4 starsGuess what it s time for a book review told through a bunch of gifs YAY In this book, you will findan awesome heroine who kicks butt in and out of the ringa mysterious and sexy herowho is also a boxera love triangle involving a cute cop who just can t seem to take a hinta bunch of minor characters whose names I immediately forgota whole bunch of bad guys who DEF need to diesome sex scenes involving the heroine having meaningless sexbut were still hot nonetheless good for 4 starsGuess what it s time for a book review told through a bunch of gifs YAY In this book, you will findan awesome heroine who kicks butt in and out of the ringa mysterious and sexy herowho is also a boxera love triangle involving a cute cop who just can t seem to take a hinta bunch of minor characters whose names I immediately forgota whole bunch of bad guys who DEF need to diesome sex scenes involving the heroine having meaningless sexbut were still hot nonetheless good for her about time a heroine takes what she wants meaningful sex scenes that were steamyand a cliffhanger that left me saying Highly recommend this book who would love to read a good action packed, sports themed, romance novel Advance Readers Copy ARC provide to me by the lovely author Ashley Claudy Thank youTitle Outside The RopesSeries Book 1Author Ashley ClaudyPage Length 438Genre New AdultSource eARC Release Date January 1st, 2014 Overall Rating Character Casting Character casting Review to come Advance Readers Copy ARC provide to me by the lovely author Ashley Claudy Thank youTitle Outside The RopesSeries Book 1Author Ashley ClaudyPage Length 438Genre New AdultSource eARC Release Date January 1st, 2014 Overall Rating Character Casting Character casting Review to come Two words for ya This was not at all what I expected I expected a sexy romance of a manwhore fighter and a downtrodden orphan female fighter Although those shoes may fit, that barely scraped the surface of what all this book entails This story has layer after layer of angst, violence, f d up baggage, distrust, mistrust, hard knocks, addiction, trauma, justice, guilt, immaturity, death, selfishness, selflessness, and pure craziness It s like an angsty ghetto, boxing, mob soap opera This Two words for ya This was not at all what I expected I expected a sexy romance of a manwhore fighter and a downtrodden orphan female fighter Although those shoes may fit, that barely scraped the surface of what all this book entails This story has layer after layer of angst, violence, f d up baggage, distrust, mistrust, hard knocks, addiction, trauma, justice, guilt, immaturity, death, selfishness, selflessness, and pure craziness It s like an angsty ghetto, boxing, mob soap opera This is me at the end Rare form, people Rare form However, I can understand why this book will not appeal to some reader s personal tastes simply because of the topics it covers Triggers and Sensitive Subjects A note to sensitive readers slight spoilers on MC sexual activities This book has a LOT of violence, some very difficult to stomach and one that leads to death not an MC There is graphic violence against three different women There is drug use not an MC and drugs sold The MCs have a hate attraction hate type of relationship for the first portion of the book So, I ll warn for readers expecting no ow omThe author insinuates the male MC has sex with other women after meeting the female MC, but before they have any relationship themselves This is never written in detail and left open for the reader to make the assumption The female MC does have detailed sex and a quid pro quo relationship with another man after meeting the male MC, but, again, this is before they have a relationship themselves I started this novel with no expectations because Ashley Claudy is a new author to me and this is her debut book I figured it would be another figher novel since there seems to be a bunch of them lately but I saw it on Netgalley and I liked the blurb and the cover I thank Netgalley for giving me the novel in exchange for an honest review I admit I was pleasantly surprised Outside the Ropes was a fresh take on the fighter story and Ashley Claudy has a real talent for writing interesting chara I started this novel with no expectations because Ashley Claudy is a new author to me and this is her debut book I figured it would be another figher novel since there seems to be a bunch of them lately but I saw it on Netgalley and I liked the blurb and the cover I thank Netgalley for giving me the novel in exchange for an honest review I admit I was pleasantly surprised Outside the Ropes was a fresh take on the fighter story and Ashley Claudy has a real talent for writing interesting characters with hidden depth and dark edges She manages to keep the mystery surrounding her male lead until well into the book Both the MC s are incredibly relatible and you you can slide into their headspace and understand why they are doing feeling all the things that keep the story moving forward I really loved that Gage was not squeeky clean and that he too had a darkness that made him strive to be better I also liked that he was very close to his brother and not combative Regan was a real jumble there was a time or two I wanted to kick her a but then she would become a stronger person and I loved herthen she would do something and I wanted to smack her again I really felt that she lead Anthony on and I had some sympathy for him but later in the book he lost it I won t tell you why you will have to read the book to find out Gage s brother Dexter was a hoot and he had me laughing out loud and I have to say this character gave me the biggest what the hell moment in the novel I love when things like this happen and you just don t see it coming Now there were a few things that kinda annoyed me I thought there was a bunch time spent to build Regan up as a Boxer but in the last half of the book it was just dropped like a hot potato I would have liked to see this used a bitin the last half of the book I also thought the whole room mate drooling over the hero was not really necessary There were a few other places that the story or character could have been fleshed out a bitand it would have added another dimension to the story This is a strong 4 star read for me and as a debut novel it was a fantastic read I can t wait to dig intoAshley Claudy novels as she writes them Looking for a fighter novel with a difference I give this a sparkling recommendation I read about 35% of this book It s a rambling story There is a flashback that didn t feel right in the story The heroine is sleeping with some sleazy cop Barely know the hero Heroine just doesn t seem smart DNFing. 