Friday, September 18, 2015

Review- Warrior (First to Fight #1) by Nicole Blanchard

Title:  Warrior (First to Fight #1)  
Author: Nicole Blanchard
Publication Date: September 8th 2015 by Bolero Books LLC (first published May 1st 2015)
Plot: I thought it was just one night with my brother’s best friend. The boy I had dreamt about since he gave me my first kiss, under the lights of the Ferris wheel.

I knew he was about to leave for a year – no chance for a future.

But our one night together would create memories for a lifetime.

Our paths crossed again, but I had lied, and he was no longer the man he once was. He was warring against demons. Against the silence that was threatening to swallow him. And I had kept a secret from him, one he would never forgive me for.

But my secret was about to be ripped open. Displayed for the world on national news. And I had only one way to repair the damage. 

I had to trust the man I lied to. 

The man I never got the chance to make a life with. 

The only man who could save what we had created together.

 My Review 

☆ I received an ARC via the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!! ☆

**First and foremost, before you even start reading this book--- this is NOT a fighter novel at all. For all of you who may misinterpret the cover image and the series title, this is just a heads up just in case you had your hopes over a gritty, no-holds barred type of read.**

So, Warrior…

I was actually surprised in how much I really enjoyed reading Warrior. I’d never read anything by Nicole Blanchard before, and didn’t think much by the synopsis blurb, but when I got my hands on this I could not put my kindle down!!

A story of childhood and first love, family, tragic events, taking risks, and second chances.

Ben and Olivia "Livvie" have known each other since they were kids and have always shared an un-acted upon attraction for the other.

As the years go by, their friendship deepens and so does their blossoming fixation, until one night when everything changes….one night of passion that will alter the course of their entire relationship...


of which, both know that nothing can come off of as Ben is enlisted in the military and is being deployed in a few days for a year-long stay overseas…and yet, Ben asks her to wait for him, if she can.


Things, of course, change while Ben is away, as Olivia gets the surprise of her life and Ben battles his own demons while being away at war.

When Ben comes back, he is consumed with the guilt&regret of being the only survivor of his troop and is overwhelmed by the events of being back on the home front.

His only preserving thoughts lie with his sweet Olivia, and boy, is he in for an awakening when he learns of a little bundle of joy he and Livvie had created while he was away...


As for Olivia, having your estranged baby daddy back in the picture, and being the sole target of a few death attempts, has her world going at million miles per hour.


What will become of this couple? And with danger and romance in the air, will Ben and Olivia put their trust in each other to let go of the past and forge on to their future?

#Seriously loved, loved this read!! It was the ultimate tale of undivided love and redemption!!


I now want a Jack (Olivia’s brother) and Sofie (Olivia’s bestie) novel, as well as, more on Scott Greene (whom I’m not revealing who he is)! I don’t know why, but, I would have liked to see more behind the scenes on Jack and Sofie….and as for Scott, well, he just stuck in my head throughout the entire course of the story. I kept thinking, “what happened to him?” and although I was elated to see an answer, I just wanted MORE…I know, I’m quite overboard over a seriously minor character in this story, but that’s just me. Hehe.

Can’t wait for the next installment of this series!! I will definitely be on the lookout if there’s another ARC or review opportunity in the future!! Thanks, Nicole!!

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 About the Author 


New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Nicole Blanchard lives in Florida with her family and their menagerie of animals. She chooses each day to chase her own fairy tale even if they contain their fair share of dragons. She is married to her best friend and owns her own business.

She survives on a diet of too many books and substantial amounts of root beer and slim jims. When not reading, she’s lavishing attention on her family or inhaling every episode of The Walking Dead and The Big Bang Theory.

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