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Paradise Fought: Abel (Paradise Stories) by [Dunbar, L.B.]
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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: 2392 KB
  • Print Length: 288 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 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #242,418 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dunbar has talent. 28 January 2016
By Spiffy - Published on
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OH how I'm such an LB Dunbar junkie!!! Tag line for Abel's books Fight. For. Love. its just what this book is about.
For his whole life Abel has never been good enough, always weak, small, less. Always hating himself Able decides to change it. One of the things Abel is going to change is being clueless around girls. Abel needs help with that and gets (or forces by paying however you want to look at it) Elma.
Elma is just trying to take care of her mom and get revenge on her brothers death. When Abel steps in to help Elma is roped in helping Abel.
There is too many misunderstandings or jumping to conclusions between theses two that make for some great angst. Because of this, Paradise Fought reminded me of Fragrance Free, part of the Sensations Collections, and I loved it all!!! There's not twist or turns just a beautiful love story.
One of my favorite quotes "You never saw me, Elma, even when I was right in front of you."
*see that's heartbreaking, I just wanna grab Abel and let him know I see him.
I'm just in love with is book and hope many others will love it as well.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the modern twist on a old tale! 26 January 2016
By Tammi - Published on
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Wow!!! What a book! What a powerful story! I loved it, I could not put it down. I was first hooked with Cain's story Paradise Tempted a prequel novella but this is Abel's story. The way the author took the bible story we all know and made it modern was amazing, she is a true story teller.
Abel and Elma frustrated me beyond belief. Misunderstandings, lack of communication and down right stubbornness made me want to throw my Kindle. I absolutely love a book that brings so much emotion.
The battle between brothers caused by the evilness of the father kept me on the edge. I was mesmerized they fought for love, each believing the other had done him wrong. A brothers bond is strong but is the breaking point the love of a woman.
I cannot wait for the next book!!!
5.0 out of 5 stars keeper!!! 12 June 2016
By Carrie Marie - Published on
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Abel & Elma's story is a quick spark igniting a slow burn. It's beautiful & heartbreaking & page turning. It's about finding love and fighting for it, and fighting, and fighting... It took me a little while to connect w/ Elma. I wasn't sure about her. Abel, I connected with more quickly. His story resonated with my heart. I know, I know, that sounds so... cliche! But, really, I just wanted to hug him. And then I wanted to hug Elma, once I'd warmed up to her. I wanted to protect them both & push them past all the misunderstandings & miscommunications they were going through!

Their story is also about family, and how mistakes can be made even when trying to protect each other. Abel's relationship with Cain reminds me of another brotherly duo (Sherrilyn Kenyon's Acheron & Styxx), and I wanted to hug them & smack them at the same time, and tell them to quit acting like enemies & hug it out! Their form of therapy was a littttle different... But oh so therapeutic!

I really enjoyed this story, the style & cadence of the writing, and I'm looking forward to reading Cain's story - but I think I need a buffer book first! The depth of emotion is amazingly well written & I may have a book hangover... : )
5.0 out of 5 stars 4.5 Stars!!! 15 June 2016
By exbuffalo2001 - Published on
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I loved that this book focused on the “under-dog” and what a delicious one he turned out to be. There is something to be said about the smart, geeky guy ;) I am a tat girl so it was easy for me to envision Abel’s bright tattoos and I thought the meaning behind them was perfect.

The author wrote a story that flowed so well, especially when you consider the character names she uses and the unique storylines. It makes her books a joy to read. There is always enough angst, sex and mystery to keep you engrossed.

Abel and Elma – can I say you all need to talk. Why does everyone keep secrets and not say what they truly feel, or ask when they are not sure? There are times when I wanted to hit both of them!!! I liked how Elma finally apologizes to Abel and the love she shows him ~ he deserved it.

This book did leave me with many questions: I want to know what happened with Lindee & Creed, Does anyone talk to Evie? Where did Elma’s mother disappear to? Who really bought the plane ticket? (I have an idea about that one)

I can’t wait to read more about Cain and Abel……
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book was awesome. This book had all the different emotions that ... 26 January 2016
By Kathleen Burcham - Published on
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LB Dunbar has done it again. This book was awesome. This book had all the different emotions that one could think of. I have never really read any MMA type books before but I do watch MMA, but I can tell you that she did a great job at describing the fight scenes.

Abel is one who feels that is he second best because he is the second son. His older brother Cain is the prized MMA fighter of the family. Abel meets Elma at school and in time learns that Cain fought her brother and died during the match, but Elma feels that Cain killed him. Bent on revenge, Elma wants Cain to pay. This book will keep you turning the pages, as I had a hard time putting it down once I finally had the time to sit down and read it. I highly recommend this book. :)

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