Thursday, April 11, 2013

Extreme Love by Abby Niles

Book Description:

New body. New clothes. New men.

Used to the average Joe, Caitlyn Moore is overwhelmed when the supremely masculine Dante Jones walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. At first she pushes him away, refusing to encourage the attention of a cage fighter. Then she learns Dante has a love ‘em and leave ‘em reputation. What better way to fine-tune her non-existent flirting skills than with a male who won’t stick around? But Dante has no intention of being a practice dummy; he’s out for all or nothing. Now Caitlyn must accept Dante—violent career and all—or let him go.

Dante “Inferno” Jones has one goal: win the Welterweight Championship. At a time when focus is crucial, the last thing he needs is a distraction. Yet Caitlyn Moore becomes a challenge he can’t resist. When the light-hearted pursuit shifts to a battle to win her heart, his focus is shot. Faced with losing the biggest match of his career, Dante must decide if his extreme life also has room for Extreme Love.

I'm having a hard time deciding what to write for this review. On the one hand, I really wanted to like this book. It has a great sounding blurb, a hot cover, and so much promise with he description of the characters. But on the other hand there was something missing. I found myself zoning out every now and then and towards the end I even skimmed a little. Bare with me while I try to put my feelings into words. First let me talk about Dante "Inferno" Jones. He was awesome! A super hot MMA fighter who, while is a total badass, also has a sweet side. He was tired of all the fighter groupies and when he saw Cait there was an immediate attraction. He pursued her even when most normal people would say F-it and give up. He had his work cut out for him with that girl too! I liked his character a lot and I can't really think of anything negative about him. On to Cait. She bugged me but at the same time I felt for her. Going into this I had no idea there would be a deeper meaning hidden with the weight issues. Being a female who has struggled with weight in my adult life, especially after having kids, I connected with her on that level. Fortunately for me I never had to deal with the meanness of others the way she did, but I could empathize. On to the bugging. I get that after all she's been through with her weight loss journey, and her lack of romantic experience, she would have a hard time accepting a man as hot and experienced as Dante would be interested in her. BUT after his insistent persistence, you'd think she'd take a hint. Nope. It took the entire book for her to come to the realization that not all men are jerks and she was worthy Dante. So there were a few times I wanted to smack her for being ridiculous, but by the end I was happy with the outcome. The supporting characters were pretty great. Paul absolutely stole the show IMO. He was hilarious. I can see myself reading another book from this author, and if this becomes a series I will check out the next book.

*ARC provided by Entangled Publishing via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

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