The Fourth Book in the Coffee Shop Series
The small mountain town of Pineville had my heart from the moment I stepped in it. Maybe Benjamin Mercedy did too.
Too bad he’s way out of my league.
When things escalate to an unsafe situation at home, I have no choice but to ask the town MMA fighter to teach me self-defense.
When we’re together on that mat, there’s a whole lot more spark and bang than I thought. And if I didn’t know any better, I’d say Benjamin Mercedy is hiding some ghosts in his gloves.
Ghosts I’m ready to help tame.
What am I supposed to do? Serafina shows up with a fat lip and a request for a self-defense class. Of course I’ll help her.
Then everything changes.
She is bright-eyed brilliance in my cold, uncertain world. I can’t stay away, even if I wanted to. Serafina has her own devils to deal with, and it’s been a while since I’d had a good fight.
Then she edges her way into my past with her light and warmth and cookies, and my bruised heart doesn’t have a fighting chance.
Serafina is mine.
FIGHTER is the fourth book in the Coffee Shop Series. It can be read as a standalone, but maximum enjoyment comes from starting at the beginning. This is a sweet-but-spicy romance with no sex-scenes and a guaranteed happily-ever-after.
Katie Cross is the queen of contemporary, clean romance. In Fighter, she brings two new residents of Pineville to deep levels of self awareness as they navigate their own familial problems. Waitress and traveler, Serafina wants to help her brother overcome a serious injury, and Benjamin, MMA fighter, needs to make a connection with his young daughter. When Sera finds herself needing self-defense training, she seeks help from Benjamin; they quickly start taking care of each other in ways they didn't know they needed.
I love how this story includes Sera's and Benjamin's family members, exploring what makes them uniquely suited for each other.
With fun new charachters, including Ben's daughter Ava and Sera's mother who stress bakes, this fourth entry in the Coffee Shop Series (which can easily be read as a stand alone), I greatly enjoyed my escape to Pineville through Fighter.
10/10! Katie has created this little world of Pineville in such a way that I can picture everything so vividly it's like I can jump right into the story. The characters development is so spot on that they feel like friends. Fighter has taken some tough real life situations and created a romance that isn't your typical cookie cutter story and packs a realistic yet dreamy punch. If you're looking for a summer romance series, the Coffee Girl Shop series is the perfect blend of awe inspiring love and romance and real life problems that are very eloquently handled. Fighter is the 4th of the series and so far one of my favourites!
Serafina (Sera) is a waitress at the local diner who is dealing with an abusive brother and his drug dealer girlfriend. Benjamin (Ben) is a well-known martial artist who is dealing with being a single parent to a lively little girl, Ava.
Sera and Ben meet when Sera stops by the martial arts studio where Ben works to see about taking a self-defense training class. Ben helps Sera with her brother and his girlfriend, and Sera helps Ben take care of Ava. They are attracted to each other and getting to a point where they can admit this is a sometimes painful and sometimes amusing process.
Fighter is enjoyable and engaging with a positive message. The mountain setting is wonderful. I like the interaction between the characters. There are some touching moments between Sera and Ben, Ava and Sera, and Ava and Sera’s parents.
I especially like how Sera and Ben’s relationship is mutual. Although they have challenges, they reach outside of themselves and help each other. Sera and Ben aren’t the helpless victim types. They aren’t perfect, but they realize they have issues that need to be addressed and take steps to do so. Sera and Ben acknowledge their love for each other and develop a loving relationship in the process.
Fighter is the fourth book in the Coffee Shop series and another fun, worthwhile story by Katie Cross.
Fighter is another amazing book by Katie Cross! This is a great book about second chances and learning how to stand up for yourself. Through watching Serafina and Benjamin you realize the importance of being honest—sooner rather than later— and learning that it’s okay to ask for help. In fact, there are times when you should ask for help, even if you don’t feel like talking to the person you need help from.
Fighter will pull at your heart strings making you want to know more about Serafina and what is going on in her life, who is she afraid of? Then you’re instantly hooked on Benjamin. Who is he? What is his life story? And what’s the story about his daughter Ava? This book gave me all the feels and I can’t wait for the next book in the series!
When Serafina shows up at Benjamin’s gym with a busted lip seeking self-defense classes, he knows he must help. Even though he needs help with his own life. Benjamin and Serafina complement each other perfectly, and the arrangement they work out is mutually beneficial and oh so sweet!
This book isn’t your run-of-the-mill romance. There are real-world problems that everyone can relate to, including loss, grief, and family issues, that Katie Cross has woven into the story seamlessly. I laughed, I cried, and I absolutely loved this book!