In Your Corner (Redemption Series #2)

In Your Corner (Redemption Series #2)

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by Sarah Castille
     
 

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A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book

"You have to go. I won't be able to control myself. I've wanted you so bad for so long and after I've been in the cage...I can't think straight." He gives a guttural groan and his fist clenches on my hip.

Primitive. Primal. His need speaks to me. I tighten my grip on his neck and rock up to kiss him.

Overview

A Publishers Weekly Best Summer Book

"You have to go. I won't be able to control myself. I've wanted you so bad for so long and after I've been in the cage...I can't think straight." He gives a guttural groan and his fist clenches on my hip.

Primitive. Primal. His need speaks to me. I tighten my grip on his neck and rock up to kiss him. He takes over. His kiss is hard and demanding.

"Mine." His voice is raw, savage and for a moment I truly believe he may lose control.

He rules in the ring
Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn't dull the pain of Amanda's rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.

A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn't found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help...

But can he rule her heart?
Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda's not sure if she can stay in control, or if she's finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.

Redemption Series
Against the Ropes
In Your Corner
Full Contact
Fighting Attraction (coming Spring 2017)

More praise for Against the Ropes: A Publishers Weekly TOP 10 Romance for Fall
"Smart, sharp, sizzling and deliciously sexy."-Alison Kent, bestselling author of Unbreakable
"Fifty Shades of Grey meets Fight Club."-RT Book Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 05/05/2014
Castille’s follow-up to the excellent Against the Ropes doesn’t pull its punches. Oakland’s Redemption fight club is now a legalized mixed martial arts training center. Fighter Jake misses his ex-lover Amanda and wants to start over, this time with some substance behind the sex. He reintroduces Amanda to Redemption, encouraging her to train with the colorful cast of friends while teaching her how to rely on people other than herself. Amanda is entirely capable of taking on a wide variety of enemies, from miscreants on the street to blackmailing harassers from her former law firm, but Jake hopes to show her that there’s value in partnership and vulnerability. Like real lovers, Jake and Amanda need to talk, fight, and have hot make-up sex to navigate their complicated relationship. Readers will be in their corner as they battle for each other. (July)
From the Publisher
"Castille's follow-up to the excellent Against the Ropes doesn't pull its punches. Readers will be in their corner as they battle for each other." - Publishers Weekly

"There's plenty to keep readers coming back for more..." - RT Book Reviews

"Sometimes, what makes romances such a success is their willingness to confront reality and embrace fairytales, and Sarah Castille is a master of these kinds of romantic fantasies. Her hero is at once gentle, insightful, and at the same time a thoroughly dominant alpha who can fulfill his heroine's every desire, both physical and emotional. Because of their growing bond, the courage and self-assurance they develop, all other aspects of their life begin to prosper, as well. The result is a story that is fulfilling on a number of levels and offers an emotional, but ultimately rewarding journey for both of the main characters. This is quite a fitting follow up to this gritty, sizzling series, and I have no doubt that Sarah Castille is only going to keep giving readers precisely what they crave as this series continues to unfold. I, for one, can't wait for book three!
" - The Romance Reviews

"Jake was an extremely hot alpha man with great potential to be a book boyfriend. " - Night Owl Reviews

"I cant wait for more of this series." - Between the Covers

"This was the first book that I have read by this author and I am definitely going to be reading more of her work. It was a great plot, wonderfully written and held my interest right from the beginning. This was the second book in this series and even though I did not read book one I was not lost. So it can definitely be read as a stand alone and I highly recommend reading." - LSK Sweetheart Reviews

" Like its predecessor, Against the Ropes, In Your Corner is a hot contemporary romance with a little bit of everything for a wide variety of readers. For myself, the Redemption series is MMA fiction done right." - RoloPoloBookBlog

"[A] steamy, hot read with some fun characters and interesting potential stories for future releases." - Book-A-Holic Anon

" This was a great read and I look forward to checking out more from Sarah Castille!" - Em & M Books

"In Your Corner was a great love story; messy as hell, but to be honest sometimes those are the best kind because they keep you entranced, excited, and leave you wanting the next book." - Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

"There is a good balance between the drama, lighter moments, and the sexy times. I really liked the ending and Jake is as sweet as he is demanding and gave me a nice awww moment. Overall I thought this was a great story filled with emotion, intensity and hotness. A definite page turner! " - About That Story

"A hot second chance story with a sexy fighter and a driven lawyer." - LeAnn's Book Review

"You'll love this book, you'll want more, and you'll be unable to contain yourself with it. This book definitely hits it out of the park." - Romantic Romp

" This book is a great edition to the "Redemption" series." - From The TBR Pile

" In Your Corner was a brilliant read I couldn't put down." - Lost to Books

"Sarah has made quite a memorable cast of characters that I really enjoy reading about and spending my time with. 10 stars is not enough for either book in this series. More, please. " - Eat Sleep Read

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402296239
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Series:
Sarah Castille's Redemption Series , #2
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
157,941
Product dimensions:
5.26(w) x 8.15(h) x 0.81(d)

