Amateur MMA fighter, Marcy Foster is determined to win the state championship. But dark secrets and a broken trust mean there’s one submission she just can’t master. Fortunately Club Excelsior has hired a coach who knows all the right moves.
Sexy, confident and commanding, fight consultant Jax demands control, both in and out of the ring. But once he has Marcy against the ropes, Jax knows he’s in too deep. He has the dominance to give her what she needs, but once he unleashes her hidden passions, there’s no going back.
Under Jax’s skilled hands, Marcy submits to her deepest desires. But when her personal and professional worlds collide, she is forced to face a brutal truth — yielding to her darkest needs may be the one thing that costs her the fight…and her heart.
I’ll admit that I’m a bit sexist when it comes to MMA fighter romances and prefer to read books featuring male fighters vs. female fighters. But as Ms. Castille’s writing has yet to disappoint me, I was more than willing to give this a go. As with every book by Ms. Castille that I have read, I found myself quickly sucked into Marcy and Jax’s story in Yield to Me.
When the two first meet, Marcy is practicing for an upcoming fight and Jax confronts her with a harsh truth – one she has refused to admit to herself – and then uses a demonstration to prove his claim. Needless to say, this did not endear him to her at all…regardless of how her body responded to him. As a psychologist and a former fighter, Jax had a perspective that put him a unique position to be able to help Marcy. But when he realized that her fighting issue correlated to a sexual issue that called to his dominant nature, his ability to keep professional and personal separate failed him. While Jax is just as attracted to Marcy, I’m not sure what was responsible for most of the sparks in the book – Marcy’s temper or their attraction. Both provided a LOT of entertainment in Yield to Me because not only was the sex seriously hot, Marcy had NOOOOO problem putting the men in her life in their place. She might be a woman in a male-dominated world, but she is no pushover. I might not have agreed with all of her decisions, but I cheered for her when she refused to cave to Reid’s ultimatums and when she called Jax out on his issues. Even more so when she took the information thrown at her by the various coaches and proved to them all that she knew herself better than they did.
Within the confines of fiction, I enjoyed watching the relationship that develops between Jax and Marcy as both were damaged souls who were able to heal the other. That said, professionally speaking I had an issue with Jax getting involved with Marcy; as a psychologist, it is unethical for Jax to become romantically involved with a client and Reid being the person paying does not negate that fact that Jax was treating Marcy, thus making her the client. Did this reduce my rating? Not at all; it’s a personal sticking point that didn’t prevent me from enjoying the book, but was something I couldn’t not mention. I really enjoyed the interactions between Marcy and those people who were important in her life – Reid, Val, and Two Step – and I hope to encounter them all again in future books in the Club Excelsior series.