Series: Against the Cage Book #3
Author: Melynda Price
Genre: Romance, MMA
Blurb: 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?
Thoughts: I love MMA books, and Fighting for Control was another hit for me. Nikko and Violet have a very interesting first meeting and neither really expect to ever see each other again. So when Nikko is dealing with a very real problem – PTSD – and loses it, winding up slugging his trainer/coach, he is stunned when his mandated therapist winds up being the girl he can’t get out of his mind. Needless to say, it is a tricky situation. I enjoyed reading the story and this one had a real edge of realism to it that made it really compelling. The way Nikko refers to Violet – as ‘Clover’ (which holds a special and sweet meaning) – really gives it a sweetness as well. A great MMA title!