Saturday, December 21, 2013

Blog tour review and interview: Worth the Fight by L.D. Davis


Luke Kessler loved Emmy.

She broke his heart.

Then she revealed a life altering secret that brought them back together. 
Time and forgiveness heal old wounds and love flourishes. Luke and Emmy find themselves reaching for a happily ever after together. When their pasts begin to push into their present and hurtful mistakes are made, the couple struggle with each other and their past demons. How much is too much? Will the couple be able to fight their way to a happily ever after? Are their lives together worth the fight?

4.5 star review by Jen Skewes

I am a huge fan of this series and have always loved Luke so of course I could not wait to get my hands on this books and see his side of the story.  This book captures some of the important moments from Accidentally on Purpose but it is so much more than that.  This is truly Luke's book.  We see how he dealt with the situation with Emmy and Lucas.  We see the emotions that he went through as well as the pain and heartache of it all.  We see how much he hated and loved Emmy all at the same time.

I love Luke and even after reading his side of the story I still love him, but will say that I was a little upset and  disappointed with his actions in the beginning.  Maybe it's be ause I loved him so much and put him on this pedestal but t didn't seem like the Luke we all fell in love with.  and honestly I think that he tried so hard to hate Emmy and so hard to be mad at her that his emotions got the best of him and caused him to be a complete jerk to her.  And do n't get me wrong, what Emmy did to Luke was wrong on all accounts so I totally understand what he was feeling.  She hurt him in a way that left him completely broken and shattered.  And he has tried to move one since then, but then she shows up with his kid that he had no idea he had.  So while I wasn't a fan of his actions, I tried very hard to understand them.  And believe me there were moments where I just wanted to scream at him: Why?!?!  And moments where I had knots in my stomach.

Luke finally wakes up and realizes what a complete ass he has been to Emmy and knows that no matter what she did to him, she didn't deserve the harsh treatment and he knew he needed to try to make it work, even if it was just as friends.  And this is where we start to see the Luke that we all fell in love with again.  Luke is by no means perfect but you see how much he still loves Emmy, how much she can still turn him on and that just maybe he wants to be more than friends.   The problem is getting past the hurt and admitting it to himself.

I loved this story.  I loved getting inside Luke's head and seeing the struggles that he went through.  Their relationship was anything but perfect and they both knew and understood that.  But Luke realizes how much he needs and wants Emmy in his life and will do everything he can to make sure she stays in it.   What I loved was seeing that moment from Worthy of Redemption (and those of you who have read it know exactly what I am talking about) from Luke's POV.  I loved seeing his reaction and it gave me some level of comfort knowing that it happened the way it did.

Luke and Emmy's journey is one that is filled with many emotions;  anger, frustration, sadness, and joy.  They have both hurt each other in different ways but beneath all of the pain and hurt, is the love that they have always had for each other.  When their relationship ended it left them both broken for different reasons and we see just how broken they both were.  We see how much pain Emmy caused Luke, how angry and bitter he was towards her.  And we also see just how broken Emmy was and how much of herself she lost .

I think L.D. Davis did a fantastic job capturing the true heartache that these characters went through.  As the reader you went through it all with them.  It was sad to see Emmy in the beginning thinking that she deserved the way Luke was treating her.  It was upsetting seeing Luke at in a way that didn't seem like the true Luke.  My heart broke for the two of them many times.  But together they worked through their emotions, through the pain and the hurt that they caused each other and found the happiness they both deserved.

Worth the Fight is definitely a must read.  Luke is still amazing, and lovable and sexy as he was in Accidentally on Purpose, despite his actions in the beginning.  And to be honest I honestly understood why he acted the way he did.  There were probably moments in AOP where I felt exactly as Luke did towards Emmy.  But moving past all that, Emmy and Luke's road to happiness definitely was not all roses and unicorns.  It was a rough, emotional, heart breaking ride but one that was totally worth it in the end.    Together they fought through the pain and heartache and found happiness. And together they were perfect.  Amazing job!

