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Fight for You (A Warrior for Her #1) by Ayden K. Morgen released on Tuesday in the Suspense, Contemporary Romance.
Some men deserve redemption. Some men are worthy of salvation. I’m not one of them. My name is Michael Kincaid, and I’ve got so much blood on my hands, I’ll never wash clean.
For ten years, I’ve tried to outrun my gangbanger past by burying myself in my work with the DEA. I’ve tried like hell to forget the day I damned my soul and lost everything…my family, my home, and the only girl I’ve ever loved.
I still can’t outrun it.
No matter how far I go, January James haunts me. Being without her is killing me, but what other choice do I have? We were still kids the first time I vowed to protect her. Instead, I destroyed her.
Now one of my enemies—a local gang member—has it out for her. He isn’t going to stop until she gives him the territory I left her all those years ago. I swore I’d never set foot in Los Angeles again, but January needs my protection, and I’m not nearly strong enough to say no.
She deserves better than me, but she’s mine anyway. It’s time to stop running and fight for her.
She’s an angel. I’m the devil on her shoulder. And this is my swan song.
When it’s over, I’ll either be the monster at the end of this book…or I’ll be the man she deserves.
Fight for You is an angsty friends-to-lovers, second chance romance, and is not suitable for all readers. It is the first book in a series of interconnected full-length novels featuring law enforcement officers willing to do whatever it takes to protect the women who need them most. Each book can be read as a standalone, has no cheating, and a guaranteed HEA.
(This book deals with gun and gang violence, and touches briefly on sexual assault, sex trafficking, and suicidal ideation.)
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“I’m sorry about last night,” I whisper, my heart pounding. Now that the moment’s here, I’m not even sure where to begin unburdening myself. There’s so much between us…so much I never got to tell him. So many things I’ve regretted for a long damn time.
“There is no other woman,” he says. He fidgets, rocking on his heels and then running a hand through his hair. He looks out into the yard and then down at his feet. “Little Mama is like a sister to me. Her husband, Tristan, is probably the only real friend I’ve had since…well, in a long time. I had to come back. The guy who took her wanted to do some seriously fucked up shit. Letting that happen wasn’t an option.”
“Oh.” I swallow and then lick my lips, feeling guilty for being jealous. It’s such a petty, destructive emotion, one I promised myself I would never give into. But I did yesterday. When I imagined him racing back here to rescue another woman, I was jealous as hell. That shames me. “Is…is she okay?”
“Not really, but she will be. She’s got Tristan. He’ll make sure she’s straight.”
“That’s good then.”
We drift off, both peering everywhere but at each other. I stare out into the yard. The flowerbeds will need to be weeded soon. Dandelions keep popping up all over the place.
“Are you staying for long?” I ask to fill the silence and then peek up at him.
He’s watching me this time, a furrow between his brows.
“Didn’t plan on it, but who knows?” He shrugs, that furrow growing deeper. His face is so much more severe than it used to be. There’s a darkness there, a wildness that I only ever saw once—the day he got into a fight with Cody Love in the park because Cody was talking shit about me. There was murder in his eyes that day, and I see it there again now.
He’s not the same boy he used to be. He’s all man now, with ten years’ worth of history I know nothing about. It weighs heavily on him. The haunted weariness in his eyes leaves me with the distinct impression that he carries the weight of the whole world on his broad shoulders and has for a long time.
“I never hated you,” I whisper to him, my heart hurting at the evidence that life hasn’t been easy for him. It kills me a little to know I put some of that weight there. That he carries it because of me…because I was a selfish little girl who lashed out just so I didn’t have to hurt alone. “I was hurt and angry, and I wanted you to hurt too. But I never hated you, Cade. I never wanted you to leave.”
“You should have hated me,” he whispers back, his expression so solemn and serious it sends tears slipping down my cheeks. “You should still hate me. I took everything from you.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Ayden K. Morgen is the Amazon Bestselling author of the Ragnarök Prophesies series. She lives in the heart of Arkansas with her childhood sweetheart/husband of fifteen years, and their furry minions. When not writing, she spends her time hiking, reading, volunteering, causing mischief, and building a Spork army.