3.5 4 stars I started this one expecting yet another fighter book but what we get is actually a fresh new take While boxing has a strong hold during the story, it actually became an after thought for me while reading It s the road our characters travel while doing it that is thefocal point.We meet 19 year old Regan Sommers who has never had it easy in life and this is shown pretty much throughout the book You can clearly see the effects it holds on all her relationships with the peo 3.5 4 stars I started this one expecting yet another fighter book but what we get is actually a fresh new take While boxing has a strong hold during the story, it actually became an after thought for me while reading It s the road our characters travel while doing it that is thefocal point.We meet 19 year old Regan Sommers who has never had it easy in life and this is shown pretty much throughout the book You can clearly see the effects it holds on all her relationships with the people around her, be it friends or romantically She has major trust issues but you can t fault her that, I would too While walking home after a shift at the resturant she works at, Regan is randomly attacked by a group of teenage boys Because of the life she has lived, Regan has somewhat good knowledge of how to defend herself and fights back as much she can but is ultimately saved by 3 strangers who are leaving the building nearby Which introduces us to our hero, Gage Lawson.There are many things to like with this book, there is a bunch of great characters and some bad seeds that you just know are out to fuck everything up now that Regan is finally having good things happen There was a few twists and turns I never saw coming and so many questions and stories left to come to light in the upcoming sequel UGH, CLIFFHANGERS An enjoyable debut novel, pacing is was good to start but I did notice it slowed down a little in the middle, it wasn t a burning up the pages romance just yet but there is a sequel so I am sure it s on the way with the way things progressed and were left hanging In the ring, Regan has control Outside the ropes, she fights to surviveRegan Sommers spent her life fighting Fighting foster parents, kids in the group home, and classmates But the night she has to fight for her life changes everything Now, she s fighting for money in the ring, and from the first punch she s addicted Every addiction has a price though, and this one is the gym s star boxer, Gage Lawson He may come in an enticing tattooed package, but his demands are than she can handle The responding officer from that night, Anthony Fields, comes with no demands He wants whatever she s willing to give, and Regan can handle that She can definitely handle him But no help comes string free, and Regan s not the only one with a hard past and scars to cover The life she was trying to escape is nothing compared to the danger she s in the middle of now, and she can t fight her way out Reader please be aware Story contains mature content such as Drugs, sex, abuse, and explicit language that may be upsetting for some 4.5 awesome debut novel hearts I m going to say it again, I love discovering new authors When Ashley emailed the blog about reading reviewing her debut novel, one look at the synopsis told me that this one was going to be good In all honesty, I never put my iPad back down once I started reading it These characters oh goodness So here are my pics for character casting I seriously could not stop picturing Jennifer Garner during her Elektra phase when I was reading Regan She is just a bad a 4.5 awesome debut novel hearts I m going to say it again, I love discovering new authors When Ashley emailed the blog about reading reviewing her debut novel, one look at the synopsis told me that this one was going to be good In all honesty, I never put my iPad back down once I started reading it These characters oh goodness So here are my pics for character casting I seriously could not stop picturing Jennifer Garner during her Elektra phase when I was reading Regan She is just a bad ass character with a crappy past but determined to make the best out of what life has dealt her.Regan has spent most of her life in foster homes No longer in the system, Regan questions every day where she will sleep, her only source of food coming from the restaurant she works at One terrible night on the way to a friends couch, she becomes part of a ridiculous game of video taping the brutal beating of an unsuspecting victim But Regan fights back It doesn t matter that she is obviously outnumbered, every cell in her body refuses to be the victim, refuses to be brutalized again without going down fighting.This is the exact moment that Regan s life changes forever Anthony, the sweet, responsible cop, Silas, the gym owner and boxing manager, Gage, the tattooed, sex on a stick boxer, and Dexter, the goofy, playful younger brother of Gage, enters her life After weeks of recovery, each one of these men will play a very important part in her future.Anthony wants to be her knight in shining armor He is consistently there, offering her a place to stay, a shoulder to lean on and eventually a man to fall in love with When Regan makes it clear that she can t handle that kind of commitment, Anthony assures her that a friends with benefits relationship would be okay with him, but will it Silas co owns The Boxing Club with Gage and offers Regan the chance of lifetime He wants to train her and enter her into local boxing