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5 Rounds

4.58  ·  Rating details ·  86 ratings  ·  48 reviews
She's a feisty workaholic that hates his guts.
He's an arrogant MMA fighter that can't afford any distractions.
This isn't the kind of fight they're used to...
When Remy is suddenly evicted from her apartment, her best friend offers to let her crash at his house while he's traveling for work. The only problem is, she can't stand his arrogant, self-centered roommate, Tristan.

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Published July 16th 2021
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Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2021, sports-romance, arcs
*ARC received from author in exchange for my honest review. *

Debut novel, what?? Nikki Castle came in and wrote this baby like she has been doing it for years. For an author to make me fall for a troupe I usually don't read (MMA) and then have me excited for book two says a lot!!

5 Rounds had so many delicious qualities I love in a story such as enemies to lovers and forced proximity but there was so much more depth here than I usually get out of enemies to lovers. We really see the two side
Dora Koutsoukou
Jul 30, 2021 added it
Shelves: dnf
Do not let my pov sway your reading this story!!
This story was very well written, intriguing and had a nice plot.

I just couldn’t connect with the hero, he was not that appealing to me.
Also, the dialogues that took place between the main couple were dominated by mma fighting and I lost interest. 🤷🏻‍♀️
Dnf @ 52%
Kellie Vann
Jun 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a glorious debut by Nikki Castle!

I found Nikki through Instagram, and have been anticipating her debut release, 5 Rounds, since she announced the title. 5 Rounds is an enemies-to-lovers romance set in the MMA world, filled with badass women and hot as sin men. Our heroine, Remy, is feisty, independent, and practices Jiu Jitsu while our hero, Tristan, is cocky, womanizing, and is an MMA with his eyes set on the UFC. When Remy and Tristan end up being roommates for ten days, chaos ensues bec
Sam - s.rae.reads
5 rounds is Nikki Castle's debut romance, and you would never know it. Nikki writes as if she's been doing this professionally for years and I really enjoyed this story.

5 Rounds is an MMA, hate to love romance between Remy and her best friends roommate, Tristan. Remy and Tristan have had a constant rivalry ever since the first time they met, and now after being evicted, Remy is about to become his temporary roommate.

I really liked Remy as a heroine, she was feisty and strong and never backed d
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Ladies, get ready for Tristan West. He is in my top 5 book boyfriends of all time, and deservedly so.

He. Is. E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G!!! *swoon*

5 Rounds is the first book in the Fight Game series which, I'm telling you here and now, will be amazing.
Remy is our heroine in this first installment. She's fiesty, strong, fun, loyal, kind; basically I want her to be my best friend! Alas, her best friend is Jax who she has known since childhood.
Tristan is Jax's room mate and college best friend. He's a sa
AnnaPs BookNook
Jul 11, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I can't believe this is Nikki's debut book.
I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Remy is the strong, feisty, beautiful female lead and Tristan the arrogant, self-centred, hot MMA fighter.
After being evicted, her best friends lets her live in his apartment for a bit while he goes away on a work thing, unfortunately Tristan lives there too.
Remy can't stand his arrogant sexist personality, but as she gets to know him, will things change?
The slow burn and angst made my head spin.
I loved the sports and the fo
Jun 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This was outstanding!!! Between the spice, the tension, the teasing, the drama, the jokes. The relationships in general i loved it all!!! 😍😍
Lisa Mandina
Jul 16, 2021 rated it really liked it
So this was a new author for me, and I will probably read more by her in the future. The characters were really well written and had lots of depth. The bedroom scenes, and out of the bedroom even, were very steamy. When I categorized this as a sports romance that is because there was a lot of the actual sport within the story. Not only was Tristan an MMA fighter, but Remy was really into all of the fighting and similar types of fitness for herself. The whole enemies to lovers trope was done very ...more
Nagma (Take A Look At My Bookshelf)
5 Rounds by Nikki Castle is an MMA, enemies to lovers romance. This book is so well-written and does not read like a debut author’s novel. I was highly anticipating this novel and Nikki Castle blew me away!

5 Rounds features a hate-to-love relationship between Remy and her best friend’s roommate, Tristan. Remy is a feisty, independent, and strong workaholic. Tristan is an arrogant and cold MMA fighter. Remy and have been rivals since they first met and now they’re forced to live together when Rem
Becca Summers
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I read it in less than 24 hours (I had to stop myself at 2 am this morning so I could get some sleep and then continued reading after work). This book is so good y’all! It has everything I look for in a Romance - a roller coaster of emotions, SPICE (seriously some of the best spice scenes I’ve read), a feisty lead, witty banter, and a great love story. Nikki did an amazing job at weaving the two lead’s stories - allowing you to get glimpses into their thought processes and intentions. You can te ...more
Smart Women, Spicy Books
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Rounds by @nikkicastleromance 🥊

Stars: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Spice: 🌶🌶🌶🌶
OMG/Taboo: No, just very hot. Athletes clearly…eat well 😏
Sad: Parents who suck, and palpable vulnerability of the characters during angsty separation. Hit me right in my soft heart.
Love: The opposite of hate is *jazzhands* what these honeybadgers are and it’s adorably frustrating to see their inner turmoils as they come to terms with it

My first ever ARC and I’m SO happy that it’s Nikki’s debut!

