My sweet, sexy Penny has a dark side. Just like me.
I will have her. And then I will lose her, and suffer a lifetime of regret.
Rampage. Everyone loves him. He is Redemption's top heavyweight fighter and the biggest gossip in the gym. But he isn't the teddy bear everyone thinks he is. He's hiding a dark secret—and he hates himself for it.
Twice a week, Rampage transforms into Master Jack, a notorious dom only the most hard-core submissives will play with. How can he—a Southern gentleman, bred to respect and protect women—want to dominate them?
But Penny Worthington wants him. Beneath her pearls, kitten heels, and prim British exterior beats a tortured heart…Master Jack is the only one who can set her free.
Praise for Sarah Castille's Redemption series:
"Emotionally charged, amazingly sexy, and flat out fantastic."—Fresh Fiction for Full Contact
"Powerful. Gritty. And sexy beyond belief. Sarah is a true master!"—Opal Carew, New York Times bestselling author of His to Claim
Returning to MMA training center Redemption, Castille plays with contrasting personality traits as one of the gym's most cheerful and popular fighters, Jack "Rampage" Caldwell, hides his taste for sexual sadism. He's convinced no one will accept him, particularly now that he's joined the professional circuit. After undergoing a massive makeover, Rampage catches the attention of prim legal assistant Penny Worthington, who escaped the U.K. to start her life over in Oakland following a destructive relationship. Like Rampage, she keeps her kinky urges a secret, but when he discovers her tolerance for pain, they ease into a dominant/submissive relationship. As always, Castille never sacrifices character building for sex, and there is ample time for Penny and Jack to earn mutual trust before they get intimate. However, their kink scenes are markedly harsher than in Castille's earlier light-BDSM Redemption contemporaries. Familiar gym members and side characters pop up frequently, though fans will wish for more of Makayla and Torment, the pair who started it all.)
This was a VERY intense story!
This was a VERY intense story!
Let me just say that the subject matter of this story isn't my cup of tea. I'm not an enormous fan of BDSM, but I absolutely HAD TO read this because Sarah wrote it. And I was not disappointed!
First of all, sexual content aside, this book brings up some pretty deep issues of self-mutilation and domestic abuse. While those are not pleasant topics, they added a great deal to the story by being the dark contrast to the light that Penny and Jack eventually found in each other.
Penny was so fun! Unsure of herself but also hilarious, I was really rooting for everything to work out for her. If anyone deserved a break, it was Penny.
Jack was great! Yes, he is also known as Master Jack, but he allowed his softer side to come out and play, which I loved. He, too, was fighting some demons, and Penny was just the perfect balance for him.
I met the whole crew at Redemption, and holy cow, I MUST go back and read this whole series! This book is totally a stand-alone, but this series is set in a gym full of alpha males who fiercely love their women...I just might have found my new favorite series :)
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
An explosive delve through dark secrets and intense desires to find their soul mate! Fun characters and hot sex help carry this book as the plot dips and recovers throughout with periods of dragging only to come back to an exciting pivot. Overall a satisfying read with a happy ending.
Jack "Rampage" Caldwell is just getting his MMA career to the peak he has wanted for a long time when he can't seem to keep his mind free of Pen. He's not good for her and no matter how much his heart races when she's near, there's no way he can answer the pull he sees in her eyes. He has secrets that he's not proud of ... he can't pull her down with him!
British born Penny Worthington puts off the air of being proper, but has dark secrets and desires hidden beneath the surface. She sees a kindred spirit hiding beneath the southern gentleman facade that the public sees of Jack. Can she bring herself to reach out and grab what she wants most in life ... even though she knows he deserves better?
This is book #4, in the Redemption series. This book can be read as a standalone novel. For reader understanding and enjoyment, I recommend reading this great series in order.
Jack AKA Rampage is the hottest fighter Penny can see. She sees quote a lot, actually. She sees the real him, the one behind the man everyone thinks he is. She is his greatest friend, and yet she can also be his greatest weakness.
Penny is not sure what to say or do. When it comes to Rampage, she is seriously attracted. She also gets seriously angry. He knows her secret, but can she trust him with her past? The attraction between them is getting so strong, it may cause the spark to ignite.
This story just starts off with such electricity! You feel the powerful pull between the main characters right from the beginning. I loved the humor, the heat, and the banter. This was a great addition to the Redemption series.
***This ARC copy was given in exchange for an honest review by Netgalley and its publishers.