Review: Extreme Love by Abby Niles

Extrem Love is coming out next week (April 30) and I was lucky enough (thank you NetGalley and Entangled Publishing) to receive an early copy in exchange for an honest review.
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.

Now personally I think MMA is super hot, Cait doesn't. When her roommate drags her to a fight, Cait is horrified. All that violence and blood makes her sick. She absolutely doesn't understand why in the world anyone would participate in getting beaten the crap out of them.
"This is Dante 'Inferno' Jones."
"Fitting, since I feel like I've entered the seventh layer of Hell."
Afterwards they go to an MMA after party thing and that's where Cait meets Dante. Saying she's intimidated by this fine piece of man is an understanding. So she does the only thing she knows how to and turns him down. Now Dante is used at girls throwing themselves at him, so Cait becomes a nice little challenge to him.
"She still saw the heavy woman she had always been, but deep down she knew the size twenty-two woman no longer existed."
I absolutely adore the two main characters. Cait has (had) weight issues and this reflects on certain areas in her life, mostly when it comes to men. It is also a very big part of her life as she has been bullied and today there are still people who try to undermine her confidence and everything she has accomplished.

For me it is very easy to relate to Cait, having been through similar situations. So I very well understand how she keeps fighting Dante, no matter how hard he tries. She keeps thinking girls like her don't belong to guys like him. For Dante of course none of that matters, he wants her just the way she is. During all this some readers might find it a bit tedious and maybe even want to smack Cait to make her come to her senses, but I had no problem with that. I like Cait and I admire what she's doing right now, with helping other people.
"From day one, he's know she was special. Time had only proven what his gut had known."
There's not much I can say about Dante, except the guy needs to think before he speaks if he doesn't want to get in trouble with Cait. I also love that he keeps pushing her. He's simple a sexy and adorable package all rolled in to one.

One thing that had me bugging though and that was Sentori. he's Dante's opponent in the Welterweight Championship. Besides the fact that the guy is a complete a-hole, he's almost caricatural. He's sinister, mean and he has these devious plans that are almost not real. This all makes it very hard to take him seriously and he does not have me convinced.
"Damn girl, I feel like I've been kissed breathless. Was that as hot as it looked?"
There is one more character I have to mention; Paul! He's Cait's best gay friend and even though it's all very stereotypical that guy is awesome. Paul has these amazing one liners and sarcastic moments that will literally make you LOL.

And now you can start reading Extreme Love :)

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