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Against the Ropes (Redemption Book 1) by [Castille, Sarah]
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Editorial Reviews


"Smart, sharp, sizzling and deliciously sexy. Against the Ropes is a knockout." - Alison Kent, bestselling author of Unbreakable

"Castille's debut is steamy." - Publishers Weekly

"I highly recommend this spicy book!" - Paranormal Cravings

"This story had a lot of things that I love in brain candy: hot, hot, hot lovin', lots of blood and huge muscly fighters." - Nocturne Romance Reads

"It's a book that's gobbled up in giant bites" - Dear Author

"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!" - Harlequin Junkie

"Hilarious, hot and occasionally heartbreaking. I loved it! " - Maryse's Book Blog

"If you're looking for a book that is way more than meets the eye, Against the Ropes may be worth a try." - The Bookish Babe

"I really REALLY enjoyed this book :)" - LoveLivLife Reviews

"Makayla was sassy, determined, and compassionate, and really stayed true to herself. Torment was sexy, caring and domineering (I love a good alpha-male!). They had a strong connection with one another and great chemistry." - About That Story

About 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 Western Canada. Readers can find her at

Product Details

  • File Size: 1992 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (September 3, 2013)
  • Publication Date: September 3, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This book enters the reader into the underground amateur world of MMA fighting. Enter several interesting characters with unique names such as Rampage, Homicide Hank, Blade Saw, and Obsidian. The book focuses on Makayla Delaney who is trying to discover her career path while fighting off debt collectors trying to collect on her student loan. She takes a few odd jobs and ends up helping out her best friend, Amanda at a local fight club called Redemption. She ends up in a tight encounter with the club's owner, Max "Torrent" Huntington and the story spins from there.

Makayla has a secret (don't they all, lol) and it has kept her from finding her true self and from the excitement and adventure she finds she loves. She has always dated safe guys who tended to bore her and Max scares her. She tries to avoid him, but finds out Max isn't having that. Max is another alpha male who screams badass and is covered only on the right side by tattoos. Max desires control and Makayla can't seem to give it to him. Makayla also finds out Max has secrets too and his secrets cause him to be protective and controlling. Makayla struggled with understanding Max's past and doesn't know if she can overcome her past in order to start a future with Max.

This story is different from other fighter stories in that it focuses more on life outside the ring than in. Max is a lot more than a fighter and there is so much more to this story than just smut and muscles. This is a story we all can relate to- trying to find out who we are and on our own without someone pushing us. Makayla realizes she is stronger than she thought and it is so refreshing to see.
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It was for a MUCH younger crowd. Over the top silliness and a flaky leading lady. Max's character was much better. The writing was just to young for my tastes. Like, " I heart Max" too much of that yipperish.
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After reading mixed reviews about this book I decided that I just needed to read it myself. What I decided was that I really liked it which is odd considering there are so many things about the book that I usually find unappealing. For instance, I tend to stay far away from New Adult genre (IMO they all have the same plot...two people who are broken by some tragic secret can only be saved by each other) I hate reading about millionaires/billionaires who are into BDSM and I really dislike moustache-twirling bad guys (here there was a couple...debt collector #2, dudes from Geek Club). But somehow I found myself sucked into this story. I liked Max and just really liked the way he dealt with Makayla. He wanted to protect her so bad that it came out almost controlling but he knew she wouldn't put up with it so he compromised with her....sorta. Makayla definitely had some spunk to her and at times I found her quite comical other times I wanted to shake the stupid out of her but overall I liked her. I'd love to read more about these guys at Redemption, though I'd love to get rid of some of the nicknames.

Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.
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By jhealey on September 9, 2013
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Wow....I don't know where to begin, Not sure if it's the writing that was bad or f it was the story line. There were times where the story line was unbelievable. The characters were not ones you could picture in real life. For example, Dr. Drake. That would not happen in a working environment or at a company function. I was disappointed in the book because the sample portion of the book is what drags you into it but then it goes south and then north. Overall, the only good parts is the sex parts and that isn't saying much. The story line was just not there for me.
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Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille
Contemporary Romance -Sept 3rd, 2013
4 stars

Makayla dropped out of pre-med school and is trying to figure out what she wants in life. She is a natural healer and helping people is important to her. But until she decides her future, her school loans have crippled her financially So she lives in a crowded house to save money and works for minimum wage in a medical facility. She is barely squeaking by. To try to make extra cash she decides to help a friend sell tickets to a dangerous and illegal underground martial arts club. But soon finds herself in trouble when she tries to stop a man from entering without buying a ticket. A man who is actually the owner of the club! His name is Torment and when he meets Makayla he is captivated by her soft heart and `persuades' her to watch. The problem? Makayla abhors violence and has difficulty watching. But when one of the competitors is injured Makayla uses her medical training to help him. Torment immediately wants to hire her to provide emergency medical help. The trouble is that he also tempts her in other ways! But Torment has a mysterious alternate identity and Makayla isn't sure if she fits in his life. Can their relationship work or will Makayla's spiraling out-of-control life get in the way?

This romance was pretty unrealistic and almost certainly improbable. especially Torment's life. I would definitely classify this romance as fantasy and advise readers to just enjoy the ride. This book packs a lot of heat and has an engrossing `seedy' side which reminds me of the urban fantasy genre. Torment is mysterious and his pursuit of Makayla is very sudden and intense. I like that Makayla's soft, giving nature contrasts the rest of the cynical and rough characters.
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