Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Pushing Limits (Fighting Love, #1)” as Want to Read:
Pushing Limits (Fighting Love, #1)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Pushing Limits (Fighting Love #1)

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  85 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
AMBER TURNER has trust issues. Major trust issues. Shipped off to boarding school at the tender age of six by her power hungry mother and distant father, she tried hard to gain her parents’ approval and have the love she craved. After graduating high school, she comes home from school hoping she will finally have the family life she wants. Turns out, dear old mom merely ...more
Kindle Edition
Published February 6th 2014
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Pushing Limits, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Pushing Limits

Maybe Someday by Colleen HooverArcher's Voice by Mia SheridanBreakable by Tammara WebberTwisted by Emma ChaseBe with Me by J. Lynn
2014 Romantic Releases (Jan-May)
259th out of 523 books — 2,664 voters
Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuireHopeless by Colleen HooverEasy by Tammara WebberThe Edge of Never by J.A. RedmerskiSlammed by Colleen Hoover
Best YA/New Adult Contemporary Romance
351st out of 1,002 books — 3,359 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
4 stars

Amber has trust issues, a pawn in her mothers’ career; she was raised by the help and only brought out when the image of a family is needed. After having learned a hard lesson, she spins out of control, which has her being sent off yet again to finish college in Texas…finally a shot of living her own life away from her mom who is a complete bitch. But to be truly free she has to be willing to let go of the past and open herself up to others…
“I do not lie.”

“No, you just tell half the
Mar 16, 2014 TeriLyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
Pushing Limits shines right off the pages. The plot edgily explores sexual preference, pushes boundaries, and equals in both angst and fun. It's well written with smart dialogue. The characters of Pushing Limits help the book thrive. Amber journeys through a new normal after she's cast aside by a politically driven, loveless mother. She's suffered a tragic loss involving her first love who is a woman. This was my first bisexual female lead and I enjoyed it. She's rebuilding herself, discovering ...more
Nikki *Alpha Crazed* Smith
Jul 13, 2014 Nikki *Alpha Crazed* Smith rated it it was amazing
You had me at 'Darlin'. Squeeeee..

Story: 4/5 - Would have got a 5/5 if it wasn't a cliffhanger. Now I have another countdown to add to my pile..
Sex: 5/5 - HOT HOT HOT!
Heroine: 5/5 - I loved the fact she wasn't your typical Blonde haired, Blue eyed Shy girl which most stories have.
Hero: 4/5 - He was hot. All he was missing was a tattoo or two. What can I say? I'm a sucker for tatts.
Overall 4.5/5 Scorcher Stars

i really enjoyed this book. I love the tables turning and it being the 'Bad' Girl a
Jun 19, 2014 Jennifer rated it liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.*

3.5 stars

I think this is going to be a pretty good series. So far, the first book has everything you need for a great story: good pacing, decent character development, and a realistic tone. It drew me in and held my attention all the way through. Some parts were a little more out there, but overall I liked it. Fair warning though, it does end on a cliffhanger and really shouldn't be read as a stand-alone.

Amber is different than wh
Apr 24, 2014 multitaskingmomma rated it really liked it
Shelves: erotica, hea, romance, mf
Original Blog Post:

Ramona's Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Amber is your typical rich kid: opinionated, brash, snarky. She's also hiding an insecure streak a mile wide with her smart mouth and don't-care attitude. It's sadly typical for kids who essentially raise themselves because of apathetic parents they can't rely on coupled with the "privilege" of money to burn.

