Book Review: Against the Ropes by Carly Fall

Against the Ropes 600x900Against the Ropes – Carly Fall
Publisher:  Bottom Drawer Publications
Release Date:  27 May 2013
Rating:  3/5
Source: Sent over by the author
Synopsis:  Winning the next fight will mean nothing . . . if he can’t win back the heart of the woman he loves.

Five years ago Dylan Gomez had it all. He was an up-and-coming boxer with a loving girlfriend, and his sights were set on the big league. Then he let the hype of the fans inflate his ego—he thought he was invincible. That all changed when an alcohol-fuelled decision altered the course of his life. He lost his girlfriend and then bit-by-bit his life crumbled around him.

Physical therapist, Regan Holloway, has coasted through life for the last five years. She’s been in the same place all that time and most of her things are still in boxes. Agreeing to a “friendly” date with a co-worker, she ends up ringside and face-to-face with the man she’d fled to forget—Dylan. 

Dylan’s turning his life around and working his way back up the ranks; he’s got a big fight lined up in thirty days that will be his ticket back into the pros—if he can win. The only thing holding him back is an old shoulder injury and Regan not being by his side. 

When Max, Dylan’s manager, convinces Regan to come with them and work on his shoulder for the fight, she knows she needs to keep things professional so that she won’t be hurt again.

In the thirty-day countdown to the big fight, secrets are revealed, their passion is reignited, and the past threatens to haunt their future. On fight day, Dylan and Regan are truly against the ropes.

I read Carly Fall’s sizzling Against the Ropes in one sitting, not only because, at 121 pages, it’s short, but because I was absolutely into the relationship between boxer Dylan and physical therapist Regan.

As you’ll no doubt know from previous reviews, I’m a sports fan so this contemporary romance interlaced with boxing bouts and training was right up my street.  The fight scenes weren’t described brutally which was a relief after the recent macabre books I’ve been reading, but they were very well done and Fall knew what she was talking about.

Yes, the sex scenes were plentiful and (blushingly) well written.  They were pretty graphic but at the same time I didn’t find myself cringing in embarrassment.  There were no “throbbing members” and whatnot–just fantastically described nookie.  God… that word’s a blast from the past!

I did have a couple of niggling little issues with Against the Ropes.  During the first few chapters there are a few flashback scenes that are blended in with the present.  It took me a second to realise what was going on and I think that it would have been helpful to have the flashbacks set apart somehow, perhaps in italics.  That’s purely formatting.

As for the content itself, I would have liked to have seen Regan be a bit more headstrong and less willing to forgive Dylan for his wrongdoing.  I can’t imagine having that sort of a breakup with someone and then, years later, just giving into them because we’re in close quarters and have a history.

Also, I would have liked to have known more about Dylan’s past… about his alcoholism and struggle coming back from that.

All in all, I really did enjoy Against the Ropes.  It kept me entertained and interested throughout and definitely packed a punch.  Er… sorry for the pun!

For more information on Carly Fall, Against the Ropes or any of her other work, hop over to her website!


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