This is the second book in the Redemption series by Sarah Castille. If you want to read about the first book, click here.
He rules in the ring
Two years ago, Jake and Amanda were going hot and heavy. But when Jake wanted more, Amanda walked away. Jake immersed himself in mixed martial arts, living life on the edge. But that didn’t dull the pain of Amanda’s rejection-until a chance encounter throws them together.
A high-powered lawyer, Amanda was a no-strings-attached kind of girl. But two years after her breakup with Jake, she still hasn’t found anyone who gets her heart pumping the way he did. And then he shows up in her boardroom, hot as sin and needing help…
But can he rule her heart?
Jake is darker, sexier, and impossible to resist. As their chemistry builds, Amanda’s not sure if she can stay in control, or if she’s finally willing to let him claim her body and soul.
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I read the first book in the Redemption series last week and it has quickly turned into a must-read series! I love the gritty-ness of the story and even though the dominance is a little tamer than I am used to, it is still present and HOT.
This one left me satisfied … and with a book hangover considering I was up until 4am to finish it !
In Your Corner features Amanda and Jake, who were recurring characters in the first novel. Because much of their back story as a couple is referenced in Against the Ropes, I would strongly suggest you read these books in order.
One of the main differences between the novels, is that most of the first book takes place in the underground MMA club Redemption, and in comparison, very little of the story is there in this title. Another difference is that Redemption is now a legitimate MMA training facility, sanctioned by the CSAC, and there are female fighters training there, with organized fitness/martial arts classes for both men and women.
Castille writes entirely from the heroine’s perspective in this series, seemingly uncommon of late, which helps the reader to develop a deep understanding of her female character, but Jake remains a bit of an enigma. I wish that we could have had more of the book devoted to him. Usually when a book is read, I feel as if I know the characters as friends, but Jake would be an acquaintance at best.
The heroine, Amanda, is a lawyer and you get to know her much more thoroughly. The author herself was a lawyer in her previous career so I found this to be a very interesting perspective and – at least to me – there were no glaringly obvious mistakes in the legal arena. The level of detail helped to create the character’s world and bring it to life because it was well-written and believable. I also loved that Amanda had a noticeably – but not obnoxiously – higher vocabulary than any other character in the series, which makes sense ‘cause hello! Lawyer! This was one of those little things that stuck with me and shows that the author is improving as a writer and cared enough to make sure that Amanda was distinct from the other characters in the series.
In Your Corner introduces a whole new cast of supporting characters to draw from. Amanda quickly opens her own legal firm after unpleasantness at her previous company, and her main P.I. and assistant follow her. Because everything is written from Amanda’s perspective, you get to know these new characters very well.
I would like to see the author expand on the emotional intricacies of a D/s relationship in later novels. Although the dynamic is present in this couple, as well as between Torment and Makayla in book 1, it hasn’t really been explored to my satisfaction. I think this would be a great next avenue for her to explore.
Speaking of, if you are looking for lots of updates on Torment and Mak, you will be disappointed. Although present in key parts, for much of the story they are off-page. Amanda and Jake are the stars now!
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