Tommy, while seemingly an open book, forces Amber to purge her soul but seems to still be hiding se
Jul 06, 2014 Patricia rated it liked it
Disclaimer: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Amber has long ago given up on trying to please her mother, who only cares about image and how she can use her daughter to make herself look better. As a punishment for not behaving like her mother would like her to, Amber is sent to a private school in Austin, Texas. When she arrives there she realizes that Austin doesn't look that bad and she meets the charming country boy Tommy Bolt. Tommy manages to get close to Amber quickly not
Raph En Goguette
Jun 24, 2014 Raph En Goguette rated it did not like it
II received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
And I am very sorry to give only 1 star.
To be honest I didn’t buy it.
The abstract looked very interesting and the comments were good too, so I was really excited about it. Because on paper, that kind of story is totally my cup of tea. I like ‘hot and steamy’ and the storyline looked good. Amber could have been a deep and lovable wounded girl, but finally I felt very few profound feelings. I would have love to read more about the
Jul 06, 2014 Barb rated it liked it
Thank you Kali Cross for giving me a copy of this book for a fair and honest review!

********************3.5 STARS**********************

I must say I enjoyed the story line of this book. With that said, I normally take a half star off for a book that if is a cliffhanger, but I took a whole star off because this was a very abrupt cliffhanger.

I liked the main characters in the story, but I thought that there were too many other characters blended in that were inconsequential. In the beginning so muc
I started the book a little wary as I was worried that the MC was going to be a poor-me-spoiled-little-rich-girl and to some extent we did see that that attitude. However for the most part what we got was a smart, gutsy and sassy character.

The book is fast paced and fun; full of compelling characters, interesting storylines and HOT sex.
It was really good to read a NA (albeit an Erotic NA) book that was about an MC who wasn't sexually naive and characters with all types of sexual orientations.

Feb 17, 2014 Christine rated it really liked it
Awesome book! The story pulled me in hook, line and sinker! I loved the characters and the storyline held me captive and made it hard to put my iPad down. In the end, it left me yearning for book 2.! OMG, when is book 2 coming out?
Jul 09, 2014 Ally rated it it was ok
Pushing limits –Kali Cross Review
I recently took a break from the New Adult genre due to the same old problems of lack of storyline and poorly executed stories. This book, for me was just another addition to the junk pile and further adds to my greatest dislike of this genre: the use of sex to hide the mess that is the nonexistent story by addling the ‘’new adult’’ mind.

Exhibit A – The Fifty Shades of Grey reminiscent '’inner goddess’’
‘’My ravenous beast rears its ugly head’’ {prior to coitus
Red Cheeks Reads
Mar 25, 2014 Red Cheeks Reads rated it really liked it
Amber has been kicked out of her house by her bitch of a mum who is more concerned with her career than being a mother. She moves Amber to Texas to go live with Aunt Patty and attend a well to do university.

Amber is feisty, spunky, confident and full of spirit. It was a interesting change to read about a young women who liked boys and girls as it’s the ‘person she likes’. It was a new experience for me to read a NA where the female lead had different sexual preferences typical of most NA books a
Jun 19, 2014 Trina rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I was hooked by this story from the very beginning. Amber is 19 years old and is working on coming to terms with losing her girlfriend Angela. Later in the story you find out exactly what happened as Amber opens up to people in her life, which is hard for her to do due to trust issues. Amber does not have good relationship with her mother and a completely nonexistent one with her father. She has spent her life in boarding schools o
Sassy Love
Mar 26, 2014 Sassy Love rated it it was amazing
I loved it!
It captured my attention right away just from reading the first page and I was hooked. The main character Amber reminded me of me when I was her age and causing a lot of trouble. And honestly, what woman doesn’t want a man like Tommy in their lives? The real Casanova type with everything to offer. There was only one point in the book when there was no action and that’s when I thought it could get boring from here or the author lost her way. But, that wasn’t the case at all. The actio
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

Amber has not had a great childhood and suffered a tragedy in her teens. She is sassy and snarky but overall she seems fairly well rounded. She is bitter when it comes to her Mom and her financial situation. She hates being under her Mother's thumb, but it never occurs to her to find a way to change her circumstances (for example, find a job and make her own money). It only crosses her mind after Tommy suggests it.

I loved Sally! I found her t
Jul 31, 2016 Erika rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2014
Pushing Limits was a non-typical college setting with a girl who seemed to be trying to find her own way and discover who she was with a very controlling political mother. She always had to be careful of how she presented herself and her mother was always sending her away if it wasn't the perfect image.

