Fighting for You (Lifesworn, #2)by Published 01 Jan 1970
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All Penli wants to be is left alone. After nearly a decade of blood, violent soldiering, and a lifetime of enduring his cold, ambitious family, it's almost a relief to be practically alone in the middle of a desert kingdom with no way to return home because of the warrant out for his arrest.
The very last thing he needs is to be consumed by a fit of honor and nobility—but he would much rather die than ever see the two sweet, intriguing men who cross his path forced apart, one to be thrown to the streets, the other to marry a malicious bully Penli has despised for years.
Though he means only to free them, having no desire to marry after barely escaping one unwanted marriage, with each passing day Penli fears the only thing more difficult than throwing his life away will be resisting the urge to build a new one with two men he barely knows.
"Fighting for You (Lifesworn, #2)" Reviews
Review for Bookwinked.com
Fighting for you is the second book in the Lifesworn series by Megan Derr and published by Nine Star Press. I’ll admit to not reading the first book in the series, but I got curious when I read the blurb for this one. I’m very happy I did so too, because I liked this short story. If I wasn’t reviewing this book, it would have gotten a five star rating.
On to the review!
The story is set around Penli – Lord William Kerry Penlington – who has followed his friend Shanna to the kingdom of Remnien. Her story is told in the first book in the series: Lifesworn. There is a lifelong rivalry between Penli and another lord from that kingdom, the bully Tishashanti. When Penli meets Tishanshanti’s fiance he can’t stand idly by and has to help Teia and his lifesword Sendaar. What ensues is a romance and a series of challenges that might cost Penli everything.
The story is told from Penli’s point of view and as a reader you get a full view of him, his character, his thoughts and motivation. He tries to come off as rough and tough, but he is a softy at heart. I loved how he tried to help Teia and Sendaar. His interactions with them are cute and sweet and oh yeah, very hot too!
The story relies heavily on the introduction of some of the characters in the previous story. There are some inside jokes you get when you read the first book – which I really have to do soon!
What I found harder was that Teia and Sendaar are mere bystanders in the story. We get a good view of them through Penli and the main focus of the story is on him, but they played an important role, yet even though they are sweet and you see the devotion the two have for each other and for Penli, it was hard to see the full picture. The story is also short, so I get why the focus is on Penli, but I would have loved to get more info on Teia and Sendaar. It also would have given the story a rounder feel. There was no interaction with Teia’s family either even if they played a big role in the conflict.
The writing is classic Megan Derr. It’s strong, flowing and draws you straight into the story and makes it so you just can’t help but love the characters and the story itself. I always love the details you get in stories by this author. Details on the surroundings, clothes and the world without it being an info dump. The world of the Lifesworn is an interesting fantasy world.
I loved this story! My only issue was not getting enough of it and the lack of page-time for the secondary characters. From the first page I was drawn into the story and wanted to see Penli get his happily ever after. The story is also a set-up for the next story in the world and I’m already curious as we got a glimpse of Omar in this story.
You can read Fighting for you without reading the first book in the series, but you do miss some of the story and the insight into Shanna and her partner’s characte
Good second book
Great addition to this series.
I really enjoyed Penli and his need to help Teia and Sendaar stay together and to give them a choice with how to live their lives.
I enjoyed the tournament and the challenges given. The three of them together are well done.
Looking forward to completing the series.
Review to follow at Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words.
ARC provided by NineStar Press in exchange for an honest review.
I didn't read book, which isn't 100% necessary but would have helped immensely with the backstory so I highly recommend doing so. I really enjoyed this. The characters are fun and engaging. Their emotional connection is well developed as it progresses throughout the story, which I love. Definitely recommend if you're looking for a fun fairytale type romance. With a dashing hero who comes to the rescue!
This book is adorable – Penli is adorable. There really is no other way I can describe it, even though it also has three-way menage sex scenes and Penli would quite like to kill his horrible rival. But still, the whole thing is ridiculously cute and sweet and adorable.
Admittedly, it’s all about Penli and the two men he’s fighting for and hopes to marry don’t really get much personality to share between them. They are younger than him, but I have no idea by how much, and despite them being widely travelled, they’re sweetly naive and willing to let Penli handle everything. It might have been nice if there had been more life to either/both of them.
However, this is all about Penli and I liked him enough that I didn’t mind the lack in the others. Or, really, the lack of background for him. There are details there, but I definitely felt like I was missing a fair few things because I haven’t read book one. Again, I didn’t mind, because I liked Penli. Did I mention that yet?
Ah, Penli. An incredible soldier and nobleman who is tired of killing and who really, really, really likes his clothes. Those who don’t know him well dismiss him as a flimsy fop, but he is so much more than this – while also being exactly as he portrays himself. I love that looking good isn’t an artifice for him; he’s not playing a part, he really is that vain, but he’s also strong and ruthless when he has to be. There are so many facets to him, and although some of his moping got close to annoying, he’s adorable and I forgave him most of his foolishness.
So, as I said, this is very sweet (with sex, so not that kind of sweet romance). Penli is adorable and this book is all Penli, romantic yet cynical, vain but honourable Penli. It’s a classic Megan Derr tale and, despite its drawbacks, I found it a thoroughly enjoyable read. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for more.
(ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley.)