Against the Ropes

  • by Sarah Castille
  • Narrated by Lucy Rivers
  • 11 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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...

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What the Critics Say

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

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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!


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- Jordy ♡♡♡♡

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.

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Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-21-2013
  • Publisher: Tantor Audio