She graduated summa cum laude with her Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and Forensic Psychology in 2009 before going on to complete her graduate degree in CJ and Law.
She puts her education to use as a 911 Dispatch Supervisor, where she’s responsible for leading a team of dispatchers as they watch over police, EMS, and firefighters for her county. Her books feature law enforcement officers, the women who love them, and the difficult cases that drive them.
She also writes New Adult Fantasy as A.K. Morgen.
My Favorite TV Detectives
by Ayden K. Morgen
I love a good detective show. Law and Order: SVU was my jam when I was a teenager. Like a lot of people, I watched it religiously. Now that I spend most of my nights in a dispatch center, dealing with real life crimes, I don’t watch SVU as often. But it definitely started my love of the crime fighting genre…and of the men (and women) doing the fighting.
There’s just something sexy about a man in charge taking down evil. In Fight for You, Michael Kincaid is a DEA agent who deals with gangs. He is one of my favorite characters because he doesn’t fit neatly into a box. He’s kind of a one man wrecking crew who takes no shit and isn’t afraid to get his hands dirty when an old enemy targets the only girl he’s ever loved. He’s tattooed, foul-mouthed, and so in love with January James, he’ll do just about anything to win her back…even face the awful secrets lurking in his past.
Here are some of my favorite TV detectives (or cops or federal agents). Most of them made the list for the same reason as Michael Kincaid: there is no box big enough to hold them!
Angel from Angel (and Buffy)
See what I mean about not fitting in a box? Angel isn’t a cop. He’s a 200 year old vampire who fled to Los Angeles to put distance between himself and Buffy so he didn’t lose his soul again. While in LA, he hunts down and takes on evil in all forms. He’s brooding and closed off, but also willing to go above and beyond for his friends and complete strangers. I love that!
Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue
Andy Sipowicz definitely doesn’t fit into a box. He’s a former alcohol with a temper and a propensity for calling bullshit when he sees it. He’s rough around the edges, smart as hell, and more than a little crass. He has to contend with his own prejudices and bad behaviors, and struggles to overcome his own bigotry. Despite everything, he manages to admit when he’s wrong and face the consequences, allowing himself to grow even when doing so is painful.
Monk from Monk
Who doesn’t love Monk? The man has no shortage of issues and mental disorders, but he still tries so hard to get his badge back. He’s crazy smart. Despite everything, he has an innocence about him that’s endearing. You want him to win because he is genuinely a good guy doing the best he can.
Veronica Mars from Veronica Mars
I came to this show late. It was already over and done (well, the first three season and the movie were) when I decided to give it a shot. I was hooked by the end of the first episode. Veronica is a bad-ass. She’s sarcastic and snarky, clever, and willing to break a few rules to right wrongs. She takes no shit from anyone and charges in like a bull in a China shop at times.
Sam Winchester from Supernatural
I know Dean is the favorite for a lot of people, but give me Sam any day! He’s hot. He’s smart. He’s got a big heart and makes more than his fair share of mistakes. I want to climb him like a tree. I will never not root for him, even when he’s evil. Or crazy. Or dying. Or any of the thousands of things he’s been through.
Hopper from Stranger Things
I have the biggest crush on him. I can’t help it. He’s grumpy and bossy and kind of hot. I love how he’s willing to go above and beyond to help the kids, and doesn’t ever try to tell them that they’re nuts or that they don’t know what they’re talking about. He just helps them do what has to be done. And then in this last season… Sigh. I love him.
DCI Charlie Hicks from Hard Sun
I am so sad this show didn’t get a second season because it was incredible. Hicks is corrupt and suspicious, but when it comes right down to it…he does the right thing. Also, he’s played by Jim Sturgess, and I love everything about that man.
Gunn from Angel – I freaking adore him. He’s lived most of his life on the streets, lost his sister, lost his girl, spent time in Hell…but he still fights the good fight.
The Scooby Gang – They’re the original TV Detectives and no one can tell me any differently!
Det. John Clark from NYPD Blue – It’s Mark-Paul Gosselaar as a cop. He goes through it, but comes out stronger, hotter, and more driven than ever.
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