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Fighting Attraction
     

Fighting Attraction

4.5 13
by Sarah Castille
 

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My sweet, sexy Penny has a dark side. Just like me.
I will have her. And then I will lose her, and suffer a lifetime of regret.

Rampage. Everyone loves him. He is Redemption's top heavyweight fighter and the biggest gossip in the gym. But he isn't the teddy bear everyone thinks he is. He's hiding a dark secret-and he hates himself

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My sweet, sexy Penny has a dark side. Just like me.
I will have her. And then I will lose her, and suffer a lifetime of regret.

Rampage. Everyone loves him. He is Redemption's top heavyweight fighter and the biggest gossip in the gym. But he isn't the teddy bear everyone thinks he is. He's hiding a dark secret-and he hates himself for it.

Twice a week, Rampage transforms into Master Jack, a notorious dom only the most hard-core submissives will play with. How can he-a Southern gentleman, bred to respect and protect women-want to dominate them?

But Penny Worthington wants him. Beneath her pearls, kitten heels, and prim British exterior beats a tortured heart...Master Jack is the only one who can set her free.

Redemption Series
Against the Ropes
In Your Corner
Full Contact
Fighting Attraction

Praise for Sarah Castille's Redemption series:
"Emotionally charged, amazingly sexy, and flat out fantastic."-Fresh Fiction for Full Contact
"Powerful. Gritty. And sexy beyond belief. Sarah is a true master!"-Opal Carew, New York Times bestselling author of His to Claim

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
02/20/2017
Returning to MMA training center Redemption, Castille plays with contrasting personality traits as one of the gym’s most cheerful and popular fighters, Jack “Rampage” Caldwell, hides his taste for sexual sadism. He’s convinced no one will accept him, particularly now that he’s joined the professional circuit. After undergoing a massive makeover, Rampage catches the attention of prim legal assistant Penny Worthington, who escaped the U.K. to start her life over in Oakland following a destructive relationship. Like Rampage, she keeps her kinky urges a secret, but when he discovers her tolerance for pain, they ease into a dominant/submissive relationship. As always, Castille never sacrifices character building for sex, and there is ample time for Penny and Jack to earn mutual trust before they get intimate. However, their kink scenes are markedly harsher than in Castille’s earlier light-BDSM Redemption contemporaries. Familiar gym members and side characters pop up frequently, though fans will wish for more of Makayla and Torment, the pair who started it all. Agent: Laura Bradford, Bradford Literary. (Apr.)
From the Publisher
"Fans will wish for more." - Publishers Weekly

"Enlightening. " - RT Book Reviews

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781492648864
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
03/07/2017
Series:
Redemption , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
368
Sales rank:
16,708
File size:
1 MB

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Meet the Author

New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and traveled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Readers can find her at sarahcastille.com.