Fast forward to Amber being sent to college in Texas and starting to really put a life together for herself. She found a great guy to date, a fabulous roommate that became her best friend and a w
J luvs books
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review*

Amber comes from a very wealthy upbringing, but has always been sent to boarding schools her entire life. Her mom has cared about politics and running for office more than her, and her dad is her mom's puppet. After getting caught making out with a guy in her room, her mom uses that excuse to ship Amber off to collage far away in TX.

Amber is not happy to be moving to TX, but when she meets her fun, friendly roommate and her hotter
Oct 27, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it
I was given this book from the author for an honest review.

4.75 stars

I really enjoyed this book. It started off a little slow, but as the story continued, it picked up and got hot and emotional.

The main character Amber guards herself. She doesn't get to close to anyone and doesn't talk much about herself, when people ask. If/When people ask about her, she tends to change the subject or uses sarcasm to brush off the question asked. She has loved once, but she has a wall put up, so no one can
Stephanie Brent
Jul 25, 2016 Stephanie Brent rated it really liked it
I got a free copy of this book for an honest review.

When I first started reading this book I almost put it down but didn’t because I liked the writing style, despite my dislike of the characters. I didn’t like Amber, her mother, none of them. I’m glad I didn’t put it down. I really enjoyed this book, even the characters in the end. It wasn’t what I expected.

Amber is bisexual and overcoming the death of her lover while dealing with her bitchy mother who sends her away to college in Texas. Her ch
Judy Miracle
Jun 23, 2014 Judy Miracle rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book!! Just amazing My new favorite book characters are now Amber and Tommy!!! :)
This book was written and i felt like i was in the story. My heart hurt for amber when Tommy said he needed time.

Amber is not loved by her mother she is just a prop to her political campaign. After losing her girlfriend and being shipped to Texas by her mother she meets Tommy. Tommy is your everyday southern gentleman who works as a musician and on his parents cattle ranch.

Loved the connect
Rachael Hyndman
Jul 20, 2016 Rachael Hyndman rated it really liked it
This was a complimentary book in exchange for an honest review.

Pushing Limits had me hooked from the first page and I couldn't put it down. The only disappointment was in the way that it ended abruptly. It is my understanding that there will be more books in this series and I hope that is the case because I simply have to know how this will end. All of the characters were well developed and the plot was plausible. Several books in this genre are simply gratuitous sex, but this book had a well-de
Jun 25, 2014 Valeria rated it liked it
*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

This book is good, honestly more than I expected.
First of all Amber: I liked her, and I especially liked her being bisexual without being too promiscuous. I think this is the first NA I've read in which the female character is bisex, and it was very interesting and believable to me.
Tommy is a real piece of candy, totally hot and swoon worthy.
The history was quite interesting, well paced and decently written.
I also liked the side characters, especia
Renee Weaver
Sep 12, 2015 Renee Weaver rated it it was amazing
This book had me from the first page. I was just coming off a hard read, I dove into this book with caution as I was still in slow read mode. The first night I stayed up nearly finishing the book in one sitting. The author is writing about young love, college kids based in a college town. I love the way she incorporates real things, real places, real landmarks into the book. This book will tug at your heartstrings slightly. She writes from a very liberal viewpoint, if you are really conservative ...more
Mar 23, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
Honest review. This book has all the elements, heat, passion, and greed. Amber is 19 and loves all, male or female. But it is due to the fact that her parents are so cold and distant to her. She has more love and support from her caregivers then her parents. From the age of 6 she has been to boarding school.
Tommy was in love with Jessica but she was screwing his brother Max behind his back for months behind his back and it almost killed him.
Amber and Tommy meet and the sparks are flying. Sally
Kendra Sky
Mar 29, 2014 Kendra Sky rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put this book down for nothing! I had to keep reading it every chance I got. The writing just reels you in and keeps you locked there until the end. Amber and Tommy are a perfectly good match especially when it comes to the sex, which was beyond hot, makes you want to have that in real life. Besides the hot hot sex, the story actually has a plot to which makes it even more compelling to read. Also, I'm sure a lot of woman who had a wild side in there younger years can relate to a ...more
Alwaysreadingbooks - Reading Drinking and Relaxing
I was given this book for an honest review

