They say the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that it can't get any worse . . . or can it?
World famous boxing champ, Felix Sanchez, had it all—the fame, the fortune, and all the women any man could ask for. When the hours of partying followed by hours spent in court and in rehab begin to outnumber the hours he spends training, losing his title comes as no surprise to everyone. The world assumes he deserved to lose it.
Only those closest to Felix know the real truth behind his sudden downward spiral. And if Felix has his way, no one else ever will. With an uncertain future ahead of him, he heads back to his roots—5th Street—the gym that started it all for him. It's where he meets the humble but mighty little Ms. Ella.
The only times Felix had ever decided to forgo the usual meaningless fling and try a real relationship he was burned badly. Now the adorable but tenacious self-defense instructor has him considering this love thing one more time.
Then just when he begins to worry that his past is letting his possessive and jaded heart get the best of him, he's blindsided in the most brutal way—he's brought to his knees—to what could be the one low in his life he may never recover from.
What can I say about this book but - wow? I had only read one other book in this series (Hector) and had started to read the first one (Noah) before I started this one, so I did run into some spoilers for other characters in the series, but that won't stop me from going back to read the rest. In fact, after reading Hector's story, I had already decided to go back and read the whole series, but then the opportunity to read Felix came along and I jumped at it. And although it kind of made me wish I had read all the others first, I'm still glad that I read it because it is just a wonderful story and I have a feeling it's going to be and remain my favorite of the series. I don't know what it is, there is just something about Felix that really called to me - all the pain that he'd suffered in silence while the rest of the world speculated - wrongly - about the cause of his downward spiral. When it was revealed what really caused it, my heart almost broke. And the way his relationship with Ella developed and progressed - it was sweet, tender, sometimes funny, and all around swoon-worthy. Just the type of romance someone like Ella deserved after the issues she's had to deal with in life. So when their love is tested in a terrifying way, it's a real punch to the gut, especially Felix's reaction to it - oh, my gosh, my heart nearly broke again for him.
All in all, this was probably the best book of the author's that I have read up to this point (I have read some in her other series) and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves stories about boxing, alpha men, or great love stories. This book has it all.
"I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion." ~Elizabeth Reyes~
USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published six more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO and MAKING YOU MINE, with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX the fifth in the series is scheduled to release November 13th 2014. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, & BREAKING BRANDON, there is also more of this series still to come. Her latest release and first in a brand new series is DESERT HEAT about the diverse but equally sexy Santiago Brothers living in Las Vegas.
When she's not writing (which is rare)she spends as much time as she can with her husband of over twenty years, two teen children, Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat, Tyson.
Tryst by AlexRosa
Published by: Intermix (Penguin)
Publication date: March 17th 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance
In this sensational New Adult debut by AlexRosa, boyfriends are too much trouble. So what’s the harm in a little fun?
With an abusive relationship behind her, Skyler moves out of her Orange County apartment, changes her phone number, cuts ties with her friends, and moves in with her brother Josh, a talent agent with a spare room in his incredible house in Hollywood.
Josh is happy to take Skyler under his wing, but he has one rule: she can’t sleep with his roommate, Blake. That’s fine by Skyler. She doesn’t want a man in her life right now—and certainly not cocky Blake who’s with a different girl every night. But his all-American boy charm and his ripped model physique are difficult to refuse. Josh will never know if no one ever tells him. And a little secret now and then never hurt anyone…
I realize I’m parched. The large living room opens into the kitchen,
where a dark granite island and counters greet me. The kitchen is spotless,
with minimal kitchenware—a toaster, coffeemaker, and of course, a
stainless steel fridge. I wonder if this place is clean only because they knew
I would be arriving. That would be something Josh would do.
I open cabinets, searching for a glass, and on the second attempt, a
voice startles me.
“Cups are on the right, near the fridge.”
I turn around, and my breath catches in my throat at the sight. A
barely dressed boy—er, man?—stands there, idly watching me.
“Um, thank you.” I grab a glass and fill it with water.
He gives me this all-American-boy grin, seeming to enjoy my obvious
discomfort. “No problem. Skyler, isn’t it?”
I take a sip and respond. “Yes. Roommate, I presume?” Getting those
words out wasn’t so hard. As I wait for his response, my eyes drag down his
tan, toned physique, and I linger a little too long at the V at the edge
of his navy blue boxer briefs.
His voice brings me back to his stark forest-colored eyes that
complement his dark brown hair. Those eyes are distracting.
“I’ve got a name. Blake. Blake Everett. Nice to meet you.”
Was that a hint of attitude? Without a second thought and no shame,
he leans his half-naked body over and raises his hand to shake mine. I can tell
he is enjoying this, and it only makes me more uneasy.
I shake his hand as confidently as possible, and my imbedded manners
kick in. “Nice to meet you too, Blake. Thanks for letting me stay here.”
He smirks, and I notice him giving me the once-over. I suddenly wish
I wore nicer jeans, rather than this torn-up pair. I don’t like the feeling of
being under his judgmental eyes because I nowhere near compare to this
Greek god. I run my hands through my curly black hair, and wish I’d brushed it
before leaving this morning. He’s so pretty it hurts.
I am aching to hear some sort of response, but I’m not sure he has
one because of the delay. I worry that I’m not welcome, but as he opens his
mouth to respond, a voice from a bedroom down the hall interrupts. It’s
high pitched and squeaky.
“Blaaaaaaake, I’m thirsty. Come love me now!”
I flush crimson, realizing the implications of the whiney girl voice
and his attire. If I am not mistaken, he flushes too, but the arrogant smirk
remains. Why are his lips so distracting?
He laughs, no doubt over my shocked expression, and then shrugs as
if that explains everything.
“You mind if I take this?” he asks. He snatches the glass of water
out of my hand, takes a quick sip, and winks at me. With that, he turns on his
heels to walk back toward his bedroom, and I hear his door shut.
It has me fuming. What an asshole is the only
thought I can muster. That water was mine, not for some floozy he’s bedding. I
take a deep breath, annoyed with my body’s hormones and myself.
I hear Josh coming in through the front door, and I try to gather my
equilibrium. He appears in the kitchen and utters the same statement that Blake
had moments before. “Cups are on the far right next to the fridge.”
When AlexRosa isn’t scouring city parks or cafes to write, she is most likely trying to convince her friends to join her on her next adventure. A sufferer of wanderlust, she is always looking for a new mountain to climb, a canyon to hike, or a plane to board. Her résumé consists of coroner, zoo worker, and most recently executive assistant, but she finds her home amongst words, whether it is in books or in film. Her obsessions are on the brink of bizarre, but that’s just the way she likes it.