A boxer and a reporter, a love story. Okay, that was an interesting take on the sports-themed love story. Ali was my favorite smack talker, who had the chutzpah to back up his words. That was the model I had in my head for the male character. Also, in my head,the female reporter was a girlier version of Lisa Salters from ESPN.
I’m a sports junkie, so this story was in my zone with both material and content, as well as the sports action and sensual context. The start of this story was nicely done. The introduction of who Bella was and what she was about was detailed nicely. Bella was a journalist with limited knowledge about the sport of boxing. So when she was asked to cover The Prince in his fight for supremacy in the ring, she was not prepared by any means. But don’t think this journalist rolled over and played dead. In fact, she asked the fighter a few compelling questions, which in return she was able to get him to respond in a way no other reporter had ever accomplished in his career. And this began the new quest by Prince to get to know a certain woman and find a way to have her heart, compete, have his girl,and still remain a champion. Another factor in his desire was to be able to show his father Sir Kingfield; he was a superior athlete who only needed his father’s support, not his rhetoric and abuse.
Princeton was a complicated and passionate character in one body. From the start of the story, it was evident Prince had lots of baggage from his childhood. His circle of friends was very small, which also led me to believe his dad was a piece of work. Tony, Lil Tony, and Brandin were nice ancillary characters who added spunk to the story. In this story Gina was fun and a favorite to this reviewer. I liked her presence and funny demeanor.
I liked the pace of this story. The storyline had a few stories to keep this readers interest. The lovemaking and the relationship between Bella and Princeton steamed each page with passion and much love. The result of all the love nearly caused the couple to end the good thing they had going. I knew The King would find a way to hurt his son to the core. I hated the events led to a health crisis for his dad.
Later when Prince chose to fight a certain opponent, I was very worried. The guy with nothing to lose is a hard man to match wits with. The fight was well-written. It was a nice clear visual of every blow and connection and the sweat and blow after blow in the ring by both boxers. The women and their reaction to the fight were gut-wrenchingly clear. Bella’s especially. I could feel her pain. In the end, Prince did what he was supposed to do to claim his woman and his crown. This was an amazing read. 5 Stars! “I’m going to float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” ( Muhammad Ali) I’m out, Later!