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Going the Distance

(Down for the Count #2)

4.36  ·  Rating details ·  157 ratings  ·  71 reviews
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.

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296 pages
Published July 22nd 2014
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Susan  Owensby
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My review of Going the Distance by Christa Cervone reviewed by Ann Marie

Wow! What an amazing ride I just had. This storyline is so damn good! This is the second book you must read On the Ropes (the first book) before reading this.

You want to read about love, family, friendship and dealing with loss? This is your book. 

This book has touched my heart. Touched my heart in a way that when I was reading it I sobbed. I sobbed because there are things that happen in this book that hit so close to home
Jul 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Go the Distance – a boxer goes the distance when he can fight through all the scheduled rounds.

For Gabriel “the Saint” Vega, his biggest fight is actually outside the ring, and it’s a battle through loss, jealousy, and personal demons that will last until he’s finally able to take control of his life and get the knock out that he’s been working towards for quite some time. When Book One, On the Ropes, concludes, Gabriel finds himself letting go of the girl who owns his heart because they come fr
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for honest review*

Going the Distance is the second book in the in 'Down for the count' series by Christa Cervone. Things had not ended well for Gabriel and Selma, Selma had left, and you are unsure about what was going to happen for these two. The story picks up 3 months after it ended, although both are trying to move it very clear that they can't, and things are far from over between theses two.

It's not plain sailing for Gabriel and Salem, as they re
Stephannie Tolitsky- Swoon Worthy Books /Enticing Journey Boo
Its a amazingly hot story about Salem and Gabriel that i loved. Can they go the distance? Its a must read! Complete review @
Lauren R.
May 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Yes!!  And "The Saint" is back! 

***You should read "On The Ropes" 1st before reading this Review.***

I fell in love with him in book#1, but this book just made me love him even more with Saint.  

Christa Cervone knows how to write!  She knows how to make us the reader connect with the characters she created. 

The story picks up from where it left off in "On The Ropes", Saint & Salem are not talking to each other.  Saint is trying his hardest to forg
Kellys Reading
Oct 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fight to the end

Sometimes life can be unfair. But if you can learn to roll with the punches it is easier. Great story of persistence and love. Don't ever give up!

After finishing On the Ropes and Going the Distance, I have written and re-written my review for them a few times and still feel like it is not quite right. So I decided I will tell you a little about what I liked and what didn't work so well for me, then you can make your own judgments from there.

First, I have to say the author provides two very well written and detailed stories. She has clearly done her research on the sport and passes that knowledge on to the re
Kim Howlett
Nov 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Going the distance. (Down for the Count #2)

Going the Distance is the second book in the Down for the count series. If your havnt read the first book In the series, On the Ropes then I'd highly recommend you do before reading this book as otherwise your not really going to understand what has happened, and trust me, you've missed a lot.
After reading the first book I couldn't wait to start book 2. The book starts where it pretty much finished in book 1. Salem is struggling to leave her boyfriend
Review originally posted at Ramblings From This Chick

Going the Distance continues the Down for the Count series by Christa Cervone and picks up where On the Ropes left off. Make sure that you start with On the Ropes before reading this book, as Salem and Gabe's story starts there. I read this book right after I finished the first book, and I would really recommend reading these back to back if possible. There is a lot that happens in the first book that affects this book, and I think they are be
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't wait for this story. Christa provided much more than the typical fighter love story. We wanted to know if Gabriel & Salem could make things work? How is Jase doing? What is going on with Frankie and the gym? We wanted answers after the first book!

We meet back up with Salem and Gabriel 3 months later. Blaine and Gabriel are cordial, and Blaine, well he is still the self righteous jerk. LOL However, Salem, is growing more and more. I love that yes, in the first book she needed to g
Jamie  Zishka
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
Twist of Fate was a great read! I would give it a solid 4 stars. This is a book about a one night stand that will change the lives of both the characters in a blink of an eye. It does have an HEA which I am forever thankful for because we all know how much I love cliffys :). It is told in dual POV's and is a standalone novel.

