I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
by Sarah Castille
Released: September 3, 2013
Series: Against the Ropes #1
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca
“…underneath all the layers of shoving tropes down my throat, there was a good story. I just think it would’ve been better without the bells and whistles.” ~Under the Covers
Sometimes a great cover can draw you in like honey to a bee. AGAINST THE ROPES has the same cover appeal as Jaci Burton’s Play by Play series. So of course, I have to read this!
And then I got a bit of a disappointment. See, I didn’t read any reviews about this book. I went in blind knowing just that it was about an MMA fighter. The good news, he’s a hot and brooding type of MMA fighter. The underground world that he moves in has a big bad boy appeal and can definitely get me interested. But that’s not where his story ended. There’s more to him, who he is and what he does behind the scenes. I guess for me, that was the bad news.
Well, that’s not the only bad news. Lets just say that Makayla wasn’t what I would consider top heroine material. She’s not very bright (even though she’s supposed to be book smart), but I do admire her tenacity in life and working with what she’s given to make the best of it. But common sense isn’t abundant here. However, I wouldn’t classify her quite as TSTL.
I thought Torment (yes, the hero of this story) had so much potential when the book started out, I wish the author would’ve continued the book with just that storyline without adding his “other side”. And I don’t mean sexually. I mean the melting pot of ideas the author was trying to cram into this one little story. I think editing some of that stuff out would’ve been beneficial. You don’t have to write it all in one book. There was the sports MMA fighter angle, biker hero, along with some mafia issues, the poor girl being rescued by the rich guy, and lets not forget about the BDSM and the 50 Shades of Grey vibe. Yes, I know a lot of people didn’t feel like this while reading the book but I kept thinking “why am I finding another billionaire book while reading this?”. I wasn’t expecting that!! And lets not forget the tortured, BDSM loving, town car riding, butler employer, sweet texting parts. I think that hit most in the checklist.
Nevertheless, the book is hot. I can’t take that away from it because Torment is alpha and very sexy when it comes to that. And underneath all the layers of shoving tropes down my throat, there was a good story. I just think it would’ve been better without the bells and whistles.
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I get easily distracted by pictures of sexy guys and have tons of book boyfriends.I keep all my alpha males chained to my basement and guard them fiercely.*Back off bitches*I like to see Jason Momoa as a lot of those boyfriends, because ….. mmmmmmm JASON.MOMOA!
I’m a part time graphic designer (yes, everything you see on UTC has been done by me), run my husband's business from home and on a good day I’m a self appointed superwoman (she who can do it all).I love blogging with my girls and I couldn’t do it any other way!My first love is everything paranormal, but in the past few years I’ve re-learned to love contemporary romance.Every once in a while I like to mix things up with a historical romance, a steampunk or an LGBT book.Because I need variety to avoid book slumps.I don’t always need an HEA although I prefer one, and I love authors that can rip my heart out and make me ugly cry.