Thursday, March 6, 2014

Blog Tour: On the Ropes by Christa Cervone

Title: On the Ropes (Down for the Count #1)
Author: Christa Cervone
Release: February 28, 2014


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?

My Kaptivating 4 Star Review:

I really liked Gabe's character. He is a young fighter who has become a local celebrity and has a reputation for loving and leaving the ladies. What I adored about him is how great he is with the kids he helps out with. He knows what it is like to grow up rough neighborhoods, to be in the system. He is helping to give these youth a chance that he received at their age, a chance that saved his life and set his life on a path of good.
Gabe doesn’t do relationships; he just does the women and lots of them. He is content with the life he is leading. When he is offered and opportunity of a lifetime that last thing he was expecting was the little spitfire, Salem.
Salem wants NOTHING to do with Gabe but because of her boyfriend’s business, she finds herself crossing paths with him. He acts like a caveman; rude, obnoxious and blunt and GORGEOUS. She can’t deny the attraction she has for Gabe.  
I liked Salem’s character. She comes off as stuck up and cold but as I kept reading, I found her to be closed off. I mean if you grew up being told what school to go, what friends to hang out with, what you will major in, where you were going work and who you are going to marry. How can one NOT come off as cold and bitchy? Once she opens up, she is awesome, caring, funny and loveable. I loved seeing the friendship develop between her and Gabe. Through this friendship, she finds herself confused and she starts questioning all she has ever known. Gabe has opened her eyes and her feelings.
Gabe wants Salem. He is finding himself in unchartered territory with his feelings. He has never been in a relationship or in love for that matter and he wants it bad and he wants it with her. Even though he knows she is off limits because of her boyfriend, she is all he can think about. The heart wants what the heart wants.
When the lines of their friendship start to get blurred, Gabe finds himself in the biggest fight of his life. Will he be victorious or will he get knocked out?
Christa did a fantastic job! I loved the characters. I can’t wait to see where things end up for The Saint and those he cares about.
An exciting, sexy, romantic and heart breaking read!

About the Author:

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."

Where can you find Christa?


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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