Silas and Lilly meet at an airport when they both are waiting for there flight. There is an instant spark and neither one knows how to handle it. When there flight gets del
Anna Worth the Read Blog
Dec 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Down for the Count Series) by Christa Cervone

5 out of 5 Star for each read
Review by WTRBlog

On the Ropes (book 1)
Going the Distance (book 2)
By Christa Cervone

You just read book one then two in this series as they do go in sequence.
I am reviewing these two reads together since I was able to read them back to back. I love this series and feel fortunate to have been given this chance to read Ms. Cevone's work for the first time. This story is captivating and i
Jul 27, 2014 rated it really liked it

This is book two in the series and thankfully it picks up right where we left off! I wasn’t too happy with the ending Christa left us with in On the Ropes. And unfortunately I didn’t get my happy ending right away in book two either, but it’s okay because the journey to get the ending I was after was a great one!

As the story opens we have Saint and Salem still apart and it’s now been 3 months since they were last together. Thanks to Gabe and his dumb assed idea to let Salem go back to Blaine wit
Books Laid Bare
Dec 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is the second book in the series and I have to say it was every bit as good as the first.
It was bursting at the seams with everything that you could possibly want.
If angst, pain and relationship is what you are looking for then this series is the one for you.
Emotionally I found the story challenging, it made me stare in disbelief at my kindle and had me reaching for tissues on so many occasions, difficult situations beautifully written with total control and accuracy. Simply put the handl
Jul 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second installment in the Down for the Count Series by Christa Cervone. It continues 3 months after the first installment On the Ropes.

Knowing he can't have the one woman that could change is womanizing ways, Saint is trying to get her off his mind and move on from his short time with Salem by throwing himself back into his work and training.

"She made me believe there was something between us, that she had feelings for me. She made me feel things I never knew existed, yet she didn't
Amie Morgado- We Stole Your Book Boyfriend
After the ending of Book 1 I was happy to have book 2 pick up in that spot. I still hate what is happening but I am just happy it did not fast forward years !! I love Gabriel , I have since the start. I mean he is a typical manwhore but that is just because he had not found anything worth fighting for and being true to. He now comes to realize nothing is going to get Salem out of his head. Salem is actually my enemy in this series. I know she is in a crappy position with the whole family/money & ...more
Gretchen Anderson
WOW! What an exciting series of books! I read the first one, On The Ropes, in order to do this blog tour for Going The Distance and I’m in love with this author.

Gabriel (“Saint”) is a major player. He knows everyone, wants to be a pro boxer, and loves his women. Well he loves them for a night or two. Like I said….major player. That is until he meets/sees….

Salem is bombshell model beautiful. She comes into the gym where Saint is training with her boyfriend, Blaine. Blaine wants to sponsor The Sai
May 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 out of 5 stars

I loved Saint (Gabriel) and Salem in On the Ropes, but they really stole my heart in Going the Distance. I felt like their struggles really made their successes that much sweeter. They came from two very different backgrounds, but they're still finding themselves drawn to each other with such force that they can't stay away.

I hated Blaine in the first book, but in this book I found myself loathing him. He really was such an a-hole that I could hardly stand to read his name. Sa
Apr 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Three months after Salem walked away. Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega is slowly putting his heart back together. He is also training again. Aside from his love life, things are going well for him. His brother, Jase is at his side and doing better with his handling his addiction. His career is on the fast track and things are finally falling into place.
Three months ago Salem walked away from the man she truly loved and from a man who treated her the way she deserved to be treated. Her life already mappe
Night Owl Reads
May 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Going the Distance by Christa Cervone: Review

*** Blogger Note: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.***

Going the Distance is a continuation of Gabriel and Salem’s story.

Three months after Salem walked away, Gabriel ‘The Saint’ Vega is back to his old self, training at Frankie’s gym, taking care of the kids in the before and after school program. He is on the road to finally having his chance at a title shot.

But he can’t get Salem out of his head. Three months h
Dec 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was give this ARC in return for my honest review. Okay now with that said, can
I say "Praise God" for this book. I became a fan of these two characters and was
so glad this second book starts off right where the first book left off. Again
this book is mainly written in the male POV, with snippets of female POV every
now and then.

The story opens back up to the back and forth relationship between Gabriel and
Salem. After their last steamy encounter each realize that being apart is for
the best.
Lustful Literature
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it

Going the Distance is the second book in the series. It picks up where the first book left off. Gabriel “The Saint” Vega and Salem have a connection and want to be together. The only thing that still stands in there way is her two timing boyfriend who she can’t seem to get the courage to leave. It is complicated, because Blaine owns the gym that Gabe works at and pretty much holds the cards to Gabe’s boxing future.

