Review: Against the Ropes (Redemption #1) by Sarah Castille

An ARC copy provided by SOURCEBOOKS Casablanca via NetGalley

SYNOPSIS:

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…


Rating: 3 Stars!

MMA heroes has been quite popular in the market lately after all the Crossfire, Real, and Beautiful Disaster's fame. Thus is one of the reasons why Against the Rope has been on my list of 'currently reading'.

This book has some potential to be a great 5 stars book. Castille built great characters that stands out from the crowd and are likeable! Lets not forget the cover candy we have here...hot, hot, eye-catching hot!

The book does what it says in the description, MMA meets the medics... and the skeleton starts rattling in the closet. Makayla, the sweet contradiction of a heroine, a realistic and relatable character. Torment, the jacks of all trade (I love it when he talk all food connoisseur). Both need to come clean before they have their Happily Ever After. The bold characters helped a lot on the development of the stories as there are some moments that the sarcasm or funny remarks of the characters brightens the scenario. 

Readers who adores fuzzy warm cute moments would love this book as there are several scenes that's just heart melting and some are borderline Nicolas Sparks sugary-sweet.

BUT..

There has been some flaws that let this book down which could easily been ignored if the author has done more 'background research'.

I am not too keen on the way BDSM has been infused on this book. Some scenes has been wrongly approach which could misled the readers of BDSM practices. It would be more reasonable for induction and contracts to be introduced before tying an inexperience submissive to a bike.

"The French Attempts":
                Kudos to Castille to attempt infusing a beautiful language to her book. French, like any other non-mother tongue language, is not easy to master. So it is so important to perhaps get the French scenes proofread by somebody who is fluent and/or native French. Google translate is not a reliable translator.

                 Personally, I found these scenes quite humorous (situation-wise and language-wise). In a way, it reminds me of Bridget Jones for some reason - and I love that girl!

Readers, favourite scene to look out for: 
"You are my cheese sandwiches, pizza, and mashed potatoes with a lot of butter"... "You, Makayla Delaney, are a buffet of sensual delights..." - Torment, 61% of the book.

Only in books that wooing a girl with a load of carbohydrates can be so cute!


Hiatus v2.0

"Ooops, I did it again."~ Britney Spears

The only sentence that would fit in the situation which has been going on with this blog.  No, I have not abandoned or decreased my love for y'all. There has been some serious events happening these past months which will affect the whole of my life, therefore I hope I have not hurt your feelings to harshly by going AWOL for almost half the year *eek!*

I will still posts reviews/interviews/general chatter, but I can not promise it will be generated daily. I have a lot of catching up to do and I shall try my best.

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