matches, guaranteeing her ongoing money and the ability to use her desire to fight back for aworthwhile purpose For the first time there is true hope for Regan She can finally afford a place to live.However with the training comesandtime around Gage This is the only draw back as the sexual tension is definitely there but Gage treats Regan with disdain all while moving closer and closer Every bone in Regan s body knows that getting involved with Gage can only lead to disaster and possibly derail the one positive thing that has happened in her life.But then an unexpected twist happens and danger like she has never known enters Regan s life changing everything she thought she knew about the people in her life and the choices she was set to make.Will Regan give in to the temptation that is Gage or will she choose the safe and loving arms of Anthony Will the danger lurking around the corner change everything that Regan was hoping for I expected this book to be out a fighter and how she got there but there was so muchto it There is a significant amount of suspense Gage likes to keep things close to his chest and a whole love of steamy drama There is a cliffhanger but it wasn t a throw your iPad across the room kinda cliff You will definitely be left wantingand craving to know what comes next I truly can t wait to see what Ashley delivers next and totally fell for her writing style and story telling Easily added to my must watch authors OH and the best part, she is really funny I love when a book unexpectedly gives me a ridiculous amount of humor especially tied to a main character like Dex.Favorite scene ever Backstory Regan lives out of her backpack Everything she owns can be found in there so she never leaves it Can Rea stay with one you tonight so that Trich can come home with me My bag and things are at your house, I interjected Calm down Dora You can go without your backpack for one night I dropped my head, to hide my amusement while giving him the middle finger.Humor was clear in his voice as he continued, I ve got maps We can get it in the morning It s all good, Boots has this under control This and all reviews can be found on the blog at A Love Affair With Books I always love it when I find a book that I just can t put down Work and everything else gets put on hold until I finish the book This was definitely one of those books From beginning to end, I was utterly sucked in, constantly wondering what is going to happen next This was the first book I ve read by Ashley Cluady, but it will absolutely not be the last I think my favorite thing about this book was that, that Regan was anything but a damsel in distress She was strong and did anything she I always love it when I find a book that I just can t put down Work and everything else gets put on hold until I finish the book This was definitely one of those books From beginning to end, I was utterly sucked in, constantly wondering what is going to happen next This was the first book I ve read by Ashley Cluady, but it will absolutely not be the last I think my favorite thing about this book was that, that Regan was anything but a damsel in distress She was strong and did anything she had to, to survive Though you might always agree with what she does, you were always rooting for her to persevere Regan never had a stable home or a steady income, but one night after being severely beaten, totally changes her life Regan gets invited to join a gym and is offered to fight She agrees, needing the money right away because where she s staying now isn t really safe She ll do anything to get enough money to get away from her past and everything surrounding it When Regan meets Gage, you can almost feel the passion between the two You know that once these two get together, they re going to be hot and never be the same But with Regan being Regan, she fights what she feels for Gage She doesn t want to be controlled by a man and she knows that he will try to take control Once Regan finally gives in to Gage, it s like you expected The pages explode with heat, but it doesn t last long Regan and Gage s past collide and may just tear these two apart Will they be able to be strong enough to fight their way to be together, or will the past have a stronger hold that rips them apart Like I said before I seriously loved this book I ve already pre ordered book two and anxiously counting down the days until release so I can see what happens next with Regan and Gage Though the ending is sort of a cliff hanger, DO NOT let it stop you from picking up this book I have just become a HUGE fan of Ashely Claudy, and can t wait to see what she comes up with next ARC was provided thru NetGalley in exchange for an honest review FREEUSUKCAAUIn the ring, Regan has control Outside the ropes, she fights to survive.Regan Sommers spent her life fighting Fighting foster parents, kids in the group home, and classmates But the night she has to fight for her life changes everything Now, she s fighting for money in the ring, and from the first punch she s addicted Every addiction has a price though, and this one is the gym s star boxer, Gage Lawson He may come in an enticing tattooed p FREEUSUKCAAUIn the ring, Regan has control Outside the ropes, she fights to survive.Regan Sommers spent her life fighting Fighting foster parents, kids in the group home, and classmates But the night she has to fight for her life changes everything Now, she s fighting for money in the ring, and from the first punch she s addicted Every addiction has a price though, and this one is the gym s star boxer, Gage Lawson He may come in an enticing tattooed package, but his demands arethan she can handle The responding officer from that night, Anthony Fields, comes with no demands He wants whatever she s willing to give, and Regan can handle that She can definitely handle him But no help comes string free, and Regan s not the only one with a hard past and scars to cover The life she was trying to escape is nothing compared to the danger she s in the middle of now, and she can t fight her way out.Subscribe for free Book your own slot