Friday, August 30, 2013

Sarah Castille: Against the Ropes (ARC)

Title: Against the Ropes
Author: Sarah Castille
Release Date: September 3, 2013

My Rating: 4 Stars

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 underground mixed-martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Trouble is, at her first sight of the club’s owner she’s the one feeling breathless.

All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost. Whether it’s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch 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…

My Review:
Against the Ropes is a hot, action packed story. Based in the mixed martial arts world, there is tension in and out of the ring. Unlike many other books, this one had so many aspects that there was no lull and it held my attention, while I held my breath, the whole time. 

Against the Ropes is told from the vantage point of Makayla, and she has quite witty and hilarious inner thoughts. Her inner musings is how you get the first glimpse of her, she is equal parts spunky and sweet. As her relationship with Max "Torment" Huntington progresses he brings out her insecurities that she has never really shown anyone else. At times I think Max does push her too hard, but also believe his intentions are honorable. He has these intense feelings, that he does not know how to verbalize, and a girl that will not reciprocate because she is afraid, which is frustrating to him and causes him to react unfavorably at times. 

I love Makayla and Max's chemistry, they cannot get enough of each other and their text conversations are my favorite part! Max wants to keep Makayla safe from her wild best friend, his equally wild friends, and the other deviants of their lives, and she fights him for her Independence the whole way. By the end they both come to realizations about themselves, as well as each other. They understand that their relationship does not have to fit the standard mold, and that if their relationship is going to work there has to be some give and take on both sides.

I think this is a fantastic example of two people growing and evolving together. They have their obstacles and personal demons that they learn to overcome together. Max is as alpha as he is sexy, and has a penchant for tying up Makayla. While Makayla gives her fair share of tongue lashings throughout the story. What we end up with is a scarred, strong-willed, magnetic couple surrounded by a cheering crowd. Against the Ropes will be available on September 3, 2013, I highly recommend adding this to your TBR list. I hope Ms. Castille lets some of the secondary characters get their own stories in the future, they were just as captivating as the hero and heroine.
*ARC provided by Net Galley in exchange for a honest review*

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