Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Extreme Love (Love to the Extreme #1) by Abby Niles A NetGally Review

Dante “Inferno” Jones is used to winning in the ring. But when the MMA fighter meets pretty Caitlyn Moore, he seems to be striking out left and right. The more Cait denies his advances, the more intrigued he becomes by the sharp-tongued beauty. She’s a challenge he can’t resist.

Comfortable with the average Joe, Cait doesn’t get it when the ultra-masculine Dante walks into her life and expresses an interest in her. Sure, she’s shed eighty pounds and her confidence is building, but there's nothing spectacular about her. Certainly not enough to hang onto a ripped babe-magnet like Dante, whose violent profession, catty groupies, and cruel competitors are already making her life a living hell.

Dante’s light-hearted pursuit quickly becomes a battle to win her heart as they find themselves thrown together again and again—and it’s affecting his training. Cait won’t let him lose the biggest fight of his career because of her, but when her plan to keep him focused lands her in the dangerous clutches of Dante’s vicious opponent, thereis more at stake than just the championship belt.

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Fat is a mental state as much as a physical one, in Extreme Love we meet Cait who has battled her weight her entire life and after working hard has finally lost 80 pounds however she still has to get past the fat state of mind. Dante meets Cait when she is dragged to meet her best friends new boy friend who just happens to be an MMA fighter, so is Dante. He sees the beauty of Cait for Cait, he sees her strength, her feistiness, and her insecurity and wants her all the same.

I loved the depth of emotion that emanates from this story having gone through a similar weight loss story I could truly relate to Cait and what her character is going through. I must say it is written extremely accurately and the wild roller coaster of turmoil and passion is enough to draw you in and keep you reading until you finish the whole book.

This does contain some steamy scenes but they are tasteful and flow with the story. I know I found myself cheering Cait on and loving Dante for his kindness, patience and tenderness (seems to be odd qualities in a man who fights for a living but it works mate it works) I am thrilled to see that this is the beginning of a series and look forward to the next book.

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About this author:
Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with Elizabeth and Todd, she's been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn't stop her though. She found herself some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.

And eventually sold a short story, then a novella, then a novel, and now a series.

Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It's not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?

In her downtime, which isn't often, you can find her playing 'Just Dance' with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list. She also loves Zumba, and refuses to admit she looks more like Animal doing his Muppet flail than a sensual Latin dancer.


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