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Against the Ropes | [Sarah Castille]

Against the Ropes

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 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. The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required and when to launch a full-on assault.
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Publisher's Summary

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 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.

The man they call Torment is all sleek muscle and restrained power. Whether it's in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when a soft touch is required 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...

©2013 Sarah Castille (P)2013 Tantor

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"Castille's debut is steamy." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Jordy 11-23-13
    Jordy 11-23-13 Member Since 2015

    I'm proud to be a bookaholic...addicted, obsessed, passionate!!! My favorite way to relax & escape reality....

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    "I’m a sucker for strong Alpha males!"

    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!


    34 of 36 people found this review helpful
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    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-01-13
    karen Christchurch, New Zealand 12-01-13

    Hot romance/Sci Fi we're so lucky to have Audible to feed our book addictions. I love walking my precious dog Sydney & listening to my books

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    "Smart, sharp and Sizzling"
    Any additional comments?

    Torment (Max) knocked me down with his very Sexy way's. He is one in the many of the controlling millionaires in the romance genre today but something is a bit different about him. While rich and controlling he is also a down to Earth kind of guy. He has his own demons but he enjoys the way he deals with them. Makayla is funny, sweet and just a average girl with debts and demons of her own. The connection between them is immediate.

    Makayla and Torment have a playful relationship, right from the start. They've got this push/pull thing going on with each other. I also liked the secret side to Torment, a twist I wasn’t expecting.
    The secondary characters were just as interesting as the leads. Charlie was a fun character. He was absolutely hilarious and some of the things that he said made me laugh so hard. I also like the secondary romance between Amanda and Jake and I look forward to their book. If you love the Highly Erotice romance department you're going to love this book! It 'is totally Sizzling with a very big S. :)

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 12-06-13
    Leesa 12-06-13 Member Since 2015

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "So Sexy and Fun"

    I never know to go with another book from a series I'm listening to or taking a chance on someting new. So I took a chance and I'm so glad I did. This one has great characters and narration. I find myself grinning in places and also loving the steamy sexy parts. This is a great listen. I will be looking for more books from this author and hopefully more from other characters in this book.

    19 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-05-14
    Erin Cornelius, NC, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Audible obsessed!

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    "Good God I Wish He Were Mine!"
    Would you listen to Against the Ropes again? Why?

    I have listened to this one twice. It was so good, so sexy and so very BAD!!!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Against the Ropes?

    The beginning was pretty funny when she chases Torment inside the ring to collect his ticket. But there are so many little scenes,


    Which character – as performed by Lucy Rivers – was your favorite?

    I though the doctor was pretty hysterical. Kind of reminded me of a very buff sexy hunk with the personality of Mr. Roper from Three's Company.


    Any additional comments?

    good listen, the second in the series is out and I have already down loaded for a good listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 12-10-13
    Eran Oakley, CA, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2015

    Will do anything for books!

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    "Absolute LOVE of a new author!!!"

    Sarah Castille is a new on for me but I am looking forward to more from here on Audible! This was a great book, laughed and cried! Very deep and great story. So many facets of this couple. This will be a re-listen over and over for me!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-09-13
    Lia Sutton, Australia 12-09-13 Member Since 2009

    I love all genres of books. However, when I listen to audio books as I clean, garden, drive they are better with a lot of heat!

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    "Great Hot Steamy Listen"

    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.
    The Sexy Time scenes were awesome! Torment and Makayla have great chemistry. I'm not sure they're such a great match though with Torment's love of fighting and Makayla aversion to violence and blood. The fight scenes were pretty great and, believe it or not, not too gruesome! LOL! The secondary characters were a lot of fun. I had several laugh out loud moments when Makayla was interacting with some of the guys from the gym. So other than Makayla's tendency toward monumental stupidity and immaturity, I enjoyed all of the characters. As I said earlier, this is a blending of two genres and I found it to be absolutely original. I went in thinking I was going to get a hot and steamy MMA story and then it started morphing into a BDSM billionaire tale. For me, it was having the best of both worlds because I felt like both sides of the story were well done.The secondary characters in this story were great...Doctor Drake, cracked me up with his whole seeming over the top on his quest to get Makayla. Amanda is Makayla's best friend, who screws up with Jake by getting caught playing naughty sexual games with Doctor Drake, but I do hope Jake and Amanda get a story, I think there is still a lot that can happen between these two. Sergio, who is the loan officer who is harassing Makayla really makes me angry at the beginning of the book, but come to sympathize with him at the end.

