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Fighting To Be Free – Kirsty Moseley

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Jamie Cole has just been released from juvenile detention. Determined to go straight, he tried to cut ties with crime boss Brett Reye–but Brett has no intention of letting him go. Jamie’s life is already more complicated than it needs to be, yet when he meets a beautiful stranger at a bar, Jamie knows he’s in over his head.

Ellie Pearce has just gotten out of a terrible relationship and isn’t looking for anything serious…until she meets Jamie. Their attraction is overwhelming and intense she can’t seem to shake her growing feelings for him, even though she’s trying to keep it casual.

But when fate goes horribly wrong and Jamie’s family is faced with ruin, he’s forced to strike a deal with Brett. Despite his struggles, he wants nothing more than a future with Ellie. That’s until Ellie finds out that he’s been hiding more from her than she could ever imagine…

Fighting To Be Free, previously released on Wattpad and read by over 6 million readers, has had a makeover inside and out. I am beyond excited to finally to be able to share this cover with you!

I received this arc copy from the author and published so thank you very much for sending me this! Thankfully I am not that late on posting this review as it was meant to be posted on the release day but better late than never!

I was surprised I didn’t love this book like I thought I would I just thought it was okay which is unusual because I love Kirsty Moseley and I have loved all of her books so not to really enjoy this one as much is weird. I don’t know if it could because I wasn’t really in the mood contemporary whether that had anything to do with it.

I really liked the character of Jamie I only had one problem with him and that was the fact he seemed much older than he actually was said to be in the book. In the book we are told he is 18, now I’m not saying that’s very far fetched but he didn’t seem like an 18-year-old he was written as if he was a lot older and I don’t know if that’s because he went to prison but it would have worked better if he was made to be slightly older like 20 or something. His age of 18 did not work for me. Oh and another side note I assume that it is Jamie on the cover and no way in hell would he look 18 so I feel like there is some mismatched information going on. I like that Jamie is very mysterious and he does keep his past a secret it’s very interesting to learn things gradually. I really like the parts that Kirsty wrote of him doing his work it was really interesting and I feel like that was the best parts of the book to see what he did. It was also interesting to see how much people respected him in his profession despite only being 18 and for the most part everyone from his old crew accepted him back in so easy.

I like that Jamie is very mysterious and he does keep his past a secret it’s very interesting to learn things gradually. I really like the parts that Kirsty wrote of him doing his work it was really interesting and I feel like that was the best parts of the book to see what he did. It was also interesting to see how much people respected him in his profession despite only being 18 and for the most part everyone from his old crew accepted him back in so easy. Another thing I really liked about Jamie was the scenes he spoke about Sophie to Ellie it was so nice to see and you could just really see the love he had for her and it was so sweet that was also a big love for this book and although we never actually see any scenes with them we just have Jamie’s memories I loved it. The relationship was so cute.

I wasn’t so keen on Ellie I would start to like her than I would hate her again and then I would like her. I also felt like at times Ellie acted older than she was meant to be in the story she was 17 and that just felt too young for the character again early 20s would have been easier. I felt like Ellie is very strong willed and determined but this is only in certain parts of the story. She is very rude and defensive for 17 especially to her mother and as 17 your mother is usually still big on the influence in their life. I felt like sometimes her personality could be very conflicting especially in some scenes with Jamie.

Jamie and Ellie’s relationship I wasn’t keen on in the beginning they were just always having sex and honestly that’s all the relationship felt like and the worse part was it seemed to be based on looks and how hot each of them there rather than it being personality so that did kind of bug me. I did say once Jamie had told Ellie the whole truth that it was much more beautiful and honest and then I loved it. As I say if these two were much older than I think this would have worked a lot better.

Which brings me onto my next thing, I’m not stupid to think that teenagers don’t have sex they do. What I didn’t like in this is the fact at 17 Ellie was so keep to have one-night stand after breaking up with her boyfriend, like that wasn’t so many people do it. What I hated the most was she went to a club knowingly she might go home for a one night stand and yet she didn’t take any protection, no condoms, she isn’t on any type of birth control. She doesn’t even think about protection until Jamie mentions it and that made me a little apprehensive to Ellie’s character just because it seems like it’s common sense.

Ellie’s parents I really liked the dad Micheal and how he was a bit more leant to what Ellie did and whenever she was late home I liked their relationship it was nice. Ruth oh god she was a horrible stuck up bitch mother at least in the beginning we see her slowly opening up and accepting Ellie and Jamie’s relationship. There was one scene I didn’t like and that was when Ruth basically calls Michael a shitty parent. That annoyed me. Like why is she so arsey?

One of my favourite scenes is this is when Jamie needs an alibi and he goes to Ellie. I wrote this down as I was making notes because I just loved it.

“I stole a car.”

“You stole a car?”

“25 of them actually.”

It went something along the lines of that and oh my god I was laughing for the next few pages it was so funny I seriously could not stop laughing it was brilliant like that was my favourite part of the whole book. Which brings me to another part of the thing I hated. WHY AN EARTH WAS SHE WILLING TO LIE FOR HIM? Not only that why didn’t she question what his other past is wouldn’t you straight away ask what else he did? I feel like she just didn’t care as long as she was with him.

By like 60ish% I could tell something bad was going to happen and that it was probably going to end in a cliffhanger I was just like something bad is going to happen to either Ellie or Jamie and then I was like no it’s Jamie. How it ended I expected that it just didn’t wow me often.

Jamie’s boss Brett the relationship between them two at times it felt like father and son even though he was trying to get him to do illegal things it still felt like Brett cared about what happened to Jamie especially when Shaun got arrested at the end when that big thing happens Brett makes sure that Jamie is taken care of which I loved.

Jamie’s mother Sharon I think her name was, why was she even relevant I have no idea why Jamie even wanted to help her? Like after what she did would have just let her get killed, not going to lie I hated her and what she did to Sophie and Jamie so she deserves to die.

Ellie’s ex-boyfriend Mason, I think his name was Mason, either way, he’s a little shit head I felt like at times he would be borderline abusive especially when grabbing her and he was just a nosey little shit so whenever Jamie threatened him I was always like YASSS GO HIM.

One last thing this is marketed as a contemporary, erm but what else? I looked at the tags on goodreads for the story and even they are conflicting, we have YA and NA as subcategories and honestly I do not think that this is YA I feel like it’s NA trying to be YA for whatever reason.

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