his chance. When he finally slips in, and pulls back her walls revealing the pain she endured when young, he can't help but prove her wrong about him.

Logan and Rainey are explosive. Her quick wit, smarts, and take no crap attitude had me admiring her strength. Logans persistence, and determination had me falling for him too. Together, they are perfect for each other if only Rainey would open up. The sex was hot, the chemistry even hotter, and the feelings they had were sweet. On top of that, this story had other aspects fitting into their lives from other characters that brought plenty of drama and fun. I can't wait to read more of these diverse characters :)
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430 reviews5 followers
November 7, 2016
I gave this book 4.5 stars!

I absolutely fell in love with Logan and Rainey! From the start you will be hooked and will not be able to out it down . We first met Rainey in Cole and Lizzy story and I knew she would have a heartbreaking story to tell. I knew it would take a strong, supportive man to be able to get Rainey to open up. The storyline is like no other than what I have read and all the characters mesh very well.

I can't wait to read more from this author and hopefully we will get to see Bobby story soon.
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1,171 reviews18 followers
November 10, 2016
Arc Given for a honest review

Absolutely loved thus story.... I loved Rainey & Logan... this is my first from this author... won't be my last...
both Rainey & Logan has had a messed up childhood... I just felt for them... with Raineys she is dead set... NO Boxers.. no musicians.. none of that.. all they will do is leave... Logan.. oh Logan.. he was determined.. he saw Rainey and just knew she was his.. he was going to stop at nothing..

Loved this... now to find the others in this series...
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74 reviews4 followers
November 7, 2016
Loved, loved, loved this story!! It's been a while since I've read a fighter story, but I absolutely loved this one. I was hooked within the first 5% of the story. I loved that this story didn't follow the typical story line, it really kept you on the edge of your seat until the last line. Now to back track and read the 1st book of the series!
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2,132 reviews24 followers
November 16, 2016
A great book from a great author.... Be ready though because this book will make you cry starting at the first chapter!! I don't think this book falls into just one genre. There is so much to this story and you will be drawn into Rainey and Logan's story from the beginning. I loved this book and am looking forward to even more from this great author.
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1,030 reviews33 followers
November 23, 2016
I thought this one was better than the first book in the series. I was left with wanting to know Bobby's story. Hmmmm, could this be the next book in the Cedar Creek series since the Rocky Mountains was mentioned in the epilogue? I gave it a 3.9 stars.
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1,485 reviews36 followers
April 4, 2020
Love it

I can't explain how much I love this book...I can't tell you how many times I have read this amazing
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3,795 reviews28 followers
January 24, 2017
The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series Book 2) by Julia Goda is the second book in The Girl series. This story is heartfelt, emotional and excitement. This story is about mending wounded hearts. This story will pull at your heart strings and you will feel what these characters are feeling. Find out if hearts really can be mended!

Rainey Miller is a young woman who felt she had it all until one bad fight. Her father was a boxer and he lost his match that one night. No one could imagine how this would effect her family. What will happen to her when her father abandoned her and her mother? Has this effect her emotionally? Will she learn to connect to people or will she refuse? She has strict dating rules to prevent anyone getting to her heart. Will she change her mind when she meets him? He has been stalking her and asking her on a date. Will she finally accept?

Logan Danvers is an up and coming boxer. Once he set eyes on her, he knew that there would be no one else for him. She pushes him away but will he push harder? Is he determined enough to get her? When he realizes why she refuses to go out with him, will he change her mind? Will he ever give up until she is his? Will he give up on her?

Rainey and Logan's story is one that will pull at your heart. The damage was done when she was fourteen, will he change what happened in the past? Will he convince her to trust him? Will he convince her she is worth fighting for? Their story will pull you into their world of emotions and excitement. You will want to see what will happen next with them on every page you turn.

This is my first read by Julia Goda. Julia lives in Southern Alberta, Canada with her husband and her two labs. When she is not writing in her cave, you can find her reading, drinking coffee, enjoying good food and listening to rock music. This story is a fast page turner that you will lose track of time with. You will need to see if hearts are mended and if emotional damage can be repaired. I highly suggest this story as I know you will enjoy it as much as I have.

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25 reviews
January 28, 2017
The Girl Worth Fighting For Written By Julia Goda
Four Stars ****
Rainey had faced heartbreak from a young age. She allowed it to consume her, which kept her heart protected. Logan, is the man who breaks her wall down, but not without a fight. Logan has a secret that may forever keep Rainey out of his reach.
Rainey is strong willed and independent. She knows what she wants and what she doesn’t. Her father abandoning her, molded her into who she was.
“I knew men like him, arrogant and self-righteous men who f***ed everything up if things didn’t go their way—or even when they did.”
Logan, cocky and independent, and a bad as* alpha, boxer. He is a go getter to the say the least. He’s had eyes for Rainey since day one, and he knew she had to be his, his “firecracker.”
“I’ll do anything I can to make you realize I’m not like that guy who screwed you over.”
Rainey had abandonment issues due to her father. She didn’t even want anyone to know her name, or where she came from. Everything was perfect until Logan annoyingly walked into her life and shook up everything she had suppressed. He opened doors that she thought she had lost the keys to.
Julia Goda is a new author to me, and this was a great first book to read. The emotion you feel while reading has you captivated, unable to put the book down. I loved that Rainey was able to come back from such a lonely place, and open her heart again. I would recommend to this all readers, sports fans or not. The character development and storyline will have you “right-hooked.”