    Lucy Rivers was outstanding with the delivery of the story.

    10 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-26-14
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    "Wow... Such a painful read. DNF!"
    What disappointed you about Against the Ropes?

    The plot was terrible. I pushed through to half way but only because I was on an airplane and had no internet connection to find ANYTHING better. The heroine is scattered, the hero is a meathead/millionaire and by half way through we still don't really understand why. The chapters never really finish and I can see the authors intent to begin the next chapter with a rehash of what was missed however, most of the time there is very little cohesion, let alone a valid reason the story progressed as it did.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Sarah Castille again?

    Probably not no.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    The narrator managed to keep me entertained for the most part, except when she put on her man voices. Unfortunately these were painful to listen to. Her female characters were for the most part very good though so that was a relief. Given the story is told from her point of view this means the book is not too hard to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I can see what the author was trying to do here. The story has plenty of potential however, I don't think the editing encouraged a book that flowed well and was easy to read. And the content wasn't that believable either. It has it moments though and I cracked a smile here and there so it's not a complete waste of time but neither am I going to spend another 5 hours finishing it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-07-14
    CAROLYN newark, New Jersey, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2015

    I love being swept away by a new romance and thankfully Audible's ever growing Library means I get to indulge myself over and over again

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    "I JUST DIDN'T WANT THIS LISTEN TO END"

    I gambled on a new Author and what joy to find this very enjoyable listen was funny, fast-paced, sexy, passionate and has quick witty dialogue and some truly interesting secondary characters.

    But the main story is about penniless Makayla finding a part-time job where there's instant sexual chemistry with her boss, Torment, the drool-worthy sexy Alpha hunk who just happens to own, and is the top fighter, in the Fight Club. Makayla doesn't know what Career path she wants to take and suppressed memories of a childhood trauma makes her reluctant to join in with Torment's mild BDSM sex games. However, Torment has lots of secrets, a double-life and a haunting dark past that brings out his overprotective, demanding and dominant side (with ropes). Although they shouldn't be good for each other they can't help but feel the tension and the powerful lust that's building between them. Can either one change before it's too late and will Makayla finally know what she wants to do with her life..... oh it's a peachy listen.

    Worth a credit? Take a sweet, very hot romance between two loveable characters, add a non stop action-packed plot, a Fight Club and some funny secondary characters and top it off with some lol moments and then YES, you've got a very creditworthy listen.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nana hurdle mills, NC, United States 06-08-15
    Nana hurdle mills, NC, United States 06-08-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Good but sometimes silly"

    This was a good listen but sometimes was a little silly. Yes I laughed but also said "really?" I guess the author didn't want to keep it too serious the whole time because it did have some very emotional and serious parts. Overall it was a good book/listen and I liked the narrator .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    lilvoice74 04-14-15
    lilvoice74 04-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "the story was good I'm glad how it ended"

    the book was good I am glad it didn't have conflict after conflict. I 💜 Max and Mak.

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    "hot, funny a must"
    What made the experience of listening to Against the Ropes the most enjoyable?

    never have i ever listened to a audible book that made me laugh out loud so much that i have had to explain to the people round me what i was laughing at but this book made me do that on more than one occasion


    What did you like best about this story?

    the comedy and attitude of the main characters made this story come to live


    What about Lucy Rivers’s performance did you like?

    lucy was very expressive and easy to listen to i will look out for her again


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    still smiling while doing this review not just amusing but hot


    Any additional comments?

    really is a must listen i am already looking for my next title from this author

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • vicki
    2/6/15
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    ""AMAZING""
    Would you consider the audio edition of Against the Ropes to be better than the print version?

    yes Ive got it in print too


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Against the Ropes?

    mac learning to fight


    What about Lucy Rivers’s performance did you like?

    she is an amazing narrator i loved all of it


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    mac told him what happened in her past


    Any additional comments?

    loved it can't wait for more

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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