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The premise is what caught my eye but overall this was a DOA book for me I m not sure if it was the author s intention to make the heroine over the top silly and loopy She s a big ditz even with her so called education and skill as an EMT Also the love interest Max is a big confusion Is he some bad ass MMA fighter or some mega millionaire who gets off on fighting, or some alpha male who is also into BDSM I rolled my eyes when he ties up the heroine on his motorcycle and all of a sudden want The premise is what caught my eye but overall this was a DOA book for me I m not sure if it was the author s intention to make the heroine over the top silly and loopy She s a big ditz even with her so called education and skill as an EMT Also the love interest Max is a big confusion Is he some bad ass MMA fighter or some mega millionaire who gets off on fighting, or some alpha male who is also into BDSM I rolled my eyes when he ties up the heroine on his motorcycle and all of a sudden wants her to have a safe word, as if he s this skilled Dom when there is no indication he has any real knowledge of the BDSM culture and how one should act It came out of nowhere and made me scratch my head I didn t find it titillating or sexy in anyway But then again, by then I was bored by everything going on I think I actually yawned at one point, which I rarely do when I read.Max s personality is all over the place and I couldn t get a handle on him He s very one dimensional and not at all sexy or appealing The romance here didn t work at all and the entire plot came across as slap stick, which made for awkward reading.The situations were not realistic at all and the characters grated on my nerves At times this came across as a zany Chick Lit type book and failed in it s delivery.A pass So I really liked the first 20% or so of this book I like the basic premise of the book Sexy underground MMA fighter meets quirky slightly bohemian recent grad EMT girl Yum The writing is a bit shaky, but I really enjoyed Castille s sense of humor so I settled in to enjoy the read This book could have been interesting if it had stuck with the whole Mac working at the fight club as a medic in order to pay back her student loans while Max Torment helps her get over her aversion to violence th So I really liked the first 20% or so of this book I like the basic premise of the book Sexy underground MMA fighter meets quirky slightly bohemian recent grad EMT girl Yum The writing is a bit shaky, but I really enjoyed Castille s sense of humor so I settled in to enjoy the read This book could have been interesting if it had stuck with the whole Mac working at the fight club as a medic in order to pay back her student loans while Max Torment helps her get over her aversion to violence that is the result of the abuse suffered by her father when she was a child Instead, the plot getsandinane as the book goes on and our sexy MMA fighter turns out to be rich and kind of a prick And then, as was probably inevitable, he turned into Christian Gray A better written version of Christian Gray than the original I will give you, but Christian Gray nonetheless Sigh Or should I say sigh.The thing that bothered me the most about this book isn t even the ripping off of Fifty Shades of Terrible, it was the scenes with the student loan officer guy The fact that Makalya Mac has a debilitating amount of student loan debt was a nice plot point for the book and true to life to a lot of new adults, however, it is clear that the author does not have student loans or she would know just how absurd these passages sound First, what the hell is the Education Commission That s not even a thing Second, everything is done electronically these days There is no losing paperwork Third, deferments are almost always granted and there are a number of repayment plans including those that are structured around income Fourth, with the amount of communication you get from lenders, there is no way that Mackayla would not have known that her loan had defaulted until after it had done so Fifth, the Federal Trade Commission has nothing to do with student loans I could go on with the list of things that are wrong with these scenes, but I m just making myself angry again so I ll stop here.This book is completely schizophrenic Mac doesn t want to date a rich guy because she doesn t feel like she could relate to that lifestyle, then she is gushing about attending society events and riding in private planes Mac is mad that Max didn t tell her who he really was, and then two seconds later is over it Mac claims to get physically ill around violence, yet has worked as an EMT a job which by its very nature involves exposure to a certain amount of violence Mac says that she like it when Max is controlling in bed but not out of it, but then she likes it when he is