Title: Paradise Fought: Abel
Series: Paradise #1
Author: L.B. Dunbar
Genre: Contemporary New Adult Romance/MMA
Release Date: January 25, 2016
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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If I thought I was going to make a speedy getaway, I was wrong. My savior caught up to me, half way down the walk, outside the finance building. He was quick and a large hand wrapped around my upper arm.
“Whoa, sister,” he said, slightly out of breath. “You almost got away from me again.”
“What?” I questioned. I had no idea what he meant: again.
“Never mind,” he muttered, his hand still on me. I looked down at it and he immediately released me. My eyes pinched as I realized I didn’t mind his hand on my skin. There was something nonthreatening about him. He seemed rather innocent, studious, actually. His shirt was buttoned almost to the top and tucked into his pants. The sleeves secure at the cuffs. His jeans were snug and hugged him well. He wore dark rimmed glasses that screamed smart. Brown boots looked too new on his large feet. It was like he had the right parts but the wrong combination.
His blue eyes were soft and easy to look into. They practically spoke to me, but I had no idea what he was saying. His dark hair was disheveled, a bit shaggy, but cool looking. He kind of looked like a pop star, which was a little too sugar sweet for me. His form was questionable. It was hard to tell what kind of body he had under those clothes. He looked rather preppy, like half the guys at this university. I didn’t want to think about it. I’d just sold my soul for another semester.
“So when do you want to do this?” I asked. His blank stare told me he had no idea what I meant.
“Us,” I said, pointing between him and me.
“I…” His voice trailed off as he gawked at me. His expression changed from confusion to shock.
“I didn’t buy you to sleep with you,” he said, a touch of disbelief in his voice. His face turned crimson, then fell. “Why, have you done that before?” It was my turn to be surprised and offended.
I turned on my heels and began stomping away from him. He was too quick and he caught me again. His hand on my arm halted me. This time he didn’t release me when I peered down at his fingers wrapped around my bicep.
“Look. I need help,” he blurted. His face pinked a little, and it was sweet. “I don’t need help with sex. I need help with before.” His tone dropped, and he looked side to side to see if anyone would hear him. I took his meaning.
“You don’t know how to do foreplay?” I questioned in a loud whisper, trying to hide my astonishment. How could anyone have sex and not know a touch of foreplay?
His face pinked again.
“Not that,” he said, sounding like a child. “The flirting. The dating. The…other stuff.”
I was stunned. I stared at him, taking in his features again. He was kind of cute, leaning toward the potential for good looking. He couldn’t possibly need help with this request. The confusion on my face made him speak.
“I don’t know how to flirt.” The words swirled between us.
“I don’t understand.” I didn’t. I didn’t know what he wanted from me.
“I need lessons how to be…cool: with girls. Call it a tutoring session. I need to learn how to be…seen.” His voice took on a touch of sadness. He couldn’t possibly be serious. I continued to stare at him. My mouth might have actually dropped open a bit, and I noticed he was watching my lips. It was a little exciting the way he stared at them. I licked them and his pupils dilated, filling in more black over the blue. His expression changed. Knowingly, he blinked when he realized I was teasing him. His lip quirked up and a dimple showed in his cheek.
“I need to date you,” he blurted. “To learn how to do, what you just did to me.”
4.5 Star Review by Ashley
If there is one thing I've learned from reading LB Dunbar's books its that no one, and I mean no one, can put a modern day twist on a tale like she can. Paradise Found: Abel is no exception. While there are some similarities to the story we all know, it is vastly different. Yes, there are the brothers and they have their differences to say the least but that is where the parallels end. So, take everything else you know about the story of Cain and Abel and throw it away.
I fell for Abel, the Betta right away. He was so down trodden but he never counted himself out. I liked his initial shyness and and awkwardness. He was nerdy but at the same time not. He hid himself behind his glasses, and collared shirts but underneath was a full fledged, one hundred percent, not to be messed with man. Complete with tattoos and a heart of gold. I love how he came into his own as the story progressed. He used the tools at his disposal to his advantage, even when the odds were stacked against him. And nothing helped and hindered him more than the object of his desire, Elma.
To say that girl is something else would be an understatement. She is fighting her own demons and most aren't of her own making. She isn't shy but has a vulnerability to her that makes her likable despite her flaws. She uses what she has to get what she thinks she wants. And when you learn what she's after it will leave your jaw on the floor (like mine was). Turns out, she was getting so much more than she bargained for when Abel muscled his way into her world. I love how off-kilter he made her. She always seemed so sure and planned but all is not as it appears. As luck would have it, Abel was the one with the master plan and he got everyone to play into it perfectly, until his feelings got involved.
Things spiral out of control fast when Abel's father works himself back into the picture. That man made me furious for the demands he was putting on his children. Yes, children. He got Cain involved in his hatred for his younger son. I'm sure you can guess what happens...yep, brother versus brother. Only this one doesn't quite turn out the way I thought it would. I felt every punch, kick, hold and grunt of pain. My heart was pounding as these two battled it out. Now, I won't tell you how it ends but in true LB Dunbar fashion, nothing is ever quite as it seems. While there is a winner to the fight, everyone loses something. But it's nothing compared to what Elma and Abel gain.