Three Chicks Interview Luke and Emmy

Three Chicks:  Emmy, after moving in with Luke, why did you let him treat you the way that he did?  Was it that you were still so broken from what happened with Kyle or did you honestly believe you deserved that treatment from Luke?

Emmy:  I wasn’t even sure I really wanted to be there in the first place, but I owed it to Lucas and Luke to try it Luke’s way. Was I still broken? Of course I was still broken. I was emotionally damaged. Hell, I was damaged deeper and in more ways than I’ll ever really know. I did believe I deserved the way Luke treated me. I don’t feel effed up now like I did then, and I still believe I deserved the way he treated me. Regardless of how he spoke to me, he still took care of me – a roof over my head, bills paid – I had everything I needed. It could have been so much worse, couldn’t it have been? He could have taken me to court and fought me on custody. He could have verbally abused me in front of our son. He could have physically abused me in front of our son. There were so many terrible things he could have done and he didn’t. What I did to him was wrong on so many levels. Luke was angry and he was hurt. Maybe he was a bit of a dick at times, but let’s face it, he had very good reason to be and I don’t hold it against him.

Luke, we love you and always have.  But after you asked Emmy to move in with you we were a little upset with the way you treated her and need to clear up a few things.  First why did you refer to her as Lucas’ mother in the beginning and not by her name?

Luke:  To be frank, her name was too personal, and I didn’t want to get personal with Emmy. I was still very hurt by what she did, and if I would have gotten personal, I would have had to really deal with what transpired between us and what she did to me and I just didn’t want to do that. It was an open wound I didn’t want to poke at.

Three Chicks:  Luke, we understand how much Emmy hurt you and how angry you were but was the harsh treatment necessary?  I mean she was still the mother of your child and the way we look at it you still loved her but tried your hardest not to.  Did this have anything to do with the way you treated her?

Luke:  If you have to ask me if the harsh treatment was necessary, than I do not believe you understand how hurt and angry I really was. In addition, I wasn’t trying to be her friend or her buddy and I didn’t want friendship - or anything from her that didn’t pertain to Lucas. I understand how callous that may seem to some of you, and I am not making excuses for my behavior, but rarely did my private thoughts and rants touch her ears. I wasn’t the nicest guy at that time and rightfully so, but Emmy never knew the true extent of my bitterness. And yes, I still loved her and tried not to. Would you want to still love someone who ripped your heart out? You would try not to love them, too.

Three Chicks:  Emmy, after the incident with Iris, you ran away.  Why did it take so long for you to hear Luke’s side of the story?

Emmy:  Seriously, I just couldn’t deal. Yeah, I know that sounds selfish and it wasn’t fair to Luke, but I really couldn’t deal with it. I had been through so much over the years, and while some of it was indeed my own doing, the damage was done, and I lacked the will and the courage to face that situation head on at first.

Three Chicks:  Luke, we get that you and Emmy were not together and had every right to sleep with whomever you wanted to, but Vivian DeLuca?  We understand the Claire situation, but why Vivian? 

Luke:  Why not Vivian? The circumstances were perfect. Vivian is an attractive, strong, and independent woman – and if you tell her I said that, I’ll deny it. I knew when she said No Strings that she meant No Strings. I wouldn’t have to worry about her wanting more from me than what she was getting.

Three Chicks:  Luke, do you thank your sister everyday for letting you know how much of an ass you were being? 

Luke:  I knew I was being an asshole, but Lena really put things into perspective for me. Of course I’ll be thanking her for the rest of my life.

Three Chicks:  Emmy, after you went to see Kyle, Luke asked you if any lines were crossed.  Did that bother you or did you understand why he asked that?

Emmy:  It bothered me, but not because I felt he didn’t trust me. It bothered me that I had ever put him in a position where he would have to ask in the first place.

Three Chicks:  Emmy, you told Luke after seeing Kyle that you felt sad.  What did you mean by that?

