Below the Belt by Jeanette Murray
There’s more than one way to win in the debut of the First to Fight series…
Athletic trainer Marianne Cook is ready to do whatever it takes to turn the men of the Marine Corps boxing team into fighting machines. After all, her ultimate goal is to land a job training professional athletes. But when she notices a certain hard-bodied marine trying to hide an injury, Marianne realizes that she’ll have to use covert tactics to get him talking.
First Lieutenant Brad Costa has waited years for the chance to fight for a spot on the Marine Corps boxing team, knowing he has to push twice as hard to get half as far as his younger counterparts. Brad tries to downplay his injuries to the attractive trainer who has his dreams in her hands, but Marianne isn’t buying it. Maybe it’s time to deploy some targeted flattery.
Brad is a Marine fighting for a spot on the boxing team. Marianne is the Marine boxing teams Athletic Trainer. Jeanette knows how to make you feel the connection between these two and I enjoyed seeing the fight between what they share in their words and what they feel. Brad has a “knee jerk” reaction to make a choice that could cost him everything he’s worked for as well as something he didn’t know he was searching for. The fight to make good on his choices was a strenuous one, with pain, and powerful realizations. He learns the importance of being a team player, a leader, and to love pamphlets. Marianne is patient and makes her presence known with her support and dedication to every Marine she works with. I definitely got the family feels from this group of Marines. Their camaraderie with one another and how they pull together hit a place of peace and happiness within me. I can’t wait for the next in this new series by Jeanette. Give the Marines a try and find your next book crush! Rating: 4 stars
So I finished reading this book…
The first book in the First to Fight series, Below the Belt, by “new to me” author, Jeanette Murray.
This book was an entertaining, feel-good story with plenty of honorable and adorable characters. I couldn’t help getting a bit of a book crush on these marines who added interest and sexiness to the storyline. Men in uniform, serving and boxing, noble and hot as heck, a lethal mix to any woman! The only drawback for me was the lack of connection I felt with the main female character. Marianne had it together, she was smart, hardworking and funny, but somehow I just didn’t get that instant connection or bond to her as a character.
Nonetheless, I enjoyed this book; I liked the authors writing style and the bit of mystery mixed in, as well as the development of the supporting characters. Give this a try for fun, amusing, light and sexy read and find your next Book Crush! 3.5 Stars