Review: In His Corner by Vina Arno


Title: In His Corner
Author: Vina Arno
Publisher/Year:  Kensington 4/14/15
Length:   123 pages


Work Out

No sex for almost a year could kill a guy, but when you’re the boxer known as the Juggernaut, it’s the price you pay for turning pro. Tommy’s fully dedicated to his craft, until he meets the incredibly gorgeous Dr. Siena Carr. Now he’s looking forward to taking on this prim and proper lady in a wet and wild work-out…

Knock Out

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…

My Thoughts

One of my favorite things ever is to find new authors and take a look at what they’re writing in the hopes of discovering a new favorite.  Through the network of Goodreads folks, this author reached out to me in the hopes that i may take a look at this story and of course i was thrilled.

What we have here is a really sweet story of the well off leading lady Siena (with 1 ‘N’) who’s moved to San Fran for med school and now is working at a private hospital there.  Her family is from the East Coast and is fairly successful and well off as well, having the best of everything, and as a result, her tastes are fairly expensive and high end.

Of course, that is in complete contradiction to that of Tommy or the ‘Juggernaut’ who is a very well known and successful boxer on the cusp of turning pro.  He’s young, and rough around the edges, but seems to have a really sweet soul.

Their paths cross when he comes into her ER and from then on, you see that they are connected through a connection that doesn’t make sense and is not going to be easy, but still seems to work.

The story itself is a really nice one – i think that you constantly hope that they find a way to be together even though their ages, backgrounds, and tastes vary so much.  The question that we’re constantly thinking about during this story is who’s going to bend, and at what cost. Compromise is needed in a relationship, but because they are so different, it means that someone’s going to lose their identity and i wonder if that’s going to be a good thing or not.  It’s a roller coaster for sure, and the distraction and constant break-ups takes a toll on Tommy’s career and well, i think that’s where you get hooked since it’s so disappointing.

If there was one critique that i could make on this, it’s how the ‘romantic’ scenes are written.  Being as deeply into the genre as I am, i think that there are word choices that i tend to lean towards or away, and there could be a bit more finessing in these scenes to make them hotter and more ‘sophisticated’ i guess the word could be.  That’s not to say that the way this story was written didn’t keep me engaged because it did, i think that there could be some further editing to take it to the next level.

All in all though, while i’m not a huge fan of stand alone stories since i like to get into a character’s head a bit more – this was a good one off and i’m glad that Ms Arno reached out to me to take a read.  Happy Saturday everyone!

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