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- Print Length: 400 pages
- Publication Date: June 2, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B07D1DVLZL
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Susan Fanetti is one of those authors who can write anything and I know I’m gonna love it, regardless of the genre or the trope. I’ve had Fight on my Kindle since the day it released, but after I read the author’s note I just couldn’t read it, but I had to get myself into the right frame of mind to tackle it. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s beautiful, but at the same time so heart-wrenchingly sad that I about cried my way halfway thru it. It’s an epic love story of two people who in different ways both had a difficult start in life but through grit and will managed to carve out a place for themselves in this world that is hostile to people who are different. They meet when they are adults, both in their thirties and having already experienced more than their fair share of the dark side of life. It’s essentially love at first sight. When we get to meet them, they are already middle aged and their love story and early live is told in flashback, because this book is not about the beginning of their story, but about the end.
Fernando “Ox” Sanchez, a mountain of a man and the scary enforcer of the Brazen Bulls MC has never been ill a day in his life when all of a sudden he is beset by steadily growing pains. Macho man that he is he thinks it’s just an ulcer and proceeds to ignore it until the night he collapses and is diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. After having witnessed firsthand the slow and torturous death of his father from liver cancer that turned him from a vital man into a grumpy shadow of his former self Ox swore to himself that he would never go thru the same thing. But Maddie is not ready to let go of the love of her life and makes him fight. Ox is also not ready to let go and so agrees to try chemo but the aggressive treatment is worse than he thought, but he endures it stoically, until it almost kills him. Then they try radiation, with much the same results, and they come to the conclusion that they don’t want to spend the remaining time of Ox’ life with him suffering. So he stops treatment and they pack up and go to the place in Mexico on the beach where they were carefree and happy at the beginning of their love, enjoying haggling at the market, cooking, observing beautiful sunrises and making slow languorous love.
Although both Ox and Maddie appeared as secondary characters in previous installments of the series they never struck me as particularly likable and Ox behaved once or twice in a way that made me rather dislike him. But whereas before he was just part of the fabric of the club now we learn about his humble origins and the way he fought his way out of poverty and turned himself into the man we have come to know. I think his relationship with Mads is one of the most poignant love stories Susan Fanetti has ever written, how this strong, stoic man deferred his own needs and wishes to give Maddie everything she wanted and needed. I loved how they and their love was enough unto itself. After seeing all the club women pop out babies left and right it was so refreshing to for once meet a woman (and a man) who didn’t feel the need to procreate.
As much as this book is about death and the end of life, it is also about living every moment and experiencing joy, sadness, tragedy and love to the fullest of one’s ability till the end. An unforgettable tale of love and struggle: 5+++ stars.
Ox and Maddie's love was off the charts beautiful, tangible. Unconditional love that is rare, full of loyalty, hope and trust, they were each other's home. I cried ugly tears throughout the entire book. Not only feeling Ox and Maddie's pain but their MC family as well. Their loyalty and love for each other is above no other and what a support system for the both of them as well.
I don't know if I missed it in reading the rest of the series but I didn't know Ox was of Mexican ethnicity. For many of us the term ‘Chicano/a’ has a negative connotation but in the 70s that is what many in our culture considered themselves. I find it offensive. I speak fluent Spanish and no offense but some of the wording was off, we don't speak like that in some cases but is was understood which was the important part. Most of it was correct. His family was a royal PITA and I can most certainly relate. Like Ox I rotated away from my busy body family and live a lot like Maddie and Ox did in their home in Tulsa except with 3 children. Which we raised totally different from what you read about in this story. THAT is exactly how our culture is and unless you are like Chole, it will drive you nuts. Overall the book was extremely well done. I could relate to much of Ox's life, especially growing up and the fact that Maddie was making an effort to learn the language and stay with him until the end is amazing.
Highly recommended. Looking forward to the rest of the series.
This book is riveting and will keep you up until the wee hours, once I started it I couldn’t stop until I finished it. I will never forget this book and I will never forget the love that Maddie and Ox have for each other, it’s one of the most beautiful love stories I’ve ever read.