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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!
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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.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
Nice light hearted, humorous kinky story. lt had a more serious back story but I enjoyed the inner funny dialogue Michaela had. Great supporting characters, I really liked Dr Drake, he should get his own story.
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
What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
A story for starters. There was no story here.
A stronger narrator. The male lead is a boxer, a dominant; he sounded anything but.
A connection between the M/F leads – wasn't there at all for me.
Would you be willing to try another one of Lucy Rivers’s performances?
No! Listening to Rivers was hard work. Little if any voice modulation to distinguish characters. Male voices were excruciatingly painful.
Any additional comments?
Don't waste your time or money in this one; nothing here to enjoy.