I thoroughly enjoyed book 1 of the Deadly Sins series, Fighting Envy. I was eagerly awaiting Rowan’s twin brother, Tyson’s book.
Fighting Wrath picks up a few months after Fighting Envy left off. Tyson is out of jail, he’s working, training for a professional MMA match and he’s getting used to living on his own now that his sister and Jax are making a life together. It’s no secret Tyson has anger issues, but he’s found a way to deal with his anger. Not necessarily in a healthy way, but we all deal the best way we can, right?
Sydney is a college student working as a stripper to take care of herself and her disabled brother. While on a bookstore date with his niece, Tyson and Sydney run into one another. Sydney has no time for dating but Tyson wears her down and before long they are in the throws of a romance.
Both Sydney and Tyson are dealing with the effects of growing up in an abusive home. They both have secrets that they don’t want the other to know about for fear that s/he will want out of the relationship. Admittedly, both did things that made me want to reach through my Kindle and smack some sense into them, but Sydney…oh Sydney…
Then there’s a moment at ~75% or so when the ish hits the fan and all the lies and miscommunication blow up in everyone’s faces…
A good story; though I was underwhelmed with Fighting Wrath overall. There were just too many secrets and lack of communication between Sydney and Tyson that went on too long for my liking. I never grew to like or even understand Sydney’s actions. She had too many excuses and justifications that just didn’t ring true. Then she has an epiphany one day like BAM. Nah, girl! Although likable, Tyson was predictable; particularly in how he dealt with his demons, which felt forced to me.
One thing that I will say for this story is that the author does have these characters seek therapy to sort out their issues. Unlike many NA books I’ve read which have characters who deal with childhood abuse, the road to healing is portrayed realistically rather than fixed overnight or trivialized.