Series: Redemption #3
Publication Date: April 7, 2015
Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca
Genre: Erotic Romance
Source: Received from author and Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
As I've said before, I am a true fan of Sarah Castille's books. However, this one was just okay for me. Not bad, but not great. But I liked it well enough.
This is my first read from the Redemption series, so I will admit that I felt like I was just being dropped into this world with no introduction. Not the author's fault, of course. I knew this was book three going in and I didn't take off for that. It would have helped to read the first two books though, I think. I wouldn't have been so overwhelmed with all of the characters and trying to keep up with them. Not only do the fighters use their real names (outside of the gym) they use fighter names inside of it and in the ring. Confusing at times, but not a big deal. Especially for people who have read the other books in the series.
I liked Sia well enough as a female lead (she was a tattoo artist, come on), but I am a bit sick of reading about abused women. I know this happens way more than we are aware of and I am in no way unsympathetic to their pain. But this just seems to be a theme used in romance books to add drama to plots, not to actually call attention to the epidemic of abuse against women. Nothing against Castille of course. I do not believe that was her plan here. I'm just stating my opinion.
Though I appreciated Sia as a character, I did not like "Predator" or Ray. I'm always down for reading about alpha males but he just annoyed me. I liked that he was a PI outside of the ring (sexy), but he was also a secretive asshole (not sexy). After a while I was just over him. Luckily, the sex scenes were hot. So he got something right, LOL. The one where he made he made Sia paint...NICE...
I could recommend this book for all the testosterone lovers out there. This book is bursting with it. I am a big fan of the UFC so the MMA stuff is another plus as well. Something about seeing men beat the shit out of each other...
If you're a fan of Sarah Castille, check this book out. Even if I don't like the plot that much, I can vouche for her and say she stayed true to her style and delivered another book worth reading.
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, Sarah Castille, writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha males and the women who tame them. A recovering lawyer and caffeine addict, she worked and travelled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains.
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