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.
My Rating: 5/5 stars
The word predator sounds so ominous, so dark, and so lethal but to Sia O’Donnell, it sounds like everything she wants and more. Ray “The Predator” is a private investigator and the hottest ticket on the underground MMA circuit. He is lethal, controlled, dark, and a fighter Sia has been lusting after for more than a year. If The Predator is fighting, Sia is in the crowd watching and taking in everything about the man and his methods so she can use all she takes from her experiences to fuel her art and her darkest fantasies.
Though Sia enjoys the underground fights and the inherent danger of being caught, she isn’t a girl to take chances. At 18 she was brutally raped and since that time Sia has denied a critical part of herself, the part that was once able to live a little recklessly and trust implicitly. In the years since the rape Sia has taken control of her life as best she can: she quit painting and has taken up tattooing, she went from a wardrobe full of color to one comprised mostly of shades of black, she will only every date guys who are conservative and rather boring and, with few exceptions she is on guard around everyone at all times.
Ray “The Predator” lives a fairly simple yet very dangerous life. For decades, Ray has carried the guilt of his younger brother and wife’s deaths. Though he was responsible for neither, Ray can’t shake the guilt and so he has spent years building a huge barrier which allows no one in. When he isn’t working, Ray is a top competitor on the underground MMA circuit which allows him to channel all the guilt and anger he is constantly holding in check. He is very well aware of Sia O’Donnell (and has been for the entire year she has been watching him!) and though he knows he shouldn’t get involved, she is the one thing, the one true beautiful thing he can’t walk away from. In fact, with just a few brief encounters, Sia has Ray reevaluating his entire life and making arrangements to make his world safer for her.
The attraction between Sia and Ray is explosive!! Both are very clear about their wants and desires and once Ray figures out that Sia has certain triggers (both good and bad!) he works diligently to be the man she needs, the man she can wholly giver herself to and trust. All Sia asks from Ray is honesty but the very nature of his works calls for secrecy and though their sexual chemistry is off the charts, it is hard for Sia to trust a man who can’t fully open up to her. On so many occasions Ray assures Sia she is safe with him and that he is doing everything possible to disentangle himself from the darkness but before he can completely break away, Sia is taken and once again her safety is threatened.
The Bottom Line: Sarah Castille is not slowing down with the Redemption series and in fact, she seems to be picking up steam and moving full-speed ahead!! Ray and Sia’s story is laced with danger, intense sexuality, some incredible fighting and, a plot that just steam rolls right over you leaving you wasted and completely satisfied. Over the course of the read, Sia TRULY takes control of her life on every level from dealing with her past, to her job right on through to her love life. Sia has always been strong but as the read progresses and events unfold, she sees her strength and that allows her to become the woman she was always meant to be. Ray is likely the only man at Redemption who can handle Sia, her past and her future. Though he comes across as hard, unbendable and damn scary and he totally is, he is – at least with Sia – caring, patient and, giving. Ray understands what Sia needs and is exactly the man to give it to her.
Though there are other things and other characters in this read, Ray and Sia dominate and from start to finish I was completely OK with this arrangement. Full Contact is yet another example of how Sarah Castille fuel my love of sexy, awesome reads and fosters my total and complete disregard for sleep and the day ahead. 🙂
Excerpt from Full Contact (Book #3: Redemption Series):
“Clothes off and prepare to be searched.” His voice is warm, lush, and filled with sensual promise. But I am oh so aware that, dominant as he is, he’s mindful of my issue with being undressed. A warm, fluttery feeling spreads from my belly, beating back the memories.
And he does. His hands over my hands, we slide my shirt and bra up and over my head, his fingers tangling with mine, caressing my body as I am bared for his pleasure. When we get to my shoulders, I raise my arms and Ray takes over. Slow and sensual, his fingers glide over my skin, filling me with the sensation of his touch. When he reaches my hands, he yanks the clothing over my head and tosses it to the floor with a victory growl.
“Back in position.” He smooths his hands down my arms and places my palms against the cool metal surface of the shop wall. And then he is everywhere, his hands roaming over my body, setting fire to my skin. When he has thoroughly touched and kissed every inch of my exposed skin, he tugs out my ponytail holder. My hair fans out across my back in a silken wave.
“Fuck. I love your hair.” He strokes his fingers through the strands. “Don’t put it up when you’re with me.”
“Guess that means I won’t be with you when I’m exercising or doing ink.” With a grin, I look back over my shoulder, but my smile fades at the intensity of his stare.
“You know what I do to girls who give me attitude?” He kicks my legs apart, then smooths his hand over my ass.
Desire, dark and delicious, curls through my body. “What do you do?”
His hand tightens, fingers digging into my flesh. “I spank them.”
I make a soft sound, deep in my throat. Morbid fascination, dan- gerous desire—everything I’ve imagined but never thought could be real, he offers with a brush of his fingertips. “I’ve never been spanked,” I whisper. “But I think I might like it.”
His deep, satisfied rumble pulses between my legs. “You’re gonna kill me, sayin’ things like that.” He circles my waist with his hands, his fingers lingering on the waistband of my jeans, skimming along the inside, his touch an erotic tickle that makes me writhe against him.
“Then don’t do things that make me want to push you to the ground and tear off your clothes.”
He chuckles, amused. “We’ll get to that later. Right now, you’re taking off your jeans and I’m gonna help you, like last time.”
With a vicious tug, he reaches around and opens the zipper, then positions my hands on my hips and covers them with his palms, guiding me as I push down my jeans. Although he is working around my trigger, he is still totally in control, and I tremble, overwhelmed with the knowledge that for the first time, I can have what I want without the past getting in the way.
He crouches beside me, offering his shoulder as I toe off my shoes and kick my jeans away. Then he licks his lips and barks, “Back to the wall.”
My mouth waters at his tone—low, commanding, authoritative. Intensely erotic. He is so unlike any man I have ever been with. I turn without thinking, curiosity overriding reticence and my fear of losing control.
Crouched in front of me, Ray glides his hands up my legs, his fingers drawing lazy circles over the sensitive skin of my inner thighs, turning my thoughts to the throbbing between my legs. Unable to resist, I run my hands through the soft fuzz on his head.
He looks up, his eyes hooded with desire, then stands, dwarfing me with his massive body. With one hand pressed against the wall beside me, he glides a finger along the edge of my silky red panties, his lips curling into a satisfied smile when I whimper.
“You like red panties?”
“I like what’s hidden by red panties.” His naughty finger glides over my mound, brushing over the thin slip of fabric covering my aching clit. My breath catches in my throat, and I arch my back and moan.
“You want more?” His voice rumbles in my ear as he slides his hand down to cup my sex.
He wraps one arm around my waist, pulling my body against him. Then he kicks my legs apart.
“Open for me.”
Against the Ropes (Book #1):
In Your Corner (Book #2):
Full Contact (Book #3):
About the author and where to find her:
New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Sarah Castille worked and travelled abroad before trading her briefcase and stilettos for a handful of magic beans and a home near the Canadian Rockies. She writes contemporary erotic romance and romantic suspense featuring blazingly hot alpha heroes and the women who tame them. Her books include the bestselling “Redemption” fighter romance series, and the dark, gritty Sinner’s Tribe Motorcycle Club romance series.