Gio (5th Street #2) by Elizabeth Reyes

When tragedy strikes in the ring, Giovanni Bravo falls into a deep depression, walking away from his dream of boxing to train instead. He agrees to a two month get-away, helping train Felix Sanchez, his high school buddy and now welterweight champ of the world. Once at Felix’s lavish boxing complex, he’s reunited with Bianca Rubio, someone he remembers only as the girl with the innocent doe eyes back in high school. Her refreshing, cheerful demeanor not only takes Gio’s mind off his troubled conscience, he finds himself falling for her fast and hard. The problem—Bianca is Felix’s girlfriend.

Having a sexy, famous boyfriend has its perks, but they come with a price. Bianca not only has to deal with the ongoing tabloid rumors about her boyfriend's questionable relationships with other women, but also his constant absence when he is on the road. So now that Felix will be in town for two whole months to train for his next big bout, Bianca is thrilled. He’s even asked her to move into his cabin while he's there. But when he leaves for days at a time to promote his fight, Bianca spends time getting to know Felix’s gorgeous new trainer and good friend, Gio. Increasingly drawn to his sweet smile and smoldering green eyes, she finds herself saying and doing things she normally wouldn’t.

As it becomes more and more difficult to resist the mutual attraction, Gio crosses the line between them. He hopes that one kiss will alleviate the overwhelming temptation and clear both their systems, but it does just the opposite. Their temptation suddenly becomes an overwhelming longing--a longing that quickly forces Gio to realize this is more than just lust. He's fallen hard and to his delight so has she. Now he's forced to make the hardest decision of his life. Risk losing a long time friend or walk away from the only girl he's ever loved. 

I could have liked this book so much. Gio was such a likable character, even from the first book he was my favourite. 
In this book we have Felix, Gio's old friend that's coming back to 5th street so he can train with him. Then we meet Felix's girlfriend Bianca, the girl that Gio was secretly crushing in high school. Gio & Bianca share a connection, they feel strongly attracted to one another. At first they try to fight it, but as the time passes they start to fall for eachother.

" No matter what, this won't end well. You know that right?" 

I didn't feel the passion or the love between them. The connection was almost nonexistent and their conversations didn't really flow well and were a little too cheesy at times.
My main problem though was cheating. HELL TO THE NO. I just can't get past this. Sometimes when it's done right I don't mind so much. But god, in this one I hated how it got handled. Maybe it was cause I loved Felix. There I said it. I don't know why, but ever since I saw him in this book, it was all about him. I really can't wait to read his book! 

Overall I think this was an okay read. It had some unnecessary drama but it was still fun.
Now of to the next one, Hector here I come!


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