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1,277 reviews17 followers
November 10, 2016
4 out of 5 stars

This is the first book for me by this author and I enjoyed it a great deal. Ms Goda was able to create characters that stole my heart and enveloped me in their story.

Logan is a fighter, but also a lover. He volunteers at the children’s shelter where Rainey works. She is immediately aware of him and refuses to give him an ounce of her attention. She doesn't want anything to do with him going as far to be down-right rude to him in hopes of getting him to back off.

I so enjoyed watching Logan fight back and worm his way into Rainey’s heart. He was just the exact thing she needed to make her open up and find the love she deserved...especially at this time in her life.

A couple of things I wasn’t so crazy about were that it’s sort of a dual point of view story where we hear from Rainey in a first person way, but when Logan is telling his side, it’s done in third person. This got confusing for me and I wish she would have stayed with the same throughout the novel. I also knew early on what the major conflict would be between them though I’m not sure how the author could have had that conflict and not made it obvious. It just bothered me to know what was coming.

I really enjoyed this book and will definitely be reading more from Ms Goda soon.

*** I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book ***
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836 reviews
January 25, 2017
I just finished reading The Girl Worth Fighting For (The Girl Series, #2) by Julia Goda and I have to say that I absolutely loved it! It was my first book by this writer and it did not disappoint me.
I think you can read it as a standalone (as I did) but I felt that I was missing out on quite a bit, at the same time it made me curious about Lizzie and Cole (Book 1) and I will read it in the near future.
It is a book about how our past defines our future, how we create copying mechanism that might jeopardize our path to fulfillment. I also liked how the writer showed us that through persistence and commitment, one can move forward.
There are a lot of great other characters in this book and I am looking forward to Bobby’s story and Ashley and Jesse’s story and… I loved the tangents that the writer went off to and how she linked it to Logan and Rainey, it is hard to put this book down once you start reading. They pull you in and you cry with them and laugh with them and hope with them and curse with them and …. You get the picture…
For anyone whose past has helped shaped their future, Rainey and Logan’s story will touch you and you will want more!
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3,985 reviews319 followers
November 26, 2016
Rainey is strong and resilient. She has got to be one of the strongest characters that I have ever had the pleasure of reading about. Logan and Rainey story is a story of love and finding the strength to believe again to fall in love and find the security of someone else. This story took me on an emotional rollercoaster ride that I loved every second of. The writing, plot, and characters all of it just came together beautifully. This is a great read of two characters that are not perfect but that will make you fall in love with them because of it. Writing like this is rare especially when you can get lost in this book for hours.
This is a great book that I enjoyed so much. This is a story of finding what it means to have love and finding strength within yourself. This is a story I would recommend to anyone to read because it is so engaging. This story has become one of the best books I have read this year. I cannot wait to see what else Julia comes out with next. I f its anything like this one it will be great .
1,944 reviews2 followers
December 27, 2016
I really liked this book. Logan was a take no prisoners kind of alpha. He knew the minute he laid eyes on Rainey she was his. He just had to convince her.
Rainey wanted nothing to do with Logan all because of his profession. Once she got to know the real him it wasn't long before she was convinced to be his.
The one thing for them in this book it seems that everything was instant.
One minute Rainey can't stand him the next she is sleeping with him and in love.
One minute she is mad at her father and the next instant she is hugging him and calling him daddy
I didn't really get why she was so secretive about her past and why she judge every guy on what her father did. That made no sense whatsoever.
The surprise of who her father was, wasn't really surprising.
I did like the epilogue and I hope the author tells Bobby's story. So many hints as to what happened to her I would like to read it.
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621 reviews
June 28, 2021
Rainey and Logan

I really enjoyed this story and loved reading more on Lizzy and Cole!
They are so cute together.
Once I started I couldn't stop reading I was hooked and I had to know more about Logan and Rainey, how would he break through her walks. Rainey's life hasn't always been so good she's had her share of knocks. Then she meets Logan and he doesn't talk no for an answer and breaking down her walls. I loved reading how he did and his teasing her made me laugh. I really liked the back stories and how they integrated into the story.
Will definitely reread again
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936 reviews17 followers
August 5, 2017
I loved this heartfelt story. I loved both Rainey and Logan, both are amazing characters. This story left me wanting more of these characters and of the secondary characters as well. There were a couple that I didn't like so much but the story was one that pulled me in and wouldn't let me go.
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