A murderer’s child...A foster child...A troubled teen...Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has never had an easy life. Being shuffled from one foster home to another after his father murdered his mother, he found himself in and out of trouble with the law. Never giving a damn about himself, let alone anyone else, his life was spiraling out of control; fast. Until one man and one sport changed everything.
Frankie Carbone taught Saint how to handle his anger and rejection; by fighting it out in the ring. On his way to stardom, Saint finds himself pushed into the spotlight and into the arms of more women than he can ever imagine; he’s completely content with one night stands and random sex.
Then Salem Harris comes walking into his life and changes his game plan. Saint finds himself wanting Salem in all the ways that scare him. She is off limits; taken. But that doesn't stop Saint from going after what he wants, and he wants her.
Frankie showed Saint a new way of life with Boxing, but will Salem give him the one thing he's never known – love?
Will Saint find himself fighting for the one thing he thinks he doesn't deserve or will Salem end up breaking his heart? Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega has had to fight for every good thing he's gotten in his life. Can he go the distance?
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I rarely turn down a book with a hot boxer. Add to the fact that he loves sex and I'm in. I loved Saint. I liked that he didn't come from a perfect past and that while he's turned his life around, he's not perfect. He's still trying to make himself better and I love that. Enter Salem. Salem is beautiful and he is instantly attracted to her. He is used to getting what he wants and he wants her. But she's not available and she isn't interested in him.
On top of the love story, you have a great boxing story playing out as well. Frankie owns the gym Saint has been training at, but with a huge fight coming up, Saint gets a sponsor and an upgrade to a bigger, better gym but keeps Frankie by his side.
The story was well-written and it was fun to watch the characters relationship develop, but the ending was a bit abrupt. It kind of left you hanging and going, no, I need the rest of the story. I know the rest is coming in book 2, but if you didn't have the option to read book 2 right away, I could see how that would be a bit bothersome.
Overall though, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to a friend and give it 4 stars!
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Life has been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega. From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to hit the struggle of helping him battle his drug addiction. Boxing saved Gabriel’s life, and just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem; at least for a short time.
Social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started.
Will Gabriel be able to save his brother from the whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag him under? Is Salem capable of breaking away from the ropes that bind her to doing what’s expected rather than what and whom she desires? Can Gabriel convince Salem that their mutual feelings are worth fighting for, and that together, they will be able to go the distance?
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This book picks up where book 1 left off. I have to say I love Salem and Saint so much more in this book. Salem is still innocent, but she grows up and is more assertive in what she wants. Saint is patient and is there for Salem when she needs him. Their relationship just works for them.
I have to say that my favorite characters are Joce and Kitten. The two of them just crack me up. They are sassy and speak their mind and don't apologize for who they are.
The story focused more on the individuals this time and a bit less on the boxing (in my opinion), but it worked. It was well-written, the characters showed a lot of growth and by the end you were pleasantly surprised with the ending.
Would definitely recommend both books to someone looking for a series with a hot boxer!
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Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. She began writing her first book, Broken, in October 2012, as a love story to her husband, Frank. During the writing process, Christa managed to keep her book a secret from the majority of her family and friends, including her mother. She finally revealed that she had written a
book on her personal Facebook page just two weeks before Broken was released.
Broken was released in February 2013, and within twenty-four hours of its release, it was on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list as well as in the Top 20 Erotica. Christa released her second novel, On the Ropes - Book One in the Down for the Count series, in February 2014. On the Ropes has also climbed the charts on Amazon, hitting the Top 10 Sports Fiction and the Top 20 Romance Sports Fiction lists. Book Two, Going the Distance, was released July 2014 and claimed the number 3 spot in the Interracial category as well being in the top 20 in Erotica on Amazon.
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