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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?

I am a fan of the fighter: boxer, MMA, whatever.  I just think there’s something sexy about these kinds of heroes, and I found Gabriel to be everything that I find I love in these kinds of books.
What really impressed me about this book is the depth of the story, both in plot and characterization.  The characters are not one dimensional at all.  Gabriel’s past and his present are painted richly for the reader.  He was a really easy character for me to understand and connect with and cheer for, because he’s had a rough road.  As a child you want to take him in your arms and comfort him, and as a man you want to take him in your arms and comfort him but in a completely different way (wink, wink).  You ache for what he’s been through, but cheer him on and hope that he can become what you know he can be.  I understood Salem’s attraction for him.  He’s a hothead, but really is a very honorable man.  Loved Gabriel.
I also really liked the build up between Gabriel and Salem.  They tried to fight their attraction to one another for a myriad of reasons, and the tension between them was thick and wonderful to read about.  And the sexy time was, in a word, original.  It’s well written and completely hot. Plus, you know part of the fantasy of these books is a woman managing to land a man who is considered a ladies man…I love when two souls recognize something special in each other and do what they must to be together.  That is Gabriel and Salem.
This book was sexy and romantic, and I found that it wasn’t as predictable as these kinds of books tend to be.  It’s well written and the characters really come to life on the page.  One of the
most well done books of this genre I’ve had the pleasure to read.  Blows a lot of the other fighter books I’ve read out of the water.  4.5 stars.
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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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Christa Author PhotoI 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.”