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Against The Ropes by Sarah Castille: I was struggling to decide
Makayla is the heroine in this novel and for the most part, I liked her. She works in the Admissions department of a hospital and is trying to figure out what she wants to do with her life, such as continue on with medical school to become a doctor or just go to EMT/Paramedic school. But right now, she's drowning in debt and trying to make ends meet. To make a little extra cash, she agrees to help her best friend by selling tickets at the door of an underground MMA fighting club. And that's where things get interesting. First, though, I really identified with Makayla because she's pretty broke and I've definitely been there! Man, does that suck! She's also a healer and she cares about people. There really isn't anything to DISlike about her. She's not perfect though. She's pre-med and sorta kinda an EMT but she gets sick at the sight of blood and can't handle violence? I understand that it links back to the trauma in her childhood but maybe this was not such a great career choice for her?? Then there was the debt collector issue. I won't get into all the crazy details but it seemed like the debt collector was stalking her but then he wasn't and it devolved into a whole different plot line. I didn't understand it and it especially made no sense to me when it clearly illustrated what an idiot Makayla was about not letting people help her. "Oh my mom did it all by herself and that's how I want to do it." Ugh, save me from martyrs.
Torment/Max was pretty hot. It could be argued that he's a carbon copy of a lot of other billionaire, alpha males but I still liked him. I've only read one other MMA story and I liked it. I liked it here again too. I guess I just don't know a lot about MMA so its fun for me to read about it. Plus, I love to imagine how sexy the men are!!! So Torment is sexy as hell and rich to boot. But his wealth isn't revealed until later in the book so it was cool to find that out later. Torment is an alpha male, for sure, but he was also slightly into some light BDSM. Nothing major, just a little tying up, a little spanking here and there. I like BDSM stories but sometimes, Torment's BDSM activities with Makayla pissed me off. I can't say for sure why though. I think I felt like Makayla didn't fully give her consent since she didn't really know what was coming. It was hot too though so I found myself kind of at odds over it. What I wasn't confused about what how much I loved Torment's badasssery! He's a force to be reckoned with in and out of the ring! I loved his fight scenes and I'm ashamed to admit that I really enjoyed the scenes where Torment went head-to-head with anyone messing around with Makayla!
The Sexy Time scenes were awesome! Torment and Makayla have great chemistry. I'm not sure they're such a great match though with Torment's love of fighting and Makayla aversion to violence and blood. The fight scenes were pretty great and, believe it or not, not too gruesome! LOL! The secondary characters were a lot of fun. I had several laugh out loud moments when Makayla was interacting with some of the guys from the gym. So other than Makayla's tendency toward monumental stupidity and immaturity, I enjoyed all of the characters. As I said earlier, this is a blending of two genres and I found it to be absolutely original. I went in thinking I was going to get a hot and steamy MMA story and then it started morphing into a BDSM billionaire tale. For me, it was having the best of both worlds because I felt like both sides of the story were well done.
Overall, I think I would recommend this book. The characters had some serious flaws, especially the heroine. But I loved the story and how surprised I was by it. Yes, I realize that I've ruined that surprise for you but there are other fun things about the story too. Much of it was funny and had me laughing a lot. The Sexy Time was fairly plentiful and well written. The story goes places that you might not think its going so there may be some surprises in store for you! This book would be for anyone who likes a tough alpha male and a heroine who is just discovering the joys of a kinkier lifestyle!
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Makayla is a licensed EMT who works admissions at a hospital (fu
Torment (aka Max) is a super studley MMA fighter on the und...
Torment (aka Max) is a super studley MMA fighter on the underground circuit. He is smart, sexy, has a few demons in his closet and is completely alpha. YUMM! Torment meets Makayla at an MMA match and they are immediately attracted to each other.
My first MMA fighter book... I am so giddy with excitement about reading this!! Now throw me down and mount me into submission.
I thought the humor was great and the story flowed pretty well. I did finish this in one sitting. However, there are just some things that really irked me. *Que eye rolling* The major one for me was Torments character. He has a serious case of multiple personality disorder. He has 3 different people in him. You have the MMA fighter, the millionaire and the wanna-be BDSM guy. Makayla also had identity problems, such as; being a pushover, naive, strong but has a tortured past. I got a headache from rolling my eyes so much in certain parts of the book.
One of the things about the story that irritated me the most was; where did the BDSM come from? You take a beautiful girl on a date and do uber sweet things with her, start a steamy make out secession and then BAMM!! BDSM. You sir Max do not know anything about BDSM and are acting like a jerk! Its like ADHD for BDSM. “Im going to tie you up and make you pick a safe word then leave you alone for 5 minutes without explaining anything to you.” Its like he saw something shiny off in the corner and went to play with it for a bit. If that was me I would have broke out a level of crazy you have never seen and gone straight street rules on your rear.
