Extreme Love by Abby Niles
Author: Abby Niles
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, there is more at stake than just the championship belt.
Review: Wow! I really loved this book! First off let me say that I usually don’t like to look at other people’s reviews before I write a my own. To be honest though, this book has been floating around on my TBR list for awhile now, and I was really on the fence as to whether or not to read it. Part of what put me off were some of the other reviews on Amazon – but boy, am I glad I didn’t listen to those! I have read some other of works from Abby Niles, and was very impressed – in fact, she has become one of my favorite authors I have recently discovered! And the book is about MMA – which I seem to really, really like…LOL So despite the reviews I took a chance…:)
I can see what other reviewers were complaining about, though – I just didn’t happen to view it the same way apparently. Cait’s weight was mentioned alot….I’m sure the other reviewers could pick out dozens and dozens of examples of it throughout the book. And that’s okay – they are entitled to their opinion as well. I seen a strong woman trying to overcome an issue that she has been struggling with her whole life. Those issues, and the experiences she suffered throughout the course of her life, shaped who she is. Those don’t just go away because she loses the weight. No matter how much she has changed on the outside – it doesn’t change who she is on the inside. Or how she feels about herself. In this book, she really struggles with looking at herself in a different light. Part of what made this book amazing was the fun and supportive friends she had to help her. (A quote from her friend, Paul: “Look at yourself. I mean, really look at yourself. Not as you see you, but what’s actually reflected back at you.”) They even tackle her at one point to keep her from changing out of one of her new, more revealing outfits before a date with Dante. The wonderful thing about Cait is that she knew her insecurities were trying to rule her life – and she made the steps to move forward and accept the new her.
And you simply have to love Dante – the guy doesn’t give up no matter how much Cait tries to deter him. I loved his persistence. It was refreshing to see him – the guy- want more on an emotional level. He is the perfect alpha male – with a soft, sweet side as well. And the fun supporting characters added a wonderful lighthearted element to the story than I really enjoyed. My favorite line? (also by Paul I might add): “So tell me, is G.I. Joe’s thingy a teeny-weeny…or a thicky-wicky?” LOL
What can I say – Abby Niles has won her way into my heart! Every book is so captivating! From now on – automatic pre-order for her wonderful books!