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Paradise Fought: Abel (Paradise Stories) by [Dunbar, L.B.]
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Paradise Fought: Abel (Paradise Stories) Kindle Edition

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I'm not a fighter.
I was born into a fighting family. As the middle child, I was overlooked in favor of my older brother.
He took the negative attention, too. In comparison, there's nothing special about me.
I’m not as big as Cobra. I’m not as strong as Cobra. He's the alpha.
I'm a beta.
The second son.
The lesser one.
The one never encouraged to fight, never encouraged to do anything, but stay out of my father’s way.

I'm not a lover either - but I wished to be – that’s why I needed her.
I met a girl in the pouring rain.
Sounds cliché, but it's true. It changed everything.
Because of love, I learned to fight.

Betas come second, but in this fight, my story is first.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2376 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1523756047
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017V0VWVM
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #203,471 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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In a move reminiscent of several 80's teenage romcoms, Abel, upon finding Elma in serious financial straits, offers to pay her tuition for her, and in return, asks for ... coaching. Not in what to do with a girl once he's got one, but rather in how to attract their attention in the first place.

As the younger son, Abel's always been the one being ignored. As the small child, the one overlooked, and he's more than ready for all of that to change.

But that's about where the resemblance between this story and those comedies ends.This story isn't a funny one. Not only is Abel on a mission to find and keep a girl, but he's also on a mission to prove to his family, and to himself, that he should never have been ignored and denied opportunities the way he had been. He intends to prove that the only way they'll understand, with his fists and in a ring.

As a fighter, he goes by the the name Betta (a kind of fish more commonly known as a Siamese fighting fish) and its here that L.B. Dunbar​ does something rather unique. Not only does she use the betta as a metaphor for describing Abel, which wouldn't be remarkable at all, but she extends that metaphor right through the book, coming back to it again and again in different ways and drawing out different parallels. Further, she then goes and brings in other fish and ocean metaphors as if the lonesome betta wasn't enough and sprinkles them liberally through the book.

If that wasn't enough, the rather obvious biblical allusion to the sons of Adam, Cain and Abel is brought up, and in line with that, there's an assortment of biblical references and language used in key places, but what delighted me was that the characters were self aware.
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