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?
“A champion shows who he is by what he does when he’s tested. When a person gets up and says, ‘I can still do it,’ he’s a champion.” - Evander Holyfield
I really enjoyed this book even though I'm not a very big boxing fan. Most of the book is written from Gabriel's POV with a very small POV from Salem. It is a bit cliffy - it is not a crazy cliffhanger, and the book definitely ends, but you know that the story is far from over. I hope that Christa doesn't make us wait too long for book two!
Gabriel had a very rough childhood. After his father murders his mom, Gabriel and his little brother Jason are split up and sent to different foster care homes. Unfortunately, they lost touch over the years and Jason turned to drugs. Gabriel was lucky enough to get off of the streets and away from trouble with the help of Frankie, a man that would become Gabriel's friend, coach, mentor and pseudo father. Now, he is undefeated in his weight class with a very bright future.
Salem was born with a silver spoon in her mouth, and first meets Gabriel when her boyfriend offers him a job being the spokesperson for his new state-of-the-art boxing gym. She tried to ignore him, but he doesn't make that easy to do. Salem is studying to be a lawyer to help underprivileged children.
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. - Gabriel
Something is happening between Salem and Gabriel but she loves her boyfriend even though she thinks that he is cheating on her. They have a long history and their lives are very intertwined.
She’s intoxicating to me; her scent, her lips, her eyes, and the way our breathing is in sync. As my face inches closer to hers, I’m fighting with myself not to kiss her because I know that once I start, I won’t be able to stop. I’ll want more than just an innocent kiss. I’ll want all of her. - Gabriel
"I should’ve never agreed to come here with you today but I couldn’t say no, Gabriel. I feel it too. I wish I didn’t, but I do!" - Salem
I will be anxiously awaiting the next book!
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.
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."