Contemporary, New Adult, Romance

Review: Fight Dirty | Dawson Family Series by Emily Goodwin

UntitledOwen Dawson is one of Eastwood’s most eligible bachelors. He could have any woman he wants, but when it comes to settling down, he only has eyes for Charlie Williams, and he blew his chance with her years ago. While Owen is busy trying to convince everyone—and himself—that the playboy life is for him, Charlie is trying to put her life back together.

After discovering her fiancé was cheating on her, Charlie packs her bags, leaves her fancy New York job, and goes back to the one place she never thought she’d return to: home. Determined to start over and stay far, far away from men, the last thing Charlie needs in her life is her first love, Owen…and the old feelings that come rushing back the moment she lays eyes on him.

While Charlie swears to avoid romance of any kind, Owen is willing to do whatever it takes to prove he’s a changed man and win Charlie back…even if it means fighting dirty.

3 Stars

New Adult | Romance | Contemporary

***Received an ARC through author group in exchange for an honest review***

Do you doubt my obsession? Well you shouldn’t. I am absolutely obsessed with the Dawson Family series by Emily Goodwin, and you bet your bottom dollar I was all over Fight Dirty. Granted, it isn’t Dean, I need him – ugh loathe Kara, but I will take Owen any day of the week. Seriously, the main thing I love about this author is her easy flow romance, they are such feel good at the right moment with some of the best character dynamics that I just cannot help to gush for, plus, second chance romances always have me in a tizzy.

Speaking of the characters, Owen was definitely the hot piece of man meat screaming all kinds of damaged goodies. I have really enjoyed his mannerisms this enter series. He is fun, flirty, free-spirited, very out spoken and I rather enjoyed this about his character. I will say though, I know, here we go, it was hard to really love his character. Up until this point he was very much a playboy, I liked it -nay loved it. But something about that moment when Charlie walked in the script this sort of flipped and it was like having a brand new character to relearn. It isn’t bad at all, but it through me for a loop as his characteristics shifted a smidge. As for the beautifully wronged Charlie, I wanted to adore her. I truly did. I think she was sweet, definitely lovable, easy to sympathize with her situation but honestly it was really hard for me to just connect with her. I felt she was this moot point for me. I think a lot of this was in partner with the actual romance of Owen and Charlie. They were super adorable, lovable and had passion – oh my lanta did they look good together, but something wasn’t meshing.

I say this, because although I really enjoyed their romance, there was this feeling on convenience for their reunion. I wouldn’t entirely say rushed is the right word I want to use for it, but there was a lack luster with how Owen and Charlie reconnected. Without giving away spoilers obviously, there was just maybe this too fast, too much, too soon additive to how they were thrown together. Again, they had great chemistry, they did – there was banter, history, total cuteness and fun development… but it definitely felt like this second chance romance that didn’t add up on certain aspects. Maybe I expected more angst, more conflict, but again there was this easy get together flow that seemed more easy to get to the good stuff of the romance instead of building up some type of conflict dynamic between their reconciling.

Overall, I enjoyed Fight Dirty, as I generally do with all Emily Goodwin’s books. She is definitely one of my top favorite authors. I will admit, again, that it was hard to pinpoint my thoughts for this one, it took a while to figure out what really made me disconnect from the storyline. I really did like the chemistry between Owen and Charlie, I needed him to have his happy ending, but for me, out of all the Dawson gang (for now…) this is my least favorite of the tropes. I liked it, but didn’t love it. I think the Dawson family is one of my absolute favorites, however this did not live up to my expectations without a few pet peeves here and there.

I cannot wait to see if/when Emily gives me the Dean story I am begging for at this time… COME ON! Gimmie.

2 thoughts on “Review: Fight Dirty | Dawson Family Series by Emily Goodwin”

  1. I 100% agree! Liked it but it felt a bit rushed. Anyway – main point is when are we getting Dean’s book???!?!?!!!! I can’t handle all these hints she drops in every book about his unhappy marriage, I need all the details!!!!

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    1. Haha right?! There is a rumor she is thinking of giving Dean either his own book, meshing into another series or just a novella. I am really hoping he gets his own book, I would love a duet honestly! But we will see. Fingers crossed!


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