Below the Belt (Harlequin Blaze, #404)
He's not going down without a fight
To outfit his new gym, trainer Cooper Fitzgerald is looking for fresh boxing talent. Male boxing talent, that is. So what on earth is he thinking by taking on Jamie Sawyer? She's stubborn, difficult, aggressive--and far too hot for the kind of close contact training requires. But her skill in the ring is turning his professional head.
Of all the Blaze books I’ve read, this had the best story and most well-developed characters, and yes, it still managed to be blazin’ hot too!
Cooper Fitzgerald, a former heavyweight boxing champion forced into early retirement because of an injury, is beginning a new career as gym proprietor and boxing trainer and looking for champion contenders. The last thing he wants is a feisty, stubborn, aggressive, and hotheaded woman demanding that he take her on, but ...more
4 star Harlequin Blaze Romance
Though I have enjoyed reading a couple of sports themed romances (they have been far and few in between) this is the first of its kind for me. Even being not much of a sports buff in reality this book turned out to be delightfully good, no doubt a testament to Sarah Mayberry’s extremely talented writing abilities.
1- Jamie Sawyer. She is one of the most different heroines that I have come across in the romance world and because of that I loved her to bits. Sh ...more
I have to give kudos to the author for creating one heck of a couple of well-developped characters with unseen depths and loads of layers.
But since I was in the mood for something a bit more frilly and relaxing (after two books that weren't satisfying at all), I just couldn't cope with the amount of angst and emoti ...more
“For what it's worth, you're the hottest damn thing I've ever said no to,” he said....more
What was she supposed to say to that? She flipped him the finger. “Thanks a lot,” she said.
“Hey, for all you know I could be hung like a hamster and it would all be over in five seconds flat” he said.
She rolled her eyes. “Puh-lease, you think I'm feeling impaired? I had my hands on you last night, I know wh
It was an interesting change, but it was also hard to understand Jamie. Her reluctance to get into a relations ...more
On one hand, I enjoyed reading about the relationship and dynamic between Cooper and Jamie. Jamie was just a bit too hot-headed/headstrong for me to really align with her character, though s ...more
There is a lot of fighting in this book, both in the ring and out of it, punctuated by steamy ...more
Oh, and I really liked how the female character wasn't just strong physically but also emotionally and mentally strong. Her character is unique to typical romance novels where usually women characters may be "independent" but don't have much else to show for it. In this novel, ho ...more
The hero is an ex-boxing champ turned trainer. The heroine is an ex-martial arts champ who wants to go pro as a boxer. The whole setting is unlike any I've ever seen in a romance before, never mind a series one. The author does not take any short cuts, piling as much character development and emotion as many a longer story wish they could! Even the ending is unique.
Even though I admired the story, I had a h ...more
(The reason it took me a while to finish is because it's not prudent to read Sarah Mayberry books in public. In this book alone, she made me seethe with fury, snortle with glee and bawl out loud. Several times.)
I bought this book for two reasons: 1) I like Sarah Mayberry's books, 2) I'm not a boxing fan and wanted to see what Ms. Mayberry could do with the theme.
Short version: this book is so good. Read it. Now.
Longer version: the heroine is kick-ass strong. She is confident and strong throughout the book. The hero is the perfect compliment to her
This story is so sweet and, at times, heartbreaking. I enjoyed it from the very beginning. I love how Mayberry never ceases to make me smile, laugh, and frequently cry during one of her stories.