Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Blog Tour: Against the Ropes by Cindy McDonald (Review)

Romantic Suspense


Acorn Book Services

Release Date:
June 2013

Farm manager, Punch McMinn is a good guy. He takes in strays and is always ready to help anyone in need. So, when he sees a stranger - Eugene Strom - ready to take his own life by throwing himself off a bridge, it’s a no-brainer for Punch to save him. However, he doesn’t just stop there. He takes Eugene home with him and gets him a job at the Westwood Thoroughbred Farm. Punch is like a son to the West’s patriarch, Eric, so it doesn’t take too much convincing.

Eugene is anything but successful in his new job and proves to be a major klutz. Things take a major turn for the worst when mobsters show up at the ranch pointing their guns in Eugene’s direction and threatening everyone in the West family, including Punch. The Wests are convinced that Eugene is hiding a secret, but Punch is always willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. That trust leads Punch, and everyone he cares about, down a very dangerous path.

This is the fourth book in Cindy McDonald’s “The Unbridled Series” and it’s a rollercoaster ride from beginning to end. It’s chock-filled with adventure, mystery, betrayal, and romance – everything that makes a story exciting. I couldn’t put it down. I finished it in two days – something I never do.

I read the third book and still have to catch up with the first two, but I had no problems reading this one without the first two. I suggest you read them all in order so you have an even better feel for the characters and their development. Against the Ropes leaves us with a cliffhanger and I can’t wait to find out what happens next!

FTC Disclosure: The author provided me with a copy of this book to review for this blog tour. This did not influence my thoughts and opinions in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.

About the Author

For twenty-six years Cindy Mcdonald’s life whirled around a song and a dance: She was a professional dancer/choreographer for most of her adult life and never gave much thought to a writing career until 2005.Suddenly, she felt drawn to her computer to write about things she have experienced (greatly exaggerated upon of course) with her husband’s Thoroughbreds and the happenings at the racetrack.

Why didn’t Cindy write about my experiences with dance? You might ask. “Eh, believe it or not life at the racetrack is more…racy.” Cindy says. “The drama is outrageous—not that dancers don’t know how to create drama, believe me, they do but race trackers just seem to get more down and dirty with it which makes great story telling—great fiction.”

Cindy didn’t start out writing books, The Unbridled Series started out as a TV drama, and the Hollywood readers loved the show. When the series didn’t sell, Cindy recalls, “One of the readers said to me, ‘Cindy, don’t be stupid. Turn your scripts into a book series.’” And so she did!

In May of 2011, Cindy took the big leap and exchanged her dancin’ shoes for a lap top—she retired from dance. “It was a scary proposition,” Cindy confesses. “I was terrified, but I had the full support of my husband, Saint Bill. It has been a huge change for me. I went from dancing hard five hours a night to sitting in front of a computer. I still work-out and I take my dog, Harvey, for a daily run. I have to or I’d be as big as a house.”

Does Cindy McDonald miss dancing? “Sometimes I do,” she says. “I miss my students. I miss choreographing musicals, but I love my books and I love sharing them with readers.”

To read excerpts from future books, view book trailers, and keep up with everything that is Unbridled, please visit Cindy’s website at:

Available through: CreateSpace, Ingram, Baker & Taylor,,, and Everywhere Fine Books are Sold

ISBN-10: 0989180417 • ISBN-13: 978-0-9891804-1-2
Pub. Date: June 1, 2013 • Trade Paperback: $13.99 • Kindle: $2.99


  1. Thanks so much for this wonderful review. I am so glad that you enjoyed Against the Ropes and hope you will read the next book, Shady Deals, coming very soon!

  2. Wow! Yvonne, this book sounds very exciting. Terrific review!


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