Audio Book Review | Against the Ropes by Sarah Castille

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This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence.
Audio Book Review | Against the Ropes by Sarah CastilleAgainst the Ropes by Sarah Castille
Narrator: Lucy Rivers
Series: Redemption #1
Published by Tantor Audio
Release date : November 21st, 2013
Genres: Adult, Contemporary Romance
Source: Borrowed | Format: AudioBook
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Reading Challenges: 2016 Audiobook Challenge

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 . .

My thoughts:

This book.. I… I don’t even know where to start. I will refrain from the rant that is itching to come out.

I actually borrowed this from the library, simply because I bought the 3rd at a bargain price and I’ve wanted to read the second book for ages. From my understanding, they can be read as stand alone’s. But alas.

What I didn’t realize at the time, was that this book is pitched – MMA meets Fifty Shades – something along those lines, I’m paraphrasing here. That alone should have spooked me away. And really, it all made sense to me after I was about halfway through. In any case.

This book was a mess. From the characters, the narrator and the story as a whole. Yet, it was ridiculously entertaining. I couldn’t STOP listening and for that, i give it props.

Character wise – I thought Makayla was silly for being an EMT with hemophobia. But it’s not that simple – she also has issues with VIOLENCE. SO it makes perfect sense she would fall for an MMA fighter with his OWN issues, no? Exactly. Torment was.. hmm. He was one of those that live a double life. MMA fighter at night (other life by day). It was all too convenient and silly. I actually understood his issues more than Makayla’s. His protectiveness is intense and I could see why Makayla was hesitant to let him in. Still, the body likes what the body likes, right?

I also thought her decisions regarding money, and the story behind that, was again, silly. I don’t have an up and close relationship with student loan debtors but it seemed EXTREMELY far-fetched and was there simply to move along the plot and her decisions. However, I understand her need to do things alone and be independent. So, *shrug*

Her best friend, Amanda, whose book is the second one that I’ve been wanting to read, was hilarious at best, but her actions in this book turned me off from reading her book. She is good to Makayla as a friend sure, which is a bonus but everything else about her was irritating. I also didn’t care for her sexipades while on the phone with Makayla. I mean, WHY?

Next up – the narration. I have only run into one other narrator that I have sworn off, but this one takes second place for sure. I hated her voice changes for Torment.. actually, ALL the male characters present in the book. Her voice has this whiny pitch that was annoying at times but it FIT Makayla. There was some texting going on in the book too, and when she was narrating those it was.. off-putting.


I hate to say it – because I like other aspects besides sex in my books –  but the only thing going for this one was some hot scenes. Yet even some of those were ridiculous and weird.

To sum up – I didn’t care for this book at ALL. But credit is due for entertaining value alone, even though I wanted to quit listening around 45 minutes in. Will I continue with the rest?

Nope Nope Nope.



Tonya is a 30 y/o mom, wife, avid reader, coffee junkie, junk food addicted workaholic and blogger.

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