For me this is when the book started to deflate like a left over party balloon.
Later on in the book Makayla gets the crap beat out of her and here comes Max and his friends to the rescue. *bats eyes* My hero…
Then when he rescues her, he just yanks her into the nearest shed (while police sirens are in the background) and yells at her to take off all her clothes while pulling his belt off. Are you kidding me? I know your tuff stuff Barney Badass but have a little compassion. This girl just went through hell and now you’re acting like you're going to beat her yourself. And why take off the belt? That made absolutely no since to me.
Another thing that I thought was completely unbelievable and confusing was the collection person. That is the most ridiculous things Ive ever heard. Collection agency’s do not act like that. Then all of the sudden the collection agency is the Mafia? Because that is what Max is acting like. Its so inconsistent. Then there’s a school yard rumble and pissing contest between Max and Dr. Drake. Oh PLEASE!
Some of the things I loved are the growling and sometimes cave manish (in a hot way) behavior, being hunted down by a tattooed fighter *grrrr* , then *deep sexy voice* “hi, I know we just met, but Im going to throw you down and pin you to the mat and use my sexy stare on you” , licking ice-cream off my finger and then… masturbating in his office so he can see and driving him crazy enough to run out of a meeting and drag you down to the parking garage and bang you up against the wall. Now… that was finger licking good. *waggles eyebrows*
Overall? In my opinion, the book cover is fantastic, the story has great potential and started off really strong. But It almost felt like when Castille got to 50% she threw it all together in a hurry and added a bunch of unnecessary junk in there and didn’t think the plot through. The sex was just ok for me… with the exception of the garage banging. That was awesome! I will read more from this author because I have faith that things can only get better from here.
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Posted September 18, 2013
I absolutely loved this book!! I wasn't too sure about when I fi
I absolutely loved this book!! I wasn't too sure about when I first began but it quickly won me over. The book starts out in an underground fight club. Athletic, sweaty men....o.k. you have my attention. The main focus of the book is the relationship between Makayla and Torment. I was very happy with the progress of their relationship. This book lacks many things. First off, it lacks the main characters blindly falling love during their first five minute encounter. It lacks the female character totally disregarding what she wants and succumbing to the overly demanding alpha male. But what it does have is the characters' relationship following a natural order. God forbid, the author actually let them get to know one another. They actually.....date! GASP!!!!! How refreshing!
The book's female lead, Makayla, is a wayward medical student trying to find her way. The book's male lead, Torment, runs the underground MMA fight club where they first meet.
Makayla is a great female character. She is strong, opinionated, and thinks for herself. She is trying to get a feel for her life and decide what career path she wishes to take.
Torment is a great alpha male. He is dominate without being totally domineering and controlling. He pursues Makayla and values her for her strong personality and beliefs. He doesn't threaten, yell, scream, although stalking is somewhat questionable.
The book has witty banter. Makayla's inner dialogue often had me laughing out loud. I cannot say enough good things about this book and the writer. I can only say, if you give it a try you will not be disappointed.
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Posted September 8, 2013
**ARC copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest revie
**ARC copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**
I’m loving the MMA theme in this book! I’ve read a few MMA themed books recently and I couldn’t make my mind up on if they ‘did it’ for me or not. Well, Against The Ropes certainly did do it for me!
Makayla or Mac, as Max prefers to call her, has a fear of violence. As in she literally pukes when subjected to it, even watching a professional fight in the ring. With Max being a MMA fighter and Mac having a seriously queasy stomach these two are as mis-matched as they can get.
Mac holds an inner strength that she doesn’t even realise she has and she makes a really good lead character. I actually fell in love with Mac and found myself crossing my fingers and praying for a happy ever after for her. She was just THAT good!
Torment or Max (sigh), ok so I may of fell in love with him and if I wasn’t married I might be searching the local MMA venues to find myself a Torment. He’s strong, he’s domineering and he’s ALL that. Max plays into your fantasies. As you’re reading you are that drawn in by his character that you actually see him in the ring, watching him fight, you can see the sweat rolling down his chest…….. Ahem well, you get the picture.
I was completely pulled into the book and actually made an emotional connection with the characters. Not sure I’ve read another book that has done that to me. Don’t get me wrong I connect with books but not like I did with this one. The scenes blend well and the book flows from beginning to end. It has a mix of serious, humour, suspense & intimate scenes. For me that mix makes a great book when done write and this has been done right.
