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Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Tour/Review - On the Ropes by Christa Cervone (#giveaway)

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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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A Review by Carol

Book – On the Ropes (Down for the Count #1)
Author – Christa Cervone
Publication Date – February 28, 2014
Type – Part of Series
Genre – Romance, New Adult
Rating – 3 1/2 out of 5 Stars

Book provided by Author (Blog Tour) in exchange for an honest review.

Such a sad and broken story was Gabe’s past – the beginning of the book broke my heart with what Gabe and his little brother had to go through.  Where Gabe got a second chance at life, unfortunately his little brother didn’t.  Gabe was lucky to have found a judge who steered him in the right direction after getting into trouble with the law – hence Frankie.  Frankie rescued Gabe from leading a life full of crime and drugs and opened his life up to boxing and helping kids in the same situation he was in.  Gabe all around is a great guy and a fierce boxer – except for one thing….women….yeah – no respect for them – never had a relationship and can’t get enough of booze and women. He doesn’t respect when Frankie warns him not to get his head wrapped around women and sex because it would cloud his boxing abilities, he doesn’t respect Jimmie or Jimmie’s girlfriend when they ask him not to mess around with her work friends…..etc.

That is until Salem walks into his life.  Now at first – I really couldn’t understand the attraction Gabe had for her because she comes across as a spoiled bitch.  But I guess in Gabe’s eyes she was a conquest and held a challenge to get her into bed.  As they continue to cross paths, since Salem’s boyfriend is Gabe’s sponsor a friendship starts to form between the two of them.  We learn more of Salem’s back story and why she comes across as a cold, flakey bitch.

As their friendship progresses, Gabe starts to ask himself if this is what it feels like to really care for a woman while Salem questions her life and her relationship with her boyfriend. 

My thoughts drift to creating a fantasy of Salem and me. We’re in the locker room at Frankie’s gym and I’m all hot and sweaty from training. I have her pinned up against the wall and she’s completely defenseless against me, but she’s into it. Her skirt is up around her waist and the little piece of fabric she calls underwear is interfering with what I want. I grind my body up against hers and my dick is swelling as I rub up on her thigh. My hands roam freely over her body, finally landing on her tight ass. Our tongues are dueling and I’m drunk on her taste. The scent of the perfume or body spray she’s wearing is tormenting me until I’m at my breaking point. “God, Salem, you smell so fucking good; it makes me wanna fuck you until you can’t remember your own name,” I growl. Her hands tighten in my hair and a stronger wave of her scent drifts into my nose as I inhale. My chest is heaving at my thoughts and my breathing is labored. Sliding my hand into my boxers, I adjust myself to get more comfortable and my thoughts are almost immediately back with Salem. Her perfectly manicured nails are clawing at my back now as I dig my fingers into her legs. I kiss her neck roughly as she pants in my ear, “Make me come, Saint.” Then she bites my earlobe and I lose control. I’m so anxious to have her that I rip off the expensive panties she’s wearing and slam my cock into her like her pussy is my saving grace. I smile when she screams in pleasure as she comes apart in my arms.
Unconsciously, my hand slides back down into my boxers until it meets my aching erection. This time I begin stroking myself; I just can’t help it. Salem…there’s just something about her…I’m not sure if it’s her beauty or the fact that I’ll have to work to get her. But, whatever it is, she will be mine.
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I was born and raised in Western Massachusetts and I'm a married mother of three who married her high school sweetheart, Frank. I don't really have too many hobbies. I like to watch my kids play sports. I do photography on the side (weddings, families, babies etc). I'm Minion & Adam Levine obsessed. I enjoy listening to all different types of music, Maroon 5 & P!nk being some of my favorites.
Achievements -- I was on the Top 20 Erotica as well in being on the Movers and Shakers List on Amazon with "Broken."
I'm currently working on her second novel titled "Going the Distance" which will be released Fall 2013 as well as a third novel titled "Saved."

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