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Fighting Attraction 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
This one was so good & not what I expected at all!
RomanticReadsandSuch 15 days ago
So, while I dabble here and there in BDSM reading I am definitely not all that well informed on it. I know when it works for me and when it doesn't, and here it definitely does. Jack has some serious conflict about himself as a sadist. He had people close to him turn against him when the truth came out so he's worked hard to keep it separate from his daily life. Unfortunately it is as much as part of him as anything else which means that he feels that he has to avoid any intimacy in his life ... regardless of how sexy he finds sweet Penny. But Penny is hiding secrets of her own and a little glimpse into Jack's world has her curious. Making Jack let her in is a fight she's not willing to lose. I really liked these two together. They have fun, definitely rock the entertaining banter, and set the pages ON FIRE. There's a whole mess of emotions to go along with it as well, though. They struggle a lot with their feelings, both for each other and about themselves, but with each other's help they might be able to figure things out. You are definitely going to have to be OK with some sizzling kink with these too, including a seriously strong Alpha with a need to inflict pain. But more importantly, you need to be ready for a lot of difficult times, ups & downs & abouts & arounds, because these two don't make it easy on themselves. Or us :) But it is definitely a ride that I enjoyed! I'm looking forward to seeing what Castille has in store for us next. *** I voluntarily read a Review Copy of this book. All opinions stated are solely my own and no one else’s. ***
BookReview4you 20 days ago
Review for : Fighting Attraction 'Fighting Attraction' by Sarah Castille is book Four in the "Redemption" series. This is the story of Jack 'Rampage' and Penny 'Pen'. I have not yet read the other books in this series so for me this was a standalone book. I will say it appears these two met in a previous book as they are friends in this book. Pen is from England but has many American friends. In addition, she also has an abusive past with very low self esteem. This has lead her to cut herself to release the pain. Pen is attracted to Jack but thinks he is to good for her and with her being a little bit heavy he wouldn't be interested. Jack is attracted to Pen but he is a member of Club Sin where he is a Dom and likes to discipline subs. Jack thinks this wouldn't be something Pen would be interested in as she seems to be a 'good girl'. But one night when Pen is serving court papers she see Jack at Club Sin. Pen is taken with Club Sin and would like Jack to introduce her to that life style. This book took you to allot of levels with Pen being a former victim of abuse, self hurting and self esteem issue with Jack who also has past issue...but reading how they helped heal each other was great. *A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*
BookReview4you 20 days ago
Review for : Fighting Attraction 'Fighting Attraction' by Sarah Castille is book Four in the "Redemption" series. This is the story of Jack 'Rampage' and Penny 'Pen'. I have not yet read the other books in this series so for me this was a standalone book. I will say it appears these two met in a previous book as they are friends in this book. Pen is from England but has many American friends. In addition, she also has an abusive past with very low self esteem. This has lead her to cut herself to release the pain. Pen is attracted to Jack but thinks he is to good for her and with her being a little bit heavy he wouldn't be interested. Jack is attracted to Pen but he is a member of Club Sin where he is a Dom and likes to discipline subs. Jack thinks this wouldn't be something Pen would be interested in as she seems to be a 'good girl'. But one night when Pen is serving court papers she see Jack at Club Sin. Pen is taken with Club Sin and would like Jack to introduce her to that life style. This book took you to allot of levels with Pen being a former victim of abuse, self hurting and self esteem issue with Jack who also has past issue...but reading how they helped heal each other was great. *A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection*
LynnB888 20 days ago
An explosive delve through dark secrets and intense desires to find their soul mate! Fun characters and hot sex help carry this book as the plot dips and recovers throughout with periods of dragging only to come back to an exciting pivot. Overall a satisfying read with a happy ending. Jack "Rampage" Caldwell is just getting his MMA career to the peak he has wanted for a long time when he can't seem to keep his mind free of Pen. He's not good for her and no matter how much his heart races when she's near, there's no way he can answer the pull he sees in her eyes. He has secrets that he's not proud of ... he can't pull her down with him! British born Penny Worthington puts off the air of being proper, but has dark secrets and desires hidden beneath the surface. She sees a kindred spirit hiding beneath the southern gentleman facade that the public sees of Jack. Can she bring herself to reach out and grab what she wants most in life ... even though she knows he deserves better?
JeriTRyan 21 days ago