controlling out of bed but not in it MAKE UP YOUR MIND This brings us to the BDSM elements It s hard to classify most fifty shade fails, because they re not really depicting BDSM relationships The Fifty Shades Trilogy doesn t even depict an accurate representation of the lifestyle I think authors feel like, or get told by editors, they have to write a BDSM book so they use what they think is correct language a few times and leave it at that Jennifer Probst, I m looking at you There s spankings, maybe some bondage, the hero gets off on telling the heroine what to do, and scene In a lot of ways this is irresponsible If you are going to have your characters engage in activities where they feel like there might be a need for a safe word you should also include them having a discussion about limits, aka activities that they are not comfortable in engaging in, like say being bound naked in a public place and abandoned.I think that it s natural that Mac is conflicted about how she feels about her sexual experiences with Max, particularly given how young and inexperienced she is Max, however, should be talking to her about her fears rather than insisting that she trust him when she clearly does not and getting mad at her for not behaving the way he wants There is an exchange wherein Mac specifically asks Max if he is into BDSM and he explains that while he enjoys element he is not into the lifestyle I appreciate that the author makes that distinction, but I think Max knows better than to not be having frank discussions with Mac about his expectations and her feelings about them I am all for expanding boundaries, but there should be prior consent.I m not even going to get into my thoughts on Max s fighting name being Torment or that he fights people name Iron Fist and Misery and that some of the fights take place at the Geek Club, an underground fight club where men fight with buckets on their heads using vacuum hoses and computer parts as weapons Yeah, you read that right I m also not going to get into how annoying the texting scenes are Mac texts the way I imagine a sixteen year old girl texts but maybe I m just old I do briefly want to touch on the stupid parties Mac has with Max s fighting buddies I sincerely hope that no girl anywhere, ever thinks that it is a good idea to play drunk strip poker alone with a group of men you barely know That is not cute and funny, it is extremely dangerous Max was right to get pissed off over this one.See the rest of my review at 4 Sexy Stars Makayla is a med student trying to make it through life On night she meets Torment in a underground fight club and they are immediately take with each other When things starts to heat between them she finds out that not only Torment has a hidden identity, he s also a famous and billionaire CEO trying to expurgate his sins Makayla has a bad past who makes her hate any kind of violence Torment uses fights to help fight his demons Can will ever find a middle ground This was a 4 Sexy Stars Makayla is a med student trying to make it through life On night she meets Torment in a underground fight club and they are immediately take with each other When things starts to heat between them she finds out that not only Torment has a hidden identity, he s also a famous and billionaire CEO trying to expurgate his sins Makayla has a bad past who makes her hate any kind of violence Torment uses fights to help fight his demons Can will ever find a middle ground This was a steamy and romantic reading, and for my first time reading a Sarah Castille s book I have to stay I was very impressed.There was some aspects that I didn t quite understand the purpose, like why had the dude also to be freaking millionaire It wasn t being a sexy fighter enough However, this was a well written, engaging and steamy book and if you re into sexy fighters, you should probably give it a try Rating 4 Stars Characters Development I liked Max He was sexy, and caring and thoughtful Not to mention he had a bad boy side that it was pretty difficult to resist Makayla got on my nerves, I get that she was past traumas, but her insecurity and her back and forth didn t sit well with me I m really curious about Amanda and Jase s story, their book is definitely going to be one of my next readings Steam HOT Sensible Subjects view spoiler Violence hide spoiler Love Triangle view spoiler No hide spoiler Cheating view spoiler No hide spoiler HEA view spoiler Yes hide spoiler OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG SSSSSSSSQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAALLLLLLL This book was 50 Shades of AWESOME AND THEN SOME LOL LOVED the HECK outta it A heap of MMA, a dash of BDSM and a WHOLE LOTTA HUNKA HUNKA BURNING HOTTIES I ve died and gone to heaven, I tell ya Torment aka Max was just a hot, tattooed, MMA fighting, ALPHA BAD ASS SWOON I loved EVERYTHING about him