Friday, December 5, 2014

Blog Tour: Down For The Count Series By: Christa Cervone


OTRCover   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?

Gabriel “The Saint” is training for his next boxing match, but that hasn’t stopped him from drinking and man whoring around.  He knows he needs to take things seriously, his trainer who is like a father to him makes sure to ride his ass daily.  Gabriel never had any intentions of settling down, well that is until Salem knocks him down for the count.  He wants her, but she wants nothing to do with him.  I loved how he would be a smart ass to her and not let her bitchy persona and attitude stop him from trying to get her.  Only problem?  Her boyfriend is now his sponsor.  Add to that his past and he doesn’t think he would ever be good enough for Salem.

Salem wants nothing to do with Gabriel.  She can be stuck up and judgmental, and oh boy she is a massive bitch.  She also appears to care less about anything boxing related.  While she appears to be this stuck up bitch, there is more to Salem than it seems.  Her relationship with her boyfriend is anything but perfect, she’s trying hard to make her parents proud, all while losing more of who she really is deep down.

On The Ropes is the first book in the Down For The Count series and while it was good, for me it just wasn’t great.  I loved the idea of the book and it kept my attention but at the same time I was bored if that makes any sense.  I wanted Gabriel at times to put Salem in her place when she would treat him so shitty and have more self-respect for himself for his own self-worth.  The ending, well let’s just say I was pissed and not a happy reviewer.  Luckily for me I had the second book ready to start right away.  It wasn’t even the cliff-hanger aspect that made me made, no it was what Gabriel and Salem do that made me want to slap them both. 

Now, while I didn’t overall love On The Ropes, it still is a good book.  I love sport themed books, and boxers are one of my favorite.  While it may not have worked for me overall, it may work for you so still check this one out, form your own opinion and give it a try.


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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?

Going The Distance is the second book in the Down For The Count series and it picks up about three months after On The Ropes finishes.  Gabriele and Salem are miserable but it’s due to their own actions.  I really wanted to just scream and be like your reasoning is so stupid just get together already.  I wish I could say that I wasn’t as frustrated with these two as I was in the first book, but that would be a massive lie.

Gabriel has tried to forget Salem and Salem is still with her douche bag boyfriend, who still is Gabriel’s sponsor.  However, now these two are together but not.  Add to this stress, Gabriel is training for an even bigger fight, as well as taking care of his brother who is still recovering from his addiction.  Salem wants to end it with her boyfriend but keeps coming up with excuse after excuse not to.  I want to say that I was mature while reading her excuses but I can’t, I called her plenty of names in my head and possibly out load at various times. 

When Gabriel suffers a tragedy, one that made me even cry, I honestly wasn’t sure what could happen next but he kept having hit after hit (and I am not talking about the type that happens in the ring, I am talking about the emotional type) that I was wondering when he would finally break.  Luckily Salem was there for him, finally.

I did like this one better than the first book, but I was still at times aggravated and bored.  I wanted Gabriel to finally find happiness and the peace that he deserves and he does.  I again will say to give this series a chance, I am not sure if the author plans on writing more books in the series or not but if she does I would pick it up and check it out for sure.


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About 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.
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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.

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