Scorching … yeah – If I were only allowed to use one word to explain Fighting Attraction (Redemption #4) by Sarah Castille that would be it SCORCHING… There would be several novel that I could compare this book too (given that I as a blogger read tons of books) – but no matter which book I would use as a comparison – to each of them I would have to add a “like this… but only hotter” I jumped into this series without reading the first 3 books (which I will do no for sure) – and it was also my first book by this author. And what can I say – I am a goner for her writing style – if the first books are only a little like this they will be awesome I am sure. It is easy to read and follow as a standalone – just be aware that naturally you will spoiler yourself the endings of the first books as the characters appear in this novel again. The leading characters were so well developed that you would expect them to be real. I loved their dialogues and the banter was really fun. There was enough though stuff going on to ground the story but the flirty and sexy parts made up for the darker moments. The mixture was just so well balanced that it was real fun reading this book even if it deals with serious subjects. I liked that there was no miracle cure for problems that felt real. Be aware that this is not a light hearted read at times – it deals with serious subjects and there will be BDSM included and I mean REALLY included not the “I-think-I-am-a-DOM-but-OK-I-can-change-myself-within-the-next-50-pages-now-I-am-not” kind of way. ( I mean hey he is a DOM so that is no spoiler – but it seems that this still has to be mentioned as some readers still expect some books to be fluffy) Rampage is a DOM but he is so different from most of the DOM’s you encounter in other books. He is not what he is because he is damaged in some way – he just IS – (even though he hates himself for being the way he is – yeah well its difficult to explain without spoilers) and the side he shows other people outside might be the one of an MMA fighter but yet he is fun to be around and a gentleman. It was such an interesting mixture that I loved discovering his layers. And then there is Penny – OMG – she is the epitome of a walking & talking contradiction – open a dictionary check “contradiction” and there will be her name beside it. She is as British as it gets – but when you discover all her layers – its just wow. The fangirl, the lady, the lover, the sub (well not really but yeah discover that part for yourself), the friend, the tortured soul, the little girl. She is honest, reliable, keeps her responsibilities and promises (even when she hurts herself in the process) and she has the dirties British mouth ever. So when that dirty proper British fangirl lady meets the southern gentle man MMA Fighter DOM – Sparks will explode and life’s will be changed …
2kasmom 23 days ago
This is book #4, in the Redemption series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this great series in order. Jack AKA Rampage is the hottest fighter Penny can see. She sees quote a lot, actually. She sees the real him, the one behind the man everyone thinks he is. She is his greatest friend, and yet she can also be his greatest weakness. Penny is not sure what to say or do. When it comes to Rampage, she is seriously attracted. She also gets seriously angry. He knows her secret, but can she trust him with her past? The attraction between them is getting so strong, it may cause the spark to ignite. This story just starts off with such electricity! You feel the powerful pull between the main characters right from the beginning. I loved the humor, the heat, and the banter. This was a great addition to the Redemption series. ***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.
AboutThatStory 24 days ago
Wow. This story was a lot darker than I anticipated. Not necessarily a dark read, just a darker storyline. I found it pretty intriguing. Loved the storyline, characters, and intensity of it all. These Redemption boys are hot, sexy alphas all the way. This one is about Penny and Jack, also known as Rampage. These two had quite a journey, fighting feelings of who they are and what they need, fighting their feelings for each other even though that want and need is there, fighting demons from their past. There was so much chemistry, friction, emotion, passion and heat. It definitely had a raw and gritty feel for me, because of things Penny was dealing with and Jack’s specific brand of kink. I love that the author went there and she did a great job doing it. It was just full of so much passion and heat and I love that these two somewhat broken soles found each other and in a way heal and find what they need together. Penny had some serious things she was struggling with and it was awesome watching her grow, gain strength, and overcome. I loved Jack. Rampage has always been this sweet, fun loving guy so getting to see his deep, dark secrets and watch his mask slip and see a whole different side of him was awesome. I loved his battle of accepting who he is and truly being himself. So, so good! Love all the Redemption guys and the testosterone fueled conversations and fights they have. I also love their woman who have are just as strong and put up with them. They're all a great addition to the story and bring a touch of lightness into the dark. Really good writing, decent pace. Towards the end the back and forth between Penny and Jack was getting old and that back and forth of them figuring their stuff out was starting to get a bit drawn out but other than that, I thought it was awesome. A hot read for sure, but more emotional and dark too. Awesome addition to the series! Complimentary copy received for honest review.
kgagnon 24 days ago
This friends to lovers story tested my boundaries, challenged my concepts and left me wanting more. When you meet Penny in her feminine pretty clothes, you would believe she was angelic and pure. But behind that sophisticated english exterior were secrets and a darkness she kept well hidden. She became friends with sexy, kind, and thoughtful MMA fighter Jack 'Rampage'. She loved spending time with him and their friends but underneath the nice guy exterior she saw a darkness that spoke to her. When Penny discovers the BDSM club called Club Sin and what it could offer her, Jack was not happy. He was on the cusp of becoming the next big name in the ring and he didn't want his name and reputation to be tarnished. But when she wouldn't stay away, he wasn't going to let anyone touch the one woman who called to him even tho he didn't think he deserved her. This is a raw and emotional story of self discovery, redemption, and learning to love and be loved. Ms. Castille created two complex characters that made me laugh, cringe, cry and even want to slap at times. There are so many funny scenes mixed in with the exhilarating and hot and sexy scenes that I have grown to expect from this author and I wasn't disappointed. I enjoyed reconnecting with friends from past books but this can be read as a stand alone. I really like this series and can't wait to read more from the men of Redemption.
