FIGHTING FOR CONTROL

FIGHTING FOR CONTROL                   MELYNDA PRICE

For Nikko “the Bull” Del Toro, an ex-marine turned MMA fighter, only two things quiet the demons raging inside him—facing an opponent in the cage…and the memory of his hottest one-night stand. But when his PTSD resurfaces, causing him to lose control at a CFA press party, it’s his career that may be KO’d.

Dr. Violet Summers is stunned to discover her newest patient is the man who rocked her world—and put her heart in a clinch after her nasty divorce. She’s determined to delve deep into the darkness that haunts him and to keep all further encounters strictly professional.

Nikko doesn’t want a shrink. What he needs is Violet. With the memory of their passion blazing between them, it’s only a matter of time before they give in to desire. Can Violet help save this surly fighter from his own personal nightmare? Or will he forfeit his career and his last chance at love?

MY REVIEW:
Survivor's guilt can be debilitating to the civilian but to an enlisted person who has now been discharged catastrophic.  Not to mention if they feel that they were the reason they got their fellow Marines killed and he was the only one survived.  Nikko Del Toro was an ex-Marine that was special forces recon unit, MARSOC.
     Now though he was the CFA’s Bad Boy of MMA cage fighting and at the top of his game.  But he was also a ticking time bomb when it comes to flashbacks from his last mission.  Since he refused to be treated after the secret mission believing he deserved his own hell he had no reason for his belief so his triggers that triggered him were not known and they would set off violent episodes.
     So, having to show up for a dog and pony show as the main pony, so to speak, for the CFA per his coach’s orders.  He had to speak and pose for the press at a meet and greet.  Which he was having to prep for since the flashes could set off his PTSD and cause problems but in controlled environments he was more or less on top of it.  Yet, being nervous and upset about having to do it at all did not help when a photographer from the press showed up at the bar taking endless amounts of photos with flash on.  Causing a major angry flashback which in turn landed him in jail for hurting someone who believed in him.
     When he is ordered by the CFA to 6 months counseling he agreed.  Who knew the person he would be seeing is the one person that gives his mind peace when he is anxiety takes over.  When he can’t sleep.  Or just out of sorts.  The woman who 6 months ago was on a flight with him from New York to Vegas.  She was having a bad day as was he. She asked him to be a part of the “mile high club” with her and he did.
     It turns out they never exchanged names.  But he always thought of her as his “four leaf clover.”  Something rare to be cherished.  So in his mind when he thought of her which was always her name was Clover.   Not to mention when she saw he was in a struggle with take-off she placed her hand on his.  He realized she was the first he ever allowed to touch him since coming home and he liked it.  But he never had secrets and a past he could never subject her to or to keep from her or anyone else before either.
     As for Violet (Clover) she too was running from her resent unpleasant past.  Her ex was screwing his secretary in the joint practice that they had.  Which meant the other doctors and employees knew about it and said nothing.  So, when she arrived home early from her conference to find Barry in bed with the other woman she ended it all and moved to Vegas to start a new practice with CFA as one of her biggest clients.

     See how these two get not only involved in the present but entangled in Nikko’s all to secret classified past life.  Can Clover help him?  Or will Nikko tear them both down with what happened in his past?  Or will both their ghost collide to cause pain neither saw coming.  I give this 5 stars.  Provided by netgalley.com.  Follow us at:  www.1rad-readerreviews.com. 

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