Friday, May 10, 2013

Blog Tour: Extreme Love by Abby Niles - Interview, Review

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Extreme Love by Abby Niles, from Entangled Publishing.  My stop today features an Interview with Abby and my review.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

Extreme Love
by Abby Niles
Publication Date:  April 30, 2013
Publisher:  Entangled Publishing
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.

 Author Abby Niles

Hi Abby, thanks so much for stopping by today. It is really great to have you.

Thank you so much for having me today!

Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

Well, I’m thirty-five. Mommy to boy/girl twins, who just turned nine. I juggle working at a gym’s childwatch, writing, and being a single mom. Thankfully, I have a great support network. I live with two housemates and their kids in a huge freaking house, while we all try to get back on our feet. We jump in to help each other whenever it is needed. I’m very lucky to have them. 

Where did you get your idea for Extreme Love? Are there any plans to make this into a series?

Back in 2008, I lost 80 pounds after being overweight my entire life. Unfortunately, I found that losing the weight didn’t “fix” everything. Even with the extra weight gone, my mind refused to shed the 80 pounds. Here I was a size 12, the smallest I’d ever been in my life and I saw this woman in the mirror, but I didn’t recognize her. Had no idea who she was. Had no idea how to cope with this new reflection or the new experiences it brought into my life. I spent most of my life knowing exactly who I was, but the weight loss made me realize I didn’t really know myself at all. It was very overwhelming and daunting. Caitlyn became my therapy, and it worked. I was able to finally let go of the old Abby and embrace the new one.

There are two more books planned for the Love to the Extreme series. Up next are Tommy and Julie, who you meet in Extreme Love. Fighting Love, which is slotted for release in December 2013, is a best-friend to lovers’ story with a fight for redemption added in. Julie has been in love with Tommy since they were little, but she knows he only sees her as the sister he doesn’t have, so she does everything in her power to get over him and start seeing him as only a brother. Tommy’s life has started to crumble around him after making a few bad decisions, and he fights to set everything to right, both in his personal life and in the cage. In the process, he starts experiencing some disconcerting feelings for his best friend.

The third book is Mac. He doesn’t physically show up in Extreme Love, but he is mentioned. He plays a more active role in Tommy’s story. No title for this one or expected release date. In fact, I haven’t even started writing it yet. It’s next on my list after I finish the third Awakenings book. I know the idea of the journey Mac and I are about to start, but I don’t know enough to share details yet. Yep, not a plotter. LOL.

Can you tell us a little bit about Caitlyn and Dante?

Well, Caitlyn is dealing with the last of her self-image demons after an 80 pound weight loss. She’s struggling to let them go once and for all. While she does that, she’s determined to help others who are dealing with the same issues. She doesn’t want anyone else to feel as alone as she has. She’s forming a weight loss group titled Altering Assumptions, which is based around how she felt before, during and after the weight loss, in hopes others won’t be as conflicted as she is. In the meantime, the perfect, muscular, extreme fighter, Dante “Inferno” Jones, enters her life and flares those insecurities out of control. She’s barely used to the average man, but a man like Dante, who makes her body come to life in a way it never had? Yeah, total overwhelming freakfest.

Dante is in Atlanta to train for an upcoming title match. His first night in town, he meets the voluptuous Caitlyn and hits on her, and she immediately shuts him down. He’s not used to women not falling all over him, and likes the idea of pursuing a woman since it’s been so long since he’s had to. A battle of wills ensues. In the meantime, his jerk of an opponent pops up and goes to any length to get inside of Dante’s head—including using an unaware Caitlyn. And it starts to work. Dante’s training starts to suffer. With the title match only a few weeks away, Dante risks being yet another fighter who failed to beat the undefeated Sentori.
What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Being so open and honest with my struggles. There is a little bit of me in every book I write, but Extreme Love is where I shared myself the most.

Can you tell us three things about yourself that people would be surprised to know?

1)      I had huge twins. The girl weighed 7 pounds 8 ounces and the boy weighed an even 7 pounds.
2)      I’ve had two back surgeries in the last five years.
3)      I didn’t start writing until I was in my late twenties.

Who is your favorite book couple?

Hmm. That’s a toughie. I have so many from so many different genres. I guess I’ll go with the couple I’m currently anticipating the next book release for. And that’s Katy and Daemon from Jennifer Armentrout Lux Series. I love this series!  

What are your current projects?

I’m finishing up the third book of The Awakening series. And then it’s on to Mac’s story for the third Love to the Extreme book.

If you had to sum up Extreme Love in a tweet, what would it say?

Aw, man. I suck at Twitter. I’ll go with the tagline for the book.

Winning the championship will be easier than winning her heart…

This or That:

E-books or print copies?


Facebook or Twitter?

Facebook!!! Twitter makes me twitch, lol. It’s just too fast.

Coffee, tea, or Coke?

Coffee with half-and-half

Dark chocolate or milk chocolate?

Milk chocolate

Theater or DVD?

Theater. Love the atmosphere!

Beach or Mountains?

Beach. The sound of crashing waves is so soothing.