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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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In Your Corner 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 37 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
## Not great. The hero's yo-yo routine was exasperating! I want you, we shouldn't be together, I love you, we can't be together, I want you again, break up, back together, no, yes, no....ugh. And he keeps saying he's so committed to her, yet shows up twice with another woman with his arms around her. God, it was beyond frustrating. It should've been 100 pages shorter. And the heroine was awful as well. Skip this one.
Emily-SBDR More than 1 year ago
I don't think I can fully explain how excited I was to read this book. I read and reviewed the first book in this series almost a year ago, and from the first few pages I way dying for Amanda and Jake's story. Little did I know it was going to be a long and torturous story. I was expecting a flashback prelude of a story, but no. Sarah Castille had to go break my heart in Against the Ropes and break them up. Flash forward to In Your Corner. These two have had their share of heartbreak. In part to their own destruction, and in part because of the life that has shaped them. Amanda is clearly a hot mess when it comes to her personal life, and Jake... well I'm not sure he knows what he wants, at first. This is a push and pull battle of the sexes. Amanda has hit a personal rock bottom, and Jake is in a life that he wasn't meant to lead. They meet up again right before everything goes to hell in a hand basket. But now that Jake's back in her life, he won't let her flounder so easily. There's a lot of hurt to reconcile, and a lot of feelings that neither one of them want to divulge. In the end, they build off a friendship. Even when they're spitting mad, they're still there. Along the way they help each other find their true selves. Jake helps Amanda create a business and a future that she was always meant for, and Amanda helps Jake find his roots and gives him the confidence to go out fists swinging... literally. While, they make great friends, can Amanda move past her insecurities to trust that Jake will always be there? And can Jake fight long enough for Amanda's trust, or will he give up? I loved this book. It's steamy, and alluring. And even though I didn't know it, it was exactly what I wanted from Amanda and Jake. They dealt with their past, dealt with their present. Kicked a** individually and as a couple. All around a very amazing read. I really and truly hope there is more coming from this series. I love me some MMA fighters and this cast of characters are a complete riot! Happy Reading! *ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second book in the series. More expensive than the first but less interesting. The author does nothing but rehash the same issues with Jake and Amanda over and over. It gets old midway through. My patience was exhausted with the entire " I messed up. " and "I need you so much... Now, go away." type scenario. The author plays it on a loop. Disappointing due to the potential set up by the previous novel.
quilterKT More than 1 year ago
I loved this book but not as much as the first one in the series. However I liked it enough to read the third book. My biggest complaint about this series is how confusing all the characters are at times because most of two names. I did love the story tho.
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Enjoyable read
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Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
IN YOUR CORNER is the second installment in Sarah Castille’s adult, contemporary Redemption erotic romance series focusing on the MMA fighters at Redemption gym and training center. This is MMA fighter Jake aka Renegade Donovan, and lawyer Amanda Westwood’s storyline. Jake and Amanda’s backstory began two years earlier- in book one AGAINST THE ROPES. Told from first person point of view (Amanda) the second chance storyline focuses on Amanda’s downward spiral. Working for the high-powered law firm of Farnsworth and Tillman, Amanda finds herself the victim of sexual harassment, blackmail, betrayal, invasion of privacy and loss of competency. When our heroine quits her job, she begins another descent into hell carrying on with her previous promiscuous ways only to hit rock bottom and find herself being rescued by the fighters from Redemption Gym. Jake knows that Amanda is the love of his life, but he is unable to give Amanda everything she needs and wants. Not ready to settle down, Amanda walked away two years earlier, breaking Jake’s heart in the process. Amanda likes sex and in this, her prior and continuous sexual exploits are a major point of contention throughout the story. She is a woman who will not apologize for her past but she has been pushed into a corner where she needs to come out fighting for her life as well as both her personal and professional reputation. An offer to open her own law practice finds Amanda the new legal face of Redemption, and the current representative for several law suits both for and against the fighters, and one very personal suit against the law firm of Farnsworth and Tillman. The relationship between Jake and Amanda is a roller coaster ride of emotions, needs and disappointments. Amanda’s sexual history keeps her fidelity in question; and Jake’s need to protect Amanda comes at a cost of pushing Amanda away. Jake has a difficult time letting go of the past, and in this, he is continually on the look out for more heartbreak and betrayal. The $ex scenes are aggressive, intense and sometimes a little kinky. Jake likes to spank Amanda when she doesn’t obey his rules. IN YOUR CORNER is an ensemble storyline. The very colorful and engaging secondary, and supporting characters include all of Redemption’s MMA fighters-Alpha males at heart- as well as the requisite evil in the form of the legal team at F&T, a couple of burly bar fighters, and Amanda’s father whose dislike of his only child comes with heartbreak and resolution. Several of Farnsworth and Tillman’s employees follow Amanda to her new office including the very British PA Penny and security/private investigator Ray (whose story will be told in book 3 Full Contact). I did not have the opportunity to read book one AGAINST THE ROPES and I wish I had before starting IN YOUR CORNER. There is so much backstory, and history between the characters that I felt a little lost and out of the loop when the fighters talked about the past and events leading to the current time line. I am always recommending to-read a series in order and in this, I did not follow my own advice. Saying that, it did not affect my enjoyment of the story. IN YOUR CORNER is an intense and dramatic storyline; a sensual and passionate look the personal and professional lives of Redemption’s fighters of the MMA. There is plenty of melodrama and tension as it pertained to Amanda’s family history. My only complaint is the lack of ‘information’ about Jake’s personal history and the take over of his father’s company. In this, the storyline focused more on Amanda’s struggles than Jake’s. Sarah Castille will captivate your imagination with Amanda’s storyline as she looks for love in all the wrong places only to find herself in the arms of the man from whom she walked away.