S_Leca 25 days ago
4 Stars! Penny Worthington is a women with a scarred past. She hides it behind girlly clothes and pastel colors but she has not been able to completely separate from the darkness that fills her soul. She has a system but when that system is blocked she spirals. How could she possibly find a new way to cope with the demons within her? Jack "Rampage" Caldwell is moving through life with a permanent mask on his face, he has to hide who he is for fear of reprisal. He doesn't want to let anyone else he cares about down or see the disgust that he saw on his families face on his friends. But he wants to be with Penny as well. Can she handle his need for pain? Or should he walk away while he still has a chance to keep his heart in tack and her as a friend. This was a great gritty romance. There was sadism in it and it made this book so much better. If this was a pure vanilla book it would have had nothing to it. There was sex outside of the bedroom, and there was a heck of a lot of sexy times to be had. But for a minute lets not talk about sex, lets discuss this book as purely romance. These two characters with their heartbreak, and their crappy childhoods brought out the best pieces in one another, and they were able to mend the things that each thought made them no good to all those around them. This was a wonderful story that may make you a bit, how do we say..... antsy. But it was a wonderful read and I may have just found a new author to look out for. ~A Book Obsessed Chicks Review Team Selection.
Sandy-thereadingcafe 25 days ago
FIGHTING ATTRACTION is the fourth instalment in Sarah Castille’s contemporary, adult REDEMPTION erotic, romance series focusing on the men and women of the MMA Club Redemption. This is MMA fighter Jack ‘Rampage’ Caldwell, and PA Penny Worthington’s story line. FIGHTING ATTRACTION can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from previous story line is revealed where necessary. NOTE: FIGHTING ATTRACTION contains graphic scenes of BDSM focusing on the sadistic and masochistic, and may not be suitable for all readers. Told from dual first person points of view (Penny and Jack) FIGHTING ATTRACTION focuses on the atypical relationship between MMA fighter Jack ‘Rampage’ Caldwell, and PA Penny Worthington. When the firm for which Penny works serves notice to the local BDSM club to vacate the premises Penny finds herself facing down not only the man who stars in her fantasies, but the man who is able to give Penny so much more. Enter Jack Caldwell, MMA fighter and Club Sin Dom. What ensues is the building love between Penny and Jack, and the couple’s struggle to accept the who and what of their unusual relationship. Jack is a sadist-a man who likes to inflict pain on others. Penny is a masochist-a woman who needs pain to release the demons buried deep within. Together Jack and Penny are the perfect couple until Jack believes he has gone too far and hurt the woman with whom he has fallen in love. The relationship between Jack and Penny is based on a mutual need. Jack believes his wants and needs are deviant, and past experiences point to a self-fulfilling prophecy. Penny not only desires the pain but needs the hurt to stop the ongoing darkness that threatens to consume. The $ex scenes are erotic and intense; the BDSM scenes are not for the lighthearted. All of the previous story line couples play secondary and supporting roles. We are re-introduced to Master Damien Stone, the owner of Club Sin as well as one of Club Sin’s submissives Kitty, and an assortment of MMA fighters and wannabes. FIGHTING ATTRACTION deviates from Sarah’s usual MMA story line as it focuses on the S&M relationship between Jack and Penny. FIGHTING ATTRACTION reads more like an introductory story line to a new series; perhaps the author has plans for a spin off about the members of Club Sin. All of the MMA fighters are alpha, over protective, and not without some questionable means to protect the people they love. The premise is passionate and entertaining; the characters are colorful, dynamic and broken; the romance is intense and unique. FIGHTING ATTRACTION is an intimate look at two people whose relationship deviates from the norm but a relationship that is perfect for one another
RomanceNovelGiveaways 25 days ago
This was a VERY intense story! Let me just say that the subject matter of this story isn't my cup of tea. I'm not an enormous fan of BDSM, but I absolutely HAD TO read this because Sarah wrote it. And I was not disappointed! First of all, sexual content aside, this book brings up some pretty deep issues of self-mutilation and domestic abuse. While those are not pleasant topics, they added a great deal to the story by being the dark contrast to the light that Penny and Jack eventually found in each other. Penny was so fun! Unsure of herself but also hilarious, I was really rooting for everything to work out for her. If anyone deserved a break, it was Penny. Jack was great! Yes, he is also known as Master Jack, but he allowed his softer side to come out and play, which I loved. He, too, was fighting some demons, and Penny was just the perfect balance for him. I met the whole crew at Redemption, and holy cow, I MUST go back and read this whole series! This book is totally a stand-alone, but this series is set in a gym full of alpha males who fiercely love their women...I just might have found my new favorite series :) (I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Anonymous 4 months ago
Loved this one I hope this series continues