I HOPE that you write MORE books about these fighters Ms Castille They are BEYOND OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG OMG SSSSSSSSQQQQQQQQQUUUUUUUUUEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAALLLLLLL This book was 50 Shades of AWESOME AND THEN SOME LOL LOVED the HECK outta it A heap of MMA, a dash of BDSM and a WHOLE LOTTA HUNKA HUNKA BURNING HOTTIES I ve died and gone to heaven, I tell ya Torment aka Max was just a hot, tattooed, MMA fighting, ALPHA BAD ASS SWOON I loved EVERYTHING about him I HOPE that you write MORE books about these fighters Ms Castille They are BEYOND DROOLWORTHYARC courtesy of Netgalley and Sourcebooks NO rating DNF at 25% Am EMT that cannot stand the sight of blood violence actually gets physically ill witnessing it.A very popular bad boy underground unsanctioned MMA fighter that owns a gym and runs underground fights..and he ALSO is apparently a billionaire by day and is also as famous in his billionaire life as he is in his nighttime fight persona and apparently these paths don t cross each other He lands eyes on her once and immediately NEEDS her there with him when heNO rating DNF at 25% Am EMT that cannot stand the sight of blood violence actually gets physically ill witnessing it.A very popular bad boy underground unsanctioned MMA fighter that owns a gym and runs underground fights..and he ALSO is apparently a billionaire by day and is also as famous in his billionaire life as he is in his nighttime fight persona and apparently these paths don t cross each other He lands eyes on her once and immediately NEEDS her there with him when he fights has to see her in the crowd even if she is going to hurl at the sight of blood but hey, she s a trained EMT so she can fix them up NO MORE please I gotta say this was the most unoriginal book I ve ever read I had two major problems with this book 1 Mac s charater was really unoriginal like extremely She was the typical I get nauseous while watching violence Violence is bad The typical give the guy a hard time when he try s to buy you a expensive present Next was the I can t understand male love interests charater And finally the don t pay my debt I d rather run myself and family into the ground I didn t like her as you can tell T I gotta say this was the most unoriginal book I ve ever read I had two major problems with this book 1 Mac s charater was really unoriginal like extremely She was the typical I get nauseous while watching violence Violence is bad The typical give the guy a hard time when he try s to buy you a expensive present Next was the I can t understand male love interests charater And finally the don t pay my debt I d rather run myself and family into the ground I didn t like her as you can tell The male love interest Max was overly controlling and he didn t real feel the Alpha male type to me More like the I need to be in control male type What bothered me most about his charater was that he didn t treat his staff well My mother always told me how people treat there staff is a reflection of them There were alsounoriginal components in this book Example Slutty best friend Onething I need to address Mac called Max Bad Max in this book a few times I don t know about you but that makes me think of a dog I m rating this book 1.75 stars SPOILER ALERT The ending was also the unoriginal I m dumping you even though I love you because your rich and I m not And then the get back together Enjoyed every minute of it.I appreciate that sometimes how you re feeling can affect how much you enjoy a certain book so maybe it was that, I m not sure but I loved every minute of this book, I literally could not get enough I loved the characters not just Torment and Makayla but everyone, from Amanda and Jake to the guys at Redemption to Charlie, let s just say everyone, I loved the story and it made me laugh, frequently.Makayla can t do with violence in any form but desperate for money she en Enjoyed every minute of it.I appreciate that sometimes how you re feeling can affect how much you enjoy a certain book so maybe it was that, I m not sure but I loved every minute of this book, I literally could not get enough I loved the characters not just Torment and Makayla but everyone, from Amanda and Jake to the guys at Redemption to Charlie, let s just say everyone, I loved the story and it made me laugh, frequently.Makayla can t do with violence in any form but desperate for money she ends up selling tickets at an underground fighting club where she comes to the attention of Torment the owner and also it s top fighter Still desperate for money she takes the additional job of medic at the club on fight nights The attraction between Makayla and Torment is unbelievable but they re both keeping secrets and it s only a matter of time before their pasts catch up with them.Wonderful book and I m off to read In Your Corner now