“Dude, you’re livin’ in a fuckin ‘ dream world
Brianna at Renee Entress's Blog

You must read book one before reading this book as this is the second in a series so I am going to try to keep this review as spoiler free as possible.

I loved this book. I am a huge fan of Christa Cervone so when I saw she had a new series coming out with fighters, I just knew it was going to be amazing and she did not disappoint. This book has twists, turns, love, loss, grief, and emotion. This book deals with family, friendships, love, and loss. I laughed. I cried. I smiled. I
Lena Dublin
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in Christa Cervone’s Down for the Count series. Although it could be read as a stand-alone, I would suggest reading the first book “On the Ropes”. It will help you better appreciate how far these characters have come. The theme in both books was never to judge a book by its cover. Gabriel “the Saint” Vega and Salem Harris came from two different worlds. In the beginning Salem only saw Gabriel as a rough and tumble fighter from the streets and Gabriel saw Salem as a rich s ...more
Breanna Eichhorn
This is a great continuation off of the first book. Gabriel's biggest fight isn't inside of the ring it's outside. He has tried to keep Salem off of his mind but it didn't work. Salem likes that Gabriel makes her feel so wanted and like she was the woman in the world. Gabriel sees Salem while he is getting ready to go into the sauna at TKO, he goes after Salem but before they could talk she backed out and left. He was so upset, he went after her but he ended up going to see Kitten. Kitten talks ...more
Michel Reinhard (Smut Book Junkie Reviews)
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We met the main characters and got a glimpse of their life in On The Ropes. Going The Distance is the sequel to that book and "meat" of the series.

Gabriel "Saint" Vega has fallen in love with the one woman he can never have, Salem Harris. Not only is she out of his league and in a different social class, she is also involved in a very serious relationship.

After a one night mistake, Gabriel vows to stay away from Salem. His desire for her is too strong to abstain. As these two finally start lett
Carey Sabala
Dec 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
Going the Distance by Christa Cervone is the second book in her Down for the Count series that follows the fighter Gabriel “The Saint” Vega. At the end of the first book, Gabriel had hooked up with his friends’ girl Salem for a night of love and passion but stupidly, he decided that they are not good together and in a moment of weakness, cut her loose. Since that fateful night, he can only think about Salem but decides to stick to his guns and stay away from her. Fast forward, 3 months later and ...more
May 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Awesome Follow-up!
This book was really great, it is the second in the Down for the Count series, and so if you haven't read On the Ropes yet, you should go ahead and do that first, so that this book makes more sense, you will get a full picture. This second book is just as good if not better than the first. This book picks up 3 months after Gabriel and Salem have their tryst, and then the two go their separate ways, for stupid reasons if you ask me. I didn't like that part as you can tell. I
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was given a ARC in exchange for my honest review.

Going the Distance we see a growth in these characters and I am so
very proud of them and Christa. We are taken on a roller coaster of
emotions and highs and lows and some things we never expected would
happen. Christa sure knows how deliver a emotionally captivating whirlwind romance story and I loved every second. Could not put it down.

Gabriel goes through a lot mentally in this book and Salem is there
for him, these two have such touching and am
Heather Young
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
4.5 Star Review

This is Book 2, On The Ropes is Book 1

What can I say about Gabriel "The Saint" Vega……...
1. Hot Guy
2. Hot Fighter Guy
3. Sexy Fighter Guy
4. Sweet Fighter Guy

I LOVED this book, I hadn't heard of Christa Cervone before this. I read On the Ropes first, WHICH IS A MUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I have become addicted/obsessed to all fighter books and Going the Distance didn't disappoint. We have all the major characters from OTR……

Gabriel "The Saint"
Jason- Gabriel's brother
Salem- Dating Blaine ( Th
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Born and raised in Western Massachusetts, Christa is a sucker for young love and happy endings—of all varieties. Her first book, Broken, was written as a tribute to the man she met and fell in love with at the young age of sixteen. Fast forward twenty-something years, they’re still going strong and navigating through life with three children, three dogs, and a lizard.

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Down for the Count (2 books)
  • On the Ropes (Down for the Count, #1)