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Review: “Extreme Love” by Abby Niles

Apr 15
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STAR-5

Review: I read EXTREME LOVE in one night (352 pages) because it was so good, I just had to know what came next. 🙂

Abby Niles is a new-to-me author but if her other books are as good as this one, I’ll be adding them to my auto-read list.

You might have guessed from the cover that EL is about a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter but there’s so much more to this story than an MMA fighter finding love.

It’s also about a woman on a journey toward a healthier body image whose looking to help others realise their own fitness dreams.

Dante “Inferno” Jones and Caitlyn Moore first meet when she attends an after-party for her best friend’s boyfriend, Dante’s friend and fellow MMA fighter.

These two made me alternately laugh, groan in frustration and go “wow” at their sexual chemistry.

Caitlyn abhors the violence of MMA and figures a hot, ripped, guy like Dante would never be attracted to a curvy, plus-sized woman like her. She’s now a size 12 but used to weigh 80 pounds more, so the reality of her new body has yet to register with Caitlyn herself.

This was one of my favourite aspects of ETERNAL LOVE. Being a curvy woman myself, it was delightfully refreshing to read about someone else with body issues finding love. 🙂

Caitlyn and Abby have inspired me to continue on my recently begun journey toward a healthier lifestyle. Thanks ladies!

Dante has no such weight problems and struggles at first to understand why it would be hard for someone to get/stay healthy.

He’s also tired of the groupie scene, many of the women with “sticks”  for legs as he puts it, so when a sexy woman with curves enters his life, there’s no way in hell 😉 the Inferno is gonna let her get away.

Dante’s instant attraction to Caitlyn, is fanned by her couldn’t-care-less attitude toward his sport and obvious fame.

Caitlyn pushes Dante away because she just doesn’t see what he sees, because she’s never had a real boyfriend and is afraid to be with someone as experienced as he is, and most importantly, because she’s afraid of risking her heart when he’s only in town for two months.

Thus begins the back-and-forth between these two.

Thanks to her two best friends, Caitlyn realises it’s time to embrace the new her and to open her heart to something special. Dante meanwhile, goes from wanting to be with her because she’s the opposite of the women he’s accustomed to, to wanting a real relationship full of love and romance.

No spoilers here, just trust me when I say you will enjoy reading EXTREME LOVE. So go pre-order your copy.

I hope Ms Niles includes Dante and Caitlyn in her future MMA novels. They are one special couple 🙂

 

Extreme Love coverTitle: Extreme Love

Author: Abby Niles

Rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Entangled Select, an imprint of Entangled Publishing

Publication date: April 30, 2013

Synopsis: 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.

7 Comments

  • Great review, Sasha! It’s already on my wish list/TBR 🙂

  • Timitra says:

    Just added Extreme Love to my wishlist! Thanks for the great review Sasha!

  • S. J. Maylee says:

    The cover alone got me interested. After this post, I’m adding it to my must have list. Thanks, Sasha

  • barbara says:

    Awesome review Sasha! Can’t wait to read. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

    • Sasha says:

      Please note everyone, there was a scene early on in which a drunk guy cornered the heroine and began assaulting her. Hero rescued her and later on taught her self-defense lessons. This came in handy later in the book.
      However, it seems other reviewers on Goodreads have issues with how the assault scene was dealt with.
      In addition, some felt there was too much fat-shaming, one person who said so had lost weight too, but I disagree.
      Yes, heroine didn’t exhibit residual effects of being mauled by drunk guy but that was the only thing I would agree with.
      The fat-shaming scene was key to understanding heroine’s own past struggles.
      You have been ‘warned’ 🙂

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