Strong Hold (Redemption, #5) by Sarah Castille

Strong Hold (Redemption, #5)

"Shayla?" For the longest moment Zack's brain couldn't process the sight in front of him. Seven years, ten months and twenty-seven days. That was how long it had been since he'd seen her. That was how long it had been since he'd lived a life without regret. Fight promoter Zack Grayson is on the prowl for a rising star. As the top recruiter of a prestigious MMA promotion company, he wants to take someone where he was never able to go: the top of t...

Details Strong Hold (Redemption, #5)

TitleStrong Hold (Redemption, #5)
Release DateJul 3rd, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Casablanca
GenreSports and Games, Sports, Romance, Contemporary Romance, Martial Arts, Mixed Martial Arts

Reviews Strong Hold (Redemption, #5)

  • Chris Carroll
    Great story and so hot!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~I have read two other books by this author so far, including book 4 in this Redemption series. I have rated both of her other books 5 stars as well. This is unique for me as I do not give 5 stars easily, and yet, it tells me something. This writer has the amazing ability to touch something deep inside.I am not usually a fan of MMA stories, for the most part. Reading about the pain and injuries as a...
  • Jessica Alcazar
    Sarah Castille writes sexually driven stories. There’s no doubt about it. Some more sexual than others, but they are all driven by the sexual chemistry/electricity between the leads. She also packs a punch to the heart …. Every.Single.Time. #TRUSTZach and Shayla have a second chance to get it right. One of my all time favorite tropes :) I love it because the author doesn’t always have to take up space on the page with the get to know each...
  • Tanja Kezmic
    This second chance was everything I wanted. I love when broken love is repaired and everything is right in the world. I loved the whole »let's keep it professional« vibe they agreed upon but failed miserably at it. I loved the persistence in Zack. It was felt through every page how much he wanted Shayla back. And i loved his way of looking out for her: "I'm goind to kiss every part of your body, so when you get hit tomorrow, you'll remeber i w...
  • Carvanz
    Seven years ago Zack left Shayla so she could follow her dreams. His plan was to return to her once he had made a name for himself and secured his and her future. However, things didn’t work out that way. Shayla was heartbroken when he left her and she moved to begin her career. A year later she was married and still trying to get over Zack and the way he had destroyed her.After her marriage leaves her even more damaged, she sets out to build a...
  • Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews
    3.5 starsSecond chance romances can go either way with me I either love them or I have issues with them and Strong Hold by Sarah Castille is in the latter category. Over all I did like the story, but it wasn’t without some problems making it a challenge for me to finish. Almost 8 years after a special night between them, reunited lovers face challenges as he tries to find a way back into her heart while she keeps him at arm’s length.Shayla Ta...
  • ♥ WishfulMiss ♥
    I loved the Revenge & Ruin series and thought I tried something new by this author. Going in I actually thought this would be a lighter version of R&R but I was blown away by the gritty apologetically violent world that is club Redemption.Shayla is a former ballerina turned MMA fighter. Having been burned by love in the past, she's learned that the only one she can rely on to stay safe is herself. After getting out of an abusive marriage that rip...
  • Gretchen (About That Story)
    I have really enjoyed this series so it pains me to say at 66% I have no desire to finish. The story line was decent but I didn't feel it was executed well, I never felt invested. It felt extremely rushed in the beginning laying everything out and it felt like there was more telling than showing happening. I felt it continued to be overly fast paced from there. I really wanted to like Shayla and Zack, sometimes I did and sometimes I didn't, hones...
  • Kodie Mackay
    Holy hotness. I can't even with the kind of heat coming from this book. Shayla "Shilla the Killa" Tanner has had a rough life. Being left in a dirty motel room at the dead of night like a used up rag was not something she could forgive. In fact as the years went by her resentment only fed the anger and hurt. Life became easier for a short while again until it didn't. Broken inside and out she found Redemption and that's when a graceful ballerina ...
  • Rosa Sharon (iScream Books Blog)
        "We all have a past. It's what you do with it that determines your future." I took a chance on this author and this series in 2014. She won me over and I've never turned back. What a journey I've taken with the Redemption team. They are a crazy bunch that keeps me laughing, but they are also strong and supportive. You can't go wrong if these guys and girls have your back, but that doesn't mean it won't hurt. They take 'tough love' to a...
  • Lover of Romance
    This review was originally posted on Addicted To RomanceI received this book for free from Sourcebooks Casablanca in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Strong Hold is the fifth in the Redemption series, and I had a fun time with this story. I have really enjoyed this series, although I will warn you that the sex scenes are pretty HOT and spicy. They do have some BDSM elements, bu...
  • Jennifer
    ARC received for reviewIt's Shayla/Shilla the Killa's turn for love and it's a blast from her past. Since Zack left her she been down a rough patch, but come through better and stronger. There was a lot of back and forth with the two of them just annoyed me. Lots of "help" from the rest of the Redemption gang. I can't wait to see who's story is up next.
  • Daisy Rose
    Thank you Net Galley and Sourcebooks Casablanca for this ARC .https://carobnicaiklubmagicnihknjiga....
  • t'irla ~The Bookslayer~ t'irla's Talk Book Blog
    Thanks to Netgalley for giving me this book in exchange for an honest review. I love this series and have since book 1 and this one did not disappoint. Strong characters who are likable and relate able. A storyline that makes you want to keep reading when you know you have to get some sleep. I love that the characters from past novels are reoccurring throughout the book. I love big strong tough heros and now I love big strong tough heroines. I lo...
  • Tina
