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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!
I didn't expected to like this book but I honestly did. Christy is 40yrs old recently broken up with boyfriend. Her friend convinces her to experience a session at the kinky sex club with master J. Christy ends up really enjoying being submissive. Ironically, Master J. Is secretly her personal trainer/ landlord. Jack has had a thing for her for a long time. This book was Sizzling Hot Hot Hot. I'm not usually turned on by bdsm scenes but this story definitely worked for me. I was pleasantly surprised how much I enjoyed this book. Credit well spent.
Part two was just as awesome as the first book. I really am enjoying this series and have not stopped listening. Damien and Nikki rock and I love that she is starting to hold her own. I like that although she is submissive she still has spunk. My only complaint is that I have to wait until next month to get part 3. This is an absolute must read in my opinion but you need to like 50 Shades and Bared To You books because this is written in the same manor but with its own unique plot twists. I just really like stories that have hot steamy scenes and still have a plot. The characters sizzle on the page and leave you just wanting more. Worth the credit!