I didn’t pick up on anything in the book that I thought didn’t fit or needed more explanation. I’m not sure if that’s because the book was flawless or the fact that I was that consumed I didn’t spot them.
Great book and recommended read.
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Posted November 8, 2013
Posted October 2, 2013
He scared me, he thrilled me and after one touch all I could t
He scared me, he thrilled me and after one touch all I could think about was getting more. Makayla never thought she'd set foot in an elite mixed-martial arts club, but if anyone needs a medic on hand, its these guys. then again, at her first sight of the clubs owner she's the one feeling breathless.
The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full on assault. He always knows just how far he can push, and he's about to tempt Makayla in ways she never imagined.
This is a great book. I give this book a 5 star rating, it is very well written. It kept me on the edge of my seat at all times wondering what was going to happen next. It was very hard to put the book down. The details in the book very very good.
The fact that Makayla fell in love with Torment before she even knew who he really was is awesome. She fell for him and not his money. I love that when she found out who he really is she took time to make sure that she was falling for him for the right reasons. It made me cry when Max was in the hospital and Makayla was pouring her heart out to him telling him all about her childhood while he was in a coma and staying with him for hours at a time waiting for him to wake up.
There is a lot to the book and people will really be able to relate with the feelings in the book such as love, happiness, friendship and sadness. I would highly recommend this book to everyone.
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Posted October 3, 2014
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Posted July 30, 2014
Love Makala & Torments story
I've been reading alot of dark romance lately.I kind of needed a slight change for a bit.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I know Makala & Torment both had dark pasts , but the story is way more than that. It is full of a sweet emotional romance,with suspense , heartache and lots of Hot ,sweaty mma fighters bodies.
I will put this book in my favorites pile and can't wait to read books 2 & 3 in this series.
Posted July 28, 2014
A man I know so little and care so much about... Against The Rop
A man I know so little and care so much about...Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Against The Ropes was my first Sarah Castille read, my first of many, make that ANY she writes in the future. I am a major fan now. She had me laughing out loud at the inner dialogue and sarcastic witty banter of my new bada$$ 'BGF', Mac. She had me swooning for my new sexy, alpha, tattooed, muscled MMA 'BBF', Torment. She had me turning up my air conditioner because it was getting so hot! And she has me very excited about the next book in the Redemption Series that will be about Jake & Amanda. BTW, Redemption is the name of the club where the fighting takes place. I'm really hoping the series continues as long as there are more hot, muscled, sweaty fighters to write about!
Posted July 25, 2014
Review: Redemption #1: Against The Ropes
Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille is a wonderful story of love, drama, and overcoming your fears wrapped up in a super-hunky MMA fighter package.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Makayla has a severe aversion to violence - so when she's helping a friend sell tickets at an unsanctioned MMA fight and gets placed in a ring with a fighter named Torment for crossing the red line she is practically petrified. Never mind it's a prank, and Torment is the hottest guy she's EVER laid eyes on.
Torment is a man of many secrets. he wears many different hats - MMA fighter is only one of them. When he sees Makayla he wants her more than he's ever wanted anything before in his life. If only she didn't throw up anytime she saw violence. It makes it kinda hard to keep her around during fights.
These two are off the chain, crazy in love with each other and have so many issues to work through in order to make it work...
I loved the story - I love the writer's style. There is so much darkness and drama but it's not a dark story - it's intense with incredible bouts of levity and humor. The characters are deep but don't take themselves to seriously. Well, unless it's one of the guys going alpha/caveman. They're pretty serious then...
Posted July 23, 2014
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Posted June 21, 2014
Against the Ropes is a great book. Max and Makayla are also a re
Against the Ropes is a great book. Max and Makayla are also a really amazing couple that fight the odds to make their relationship work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
There are plenty of fight scenes and twist and turns to the story to keep the pages turning quickly. I couldn't finish the book fast enough
and highly recommend it.
Posted June 20, 2014
Posted March 14, 2014
Super hot alpha male alert!
Torment is the ultimate alpha male - strong, sexy, and rich with a soft spot for the right woman. Loved this story - full of action and romance - with plenty of intimate scenes to spice it up. Will definitely be looking for the next story based in the fighting arena.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted January 25, 2014
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Posted November 7, 2013
Words can not explain the ways that I loved this book. Makayla i
Words can not explain the ways that I loved this book. Makayla is like every woman out there. or at least me to the T! confused on what she wants do with her life when walks in every woman's dream man. he has mystery, danger, and sex appeal with a capital A. It was fun, It was sexy, with a couple of dysfunctional relationships to give you the drama appeal. If you couldn't guess that I loved it, you should know it now.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 3, 2013
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