Remy is a FMC that I think a lot of reade
Jul 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This is an amazing debut!

From the minute Remy met Tristan, she has disliked him. He's arrogant, cold and thinks he's God's gift to women. And boy, does he love to irritate her! It doesn't help that her best friend, Jax, is also his friend and roommate. Plus, he works as a trainer and a UFC hopeful at the same gym where she does her jujitsu, so she sees him way more than she likes. When she has to move in temporarily with Jax & Tristan, Remy already has a list of rules for Tristan, but those fly
Valeen Robertson (Live Thru Books Blog)


Remy and Tristan becoming temporary roommates is either going to be a disaster or...the best thing to happen to either of them.

Tristan just loves to annoy Remy. He can't help it, it brings him joy to get under the skin of the woman who calls him out on all his bs, the woman he wants as much (more) as he wants to make it into the UFC. When he finds out she's becoming his new roommate, it's not long before their mutual dislike gives way to mutual lust. But is that lust more than simply physi
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Title: 5 Rounds
Author: @nikkicastleromance
Hero/Heroine: Tristan & Remy
Trope: Enemies to Lovers


It’s been absolutely ages since I’ve read an MMA romance, so when I came across the sign up form to receive an arc of this book I was like ‘I’m intrigued’. Let me tell you, my intrigue paid off. This book was the perfect amount of smart banter teamed with a shit load of steam. Tristan and Remy were like oil and water, but when they’re forced to live together for ten days, this oil and water m
Tori  RomanceBookVibes
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Rounds just made it’s way into my top reads of the year. I just fell in lusty, sweaty love with Remy and Tristan. With this authors debut novel she just solidified her place in my book-devouring universe as an “I’ll read whatever heck she releases!”

Here’s the run-down, it’s a trope (enemies to lovers) that is done SO right, with a sport you don’t see written about in romance often (MMA especially where both leads train), and with a HOT factor that was so insanely good. Like the perfect amount
Andree V.M.
Jul 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was an epic enemies to lovers story of two people who just wanted to prove their worth and chase their dreams. Two fighters in all sense of the word!

I loved how they slowly shifted their relatio as they found out they had more in common than they initially thought, starting with the fact that they both had a strong mind, body and heart. It was a swoony ride from the tension to the emotional moments they shared as they opened up to each other. Both of them were inspiring, especially Remy (w
Rosie Swisher
Jul 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing
1st Sports Romance & Top 10 Book

Disclaimer… walking into this novel I knew nothing about sports. I wanted to give a sports romance novel a try because the category is so popular. After reading this book I can definitely say I will look at more sports romance novels in the future. Though, the bar has been set exceptionally high.

Now down to the brass tax:

There's that moment when you start reading a book and go, 'this person and I would be the best of friends'. I had that moment reading this book.
Jul 30, 2021 rated it it was amazing
5 Rounds by Nikki Castle


Who doesn’t like a book with a badass strong woman and a HOT 🔥 alpha MMA fighter? That’s a stupid question. Of course I was going to devour this book in a matter of hours.

Remy is a strong badass woman who works way too much and way too hard. She can bring light to dark room. Everyone adores her. Well.. almost everybody. Tristan is a hard core MMA fighter man whore. Fighting is his life. He can charm anyone out of their pants. Except Remy.

Tristan is Remy’s nem
Carley Smith
Jul 09, 2021 rated it really liked it
🥊𝟝 ℝ𝕠𝕦𝕟𝕕𝕤 🥊

𝐀𝐑𝐂 𝐑𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐞𝐰
𝐑𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐃𝐚𝐭𝐞: 𝐉𝐮𝐥𝐲 𝟏𝟔𝐭𝐡
What a debut from Nikki Castle 👏
5 rounds is an enemies to lovers romance set in the world of MMA. Packed with badass women, too hot to handle men, the perfect amount of sexual chemistry and the sweetest HEA
One of the things I loved about this debut was the knowledge of fighting. As a retired fighter herself, Nikki took this sports romance to the next level and packed it full of information about the sport which really made for a great reading expe
Sarah Elyse - RetroGirlReads
Jul 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remy and Tristan have always hated each other’s guts, no doubt about that. But when Remy is evicted from her apartment, and is forced to move into her best friend’s apartment for the next ten days, that involves living with Tristan. Now, they’re dancing around each other, and one fateful night, the sexual tension just explodes. Now they’re both dealing with emotions they didn’t want and don’t understand, and they have to decide if fighting for each other is worth all the risks.

