Down for the Count Series by Christa Cervone
Released: February 28, 2014 & July 22, 2014
Genre: Contemporary Sports Romance
Reviewed by Lena
On the Flap
On the Ropes (Down for the Count #1)
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?
Going the Distance (Down for the Count #2)
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?
This series includes two books “On the Ropes” and “ Going the Distance”. Although each book could be read as a stand-alone, I would suggest reading both, it will help you better appreciate how far these characters have come. The theme in both books was never to judge a book by its cover. In the first book, Gabriel “the Saint” Vega and Salem Harris saw each other as individuals that came from two different worlds. Salem only saw Gabriel as a rough and tumble fighter from the streets and Gabriel saw Salem as a rich snotty girl from the rich side of town. It wasn’t until they got to know each other that those stereotypes where cast aside. Although they end up together at the end of the first book you could see that life wasn’t done sucker punching them. The second book follows the still developing relationship between Gabriel and Salem and their battle to be together.
These two where fighters through and through, when life kept trying to knock them down and tear them apart they fought for their happily ever after. It was in the way they handled theses struggles that we saw their characters grow. This was the enjoyable part of the book, for me. I liked seeing how the characters grew and matured not only as individuals but also as a couple. Along with the character development, this series also had lots of twists and turns that kept me reading and on my toes. Just when I thought all the drama was over, something new would come along. I didn’t relax until the final page turn. I was afraid that something new would come along and take away their happiness.
All in all, I thought this series was a real entertaining read. Both books were hard to put down. You’ll want to chain read this series. Not putting the second book down until you’ve turned the last page.
Rating: 5 stars
On the Ropes
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Going the Distance
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You can always find me with my nose in my Kindle reading a romance novel starring a tough talking, hard loving alpha male and sassy heroine. For the past six years reading has been my addiction. I am always up for a good read and am excited when I get any suggestions. My other loves are working out and spending time with my hubs, family and friends.