Also in this series: Fighting Attraction, Strong Hold
Series: Redemption #3
Published by Sourcebooks Casablanca on April 7th 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Sports, MMA Fighters
Source: Self Purchased
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.
Sia O Donnell, loves watching the underground MMA fights, her brother is one of the teachers for Redemption, that is a group of fighters, including one sexy “Predator”. Predator also known as Ray, is powerful and agile as a panther, he can take down any opponent, and when she watches him all she can think of how it would be to have that sensual body in bed with her. She can see the dominant part of him and craves it, but she knows he would never see her. Sia hides who she is, she covers herself up with colored hair, and tats, and works as an artist at a tattoo parlor, but when Ray comes in for some work done on his body, she can’t resist temptation or his sexual dominance over her, or the way he makes her feel in a way she has never felt before. But her limits are about to be tested and not just the sexual ones, the inner most parts of herself and she will have to face her past in order to have a future with Ray…
Ray, grew up as a “Military brat” and as such never knew his parents well and never was able in a place for long to make and keep friends. He grew up as a loner, but then like most military kids, he enlisted in the military, and ended up working for the government, but Ray loves dipping his fingers into all sorts of pies. He hasn’t had an easy life, its been rough and hard. He loves fighting with every part of himself, he feels alive and free. Ray aka “The Predator” is one sexy male. Oh my I almost had a stroke reading this story because really….he is “sex on wheels” literally. He has this aura to him that just makes you want to grab your man and make passionate love all night long. Whew…if I had one I would do that very thing after reading this. Ray has this animal magnetism that draws you to him, and the author portrays him just like that.
Sia O’Donnell, knows every man in the club known as “Redemption”, they are her brothers friends after all. However when her brother played ball, one of his teammates attacked and raped her, and ever since Sia struggles with relationships. She suffers panic attacks and can’t seem to get close to anyone sexually, until she meets Ray. Sia is a artist and used to paint on easels and had dreams for a career in Art. But now after her attack, she hides that part of herself in a closet, and does Tats for a job. She loves it, but you see how she doesn’t love it like she loves to paint. We see the damage emotionally and mentally an attack like this can affect a person, can keep them from living life fully. We see Sia develop in the story, in a way that is heart wrenching yet beautiful too. I loved Sia as the heroine, she is sassy and strong, curious about anything sexual and willing to try anything, and adores her family.
Plot and Story Line
Full Contact is the third in the series. Now I have had the opportunity to read a book from Sarah, but it is from her other series she is currently working on as well her Biker MC one, and boy was that a great story. And so when I heard high ratings on this story, and it is a new release just came out a few days ago, I just had to pick it up. This is a first for me reading a MMA romance. I think I am addicted now….and I can’t wait to delve into the series more. I believe it can be read as a stand alone, but I catch on quickly, but I never felt lost or disoriented in reading it, despite it being the third installment. Although after reading Full Contact I definitely have to read the previous two books because WOW…I just can’t wait. Especially since we see the other two couples take a part in this story which was delightful. I love it when in a series, you see connections and interactions and it isn’t separate from the other books. I have a feeling I will have a bunch of fun with those books as well. *crossing fingers*
So what I adored most about Full Contact was the way it developed from beginning to end. in the first part of the story, we see a sexual spark between Sia and Ray. And even from the first page, I knew it was going to be HOt. And boy was it ever! Way hotter than I expected, but it also was a story with plenty of substance and depth that I didn’t expect, just from the way it began. We do have a bit of a mystery with Ray, especially in the first half of the book, you have no clue what he really does for a living, but there is an aura of mystery and intrigue surrounding his character. Sia is a matter of fact character, she is bold and daring, and fights her own battles. She has many vulnerabilities too, and tries to hide that from everyone. She is humiliated and ashamed at times, and we see how Ray brings all of her out, both the good and the bad and brings a balance to her she never had before. Even though their relationship starts out very sexual and HOt…it definitely has plenty of in-depth focus, and you see how right they are for each other. You see how good they equal each other out, and we also see a development of a future book for Sia’s brother (I do hope his book is the next, because whew his is going to be a good one). We also see plenty of interaction from other members of the club, and you see the close bonds they have to each other. It’s a true brotherhood, a family of sorts, and it was quite fun becoming a part of that as your read this. The author is very talented at drawing you in and not letting go. It has some BDSM elements, but I found it to be very light, not super strong, but plenty of great steamy and rough sex …that goes with Sarah Castille’s style, but I loved every moment. You see how even in those steamier parts of the story, that they are bonding together and you feel it on the page.
I actually quite like this cover, in the story I view him as a bit more bulkier in muscle. But I love the tattoo art on his shoulder, and that confident expression on his face…definitely matches the character in the story extremely well. I do love the color theme here too, with the golden hues at the top and the darker ones at the bottom.
Full Contact is an intense romance that plenty of deep characters, thrilling action, and a rich voice that leaves you breathless. A tale that is completely and utterly ENTICING!! You are bound to be yearning for more!
“You can’t protect me from everything, Ray.”
“I can try.”
“I pay attention to everything about you. I want to know what to do to make you happy. I want to be there for you when you’re sad. I want to make this world beautiful for you again. I want you to know when you walk out the door nothing will harm you.”