Confession Time: I LOVE me a steamy romance when the bad boy is a rough & tough athlete. Some readers prefer soldiers or cowboys or zillionaires… I like the athletes. Kristen Proby and Jaci Burton always come through for me, and now I have another “she wrote it = one click buy now” author: Sarah Castille!
Against the Ropes is a GREAT BOOK – An underground MMA fighter that goes by the name of ‘Torment’ finds himself distracted by Makayla. The blurb goes like this: Makayla never thought she’d set foot in an elite mixed martial arts club. But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it’s these guys. Then again, at her first sight of the club’s owner, she’s the one feeling breathless.
Makayla accrued a huge debt while getting an education, and is now living check to check. Working as a medic for Torment’s fight club is a means to an end… at first. She slowly adapts to the fight club culture while the sparks begin to fly. They are both battling personal battles while resisting outside interference, and they are both strong characters, inside and out.
This is one of those New Adult Contemporary Romance books with a 17+ rating because the lovin’ is steamy and the language is not for everybody. There is also a fair amount of violence (cough, cough: fight club), but there is also humor, drama, suspense and mystery. I loved Torment: he’s honest and direct, cocky with good reason. Makayla is independent and sassy, making the most of what life dealt her. The secondary characters are equally entertaining, and this easy read is full of plot, action and romance. I loved it & look forward to what’s next from author Sarah Castille. – Kris