    6 stars, a million stars, a galaxy of starsThat's how I feel about this book. I was addicted to this series from book 1,but this book was perfectly titled because it had a seriously Strong Hold on me. I'm talking super glued to my kindle type strong hold. I think this may be my favorite book this year! I literally couldn't put it down. Sarah NEVER disappoints. When I see she has a new book coming, I stalk her like a madwoman. I don't want to miss...
  • LeeAnne
    As is the trend with this series Strong Hold is hot hot hot! I really liked it, it’s fast paced and I love that it’s about a female MMA fighter which was a unique perspective and made the book all that more interesting to me.Shayla found the love of her life when she was just a child and that love continued to grow until their late teens when Zack makes the decision to leave Shayla to get his career started as an MMA fighter. Shayla goes her ...
  • Jeannine
    I’ve only read the first book in this series when it first came out. I have the second in my tbr pile. This one is #5 and it was pretty good. I enjoyed all the details with the fighting. It definitely makes me want to read the other 3. I didn’t have a hard time following along with the other fighters. Zack and Shayla were pretty hot together. They were making up for lost time in the bedroom, multiple times, and twice on Sunday. Heh, just kidd...
  • Rebecca
    The MMA world that Sarah Castille creates in her Redemption series is gritty, dangerous, and violent, which is a fitting setting for the characters who reside in it because not only are they fighters in every aspect of their lives, but their pasts and perhaps even their presents dictate their successes and their strugglesThe background and insights into this fighter environment illustrates Castille’s desire to paint a realistic backdrop for the...
  • Catty Jane
    ****5 STARS********ARC Received for Honest Review****Thank you Sarah…this is the book I have been waiting for, the book that told Shayla’s story. I thought the other Redemption Series books were great, this one topped those for me. I loved to see Shayla in a more vulnerable and exposed space, where we can see her at her rawest. We get her back story and what makes her the person we have seen in some of your other books. Then you see Zack and ...
  • Renee Entress from Renee Entress's Blog
    4 starI was pulled right into this story. The story has abuse, second chances, and heartbreak.If you have not read the below I would recommend reading those books(s) firstAgainst the Ropes (Redemption, #1)In Your Corner (Redemption, #2)Full Contact (Redemption, #3)Fighting Attraction (Redemption, #4)This is Shayla and Zach’s story. When Zach left her seven years ago Shayla built steel walls around her heart. Then she reinforced those walls when...
  • Crystal's Book World ~ Crystal Cordova
    I have been a huge fan since Sarah Castille started writing her Redemption series. I was super excited when I heard she was bringing us a new book out of this series! WOW!!!! I could not take my eyes off each word. Zack had me from the get go and Shayla was my hero. When I saw the heartbreak and then the endurance to put their lives back together, I was lost in their world. I love a good fight series, but Sarah adds more heart than what I have re...
  • Sissy's Romance Book Review
    Strong Hold by Sarah Castille is book Five in the Redemption series. This is the story of Zack Grayson and Shayla Tanner. I have read the previous book but feel this can be a standalone book. Zack and Shayla once had a relationship but Zack walked away from it. While trying to move on Shayla ended up in a very bad relationship which brought her to the next part of her life. Becoming a fighter in her personal life and moving on to be a Top amateur...
  • Nadine Bookaholic
    The attraction is obvious, the pain is visible, what you don't see right away is why they broke up the first time they were together. Can Shayla and Zack both get past the pain the break-up caused each of them?This story is HOT!!!! You can see my full review here: https://nadineisobsessedwithbooks.blo...
  • Shelley
    Firstly, a big thank you to Netgalley and Sarah Castillo for my advanced copy for which I leave my honest review:) Sarah Castille is one of my go to authors as her books pack a powerful punch (yes, yes, MMA pun intended)! Shayla is the one character I have had a love hate relationship with since this series started and she found herself amongst our Redemption family, but purely for the reason that no one knew much about her and even though she fo...
  • Sandy S
    4.25 starsABOUT HE BOOK: Release Date July 3, 3018 "Shayla?"For the longest moment Zack's brain couldn't process the sight in front of him.Seven years, ten months and twenty-seven days. That was how long it had been since he'd seen her. That was how long it had been since he'd lived a life without regret. Fight promoter Zack Grayson is on the prowl for a rising star. As the top recruiter of a prestigious MMA promotion company, he wants to take so...
  • Badh
    In this corner, we have Shilla the Killa. In that corner, we have Slayer. May the best fighter win!I'm not normally much of a sports kind of person. I say that I cheer for the local teams, but I really don't pay all that much attention to when anyone is playing. I've lusted mightily after MMA fighters, but I've never watched a fight or anything. But, dayum, all those muscles just do something for a person, you know? But, when I ran across this on...
  • Ruthie Taylor
    ~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~This is the fifth book in the series, and whilst you could read it as a standalone and enjoy it, it would be much richer if you read them in order. The digs between fighters, the hierarchy and the camaraderie would make a lot more sense. Here we get Shayla's story, as she reconnects unexpectedly with her first love, Zack. He left her when she was 18 and seven years later ...
  • Miriam Wolfe
    This is a voluntary review of an advanced copy.I had not read any of the previous books but this can be read as a stand alone but prior books would add to the story as there were mention of several couples and a little bit about them. The only thing that I had a bit of trouble with is most are referred to with their fight name and it was hard to remember who they were except for Torment!Wow, I could certainly understand Shayla's reluctance to sta...
  • Heather
    Before I can get started about the plot of this book, I have to share my pet peeve with the writing. Chapters jump between characters which normally I don't mind as long as it's noted from who's POV the story is being told from. Here's where it gets weird. When it's from Shayla's POV, it's told in first person. But when the chapter is from Zach's POV, it's in third person. It's annoying to go from reading I did this, I did that to he did this, he...