OMG I loved this book. Amber and Tommy had a connection right off the bat and the fact that both of them were damaged made the story all the better. You had no choice but to feel sorry for Amber but than Tommy popped in her life and things changed for the better for her. She was able to finally open up to people and not shut them out. I loved the fact that Amber was a free spirit and that she was open sexually because it's very seldom that you run across
Jasmine Nichole
Apr 14, 2014 Jasmine Nichole rated it it was amazing
Amber is a character who will grow on you from page one. She instantly grabbed my attention and made me want to learn more about her. I was in her corner, rooting for her to find someone to both love and understand her. Then enters Tommy, wow! The chemistry between Amber and Tommy will make your heart race. Each of Amber's encounters make you want to learn more about her friends who could have a book of his/her own.

The story is of the New Adult genre, written in first person present tense. The p
Mar 25, 2014 Alyssa rated it it was amazing
Awesome book! I absolutely loved it! Couldn't put it down whatsoever.

I didn't feel the book was rushed through at all like some books that are erotic and it isn't just about sex, even though the sex is what makes it HOT! There was even a scene of fighting that I didn't expect so it kept me wanting to read more to get to the bottom of it.

I loved all the characters even the bitchy ones. It’s what makes the book awesome to read. You have no idea what is going to happen next. Totally unpredictable
Chrsitina Somerville
I received this book for my honest review.

When I first started off reading the book I was not so sure how I felt about it but the more I read the more I fell in love with the book. This book is HOT and Sexy. I loved the connection between Amber and Tommy, there relationship was so hot it just drew you in. I loved Sally she brought so much humor to the story. There was lots of drama around Amber, she has such a tragic history. From reading the description of the book about Amber and then reading
Makayla Anne
Mar 28, 2014 Makayla Anne rated it it was amazing
This book is definitely something. It was very captivating. The whole time, it kept me on my toes and has me wanting to read more. As well as Amber and Tommy, the main characters, there is Sally a girl who becomes Amber’s roommate who also adds humor and sauciness to the book. Sally helps Amber come out of her shell, even more than she is already is, while Tommy pursues her emotionally as well as physically. All of the characters in the book have a major role it seems and I like that when it ...more
« previous 1 3 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Erotic Readers & ...: Reviewers needed for Erotica Romance 3 27 Mar 06, 2014 07:50PM  
  • Welcome to Serpent's Kiss (Serpent's Kiss 0.5)
  • The Submissive's Last Word (The Power to Please, #4)
  • Saving Kenna (Indulging, #3)
  • Sin: An Erotic Collection of Novellas
  • The Alphabet Game: Part Two - F to K. (The Alpha Series, #1.2)
  • Eraser Platinum (Eraser #6)
  • Purr For Me (Phanta City, #2)
  • Opposites
  • The V Unit
  • Taken (Stranded, #2)
  • Duke Betrayed (Thresl Chronicles #5)
  • Collared by the Cowboy (Alpha Male Bad Boys Western Romance #6)
  • Matchless (Black Brothers Trilogy, #2)
  • Beautiful Béla  (Phanta City, #1)
  • Explicit Memory (Explicit, #3)
  • A Gay Romance (A Gay Series #1)
  • The Haunting of Timber Manor (Memoirs of the Human Wraiths, #1)
  • Leather & Lace (Trident Security #1)
Contemporary and erotic romance author Kali Cross is a proud Texan. Over the years, she has lived all over the world, having the opportunity to travel to Japan, Australia, and all over the Asia. She recently returned to her home town of Austin, Texas and resides there with her wonderful husband, little girl, and sweet dog. As an avid erotica reader, she loves a sizzling story and enjoys creating ...more
More about Kali Cross...

Other Books in the Series

Fighting Love (2 books)
  • Pushing Boundaries (Fighting Love, #2)

Share This Book

No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »