on Dec. 16, 2012 :
I read this book in one sitting - no way I could stop! I agree with every word of the previous reviews and doubt there is much I can add. I laughed and shed tears at various points. Some heavy issues are dealt with very nimbly in this story.
It is very well written - the author's command of the language is superb. The knowledge on display is also very impressive. Wonderful!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on June 14, 2012 :
A very interesting romance novel. This is what I have to say about Barb Wolfe’s A Fighting Chance.
A Fighting Chance by Barb Wolfe is a story about DJ who is a woman who owns her own dojo and is a sensei for MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Erin Ryan who is a reporter visits her dojo to get a story from DJ. The interview is set and the bond between them is love at first sight.
DJ and Erin share one passionate night with each other but afterwards something tragic happens to Erin and she goes through a bout of temporary amnesia. DJ supports her lover through her flashbacks and memories. Throughout the story they both learn to open up to each other.
A Fighting Chance by Barb Wolfe is an amazing romance novel. Admittedly, the editing could have been done a lot better. There were quotation marks where there shouldn’t have been and sometimes I had to reread certain passages. Still, it is a great love story and I do recommend it to anyone who has an intense love for the martial arts and a romantic side to them.
(reviewed 8 days after purchase)
on May 12, 2012 :
Fighting Chance is more than just a story about fighting or martial arts. It is a story about DJ and Erin, two women who find one another despite all the reasons they might seem the most unlikely of pairings. It is about real women with real issues and, like most of us, they each come with their own baggage. Yet it is so much more than that.
This writer has managed to tackle some of the most difficult and painful issues women might ever face and she does it with honesty, sensitivity and a reality few can manage.
The story moved me deeply, made me angry at times and laugh at times. I will not only seek other work by this author, I will read this story again and again. It is not a treasured part of my library.
(reviewed 26 days after purchase)
on April 22, 2012 :
Fighting Chance, by Barb Wolfe. Review by Batwoman
Fighting Chance is about fighting, Mixed Martial Arts style. DJ and Erin each have their own baggage when they first meet, but are equally intrigued with each other. The setting describes fighting in different ways, and in different areas, but centers on a female only gym for training in MMA. DJ is the seasoned Sensei for the gym, and Erin is a reporter looking to interview DJ for a newspaper article. DJ is closed and disciplined, and Erin thinks that she knows who she is, but both of them are in for wild, unpredictable fights against themselves, each other, their emotions and other unforeseen obstacles. The book is perfectly titled, and the cover is catchy.
I have some background in martial arts, and the setting of the book interested me right away. I have no knowledge of MMA, and it is well explained through actions and dialogue throughout the book without having to break away from the flow of the storyline. The characters are well developed and the setting is clearly illustrated down to the grinding work of training. There is also the issue of safety. Fighting skills give a woman confidence and strength, not just to knock someone out, but it is also mental preparation, and this is discussed throughout the book with details of self-defense techniques.
Barb Wolfe covers very difficult topics in the book. Without revealing the story, she handles these topics adeptly, and from the viewpoint of each character. The story flows well, along with the dialogue, so the transitions are smooth. Support characters enhance the storyline without distraction. There is a high level of emotion between the characters that Wolfe managed to make uplifting rather than depressing. She illustrates how tough situations can be handled.
Aside from a great read, the takeaway for me from this book is that Wolfe introduced me to something I was unfamiliar with. After finishing the book, I went to the internet to learn about MMA fighting. I was completely floored watching it, even though I have sparred myself in the past (in a very controlled setting). Those women are tough as nails. I watched videos and found interviews with the fighters promoting the upcoming event in Kansas City, KS sponsored by Invicta. The event is going to be available in live stream April 28. I have it on my calendar, thanks to Barb Wolfe and A Fighting Chance. I also look forward to more books by this author.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
on March 26, 2012 :
I enjoyed the characters in this book (especially the terrific terrier dog) and the dialogue is well done. Most of all, the MMA (mixed martial arts) action is so clearly written, I could picture each move. I don't know how the author did this! An enjoyable read.
(reviewed the day of purchase)