Okay, first of al
Jul 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“The chemistry between us is like a pull that clearly neither of us can resist”

★ ★ ★ ★ ★ 5/5
5 Rounds by Nikki Castle

This is an enemies to lovers trobe and I absolutely loved it!! It’s my first MMA romance book and man did it exceed my expectation!!
From the moment Remy meets Tristan she hates him, as he is an arrogant, cocky, womanizing MMA fighter and he thinks she’s stuck up, always has something to say and is only into office nerds.
Long story short Remy gets evicted out of her apartment a
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s
Omg I am such a sucker for a good MMA romance book and Nikki Castle delivered. 5 Rounds is a enemy to lovers romance where we meet Tristan and Remy.

Remy is used to being an independent woman handling everything herself. She is no where near fragile. She practices Jiu Jitsu and hates womanizing Tristian. They always go back and forth, but you can tell there is an underlying attraction. Tristian’s goal is to make it big in the UFC circuit. When an unlikely situation pushes the two together they s
Jul 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am honestly amazed that this book is Nikki Castle’s first book. From the quality i would have guessed that she had at least a half dozen books to her name. I honestly don’t know that I would have picked up this book on my own but i am very glad to have read it and will very happily read anything else that Nikki writes.

This in an enemies to lovers romance forced proximity romance with a lot of heat which is my absolute favorite type. I loved that both Tristan and Remy were MMA athletes. It made
Laura Horne
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OMG WOW. This book was SO FUCKING GOOD!! I stayed up until 1am to finish it as I couldn’t get enough!

Tristan West… my god. What a man 🥵 if he could be my book boyfriend forever I would be happy. He’s an MMA fighter and seriously badass. He was amazing, hot and sexy af but also hilarious, hard working, ambitious and so bloody sweet!

And Remy! Ah I loved her. She was such a bad bish who took no shit from anyone and was so strong willed and just incredible.

I love enemies to lovers so much and this w
Jul 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
It’s obvious Ms. Castle knows MMA because the details were too good to just be from research. I also wondered it this was somewhat autobiographical after reading the About the Author blurb.

Remy and Tristan are the enemies to lovers story that we all love. I liked their independence, the way their backgrounds and friendships made them better characters. The cast was a good balance with gym friends and family.

The way the story unfolded was paced well. It was obvious they had a connection through
Tanja OMGReads
Jul 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I've finished this book and am left speechless. How is it possible that while I hated Tristan at the beginning of this book I ended up so in love it's borderline ridiculous???

He and Remy have great chemistry that just needs a spark to light the inferno up. I was turning pages so fast my kindle hit the floor a time or two. The story was so captivating with its banter and it left me wanting more. They have so much in common and once the let their guards down the feelings were impossible to ignore
Jul 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A debut book by Nikki Castle, but a novel that has all the professionalism written by a well known author. Great writing and I intend to continue with with this series when I can.

Remy and Tristan were great characters, both MMA fighters but unfortunately they doesn’t get along. Tristan is a MMA fighter couch and a womanizer and Remy is making sure she’s not next on his bed post. But for the next month they have to sleep in the same apartment….eeek!

This is a story not to be missed. I enjoyed it
Jul 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
ARC Review:

I'm writing this review from the afterlife, because Nikki Castle killed me with this book. That's it... I'm officially dead.

5 Rounds is one of those books that deserve a re-read in the future. It's well-built, with great characters, excellent jokes and... OH GOD! THE SEX. IS. AMAZING. An after they started, it kept coming and coming and I gotta say... I wasn't prepared for this level of hot.

Remy is a very passionate character who isn't afraid to call people out on their shit and she
Bibliophilist 99
Jul 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh my!! What a delicious debut!!!

Nikki Castle is a new author for me and as I researched her, this is her debut novel.. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed it. 5 Rounds book 1 of the Fight Game series is an enemies to lovers story with a workaholic/MMA student and witty FMC, Remy. Opposite her is Tristan, our an arragent MMA fighter/ jerk alpha male. there  is so much sexual tension between these two that it makes steamy scenes very hot! And the angst.... delicious! I can not wait for book 2!
Jul 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Remy gets evicted from her place and as a last resort has to stay at her best friends house who so happens to be a MMA fighter by night. The only problem with this situation is that she hates his roommate who so happens to be a fellow MMA fighter. With the way that Remy and Tristan through snippy comments at each other could only mean one thing. They liked each way more then they were admitting to themselves. Tristan however was a total womanizer before finally admitting he felt more for Remy. T ...more
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