Fighting for Breath by Abrianna Denae (Fighting for Love)

In the Fighting for Love MMA combined universe we find all types of queer people get their shot at love. In Fighting for Breath Abrianna shows how powerful love can be and adapt to letting another person in that makes an already strong couple, stronger. Two brothers fighting their way through life find themselves at an impasse. When it's suggested a gym might be a partial answer it ends up being more of an answer then they expect.

From the blurb:

“Surrounded by the both of them, I feel safe for the first time in years, and like I can finally breathe.”

Cole Cassidy has spent the past three years raising his younger brother, and he’s faltering under the pressure of raising a pre-teen. As trouble in his brother's life escalates, the feelings of inadequacy reach an all time high. When a last-ditch effort to help his brother turns into the lifeline they both need, Cole can't do anything but hold on.

Childhood best friends to lovers, Lucas and Brooks Novak, have the life they've always wanted. Until Brooks's newest client walks into their gym and turns the couple's world upside down.

Cole’s brother thrives under Brooks's careful tutelage, and seeing him flourish is everything Cole has ever wanted. The more time the brothers spend with the couple, the harder Cole falls, despite his best intentions.

Lucas and Brooks never expected to fall for Cole, or for him and his brother to fit so seamlessly into their lives, but now they’re unwilling to let the brothers go. Cole fights his feelings at every turn, but the pair are unlike anyone he’s ever met, and he can’t deny their patient understanding is addictive…except they belong to each other, and he knows better than to hold on to false hope.

Trust has never come easy for any of them, but if they can learn to let go, they might just become the family the four of them were always meant to be.

Fighting for Breath is a standalone MMX romance novella in the multi-author series Fighting for Love. All the stories take place in the shared gym, Knockout MMA Training Facility. At Knockout Gym, happily ever afters are hard-won.

This hurt/comfort romance contains angst, a brother trying to do right by his sibling, and four unexpected people finding their forever family.

Nedra's review:

Omfg!! This book had every single emotion, feeling, and heartfelt display of affection known to any reader! These three were absolutely perfect together and should be what every couple (or throuple) strives to become. Their openness with each other is borderline magical, their honesty is truly remarkable and their willingness to share their love for each other is truly inspiring!

Cole and Nathan’s, our featured orphaned brothers, sibling dynamic was emotional and grievous, but they were making it work. Brooks and Lucas were just what they needed, in many ways. Nathan with finding himself and struggling with acceptance, and Cole barely hanging on and almost at his breaking point. And, the close-nit Novak family was beneficial to both, especially with each sibling having their own impact.

I just realized that the intimacy between the three didn’t begin until way late in the story, and I’m not even mad. Abrianna’s writing style had me caught up with the entire storyline and the way the characters were written, that the story was over entirely too quickly! And, to be completely honest, this was my first time reading her work but I can guarantee you it will not be the last!

“ɪ’ᴍ ɢʟᴀᴅ ʏᴏᴜ’ʀᴇ ᴀʟʟ ᴛᴏɢᴇᴛʜᴇʀ ᴀɴᴅ ʜᴀᴘᴘʏ, ʙᴜᴛ ᴄᴀɴ ᴡᴇ ɴᴏᴛ ʜᴀᴠᴇ ᴀɴʏ ᴘᴅᴀ, ᴘʟᴇᴀꜱᴇ? ᴄᴏʟᴇ ɪꜱ ᴛᴇᴄʜɴɪᴄᴀʟʟʏ ᴍʏ ᴘᴀʀᴇɴᴛ ᴀɴᴅ ɢʀᴏꜱꜱ.”

Shout out to the smart mouth and dramatic tween, too!! Nathan’s wittiness is right up my alley, even with having gone through so much at such a young age.

Angel's review:

I love poly representation in books, and Abrianna did such a wonderful job with it! I absolutely adore how communication is key in the MC's relationship, cause after all that is a really important part of any relationship. I liked how both Brooks and Lucas were open and honest with Cole, and how they made sure to follow Cole's lead at whichever pace he set.

The bond and relationship that grew between Nat and Brooks's character was so beautiful and heartwarming, reading about how Nat opens up to Brooks and trusts him, was so sweet. And was such a pivotal scene. Along with Nat being introduced to Daniel, learning that there were people around him and in his corner that not only listened to him and accepted him, but also having people who understand on a more personal level, was such an endearing moment.

The pace of the story I thought was great! Wasn't too slow, didn't skip or jump ahead. The characters didn't jump into bed or try to rush things, it was built up and paced out in a really nice way that I enjoyed. All of the Novak family was hilarious and their characters added so much found family feels, along with humor to the story!! Every character that was mentioned had a reason to be apart of the story and each added their own personality and contrast to the storyline.

Overall a really fantastic book, full of representation, love, and finding the people you belong with.

Reed Kaye's review:

I love this story. Two brothers trying to get through life daily when life is full of challenges.
Cole has been raising his younger brother but school is a daily challenge for Nathan. Nathan isn’t the run of the mill kid. He gets bullied but he also tries to defend himself which ends him up in trouble numerous times. Luckily school has a guidance counselor who encourages Cole to enroll his younger brother Nathan in a gym. Brooks is a trainer at the gym and takes an interest in Nathan understanding the situation he is in and Brooks wants to help.

Cole has a chip on his shoulder and really wants to be in control of raising Nathan but he is almost at the end of his rope in how to solve the school problems. Cole also has no intention of accepting charity so when Brooks offers to help with Nathan there is a time of indecision.

At the gym Cole is also attracted to Brooks but he doesn’t have time for any attractions.
This story has wonderful characters. Also a realistic storyline with everything possible. I enjoy this author’s stories. I always feel I could almost be reading about a true story.

Molly Otto's review:

What can I really say, but this novella is a nonbinary representation masterpiece. A novella should not be able to give you this much raw emotion and power that you can feel the grief of these characters, along with the acceptance and love they all end up feeling as they become more accepting that happiness will happen after loss.

Each of these characters is so uniquely different yet, so right for each other and so frigging real. It's just mind boggling it was all accomplished in a novella! Abrianna has shown us the highs and lows of being nb, and with support and love, they can come out for the better and be loved and cherished.

The Novak family is just the best ever in acceptance and love on so many angles. I'm in awe of this family. A truly remarkable book, side note Nathan better get a story, they deserve their happiness too.

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