Author: Vina Arno
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publish Date: April 14, 2015
Publisher: Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing
~ Book Synopsis ~
Siena has seen many patients come through the ER, but none as sexy as Tommy Raines. With a nasty cut over his eye, she knows he needs stitches, but after he takes off his shirt, she needs some air. With rock-hard abs and taut biceps, it’s clear this man takes care of his body. And all Siena can think about is letting him take care of hers…
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Dr. Siena Carr dropped the clipboard on the counter and washed her hands. When she turned around, she gasped. “What are you doing?”
The Juggernaut was undressing. Before she could say another word, he was naked. A glorious sight that sent her heart racing and her face burning. Did he know that he looked like a sculpture by Michelangelo? Except for the tattoo on his right shoulder, this man was David incarnate.
She looked away abruptly, grabbing the clipboard. She didn’t even know his name! She looked at his paperwork. Tommy Raines. “Mr. Raines, please put on your clothes.”
She continued scanning his form. Occupation: boxer. Age: twenty-two. Weight: 160 pounds. Height: six feet. Blood type: O positive. No pre-existing health conditions. His temperature and blood pressure were normal. Reason for ER visit: a cut sustained from sparring.
She faced him. Thank God, he was clothed again.
“Sorry about that,” he said. “I thought you’re supposed to check me out.”
Did he just say check him out? “Mr. Raines, this is an ER, not a bar. I don’t check out patients. Do you mean to say check up?”
He smiled. “Yeah, check up.”
“I’m going to take care of your cut, but I’m not doing a checkup. If you need one, you should go to your primary care doctor.”
“I don’t like doctors. I avoid hospitals and clinics as much as possible, but my cut kept bleeding even after I showered. So here I am.”
Doctors were, indeed, the last resort for macho guys who thought they were invincible. She didn’t need a vote of confidence, but a dose of tact would have been nice.
“Please sit down.” She pointed at the bed.
She crossed the room to pick up a pair of latex gloves from a cabinet. She drew a deep breath as she put them on. It was unnerving. First, Nancy and Jonah both insinuated that she was hunting for a boyfriend. Only five weeks after her breakup, she was as vulnerable as a gaping wound. Their teasing didn’t help. Second, this Juggernaut man had stripped in front of her, jarring her composure.
No matter. She turned around to face him. “Well, let’s have a look at you.”
“You’re too young to be a doctor.” He was sitting on the bed, his feet swinging.
“How old are you?” He was appraising her from head to toe.
Her face bloomed with heat as her blood pressure rose. How rude!
About the AuthorVina Arno is a pen name used by Cindy Fazzi. She is a Philippine-born American writer who has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. Her two decades of experience as a news reporter and editor includes working for the Associated Press. She has a master’s degree in journalism from Ohio State University. Her short stories have been published in Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review. Her debut romance, "In His Corner," published by Lyrical Press/Kensington Publishing, is scheduled for release on April 14, 2015.
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You can read more about Vina/Cindy in the April 2015 issue of Romance Times Book Review magazine
In His Corner by Vina Arno is a cute romance that I really wanted to love but I wound up merely liking. I found Siena's up-and-down feelings for Tommy hard to take the more I read. She's older than him (she's 26, he's 22) and her behavior is childish at times. The scene at the bar made her seem like a hypocrite. She enjoyed what he did and then split on the guy without a goodbye. I liked Tommy immediately, but his dialogue didn't always ring true. These two had so many ups-and-downs, I was surprised Siena even showed up for his big bout. I liked Siena's two close friends and the hospital staff added some chuckles. Tommy's home was cool as was his dog and his love/care for his sick mother was admirable. The insight into the boxing world was interesting. Fans of contemporary sports romances may want to check this title out.
Cover comment: It's okay.
Book source: Netgalley
GiveawayGiveaway for US and Canada only. One grand prize winner will receive $50 Amazon gift card, a wooden keepsake box with image of Siena (Italy), iBook Code for In His Corner, and Italian cookies and chocolates.
Nine other winners will each receive a iBook Code for In His Corner.