- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Sourcebooks Casablanca (April 4 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781492648857
- ISBN-13: 978-1492648857
- ASIN: 149264885X
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #564,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
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 traveled abroad before trading in her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home in shadow of the Rocky Mountains. Readers can find her at sarahcastille.com.
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In many ways I felt that Fighting Attraction was the best written book in this series so far. Many of the interactions and conversations were more realistic to how people actually talk and I could appreciate the way that Penny and Rampage tried to overcome some pretty big differences to work things out.
However, I felt like the author got some ideas in her head about how to write Rampage as the hero for this book, ideas that were inconsistent with her past descriptions of him. Here, Rampage is both an up and coming professional athlete, a past underground champion and still maintains a secret life as a top Dom in the city of Oakland where the whole story takes place. I found it difficult to believe that he could be so well known in one life and so low-profile about his secret at the same time.
Also, Rampage is the club gossip who knows everything about everyone but somehow disappears a few nights a week to attend the kink club. You would think he would value other people’s privacy more when he has such a potentially devastating secret to hide.
He also is seemingly able to turn down his need for a sexual submission in an instant when Penny indicates that she is a masochist but not a submissive. It made it seem like that was a fun kink he played at rather than a strong part of his personality and I felt like it did the real work D/s lifestyle a disservice.
Rampage is also charmingly southern in this book. Its not overdone, but he was most definitely raised a southern gentleman, something that didn’t come across in previous books. He also apparently has access to his family’s “old money” despite being estranged from them. These inconsistencies kept popping up throughout the story, distracting me from the romance at hand.
Overall, Fighting Attraction was entertaining but I hope the author keeps improving in her writing. I noticed she has the fifth book coming out in early 2018 and will be happy to jump back into this world then.
Author: Sarah Castille
4 unexpected stars
It's the first time that i read a novel by Sarah Castille, and i'm not sure why i waited so long to do so, or even why i haven't heard more from her before now, before i ended up reading furiously through the pages of Fighting Attraction. The type of novel that mixes two opposites of a spectrum and puts them together in a way that i was captivated from the very beginning. The story of a MMA fighter, Rampage, who has a secret that he vows will never be reveal, no matter what the circumstances. This secret is the one thing that he never wants anyone to know, especially the legal assistant who seems too innocent for his tastes, Penny. But as he'll come to realize very soon, appearances can be deceiving when you come to get to know someone in ways you never saw coming.
4.5 sexy dreams
Surprised doesn't come to explain how i felt about this book. It was entirely unexpected and the last thing i would have expected a MMA genre novel to have was so many BDSM aspects. I love these types of novels; to see just how far a human being can go through, to fully submit and dominate another, the trust of it all, and the control. And yet, at the same time, to a certain extent, MMA is about control of the movements of your body while letting go of some of that control to let the other person tire themselves out. The details were incredible and i couldn't get enough of this story. I only wish that i could have read the previous books in the series and gotten a better idea of where Sarah Castille wants to go with her characters since i sometimes feel as though i missed some of the big details that may have been present in the previous books. Some of the connection i wish i had with the characters weren't as strong as i would have wanted it simply because i was preoccupied with the 'what ifs' and 'did i miss something'? things that i know will be easily answered as i start from the very beginning.
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books
Let me just say that the subject matter of this story isn't my cup of tea. I'm not an enormous fan of BDSM, but I absolutely HAD TO read this because Sarah wrote it. And I was not disappointed!
First of all, sexual content aside, this book brings up some pretty deep issues of self-mutilation and domestic abuse. While those are not pleasant topics, they added a great deal to the story by being the dark contrast to the light that Penny and Jack eventually found in each other.
Penny was so fun! Unsure of herself but also hilarious, I was really rooting for everything to work out for her. If anyone deserved a break, it was Penny.
Jack was great! Yes, he is also known as Master Jack, but he allowed his softer side to come out and play, which I loved. He, too, was fighting some demons, and Penny was just the perfect balance for him.
I met the whole crew at Redemption, and holy cow, I MUST go back and read this whole series! This book is totally a stand-alone, but this series is set in a gym full of alpha males who fiercely love their women...I just might have found my new favorite series :)
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
Jack and Penny made the perfect couple, Penny needed pain and protecting and Jack was the guy to do it, they ended up saving each other. This was a really hot book but it was tastefully written and not over the top so I enjoyed it very much.
And I'm a Brit so I loved Penny's dialogue too. It was great reading.
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I like the story in this one, and all the complexities that these two had to deal with. I adored Penny and Rampage in previous books and while I wouldn't have paired them up initially, I was excited to see where their story led.
However, this book disappointed me. It doesn't read like Sarah Castille's usual work. For one it has both the male and female point of view, but more than that it simply didn't have the same style of writing. It almost seemed like it was written by someone else. It was a good story, but not what I was expecting from a Redemption novel. Rampage is even called Jack throughout most of the story, making the reader forget he's an MMA fighter other than some perfunctory fights and training scenes; mostly we see him in his sadist persona. He's a totally different person compared to how he was portrayed in previous books (and not just his appearance, where he's lost weight due to some "mysterious medical issue", which is the actual reason Castille gives). Castille only marginally explains the 180 by saying that his Dom side has been hidden on purpose from his friends and he's just been pretending to be the loud, happy-go-lucky fighter we've come to adore.
It also seems like there is contradictory information in this book compared to the others. For example, Obsidian isn't gay (apparently he had a fling with Amanda?), Penny's middle name changed from Ann to Grace, Amanda's law firm lost the flowered Victorian couch,etc. Yes, I understand these things aren't important to the plot but little details can elevate a story from being "good" to "great", and the discontinuity jolted me since I reread the previous three right before reading this one. Also there were several story points that were repeated, sometimes using the exact same phrases.
Finally, the ending ties up all the loose ends in a rush of half a dozen paragraphs, which wasn't very satisfying. I was particularly unimpressed with how Rampage's family is suddenly all ok, particularly since his brother is still married to his ex.
Overall, I'm not sure I would've bought this novel if I had known all this, which is a shame since I had been waiting for the next Redemption novel for 2 years. Don't get me wrong, I liked the story ok, but as a separate novel outside the Redemption series. If Castille write another Redemption book, I hope she gets back to the skill of the other three in the series.
Jack “Rampage” Caldwell is new to the Redemption MMA family, and despite the fact everyone thinks he’s a teddy bear, he has a secret. Jack becomes Master Jack, Club Sin’s most sought after dom. Penny Worthington is attracted to Jack, and she finds out who he is when she has to deliver eviction papers for her boss to his boss, Master Damon.
Penny is intrigued by the club and comes back, but Jack makes it difficult for her, he doesn’t want her there. Club Sin is dealing with a bad real estate mogul who will stop at nothing to get his hands on their property. Penny wants Jack, Jack does his best to keep Penny away from his darkness, but Penny has demons all of her own.
This book was amazing! So full of drama, and reading about both Penny and Jack’s deep, dark secrets and how they deal was just a page-turning delight! I seriously couldn’t put down! I can’t wait to read the rest of the series, and I’ll certainly be re-reading this one!
Reading about Pen, it broke my heart. Here is the strong woman who has been so hurt all her life by important people that she feels like she needs to be able to control something. Hearing her pain and how she learns to deal with it broke my heart.
I can't wait for the next book in this series!