Book Review: A Fighting Man by Sandrine Gasq-Dion

 

Blurb:
Army Ranger Slater Cassidy has a very special – very sexy – target in his sights. Meeting gorgeous, smart, uber-snarky Casper Kennedy was the highlight of Slater’s last trip home to New York. The soldier in him carefully plans his conquest. Unfortunately, Casper’s wearing some seriously strong armor and Slater’s charm offensives bounce right off. Casper’s refusal to fall for him is puzzling – not to mention incredibly annoying. When Slater gets leave again after grueling back-to-back tours in Afghanistan, all he wants is another shot at wooing Casper. He jumps right into the battle for the other man’s heart, but Casper does not intend to entertain the troops. A heartbreaking revelation changes the rules of romantic warfare, and Slater suddenly realizes he doesn’t just want Casper. He wants to capture his heart, too.

Casper Kennedy is fighting a losing battle. A certain outrageously demonstrative Army Ranger has been a thorn in his side since his last trip home – and the main character in his steamiest dreams. Now he’s back. He launches an all-out sensual assault and no matter how hard Casper pushes Slater away, the man somehow manages to inch closer. So close, in fact, that Casper’s once-impenetrable defenses are in danger of collapsing. Should he throw up the white flag and take a chance at love? Or start firing back and keep his heart protected? When the handsome Ranger shows his true colors, Casper just might have to surrender the fight.

Denise’s Review:
Before I began this book, I hadn’t heard of this series, so I went and grabbed Books 1 and 2, A Betting Man and A Marrying Man (they are available together here: Amazon ) to make sure I had background before I started A Fighting Man.
Books 1 and 2 together are just past novella length, totally about 220 pages together.  A Fighting Man seemed to be a bit longer, at about 125 pages.
I definitely enjoyed Books 1 and 2, and would have likely been confused at a few things when it came to Book 3, but you could still read A Fighting Man as a stand alone book.
A Fighting Man brought back Spenser’s brother Slater, a man on leave after back to back tours of Afghanistan.  Slater had noticed Casper Kennedy on a previous trip to visit his family, and proceeded to woo him from afar.  Slater DOES NOT take no for an answer, and how Casper held out as long as he did is a mystery. 
When Slater does come home, he puts the full court press on Casper, and when they end up having to work together, Casper finally gives in, but not without serious reservations, and all those reservations are completely justified.  My heart still breaks thinking about the scene where Casper falls asleep in a very heartbreaking location, only to wake up to ridicule and censure.
Although the storyline had a few predictable elements to it, I was surprised at the levels that the author went to for realism towards the end of the book, really honing in on the horrific aspects of war, and how someone can take something bad, and turn it into a way to help others. 
Slater was funny and exactly what Casper needed in his life, after three years of being closed off.  What a great team they made together.  I’ll be happy to see them back together when Book 4 comes out.
This book was a solid 4 pieces of eye candy for me.  I am definitely looking forward to the next in this series.

Val’s Review:
I have to start off by saying that I absolutely love this series. This book is #3 in Sandrine’s Men of Manhattan Series and, focuses on the hot and sexy Army Ranger Slater Cassidy and the sexy adorable snarky Casper Kennedy. We get to meet these characters in the previous books, A Betting Man, and A Marrying Man, and witness how Slater whom lets just say is the absolute poster boy for Playboy of the year , well that is until he meets Casper, and then all bets are off.
I love that this Author is able to mix Humor that will have you laughing so hard then also you get to witness some very emotional feelings which will have you in tears but it’s done in such a beautiful way that you fall so much more in love with these two characters. Slater stops at nothing and I mean nothing to win over Casper’s affection and let me tell you I was laughing so hard during these stunts.
We learn the reason behind why Casper keeps turning down Slaters conquests and yes “You Will Need Tissues here” but in the end this story is such a beautiful learning experience . I highly recommend you read Books 1&2 first so you get the full impact of the story , and you meet all the secondary characters from the book.
Don’t miss out on this great series I can’t wait to read more and hope book 4 comes out fast
I rate this 5 pieces of eye candy.

 
 
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