Thank you so much for stopping by today Abby.  It was great talking to you.

Thank so much for the awesome interview!

Fan made trailer

Read chapter one of Extreme Love here.

My Thoughts:  Extreme Love was a really great contemporary romance.  When Caitlyn Moore's best friend talks her into going to a MMA cage fight, using the excuse that her boyfriend works there, the last thing that Caitlyn expected was that Amy's boyfriend would actually be one of the fighters, and fighting is definitely not something she enjoys.  When Amy talks her into going to the after-party, Caitlyn is even more flustered when she meets Dante "Inferno" Jones, who with his hot, hard, sexy self acts interested in her.  To say she is flabbergasted is to put it mildly.  She can't understand why he would be interested in her of all people when there are a ton of barbies there practically drooling all over him.  Caitlyn has had a weight issue her whole life and over the past year has lost 80 pounds.  She is now a size 12, and really beautiful, but she still has a hard time seeing this, especially when surrounding by so many skinny minis.  She tries her best to avoid Dante, but that makes him want her all the more.  He thinks she is beautiful and is determined to make her his.  He just has to convince Caitlyn that he is sincere, and he is definitely sincere.  Caitlyn is crazy about Dante to, but has a really hard time giving into her feelings.  As their romance progresses, obstacle after obstacle gets shoved in their way, including Dante's opponent in his upcoming championship match.  When Dante's dream of winning the match is on the line, Caitlyn has some tough choices to make, choices that could destroy any hope of a relationship with Dante.

Caitlyn is really a great girl, and I understood her thinking pattern and her insecurities about things, much of which centered around her weight issue.  Thank goodness, she had great friends, Amy and Paul, to push her and help to convince her what a great person she really was, even if I did feel she protested a little too much.  Paul was an absolute hoot.  I totally loved him.  That brings me to Dante Jones.  Dante is almost too good to be true....swoon.  He has a hot temper, and tends to be jealous and possessive, especially when it come to Cait, but he was so good to her and patient with her, even if she did drive him a little crazy.  He could not stand anyone putting her down and did everything he could to convince her how beautiful she was to him.  Cait also wasn't afraid to tell him what she thought, and he liked that about her to.  The chemistry between Cait and Dante was really hot.  I found the fighting aspect of the book to be really interesting because I didn't know that much about it.  It was obvious that Abby Niles had done her research in that area.  When I found out that the story stemmed from Niles' own personal experience, that intrigued me that much more.  The ending and the epilogue were wonderful also.  Overall, I really enjoyed Extreme Love.  If you are a contemporary romance lover, then Extreme Love is a great book and I would definitely recommend checking it out.

Here are a couple of my favorite quotes, which are centered around situations with Cait's best friend Paul, whose character I just loved:

"Did she tell you about the kiss?"  Paul's voice sounded from behind her.  Cait closed her eyes and groaned. Here we go.  "Kiss?"  Amy's eyes grew owlish.  "With whom?"........"I didn't tell you because..." She flicked her hand toward Paul.  "He knew.  He's enough to deal with, but both of you can be overwhelming.  I should've know Big Mouth here would never stay quiet."  Paul grinned then grabbed Amy by the arm.  "Girl let me tell you about this kiss.  It was hawt.  He had Cait pressed against the wall, I mean, total dirty movie pressed."  He pulled out a seat and sat at the table.  "She was so into it too."

Dante strode to the door.  Paul plastered himself against the wall, arms up in surrender as Dante passed.  A trembling hand pressed to her lips, Cait stood frozen.  She stared wide-eyed at her friend, whose mouth hung open.  He snapped it shut.  "Damn girl, I feel like I've been kissed breathless.  Was that as hot as it looked?"  

"He knows," Amy said...."What? That I'm as straight as a fruit loop?  Well, that makes more sense.  I was slightly offended at how easily I was brushed aside.  Not saying he couldn't knock me out with a simple bitch slap, but still?

About:  Ever since Abby Niles picked up her first Sweet Valley High book in sixth grade and fell in love with 

Elizabeth and Todd, she’s been hooked on romance. By the time she reached high school, she was devouring meatier romances with pirates, cowboys and knights. She never imagined that those years of reading would one day lead to her becoming a published author.

In her late twenties, after having twins and becoming a stay-at-home mom, she started doodling stories to keep her sanity. Next thing she knew, she was actually submitting to publishing houses. And was immediately rejected. That didn’t stop her though. She found herself some kickass critique partners, honed her craft, and continued submitting.

And eventually sold a short story, then a novella, then a novel, and now a series.

Today, she juggles work, home life, and writing. It’s not always easy, but hey, who said life was easy?
In her downtime, which isn’t often, you can find her playing ‘Just Dance’ with her kids or trying to catch up on her never-ending to-be-read list. She also loves Zumba, and refuses to admit she looks more like Animal doing his Muppet flail than a sensual Latin dancer.

You can find Abby on Facebook and Twitter.  Visit her website here.  


  1. Thanks for having me, Ellen! Loved the quotes you shared! I, especially, love the bitch slap one, I always chuckle when I read that one.

  2. Looking forward to reading this one!


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