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I gave this book a 5 star rating. It was easy to read and relatable. It showed Julia's character, as well as her insecurities.
Julia Ashland is a diver and she is champion at the moment but that is something that Julia worked really hard for when a scandal just about robbed her of even competing again and this also made her breakup with the love of her life, gold medal winning swimmer Mitch Osborn their breakup was hard on both of them but now they are back at Rio and Julia is so drawn to Mitch and with friends seeing that the love is still there can they overcome the hurt and let their love shine through.
Mitch was so determined to stand by Julia when the scandal hit but she had other ideas and ended their relationship by dating someone else none other than one of Mitch's team mates. Mitch was so hurt but he put Julia to the back of his mind and threw everything he had into getting to the Olympics and now here he runs into Julia and memories of them together resurface he is determined to talk to her but talking leads to much more.
I loved this story a quick read that is very sensual and with the excitement of the games and the heart stopping races and dives going for gold, but these two people never stopped loving each other and that shows with their first meeting. The characters come to life on the pages and getting to know the other people in the story I am looking forward to their stories. I highly recommend this one sit back and enjoy you will be smiling and cheering them on in more ways than just their relationship they were meant to be together.
Readers are probably generally familiar with the idea that big names in sports, including the names attached to Olympic athletes who get medals, get money from sponsors in return for endorsement of their products. Julia and Mitch were both popular with sponsors, Julia for competitive diving, Mitch for competitive swimming. It probably didn't hurt the image of the sponsors that Julia and Mitch were in love. Julia and Mitch had an add-on effect as a couple for their sponsors. But this was not necessarily a good thing.
In an event prior to this novel, Julia had been accused of having event judges as her friends on her Facebook account. The credibility of her wins was tarnished. Julia didn't know the identity of her accuser. Media ran the story of the scandal as they promoted their newspapers, tabloids, and gossip blogs. Anabel, Mitch's swim coach, had two concerns. Would promoters begin to leave Mitch as they believed more in the scandal about Mitch's girlfriend, Julia? Anabel also viewed the relationship between Julia and Mitch as a distraction from Mitch's training. As far as Anabel was concerned, Julia had to go. Anabel approached Julia and voiced her concerns.
Fortuitously, Julia lost her balance and almost tripped at a post-event social gathering. Brett, a swim team colleague of Mitch, was nearby and caught Julia. It looked as if the two were in an embrace. Nearby media reporters saw a chance to get more readership if they could publicize a broken relationship between Mitch and Julia. It might even be infidelity, at least that is how the published pictures looked. Julia decided this was a way to solve her problems. She could distance herself from Mitch so that he would not lose sponsors due to her scandal. She could get the annoying Anabel off her back. She could free up more time for Mitch to train. All she had to do was admit to Mitch that she did not care about him any more.
She did so. It confused Mitch a lot. Readers were not confused. We knew that Mitch loved Julia, Julia loved Mitch, and that they would probably (not certainly) get together again; we just didn't know the process. And that is why we download it free from Amazon. Also we have to read it because we do not know about this scandal Julia had managed to get over so that she could reenter competition. We believe that Julia didn't do anything wrong, so how did it come about?
This is a comfortable weekend read for those who like a bit of romance with their sports. The physical component of hook-ups is described in some detail that might be uncomfortable for some. Readers 16-years-old and up probably won't find anything new. Their parents might.
This is my first Nicole Flockton book, and I really liked it! Fighting to Win is a quick story about a second chance romance set in Rio. Nicole had me hooked from the start. I loved these characters and was looking forward to their reunion. It was obvious that they still loved each other deeply and were lost without the other. Julia's heartache was so tangible. I wanted to cry every time she had to face Mitch. I also liked the secondary characters. It was nice to know that Julia still had people who believed in her, especially when she had lost so much. Thank goodness Julia and Mitch both had friends who supported them and gave them a little push.
Given that this is an Olympic based story, it was fun reading it right after watching the diving and swimming events. It was easy to connect with the training, stress, and competition the characters were experiencing. The author did a fantastic job describing moments surrounding a competitive dive.