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AGAINST THE ROPES is a hot, contemporary, adult romance with intriguing characters and steamy love scenes. It started out really strong and had me hooked, but towards the middle it feel apart for me when it became a bit unrealistic. Nevertheless, it is a fictional book so the author can make it as real as they want. We first meet Makayla (Mac) who is at a crossroads in her life. She doesn’t really know what direction her life is taking, especially in the career department. She’s behind in her student loan and she needs money stat. That’s the reason why we first find her at a seedy fight club selling tickets to an underground fight, though she does have a strong aversion to violence. This is where her life changes. This is where she meets the club’s owner, Torment. Max, aka Torment, is intrigued when he first meets Mac. She’s a bit of a whirlwind to be honest. He wants to find out more about her. When he finds out she was once a medical school student with an EMT background, it presents the perfect opportunity for him to see Mac. So he offers her a part time job as the club’s medic. Mac has a weak stomach for violence which stems from her tragic past. So, she would prefer not to take this job but she is desperate for the cash. It also doesn't hurt how completely sexy Torment is. There is a point when you experience a fifty shades vibe because Torment is much more than he seems. Will just leave it like that. The chemistry between them is HOT HOT HOT! I loved the witty banter between Max and Mckayla and how even when she was being a dork, he was always right there for her. Torment aka Max was just a hot, tattooed, MMA fighting, ALPHA BAD ASS & I loved EVERYTHING about him!!! I definitely recommend this book to anyone looking for a fast, steamy MMA-theA heap of MMA, a dash of BDSM and a WHOLE LOTTA HUNKA-HUNKA BURNING HOTTIES... I've died and gone to heaven!
How do I begin??? Oh yeah...I dislike cliffhangers very much. Especially evil ones like this one! This is the first installment of a series. It reminds you of a train wreck. I knew what was about to happen but I just wouldn't allow myself to stop. I have such conflicting feelings for this book. The plot is fairly obvious and predictable, but again it didn't stop me from enjoying it. My attention was grabbed with in the first few pages. The narrator did an exceptional job! Josephine lost her parents at nine years old during a tragic accident. She has grown up an orphan, living in "homeless kid prison" as she calls it and being shuffled in and out of foster care. At sixteen she had had enough and refusing to be a victim she left out on her own. She spent the remainder of her childhood living on the streets until she got a job at a book store. So now at age 25, Jo works in this bookstore owned by a man named Sutton or Captain. Josephine loves books. When she was a teenager she would go to the library and the librarian would allow her to stay & read. The library felt like home to her. This was how she was able to educate herself & eventually get her GED. Jo really has been dealt a rough life and she doesn't sugar coat anything. She has a dirty humorous unfiltered mouth that I love! One day she is confronting a shoplifter in the bookstore and she meets Damon Cole. For some reason, he seems familiar to her but she can't figure out why. These two have insta-sparks but Jo doesn't do relationships, she has no plans to fall in love, no interest in setting herself up for more loss. However Damon stirs something inside of her she just can't explain. The tension between Damon and Jo is purely animalistic attraction. Damon wiggles his way into Jo's life. Slowly breaking her down and falling in love. Both characters have had tragedies in their pasts that have shaped them. The devastating backstories for Damon and Josephine explain why both are harboring their own demons, fears, uncertainty and secrets. This book ends suddenly so I'm limited to sharing only so much info without spoiling it. One thing for sure is Damon is definitely my kind of Alpha. Dominate, but not crazy. Possessive but sweet. Also, I must mention that J.L Mac deserves mad credit for writing some holy hot sex scenes. Now at this point, I feel I must be completely honest... the concept of the story was interesting but the pacing felt off. The main characters fell into the relationship way too quickly. It appeared rushed and unrealistic to me. The dialogue didn't always flow as smoothly. One moment , they would be in the middle of a serious conversation, and boom, suddenly they are getting their groove on. The "subject" would abruptly change directions. So, as you can tell it's pretty evident that I have equal amounts of pro & cons regarding Wrecking Me. The cliffhanger was truly evil and served its purpose well. I must know what transpires next. Lets hope the next book improves!
Wow..Oh...Wow...I'm not kidding when I say the sequel completely blew the first book out of the water!!! For some reason, I just couldn't connect with these characters in the first book. I almost didn't continue with the sequel but now I'm sure glad I did.The story begins around one month after the events of the first book, In Flight, it picks up with the drama straight away, with James and Bianca still struggling with their tumultuous relationship. They both still want each other, badly, but Bianca has issues with the relationship side. So, she is taking a break from James while trying to collect her thoughts & pull herself together. Being with James is scary for her. He's the only man she's ever had feelings for and she can't think clearly when he's near her. At times, I did find Bianca a bit more irritating & frustrating in this book rather than the first. And James Cavendish, you have slowly won me over & rocked my world! Let me just take a minute to fan my self....whew! Hot, Delicious, Smexy man!! His character was definitely more engaging in this book less abrasive. We see a softer deeper side of him. James is full on head over heals in love with her in this book. He wants her so badly and will not stop until he gets what he desires from her. His feelings for Bianca run extremely deep. When she finally acquiesces and allows herself to meet up with James at a party the sparks ignite and their relationship moves quickly. Of course, this is mostly due to James and I wouldn't have expected any less! He is certainly the man who knows what he wants and will go ALL OUT to make it happen.However, he has a ton of work ahead of him trying to get Bianca to open up and see the relationship for what it is. Yes, James is still controlling and dominant, he mostly keeps it restricted to the bedroom, although he is bossy and involves himself in Bianca’s life in any way that he can. But, this is fiction, it’s expected from him, and we love it! And he seems to know what she needs. I did find some of their behaviour together a little strange (the undressing, bathing, and then there’s the other side with the punishment stuff), but I guess it did works for them. Regardless, their chemistry is absolutely palpable as well as in the BDSM element. The steamy scenes in this book are even more SIZZLING HOT in this book than the last. Actually, there were some very unique sex time moments. (I did eye roll during one but it was still entertaining). I really liked the BDSM in this one. It wasn't too much and didn't feel overwhelming. Overall, the story focused on Bianca & James' relationship as they deal with past partners, jealously, paparazzi and some revelation regarding her family towards the end. And this is when I share how much I HATE FREAKING CLIFFHANGERS!!! So, as you can guess the drama continues with Bianca’s family and James’ exes, and with particular storylines that were left undone and twists uncovered, I’m looking forward to seeing further developments in the next book. In fact, I'm very anxious for Audible to release the 3rd book Grounded! For me Mile High was the perfect combo of sex, sex, sex *wink* wink*, love and domination. James really lit up the pages keeping us fully in tune to his dominating ways. Bianca was the perfect submissive learning that with James she's exactly where she's suppose to be. For a sequel, I was extremely impressed, and I felt as though the author did a superb job of keeping the story spicy and interesting. The character development ans pace were great. I would absolutely recommend this series.