Emmy:  Don’t misunderstand those words. I didn’t want Kyle back and honestly, I would never want to relive what I went through with him, but this finally felt like closure. And sometimes closure is bittersweet. I am happy and I am so in love with Luke and I don’t want anyone else, but when that door closed between me and Kyle, it closed on a Kyle I hardly knew. I guess I was just sad that I never really knew him. I had these intense feelings for so long for someone that, as it turned out, I hardly knew at all.

Three Chicks:  Emmy, did knowing that there were times that Luke was out on a “booty call” bother you in any way?

Emmy:  Hell yeah! I was jealous, but I didn’t have any right to be so I kept it to myself.

Three Chicks:  Luke, if you could go back to the day you found out about Lucas and invited Emmy to live with you.  Would you do anything differently?

Luke: Yes, I would. I would have taken my head out of my own ass and recognized that Emmy needed me, even if she didn’t know it at the time. I would have treated her better. I would have tried to be her friend and I would have been a better example for Lucas.

Three Chicks:  Do either of you see any more kids in the future?

Luke: I want to knock her up at least once more. I at least want to try. A lot. I would like to try with her right now.

Emmy: I’m afraid if I keep having kids I’ll become my mother. I don’t want to be my mother, but…maybe one more baby would be nice….

Three Chicks:  After all that you two have been through, did you ever think that you would finds yourself where you are today, happily married with two beautiful children? 

Emmy: Honestly, the future seemed so cloudy to me for the longest time, but once the clouds started to clear and I begin to believe in what I could have with Luke…I don’t know, I feel like the fantastic possibilities are endless, like our happiness can reach higher and higher, no matter what comes at us.

Luke: Long ago, when I lived in New Jersey and Emmy was sitting on my bed with her hairy legs and reading, I thought I could have this with her. For a while, those ideas went away, but like Em said, once I began to see it again, the incredible possibilities are endless. Now, if we’re finished here, I would like to take my wife somewhere private and try for that third child.

We want to thank Luke and Emmy for answering those tough questions.  We love these two and wish them all the happiness.  Thank you.  


“Are you really going to wear that shirt while you make love to me?” she asked, letting her eyes fall on the shirt I had forgotten I had on.

I looked down at my shirt, too and frowned. I could take the shirt off, but I hadn’t realized it was so offensive.

“Stripes,” she snorted, shaking her head. “You’re so lucky that I know what I’m getting under that hideous shirt.”

I laughed now. More of our earlier conversation had followed us into the bedroom.

“Go ahead and laugh,” she said primly. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to have an orgasm while running my hands up and down your horizontal lines.”F***

“Are you really going to wear that shirt while you make love to me?” she asked, letting her eyes fall on the shirt I had forgotten I had on.

I looked down at my shirt, too and frowned. I could take the shirt off, but I hadn’t realized it was so offensive.

“Stripes,” she snorted, shaking her head. “You’re so lucky that I know what I’m getting under that hideous shirt.”

I laughed now. More of our earlier conversation had followed us into the bedroom.

“Go ahead and laugh,” she said primly. “I don’t know if I’ll be able to have an orgasm while running my hands up and down your horizontal lines.”

About the Author

L.D. Davis is the New York Times Bestselling author of the novel Accidentally On Purpose and the novella Pieces of Rhys. L.D. began writing at a very young age with consistent support from teachers and friends. When she was only thirteen years old, she wrote her first romantic novella. A few years later at the age of nineteen, she completed another. Always writing, but never attempting to publish, L.D. left many projects unfinished over the years, but when she was thirty-four years old, she self-published her first full-length novel, Accidentally On Purpose. L.D. is currently working on two more books to go along with Accidentally On Purpose, two more projects to go along with Pieces Of Rhys, and several other novels.
L.D. has a serious addiction to reading, especially contemporary romance novels. She also loves the work of Dean Koontz, Janet Evanovich and classics like Lord Of The Rings and Jane Austen’s novels. She lives in a small East Coast town with her five children and husband.

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