Title: Fight For You
Author Name & Publisher: Kayla Bain-Vrba — Less Than Three Press
Publication Date & Length: April 17, 2012 — 69 pages
Sold off to pay her father’s debts, Cherry spends her nights dancing and her days longing for freedom. Determined to break free of her life, she transfers from the dancehalls to the stadiums where all the real money is made.
The only problem with her plan is that she does not know how to fight. In order to learn, Cherry approaches Berlin, one of the best fighters in the stadium. Berlin, however, wants nothing to do with her, and Cherry realizes the hardest fights do not take places in the arena.
So this book is hard for me to write a review about. I liked it, and I didn’t like it at the same time; I’ll try to explain as best I can. I was intrigued by the concept and the plot. The plot moved quickly, which kept my interest. I was definitely wanting to find out what happened to these two women.
However, I didn’t find any real connection between them or to me. I can’t tell if it’s because it wasn’t there or if it was because of the writing. There was a lot of telling in this story, rather than showing and a few very odd and abrupt point of view shifts. Each woman seemed very similar to the other, so it was hard to tell who was thinking/feeling what.
That aside, the over all plot and story line was very interesting and unique. It was somewhat predictable and not at the same time. There wasn’t much lead in or foreshadowing to the unpredictable parts, and the beginning seemed more focused on the action and the end on the romance.
This could have definitely been a novel, and it might have served the plot better if it was. It would have allowed for expansion of the feelings and personalities that I felt were so lacking in the story itself. As a short story, it was complete with beginning, middle, and end.
Kayla Bain-Vrba has been living in daydreams ever since she was a little girl and writing about them for as long as she can remember. It was her discovery of m/m romance that inspired her first published work at age nineteen and is the genre she feels most at home in. When she’s not writing—or is procrastinating writing—Kayla fills her time with music, her boyfriend, and planning things to a tee, even though her beloved self-help books all tell her this is even more unhealthy than her addiction to sour gummy worms.