Review Blog Tour: Down for the Count Series by Christa Cervone
On the Ropes (Book 1)
Going the Distance (Book 2)
ON THE ROPES:
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.
Before I get into the story I just want to say that I loved the fact that most of the story is from Gabriel/Saint’s POV. It gave such a different feel and really helped me fall in freaking LOVE with him. And the quotes at the beginning of each chapter? I ❤ them.
Gabriel has had a difficult childhood; the only thing that kept him from becoming just another statistic was finding his boxing trainer Frankie. For years, through school and beyond, Gabriel has worked hard to attain his goal of becoming a professional fighter and now he was being given a real shot by a sponsor. The only trouble is Gabriel wants more than just the sponsor’s money.
Salem didn’t grow up in the poor, crime riddled lifestyle Gabriel did, but she has her own issues to deal with. Always letting others – especially her parents – control her life, Salem is basically living a lie. She and Blake have been together for forever and she expects they will stay that way. Even though their initial meeting has Salem spitting fire at Gabriel, one horrible night shows her a different side of him.
The emotional rollercoaster that is On the Ropes will leave you feeling drained. The push and pull between Salem and Gabriel is addicting, but there is a bit of a, well, downer. Salem. She is a bit too whiney for me. Oh my life is so hard. My parents will be mad if I don’t do what they say. I swear my douche-bag boyfriend loves me. Um, WAKE UP HONEY!
Gabriel on the other hand, I love you. Now, I do believe that my bias is due to the book being mostly from his POV, but that’s ok. you don’t have to love Salem. What fun would it be if we loved all characters from the get go, really? And that ending? Gah! Put the book down gently and just walk away. But don’t worry Going the Distance is live too 😉
As an individual book, I give On the Ropes 3.5 cups
GOING THE DISTANCE:
Boxing saved Gabriel’s life…
From surviving a hellish childhood, to reuniting with his lost brother, only to struggle with helping him battle his drug addiction—a whirlpool of addiction that threatens to drag his brother under.
Life’s been a roller coaster for Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega…
Just when his career hits the fast track, he finally finds love with Salem, at least for a short time. But social differences, obligations, and misguided good intentions tore Gabriel and Salem apart before they could ever really get started.
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 feelings are worth fighting for?
Does their relationship have what it takes to go the distance?
So, obviously you may not have ready the first book yet, so this will be brief. I cannot, WILL NOT spoil a book. But you know that, so let’s move on.
Oh the guilty pleasure I got out of this book. Everything I needed was right there. Heat, desire (both sexual and for a full life), action, tragedy, and acceptance. Acceptance, you ask? Yep, so READ IT!
Gabriel is again the main POV. The first book was very much about him no longer wanting to be a man-whore and falling hard for Salem. This book is more about him figuring out what he wants in life: What will he do when his career is threatened? What is he willing to fight for? Can he convince Salem that she is not only worth fighting for, but that she should do the same in return? While this is not a dark book, it is not full of sunshine and rainbows either, so keep a tissue or two around.
As an individual book I give Going the Distance 3.5 cups. The story as a whole is 4 and definitely worth reading.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
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.
Limitless Publishing has recently acquired the Down for the Count series and will be re-releasing the series under their publishing label in May 2015.
Along with the Down for the Count series, Christa’s new series titled, Can’t Stop Lovin’ You, will also be released under Limitless Publishing. The series will have at least four books, Dream On, What it Takes, Sweet Emotion and Hole in my Soul. Dream On is slated for 2015 release.