What I Thought
I really loved this book. So much so, that I literally finished it, logged into Amazon, bought book #2 to read, like now AND pre-ordered #3.
Regan Sommers has had a very tough upbringing. Moving from one foster home to another. Not even managing to finish high school. She doesn’t know where she is going to be sleeping from one night to the next, heavily relying on her tips at her waitress job to get her through.
After working a late shift, Regan is walking to her friend, Nan’s place for the night, only she doesn’t make it. She is violently attacked. Severely outnumbered, Regan doesn’t go down without a fight and hits back! Gage and Dexter Lawson and Silas Tillman come upon the attack. They help Regan, but not before seeing her fighting back. The three of them are professional boxers and after seeing Regan fighting back, Silas offers her his gym to train in and a professional boxing career. For Regan, this is a chance of a lifetime. She is a good fighter and she can make enough money to start to change her life, have a place of her own.
After the attack, Regan found herself in a relationship, of sorts, with one of the policemen, Anthony, that attended the scene when she was found. It was mutually beneficial for them both. He got to have Regan, she had a place to stay. She soon ends this relationship when lines start to blur and Anthony admits he cares about her.
Life seems to be improving for Regan. She is in a shared house with new friends, she is beginning a new career, but then Regan realises she is attracted to Gage. Gage is very indifferent towards Regan. Almost mean in the beginning. Things slowly start to develop between them though.
Just when things are going good……bam……everything changes. Regan’s present and Gage’s past collide. In the end decisions need to be made. People will be hurt. Things get a hell of a lot more confusing than they already were.
Outside The Ropes is quite a raw and powerful story. I had thought I was about to read about another hot fighter, but no, this book held so much more. Ashley Claudy has written such a detailed, deep story. It’s intense and Gage’s character is such a mystery. He’s edgy and it makes you want to read on to find out more about him.
I liked all the secondary characters, they added to the mystery but Dexter, Gage’s brother, had me laughing out loud. I also like that despite her terrible upbringing, Regan was fiercely independant. She didn’t like to accept people’s help and couldn’t stand their pity.
The book isn’t rushed. The romance with Gage and Regan is slow building, whic makes me so intrigued for book #2. I was completely sucked in by this book, even with so much happening. It’s written from Regan’s point of view, but i’m not gonna lie, I would love to know what’s going through Gage’s head. I really felt the intensity in this story. I felt like I was on the edge of my seat, unable to even try to guess what could happen next. The twists are brilliant and completely unexpected.
Ashley Claudy’s debut novel was a huge hit for me and she is a new author I will definitely be following 🙂