This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here 5 Amazing Sizzling Scorching Burning Pages Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages Facebook Twitter SizzlingpagesThank you NETGALLEY for granting me this ARC making my day I loved ever single sizzling page I read and wanted to read it over and over just to stay in Torment Max Huffington s sexy dominant head Makayla is a funny witty girl with a wall up protecting her heart from letting her get hurt A childhood that she has blocked out has helped her erect this wall and Max 5 Amazing Sizzling Scorching Burning Pages Sizzling Pages Romance Reviews Sizzling Pages Facebook Twitter SizzlingpagesThank you NETGALLEY for granting me this ARC making my day I loved ever single sizzling page I read and wanted to read it over and over just to stay in Torment Max Huffington s sexy dominant head Makayla is a funny witty girl with a wall up protecting her heart from letting her get hurt A childhood that she has blocked out has helped her erect this wall and Max is determined to take it down one brick at a tie When he decided she belonged to himhe wouldn t give up.Along with freeing Makayla from her fears of her own sexuality From the moment these two meet there is sizzling chemistry coming off the page in waves Max is so protective and cares so deeply If he could wrap up Makayla and keep her safely tucked in his pocket he would I wouldn t mine being in his pocket that is for sure Makalya s head is a funny as heck place to be She finds humor in everything and seems so freaking real I loved her I got so frustrated at times with her fears and how she pushed Max away when I wanted to pull him down and lick him from head to toe There were some scorching scenes in this book.WARNINGyou might need to put on protective gear for thisit s sizzling hot I have never felt like I was in a buffet surrounded by different types of Alpha Males until this book Sarah Castille just did the unheard of art of creating the perfect Alpha hero.Alpha Checklist 1 MMA Fighter Torment s abs flex as he twists and stretches He has changed into a pair of red fight shorts with stylized dragons down each leg, and the deep cuts of his hip bones are clearly visible above his waistband The fabric clings to every curve of his tight, muscular ass At least I know where to look if I can t watch them spar 2 Sexy Bike Rider He exudes pure raw sensualityYou were so sexy lying across my bike, he murmurs in my ear making love on motorcycle 3 CEO Millionaire Max had so many layers to his personality and Makayla need to see through all of them to the man beneath.No matter which face he wore..his dom side always came through Modest, aren t we He pulls his chair right up to the desk Do you know how hot you look You have such a pretty pussy He slicks a finger through my folds and spreads my wetness along my inner thigh Your body is on board.4 Dom in the bedroom I like to be in control in the bedroom and take it right to the edge Just like in the ring Yep you read that right He is the most possessive, jealous, uber dom , sexy HERO ever Do you want to be spanked, baby He brings the duster down harder and the tickle turns into an itch Arrrgh It makes me almost want to say yes 5 Sweet sexy LoverBut my favorite part I saved for last He has the biggest heart and loved Makayla like he needed her to breathe.His voice drops to a husky whisper I love you, Makayla I couldn t bear to lose you I want to protect you and keep you safe, but you need to let me in He cups my face in his hands and gently tilts my head back Tears spill over my cheeks His eyes are filled with pain, and tenderness He slants his mouth over mine and our lips brush in a gentle, soft kiss He loves me This picture was shared via PicResize.com, the Internet s Best Image Editing ToolThis is one of those books where you can t stop reading right along with not wanting it to ever end I know there are way too many series out there right now but this is one that I wish I could seeinto this couple and where their love takes them.A MUST READ FOR EVERY ALPHA LOVING ROMANTIC OUT THERE 1,5 star Spoiler free review Buddy reading with Ali Nikki The first half wasn t that bad The writing was clumsy, but to be honest I found it quite funny.The heroine s name is Makayla and the hero s nickname is Torment. `Kindle ↶ Against the Ropes ↛ He scared me He thrilled me And after one touch, all I could think about was getting Makayla never thought she d set foot in an underground mixed martial arts club But if anyone needs a medic on hand, it s these guys Trouble is, at her first sight of the club s owner she s the one feeling breathless All sleek muscle and restrained power, the man they call Torment plays to win at any cost Whether it s in the ring or in the bedroom, he knows exactly when to use a soft touch 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