In His Corner

In His Corner

by Vina Arno

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In His Corner 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
jojoNE More than 1 year ago
As a reader obsessed with sports-themed romances the premise of this story hooked me immediately. As the burgeoning relationship between Siena and Tommy unfolded though it was clear that it was going to be a rocky romance indeed. From misunderstandings to preconceived notions and prejudices, their time together was rife with frustrations amidst a few steamy interludes. It all added up to a story that showed great promise but left me conflicted once the final page was turned. Siena is a girl who comes from money and who's used to the finer things in life. Her previous relationships have been with men like her, from an Ivy League school with a well-paying white collar job. She cares about the patients she works on but it's clear that on a personal level she's a snob...which is reiterated by her friends, her coworkers, and even Tommy. While many things about Tommy disappoint her, in particular is his boxing which wars with her job of healing people, she can't help but be drawn to him as his sweaty body and dangerous side has her wanting to break free from her picture perfect existence. These conflicting feelings lead to an inner sexually-charged battle of wills that results in a lot of wishy-washy moments from her which left me frustrated by her juvenile behavior. She was a hot and cold character that I ultimately couldn't connect with despite moments of kindness and the crackling connection that she occasionally allowed to shine through when she was with Tommy. Tommy, on the other hand, was someone I could connect with courtesy of his down to earth nature. He's a caring guy with a heart of gold who left college to care for his dying mother. He speaks his mind, no subterfuge for him, which sometimes makes him appear abrasive but at least it makes him honest. He hasn't let his growing fame go to his head and is still just part of the neighborhood. He's endearing in his awkwardness when it comes to relationships and understanding women, but his issues also exacerbate the frustrating tug of war that becomes his and Siena's relationship. He wants her wholeheartedly but often acts before he thinks which angers her and has them taking two steps forward and three steps back repeatedly. Some of their problems are a result of his being young but his father's abandonment also contribute to their rocky road to HFN. It all combines to make a young man you can't help but like for all his awkwardness, outspokenness, and dedication to his family and his sport. This was a good story that I desperately wanted to love. It had some enjoyable moments but Siena's inner battle over class differences marred much of the romance. For Tommy alone I felt compelled to keep turning the pages as I was rooting for him as his big fight drew closer. The world of boxing was nicely depicted so as not to overwhelm readers but draw them in to the fights going on in the ring as well as out of it. There was also a large cast of secondary characters who were a fun and supportive group who clearly loved Tommy too. Though this was my first time reading Ms. Arno, the promise I saw in this story has me wanting to give her another chance as I eagerly await her next book.
ValerieL More than 1 year ago
4.5 out of 5 stars - I really wish these sites would allow half stars! "In His Corner" is a short novel (139 pages) from author Vino Arno and I really enjoyed it. This is a steamier romance for those who are sensitive about that, but I wouldn't necessarily put it in a super-steamy category. Synopsis: An Emergency Medicine doctor from an upper-class East Coast upbringing meets a boxer who grew up in a working-class neighborhood in San Francisco. Together, the sparks fly, but being from two different backgrounds, it takes a lot of compromises on both sides to make things work between them. Review: I really enjoyed this story. In fact, the only reason it doesn't get 5 out of 5 is it was lacking a "wow" factor or a significant emotional hook, which is part of my 5 star criteria. Even without those, it was a still a great story and I enjoyed it thoroughly! Tommy, our boxer, and Siena, our doctor, are enjoyable characters. They're surprisingly complex given the short length of the story. They're perhaps not quite as well-rounded as I would expect in a longer novel, but the amount of complexity and detail that Ms. Arno does provides works well within the short length of the story. I liked them both a lot, though I liked Tommy just a little bit more. Siena's great, but there are a couple of areas where her reactions to things are a bit more uptight than I expected. I don't want to give any spoilers away, so that's all I'm going to say about that! The settings in this book were well-defined without being too wordy. I could easily visualize the places that Siena and Tommy were in, without being bored with the descriptions. It's hard to obtain that balance and Ms. Arno does so splendidly. Similarly, the descriptions of clothing and other details were "just right" for me. I can be difficult to please in this area, but Ms. Arno hits that "sweet spot" throughout the whole story. The story line in the book moved along at a decent pace. Even though it's a short novel, I didn't feel as if the story moved along so fast that I couldn't keep up. Ms. Arno creates a compelling story line that doesn't bog down nor does it move too fast. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and would like to read more from Ms. Arno in the future! Pick it up and enjoy! Stay tuned for an interview with the author! [I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for my fair and honest review. My review was not influenced by this, nor was I compensated for my review. All opinions and conclusions are my own.]
ilanac13 More than 1 year ago
Title: In His Corner Author: Vina Arno Publisher/Year: Kensington 4/14/15 Length: 123 pages Overview 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
Live-Laugh-Ducks More than 1 year ago
I'm a sucker for fighter romances, or really any sports themed romances. Who doesn't want want to see the big tough guy be brought to his knees by a strong, lovable woman? This book was an instant 'want to read.' My first impression was that the story is rushed, and it held through to the end. The story seemed to jump instead of transition. Honestly, I wanted more of these two. I wanted more character and relationship development. I wanted to get to know their friends more. I wanted more moments of the young, full of himself alpha male and completely contradictory sweet and scared of love, Tommy; and even more of the snob Siena. The characters grew a lot in such a short amount of time, its unreal. I loved their relationship, though! I just want more! I love that Tommy is younger than Siena, though I'm surprised that wasn't a bigger point of confrontation in the book. I was pleasantly (and maybe not so much at times) surprised that the sex scenes were very tame and realistic (other than their voyeurism, of course). This is a book to enjoy without leaving you feeling jealous as many modern romances can do. Overall, this is a sweet, quick read and I enjoyed it. **Book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A knockout! The characters were interesting and the story flowed nicely. I recommend this book to anyone who is looking for some entertainment and a quick read.
Crazyfourbooks More than 1 year ago
I liked this one! I received an ecopy in exchange for my honest opinion. The opposites attract thing proved to really work with this book. I read it straight through in one sitting. I liked it a great deal to stick with it even though one of the characters got on my nerves. ;-) You will find a popular fighter who is just one of the guys, a snobbish Doctor, supportive friends, plenty of sexy scenes, problems brought on by differences, and obviously, romance in this book.
RomanticReadsandSuch More than 1 year ago
There’s an interesting mix of things going on in In His Corner. Siena is a little uptight and secure in her gilded life. She volunteers to help the less fortunate, works in an ER (but at an upscale hospital) and gives to charity, but she doesn’t really know how the other half lives. Then Tommy steps into her life … and gives it a good shake. At the beginning, we see her fighting her attraction for him because of his more coarse nature – he’s nothing at all like she’s used to. Then once they are together those differences continue to cause issues. I think I’d like a glimpse of how they work things out longer term (because they are so different) but I really loved the ending and the realizations that they come to. It is less a book about a fighter than it is about a high-class girl and a working-stiff, but the old plotline works for a reason. In the hands of a good author, like Arno, it makes for a fantastic read. (Complimentary copy provided in exchange for an honest review)
weluvdopey More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable! This was an enjoyable book; Siena is an emergency room doctor and is used to patients coming through the ER with injuries. But when she walks into the room and sees Tommy, a very sexy boxer she can’t take her eyes off of him. Tommy has put his personal life on hold so he can focus on his boxing career, which is until he sees Siena. He is determined to show this prim and proper lady how do a real workout in the bedroom. This was a great book; I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.  A Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.