Review: Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille

Posted August 28, 2013 by Ginny in Erotic Romance, Reviews / 0 Comments

Review: Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille
Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille
Series: Redemption #1
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance, Erotic Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on September 3rd 2013
Format: ARC
Pages: 368
Source: Publisher

Also in this series: In Your Corner, Crushed
Purchase Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Book Links: Goodreads
Overall Rating:

Book Description:

Book Description:
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…


Great Quote #1:
“What is it?” There is almost nothing I could refuse him at this very moment. Sex on the picnic bench? Check. Strip off and do the Macarena on the grass? Check. Crawl under the table and do naughty things? Not much experience in that department but… check. Ride off into the sunset? Double check.

Final Quote #2:
The rest of the examination proceeds uneventfully. I poke. I twist. I prod. I am the epitome of a clinical, detached, very horny professional.

Ginny’s Review:
I really, really liked this book! It was another one of those books where I didn’t want to put it down to work.

Quick FYI: If the label of “BDSM” turn you off, this is not a full BDSM novel. Yes, there is tying up, some spanking and a safe word, but it’s more kinky vanilla than full BDSM. Torment/Max is a very dominant man. But there is no masochism or sadism. Just lots of really hot, consensual sex.

That being said, I loved how complex these characters were built to be. Makayla and Torment both have… well… tormented pasts. Part of their difficulty being fully together stems from those pasts. And there were moments when I honestly thought they were not going to make it (even though I hoped that they would).  She abhors violence, and it makes her physically ill… he’s an underground MMA fighter — think Fight Club.

You have love triangles, and dominant sex and fast cars and tattoos and an underlying sense of mystery and who’s doing what. There’s definitely an HEA and it’s worth reading to get to it.

Definitely go out and buy this. It’s worth the money, it’s 368 pages and you will be drawn in to the lives of two people who are absolutely opposite on the surface, yet underneath so very similar.

I hope there are more books within this series — if it becomes a series. I would love to read more about Amanda, Makayla’s friend. She got herself into trouble but there seems to be light at the end of the tunnel for an HEA for her as well.  I’d also like to play doctor with Torment.

4.5 out of 5 for this! I would like some more, please.