With: Jennifer Fusco
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When I sat down to write a sports romance novel, I watched a lot of sports themed movies. I spent hours taking notes to capture the mood, and the language along with the guts and glory. But one thing I noticed in all sports movies was that no matter what our hero faced it was the woman behind the man that made the story complete. Every athlete – no matter how big the ring, field or court, has his woman, the person who really makes the man who he is.
Rocky had Adrian. Bull Durham’s Crash Davis had Annie Savoy. The Fighter’s Micky Ward had Charlene Fleming both on and off the screen. And for all their bravery, sacrifice, hardships, dedication and training, it was the relationship they had with their significant other that moved the story forward.
Rocky needs Adrian’s support, and when support waivers, he can’t be the fighter he wants to be. Crash is in love with Annie whether he wants to be or not, and Charlene is the only one close to Micky who sees (besides us) that for Micky to make it in boxing, he needs to control his family first.
So, it’s no surprise in my debut novel, FIGHTING FOR IT, Jack’s relationship with Daniella is the key to his future. He needs her. Whether he wants to need her is a different story. And like in all the really good sports movies, that relationship determines just how far Jack can go.
Jack Brady is typical of a lot of athletes. He has a big ego. It takes a woman as professional, and cool-headed as Daniella to keep Jack’s ego in check. Their personality contrast is key to their sexual tension.
Here’s an excerpt of FIGHTNG FOR IT:
“I’m running this show,” she said clearly, assuredly. “The sooner you accept it, the better off you’ll be.”
He took a step toward her. “And if I don’t?”
When she didn’t respond, he took another step forward. She didn’t flinch. She couldn’t. This was the time to show she was in charge. Then he took another step closer, then another until they were face-to-face.
His musky scent radiated off his body. His icy stare bore deep into her, drilling to the core of her nerves. She couldn’t let him have his way. He’d driven her out of Stamina once before. That summer, all those years ago, she was young and did what she was told. But now she was a woman. And this was her business; he was her fighter.
He’d learn to accept it or he could . . .
Wait. Where was he going?
Jack stepped beside her, then kept walking past her. She turned and allowed her eyes to follow him down the length of the gym. He opened the door. Sunlight cast across the concrete, but as quickly as it lit the floor, it was gone.
And so was Jack.
So tell me, what’s your favorite sports-themed movie and why do you like it? Post your comments below and one lucky winner will be chosen to receive an e-book copy of FIGHTING FOR IT.
The first in a sexy new series where the hard-hitters of Las Vegas’s Stamina boxing gym are K.O.-ed by the women they never saw coming...
After suffering a devastating loss during his last fight, heavyweight boxer Jack Brady’s whole career went down for the count. Now, his late manager’s daughter has inherited his contract and Jack is pleased to discover that the girl he fell in love with as a kid has grown into a strong, sexy woman—until she makes it clear that Jack has no choice but to get in the ring.
Daniella Chambers is determined to get her father’s failing gym back on track with Jack’s upcoming fight. She knows Jack’s got the talent to become champion and decides to force the unmotivated fighter away from the neon lights of Vegas to train in the seclusion of her lake house. But when they take a time out from their sessions to steam up the bedroom, the urge to win gets all tangled up with their desires.
Now, Jack’s fight is swiftly approaching, and the fate of the gym isn’t the only thing on the ropes...
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