What is one funny or embarrassing thing about your partner that everyone knows but your partner thinks no one knows?
Ray: She’s a damn amazing painter.
Sia: He’s got a soft heart.
About the author:
Title: Full Contact
Series: Redemption #3
Author: Sarah Castile
Published: April 7/15
Genre: contemporary romance
Back Cover Blurb:
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.
Bad plan. Now his groin is only inches away from my face. He’s still wearing his jeans, which means that bulge isn’t a cup.
“Ray...” His face softens. “I hurt you.” “Yes, you hurt me. Keeping secrets hurts me. It makes me feel like you don’t respect me. And it makes me feel like I can’t trust you. So maybe you could return to your proper seat now. Tray table up.”
He shifts down, settling his weight over my hips, but he doesn’t release my hands. “I hurt you. Means you care.”
I swallow hard and meet his gaze. “You hurting me means I was being stupid. Things were going where I didn’t want them to go. Now I’ve had a wake-up call. You have secrets you can’t share. You need to protect your secrets. I need to be with someone I can trust, and I need to stand on my own two feet. It’s just not going to work between us.”
His gaze darkens, searing me to the core. “You want to be done? Or are you scared and trying to push me away?”
The air shifts between us, electrifying, tightening my nipples and heating my blood. I am hyperaware of his thighs tucked against my hips, carrying most of his weight as he sits astride me in a dominant MMA position. My wrists, hot under his palms, press against the cool mat, restrained in a way I could never have imagined allowing them to be restrained. My chest rises and falls twice for every one of Ray’s breaths, and my core tightens. The innuendo isn’t lost on me. God, yes. I want to be done in the carnal sense of the word. But only by Ray. And I don’t really want to let him go.
“I don’t want to lose you.”
Ray’s hands tighten on my wrists, and he leans down and brushes a kiss over my lips. “I don’t want to lose you either, but I live in a dangerous world. I’ve got stuff in my life that would make your head spin. I need to protect you from that, and I’ll do what it takes to keep you safe, even if it means you hate me for it, because for the first time in my life, I want something more than doing my duty. I want a life and I want you in it. I’ve got one bad guy to catch and then I’m free. And after I’m done and after what went down this evening, you’ll never have to worry about being safe again.”
Finally, he releases my hands but I don’t move. Heat sweeps through my belly. I feel both vulnerable and curiously safe lying beneath him. My gaze shifts from his intense gaze to his sensual lips, and my breasts swell, remembering the touch of his hands, the gentle press of his lips. He wants me. Not just today, but tomorrow and the tomorrow after that.
“You make it sound like I don’t have a choice about being with you.”
“You don’t.” He leans down and kisses me with a savage fierceness that takes my breath away.
Castille’s writing is simultaneously eloquent and rough, in an in-your-face type way, really drawing readers into the world of MMA & the lives of her characters. The fast paced, and heated story kept my attention throughout. Castille involved me in this story emotionally and intellectually. The underlying social commentary added an extra layer to the tale, taking it from great to absolutely unforgettable.
Not only was the plot fantastic, but this very character driven story is full of individuals that I loved getting to know. Ray’s got that tough edge of danger that definitely makes you stop and take notice, but also leaves you with a warm, fuzzy feeling that comes with mattering to someone. The secrecy that surrounds him makes him seem mysterious and yet very real. He is the perfect counterpoint to Sia. These two lend strength and understanding to one another, creating a dangerous yet caring relationship that will set your blood boiling. Emotional upheaval is prevalent throughout this novel & directly correlated to the main characters’ pasts. I appreciated the traumas that formed these two into who they are today as much as I enjoyed getting to know them as they rose above it.
By surrounding her main characters with a lively & lifelike cast of characters Castille really sets the stage for her story. There are no minor players in this tale. Readers honestly meet everyone and become part of the Redemption family. The spot on dialogue brings the characters and situations to life. The characters’ realistic reactions to situations made them easy to connect with.
Tats, MMA, & alpha men who make you swoon, what more can a gal ask for? My final thoughts? I cannot wait to read this one again!
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