Fighting Attraction by Sarah Castille
Series: Redemption #4
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 4th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Erotica
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My sweet, sexy Penny has a dark side. Just like me.I will have her. And then I will lose her, and suffer a lifetime of regret.
Rampage. Everyone loves him. He is Redemption's top heavyweight fighter and the biggest gossip in the gym. But he isn't the teddy bear everyone thinks he is. He's hiding a dark secret-and he hates himself for it.
Twice a week, Rampage transforms into Master Jack, a notorious dom only the most hard-core submissives will play with. How can he-a Southern gentleman, bred to respect and protect women-want to dominate them?
But Penny Worthington wants him. Beneath her pearls, kitten heels, and prim British exterior beats a tortured heart...Master Jack is the only one who can set her free.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book.
Fighting Attraction is an MMA romance with a BDSM undertone. While I love MMA fighter love stories (I find those guys super-hot) and I do enjoy BDSM stories (on the lighter spectrum) I must confess that the SM part is not really my cup of tea. Although this is part of an ongoing series, it can definitely be read as a standalone…. Though it took me a little bit to get used to who was who especially with the whole cage name thing.
I found myself scratching my head and wondering why would I request an ARC for a book where the H is a sadist and the h has a need for pain? I went back to the blurb and realized the problem was that it talks of domination but never of Rampage’s need for doling out pain. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed reading the story, it just wasn’t the perfect fit for me.
Rampage aka Jack is a southern gentleman, or he is on the outside. When he is not pummeling someone in the cage, he is everyone’s best friend: funny, charming and considerate. From a very bad experience in his past, he hides the sadist part of himself, only letting that show in the sex club he is a member of. His issues with this part of himself and his inability to let go of the past and deal with his unresolved feelings meant that his relationship with Penny was a whip-lash inducing, hot and cold type of deal.
Penny had a very difficult start in life. Coming from a childhood of abuse to then fall into one abusive relationship after another, she’s had to find ways to deal with her emotional turmoil. A kind, witty and thoughtful Britt, she works as a paralegal and works out at Rampage’s gym, Redemption. When work takes her to a sex club, she discovers Jack’s secret but instead of being repulsed by it (as Jack fears) something actually clicks for her.
Fiercely attracted to each other but with tons of issues to overcome, Jack tries to stay away from Penny… unsuccessfully. Penny’s self-esteem issues mean that every time Jack pushes her away there’s a big fallout for her. I must confess that more than the SM aspect of it, what didn’t quite work for me was this back and forward stuff. Add in a very insecure heroine (which drives me nuts) and some other inconsistencies with the plot line and I can’t say this was my favorite book ever.
As is, Fighting Attraction is a good love story about accepting who you are and letting go of past hurts in order to be able to move forward. It has action, some very hot encounters and if you don’t mind the SM side, some hot scenes as well. With a gym still full of single hunky MMA fighters, I think there’s a lot to come in this series.
Rating: 3.5 Stars
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