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On the Ropes: Volume 1 (Down for the Count)
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About the Author
Born and raised in New England, Christa is a married mother of three. After taking a very long break from reading a friend encouraged her to read the FSOG series over the summer. Of course like every woman on the planet, she fell in love with the series. This led her to read several other Erotic Romance novels. Her world really took a crazy turn when she met a bunch of women on Facebook Group who also shared the same love of "Smutty" books. She began writing her first book Broken in October 2012, as a love story to her husband. Christa kept her book a secret from all of her "real" Facebook family and friends, including her mother, revealing on her personal page that she had written a book two weeks before the release of Broken. Broken was released in February 2013, within twenty-four hours of its release it was on Amazon's Movers and Shakers list as well as being in the Top 20 Erotica. She is currently working on her second novel titled "On the Ropes" which will be released February 2014 and "Going the Distance" being released late spring/early summer 2014. Several other novels are also in the works.
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Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
A heartfelt and passionate look into Gabriel "The Saint" Vega's life as a Boxer, Brother, friend and lover. I enjoyed this novel, it was fast paced, interesting, sexy and serious at times.
The characters were great, they had great depth. I really liked Gabriel as I got to know him better. Frankie his manager, what a character. His friend Jimmy/loyal, his brother Jason, you really felt for him and his situation. And Salem, she was awesome. Blaine, what a jerk.
All in all I give On the ropes 4 stars and can't wait to follow up with book 2 Going the distance.
Josue Vega is on trial, he is Gabriel and Jase's father, he is an abuser. Gabriel "The Saint" Vega is Josue's oldest son, became a boxer, hates looking like and having his father's name. He was in and out of trouble when he was younger. Jase is Gabriel's younger brother, he was a cry baby when he was younger. He is in and out of trouble. He is hooked on drugs. Jimmy is Gabriel's friend, he is a fighter and his fighting name is Jimmy " The Jackhammer" Santoro. He went to school with Gabriel until he moved out of district. Frankie is very strict, he took Gabriel and Jimmy off of the streets, taught them how to box. Stephannie is Jimmy's girlfriend, works at Applebees. Blaine is Gabriel's sponsor, he owns the TKO Gym. Salem is Blaine's Girlfriend, she is studying to be a lawyer.
This is my first book by Christa Cervone. I love this book, how well the book was written, how well the characters were developed. I also loved that I was hooked from the beginning. I love that I felt that I could connect with the characters. If I could I would give this book more then 5 stars. I can't wait to read the next book in this series
As with a lot of fighter books, Saint is an alpha male who thinks the world of women revolves around him. He does one-night stands -- sometimes with two girls -- but never offers more and has never wanted more. The one time he thinks he might want more, the woman has a boyfriend -- and the boyfriends wants to help Saint up his career.
Trouble has followed Saint since early in his life. He has always lived a little on the edge, but boxing has saved him from that life and he is grateful to Frankie for bringing him into the gym and giving him a life he didn't think he deserved. Frankie has felt like a father figure to Saint, than just a trainer.
I felt like Ms Cervone did a wonderful job of developing supporting characters that make us want to the main character to really get what s/he deserves. Frankie and Jimmy are part of the gym culture that has become home to Saint. Frankie is Saint’s trainer and Jimmy is a fellow boxer and one of Saint’s only friends.
Things get crazy in this book and more characters come into play, but these three - and of course, Salem who is Saint’s unattainable love interest.
I liked that Salem and Saint weren’t immediately going at it in the bedroom. I like that Saint had to basically forget about her for awhile and concentrate on boxing. I like that Salem had zero interest in Saint and his boxing (though she called it wrestling more than once). This novel was much more real to me than a lot of fighter books I’ve read.
I can’t wait to see what happens in the next book, Going the Distance due to release very soon. Salem and Saint are two people who could easily hold a forever spot in my heart.