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A great series book.
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I really enjoyed this book. The book and the series are great.
Coyote14223 More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! I was so in love with the first book, but this one was better! The fact that their was an alpha male and a strong, independent female was what did me in! Can't wait for the next book!
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CAAF More than 1 year ago
This is a direct sequel to Against the Ropes, a book I liked very much. The hero and heroine of this story were introduced there (along with a number of other supporting characters) and had the breakup which is at the root of this story. In other words, it CAN be read as a standalone (the author does a good job of providing the backstory) but I recommend starting with the first book. I liked Jake. A lot. I mean, he’s hot, he’s alpha and is not totally blind to reason – so what’s not to like? Amanda on the other hand is more driven than the entire crew of the Indianapolis 500. Add to that the fact I REALLY disliked her promiscuity in the first book and you can see it took me a while to warm up to her. In fact I kept checking out other characters hoping there was someone better waiting in the wings for Jake… That said, I finally got it that she was just a girl looking for love in all the wrong places and calling it by all the wrong names. So looking at Jake just plain scared her – and she messed it up because she couldn’t accept what she knew he was offering. This book starts two years after their breakup in book one. They run into each other professionally – his company needs legal assistance and she is the lawyer assigned to the case. Awkward? Oh yeah. She still has issues but has come to realize how much she lost and he is afraid she’s still the same person who threw him away. But the old chemistry is still sizzling, and sparking, and just about combusting… They bounce apart and together like they were on bungee cords. Being a Redemption book, there are lots of great action scenes at the gym but the primary plot is the romance between Jake and Amanda and their confrontations with their various issues (commitment, self-worth, living – and frequently NOT living – up to the expectations of others to name but a few.) The underlying question, especially for Amanda, seems to be ‘Do you let your past define you or do you take charge of your own life?’ One of the author’s strengths is in her strong supporting characters – each has a definition and voice that add to the story and the setting. Each of them is clearly an individual, someone you’d recognize if you met them. I hope some of them will get their own stories in the future. It’s an excellent read. Redemption series Against the Ropes (Redemption, #1) In Your Corner (Redemption, #2) Full Contact (Redemption, #3) upcoming Copy received from Netgalley and publisher for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked the first book but the second book ........perfect!!!!!
2_PMVH More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy a great romances with a yummy tattooed MMA fighter for a hero & a powerful female lawyer who can kick a$$ & take no names. I have an inner Cover HO & she did her HAPPY DANCE for this cover. So in other words, I shop with my eyes & this yummy tattooed Jake seduces my eyes! Amanda & Jake have a sexually pull between them & a role reversal with Jake wanting more & Amanda wanting NO STRINGS! This book is written in 1st person & I understand that authors must write the story that the characters demand it to be written in. First person writing is the one writing style that I personal struggle with because I completely SUBMERGE myself into my book COSMOS & watch the romance play out. The many "I" & "ME" I am unable to watch them play out their romance because I can not be an observer. I love Ms. Castille playful dialogue, unique characters & steamy scenes, but I was not able to finish this book due to the writing style. I am not going to score this book because the writing style is not my cuppa tea & I feel it's not fair to the Ms. Castille. I would read any book Ms. Castille writes that are not in first person & I would recommend this book to any reader who loves a yummy MMA fighter with a gooey heart for love! NetGalley ARC given for my honest review.
amdrane2 More than 1 year ago
So, I got a little tired of the whole break-up-get-back-together-break-up-etc. But I will say that this was a pretty damn good book. I love these MMA books that have strong alpha men and even stronger women who seems to be able to tame them just a little. I had been looking forward to reading this one since the very second I finished the first book. These guys....they just take your breath away at times. Definitely looking forward to the next in the series. Wonder who it will be? Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
TinaR19 More than 1 year ago
This is the first book that I have read by Sarah Castille and I did not want to put it down. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes reading steamy romances because it is burning hot from start to finish!  Amanda walked away from Jake two years ago when things started getting serious, but she has never really gotten over him. When he walks into the law firm she works for needing representation she requests his case be given to another associate. But other circumstances have thrown them together. The chemistry is as strong as ever, and it will be very hard to keep things professional between them. When two headstrong people who still have extremely passionate feelings for one another spend a lot of time together anything can happen. Amanda has always taken care of herself and never let anyone get too close, but what if Jake starts getting serious again? Can Amanda finally open her heart to the one man who truly loves her for who she is?  I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.