Full Contact, Sarah Castille
Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews.
My first visit to the Redemption series, so I did wonder if I’d have trouble following the plot. It was fine though – the biggest problem I had was all the dual names, Tag/Fuzz, Ray/Predator etc. I kept forgetting who each was as sometimes they’d be referred to as one name, then another time it would be the fight name…
I loved Sia, such a strong lady, but fighting hard to be that way. Her strength has come at a huge cost, and there are demons in her past she’s still struggling with. She always been attracted to fighter Ray ( Predator), followed all his underground fights from the background, but she knows in her heart she’s dreaming. With her demons, her need to be in control, and an Alpha male like Ray who’s all about control is the last thing she needs. Well, until he makes his move then she sees things differently! She’s frightened though, but he says he doesn’t want a relationship and that suits her, a fling to get him out of her system, and allow her to still control her actions. Sounds good doesn’t it – but then Life steps in with all its problems…
I loved the characters here, and would love to read the earlier books so I get a fuller picture of the series – one day eh? There’s Tag, Sia’s brother – I’m convinced he and her best friend are a match, maybe in a later book? Dr Death – he was great, made me laugh with his chat up lines, and pushing the limits all the while. The whole club ethos and members was fun, they felt like a group that fought each other constantly, and yet were close and would always have each others backs. The tattoo shop, seems to go hand in hand with the MMA experience and let in to the story people who weren’t fighters. Then of course there’s Ray, and what a man he is. He’s the ultimate male, and yet when he’s with Sia he’s so gentle and so different sometimes. They worked well together but they had issues that I found it hard to see how they could get past. I’m still concerned over his control, anyone who can lose control the way he did is dangerous and needs to seek help for it IMO, and yet it did seem to be accepted as just part and parcel if who is is, and given who that proved to be I just thought he’s have more restraint when needed.
A couple of things that always irritates me in all these MMA and MC reads is the way the characters speak, its all truncated sentences and “Wanna, Gonna” type grunting, along with a somewhat obsessive possession issue that borders on irrational, and yet seems to be accepted as normal. Goes with the image I guess but I’m constantly mentally correcting them, and saying “ she’s not Yours, she’s her own person”. I don’t want the cut glass Queens speech type accent, but just to hear some something that doesn’t sound as if they’ve just risen from the swamp Smile I don’t want them to hand the girl friend off to anyone, but the jealousy over just a look or accidental touch sometimes borders on insane, and doesn’t lead for healthy long term relationships.
I found the start a little slow and confusing, but I think that was because I’m new to the Redemption series, and that’s my problem not the books. Its a great read, hot and sexy, sensual and full of drama, both happy and sad, and with a plot that works for me, feels genuine ( except on that control issue).
Stars: Five, its a hot, sexy read and a series to look out for.
ARC supplied by Netgalley and publisher.
EXCERPT: Consumed by fire
My gaze drifts below his belt, to the bulge in his jeans. He is fully erect, his shaft straining against his fly. A naughty thrill of excitement shoots through my veins. He’s aroused because of me.
“Um…do you want to take a break before I apply the stencil?”
He shakes his head, then leans forward and sweeps his hand through my hair, letting the strands slide through his fingers. A sigh escapes my lips as delicious sensations sweep through my body. I am on fire. And although I’ve been with men before, I’ve never been immobilized by a single touch.
“So soft.” He runs his hand over my hair again, this time trailing his fingers along my shoulder. His thumb glides over my throat and he curls his hand around my neck. “So fucking delicate.”
I am burning. Consumed by fire. A burst of need drives a whimper up my throat, and I choke it back as his thumb circles the sensitive hollow at the base of my neck. Firm. Unyielding. Dominant. With one squeeze, he could break me. The way I was broken before. The way he broke the butterfly. And yet nothing could tear me away from this moment.
“Sia.” He says my name softly, drawing out the last syllable in a gravelly murmur, almost like a prayer.
My brain fuzzes with lust, and I surrender to the thrill of his touch, the pounding of my pulse in my veins, the desire that has haunted me since I first saw him in the ring. My head falls back, my lips part, and I drown in the depths of an azure sea.
With a low groan, Ray turns sideways in the chair, dropping his legs to the floor. With his hand still cupped around my neck, he pulls me between his legs, the casters on my stool squeaking in gentle protest. I circle my arms around his neck and my breasts rub against his bare chest. The press of his erection against my stomach sends a rush of moisture to my sex.
“Jesus Christ.” His voice drops husky and low. “You’re killing me.”
He leans down and sweeps my hair behind my shoulder, then nuzzles my neck. Sensation sears through my body and I tilt my head to the side to give him better access. So unprofessional. What if Slim comes out? Overcome with the fulfillment of a year’s worth of longing, I can’t bring myself to care.
He feathers kisses over my cheek and I lick my lips in anticipation. This is really happening. He’s going to kiss me again. A real hands-on- the-body Predator kiss.
A bell tinkles behind me. Damn front door. Damn customers who come after hours. I’m not turning around. I want my kiss.
Ray glances up and stiffens. “Holy shit.”
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About Full Contact:
Ray wraps his arms around me and holds me tight as if something terrible has happened and he doesn’t want to let me go.
Full Contact. This is how Ray speaks when his emotions overwhelm him. I melt into his stillness. His body is hot and hard, his breath warm on my neck. He smells of leather and sweat, sex and sin. Nothing can tear me away.
When you can’t resist the one person who could destroy you…
Sia O’Donnell can’t help but push the limits. She secretly attends every underground MMA fight featuring The Predator, the undisputed champion. When he stalks his prey in the ring, Sia is mesmerized. He is dominant and dangerous and every instinct tells her to run.
Every beautiful thing Ray “The Predator” touches he knows he’ll eventually destroy. Soft, sweet and innocent, Sia is the light to Ray’s darkness-and completely irresistible. From the moment he lays eyes on her, he knows he’s going to have to put his dark past behind him to win her body and soul.