Monday, November 17, 2014

Felix (5th Street #5) by Elizabeth Reyes: Blog Tour Review, Excerpt & Giveaway


They say the only good thing about hitting rock bottom is that it can't get any worse . . . or can it?

World famous boxing champ, Felix Sanchez, had it all—the fame, the fortune, and all the women any man could ask for. When the hours of partying followed by hours spent in court and in rehab begin to outnumber the hours he spends training, losing his title comes as no surprise to everyone. The world assumes he deserved to lose it.

Only those closest to Felix know the real truth behind his sudden downward spiral. And if Felix has his way, no one else ever will. With an uncertain future ahead of him, he heads back to his roots—5th Street—the gym that started it all for him. It's where he meets the humble but mighty little Ms. Ella.

The only times Felix had ever decided to forgo the usual meaningless fling and try a real relationship he was burned badly. Now the adorable but tenacious self-defense instructor has him considering this love thing one more time.

Then just when he begins to worry that his past is letting his possessive and jaded heart get the best of him, he's blindsided in the most brutal way—he's brought to his knees—to what could be the one low in his life he may never recover from.

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Last night he'd done just that, and tonight he was confirming it. Even if he did try to deny it, which he wasn't, his body and soul had claimed her. She was his. Ella belonged to Felix now. He could try to fight the possessive instincts all he wanted, but he already knew it was how his heart felt and there'd be no changing that.

Ella had made one thing clear. You didn't tell a girl like her you'd just claimed her. He closed his eyes for a moment then squeezed them a little tighter as the thought of her with Grayson--or with anyone else--lit his insides.

"Something wrong?" she asked.

Felix's eyes flew open and he smiled. "No," he said, shaking his head slowly, "not at all."

Maybe he couldn't tell her she belonged to him now, but he sure as shit would be making it clear to anyone who tried to argue that she didn't.

About the Author:

"I write because I must. It's not a choice or a pastime, it's an unyielding calling and my passion."

~Elizabeth Reyes~

USA Today Bestselling Author, Elizabeth Reyes continues to answer her calling on a daily basis. Since releasing her debut novel FOREVER MINE (MORENO BROTHERS #1) in 2010 she has since published six more in that series, FOREVER YOURS, SWEET SOFIE, WHEN YOU WERE MINE, ALWAYS BEEN MINE, ROMERO and MAKING YOU MINE, with more stories about the Moreno family and their friends to come. She's also published a second series, 5th Street which includes, NOAH, GIO, HECTOR, ABEL. FELIX the fifth in the series is scheduled to release November 13th 2014. Her Moreno Brother's spinoff series FATE includes FATE, & BREAKING BRANDON, there is also more of this series still to come. Her latest release and first in a brand new series is DESERT HEAT about the diverse but equally sexy Santiago Brothers living in Las Vegas.

When she's not writing (which is rare)she spends as much time as she can with her husband of over twenty years, two teen children, Great Dane, Dexter and big fat lazy cat, Tyson.

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Review by Yvette:

Elizabeth Reyes had her work cut out for her when it came to redeeming the playboy reputation of her newest 5th Street hero, Felix Sanchez. Therefore, it seemed fitting that his love interest, Ella Castellano, would be his complete opposite – innocent, humble, grounded in reality, and mature beyond her years. Felix is a celebrity whose fame has emerged not only from his boxing career, but from his turbulent personal life, and Ella is a far cry from Felix's typical arm candy with her petite frame and seemingly plain appearance. As unlikely a pair as they may seem, their romance is undeniably sweet, evoking all those butterfly-in-the-stomach feelings of having a new crush and experiencing those nerve-wracking moments of navigating a burgeoning relationship. Unfortunately for Felix and Ella, there are outside forces working against them, attempting to derail their road to Happily Ever After.

What I most love about the 5th Street series – aside from the swoon-worthy heroes, of course – is that the heroines are easy to relate to, no matter the difference in their age and/or profession. Ella teaches self-defense classes at the 5th Street Gym and, despite her young age, she has a quiet confidence that I appreciated for its simplicity. Although she is levelheaded and firmly grounded in the real world, Felix is the one person that could turn her world upside down. Despite her disapproval in Felix's headline-making personal and professional choices, Ella can't help but be attracted to him against her better judgment. While her character is nothing like the woman I imagined would’ve caught Felix’s attention, that’s exactly what makes her perfect for him. Their differences worked well together, with each complementing the other’s strengths and weaknesses.

I loved that Ella was a strong and confident character but I must admit that Felix captured my heart over the course of the narrative. Felix came as a complete surprise because, of all the characters in the series, he has grown the most from where he started. It was an unexpectedly emotional experience getting a glimpse into the side of Felix only a handful of people know about – a side that’s astonishingly vulnerable and insecure. If you had asked me prior to starting Felix, "sensitive", "thoughtful", and "romantic" aren't words I would've used to describe the title character, but Felix demonstrates all of these characteristics and more. Felix is an emotionally turbulent journey that evoked a number of intense reactions within me as I progressed through the story. This book beautifully wrapped up not only the story of a character that needed and deserved a chance at redemption, but also the stories of characters I have grown to know and love throughout the series.

Rating: 5 Stars

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  1. Sounds like a great series. I haven't read any of Elizabeth's books, but I welcome the chance. Thanks :)

  2. I love this series, and I love ALL of Elizabeth Reyes' books. I am reading Felix now and loving it! He is delicious! Love fighter's intensity and alpha characteristics!

  3. Can't wait to read this one! Adore Elizabeth Reyes' books!

  4. Thanks for this post. I'm so happy to finally be able to complete the series. I look forward to reading Felix!

  5. I love fighter books. Can't wait to read these

  6. Thanks for introducing me to a great new series!!

  7. Love the series. Look forward to reading. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Have the whole series on my kindle, will be starting soon, thanks for the giveaway!

  9. Thanks for the giveaway! I have added these books to my TBR!

  10. I've heard a lot of good things about this series. I'll have to check this out soon!

  11. I want this! Thanks for the giveaway!