Monday, 25 May 2015
Review: Yield to Me by Sarah Castille
Series: Club Excelsior (book 1)
Publication Date: 27th May 2015
Amateur MMA fighter, Marcy Foster is determined to win the state championship. But dark secrets and a broken trust mean there's one submission she just can’t master. Fortunately Club Excelsior has hired a coach who knows all the right moves.
Sexy, confident and commanding, fight consultant Jax demands control, both in and out of the ring. But once he has Marcy against the ropes, Jax knows he’s in too deep. He has the dominance to give her what she needs, but once he unleashes her hidden passions, there's no going back.
Under Jax's skilled hands, Marcy submits to her deepest desires. But when her personal and professional worlds collide, she is forced to face a brutal truth — yielding to her darkest needs may be the one thing that costs her the fight...and her heart.
My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars
My over all thought on this book is that it was ok. Not great, not awful but somewhere firmly between the two. The best part of the book was that it was incredibly short! It was just so.. Blah! I've only read one other Sarah Castille book, prior to this, and it was excellent, this just falls so far from that mark it's not even funny... I don't think I'll read anything more in this series if this is what to expect from it, but I will read other work from the author.
So what was my actual problem with the book?
Well, to start with, the characters had the depth of a paddling pool. Chalk it up to the novella length of the book if you will, but I've read plenty of novellas that don't have this problem.
Marcy was unlikeable and impossible to relate to. She was supposed to be a kick-ass MMA chick, when in actual fact she was a whiny bitch who refused to listen to anything anyone had to say.
Jax was hot, but there was no real connection between him and Marcy.
Then - the final nail in the coffin - the kink was practically non-existent. A measly spanking and a flogging, which for two characters with a love of BDSM was highly disappointing. Don't get me wrong, the sex was hot, but for BDSM erotica, the entire thing was just too vanilla.
I guess, if this was a full length novel, the author would have been able to do more with the characters and the story as a whole but it wasn't a full length novel and it is what it is.
(ARC granted via Netgalley)
P.S HUGE high-five for the cover though! It's eye-catching and atmospheric.