Romance in the Limelight:   In His Corner

The emergency room is the last place on earth you would expect to find romance. That is what the hero of In His Corner by Vina Arno thinks. But Tommy Raines, an Olympic gold-medalist boxer known as the Juggernaut, falls head over heels for the beautiful doctor who stitches up his cut. Their singular encounter in the ER leads to a passionate but rocky romance.

In His Corner in the limelight . . .

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In His Corner   Blurb


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 workout…


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…

In His Corner   Excerpt

Dr. Siena Carr dropped the clipboard on the counter and washed her hands. When she turned around, she gasped. "What are you doing?"

The Juggernaut was undressing. Before she could say another word, he was naked. A glorious sight that sent her heart racing and her face burning. Did he know that he looked like a sculpture by Michelangelo? Except for the tattoo on his right shoulder, this man was David incarnate.

She looked away abruptly, grabbing the clipboard. She didn’t even know his name! She looked at his paperwork. Tommy Raines. "Mr. Raines, please put on your clothes."

She continued scanning his form. Occupation:   boxer. Age:   twenty-two. Weight:   160 pounds. Height:   six feet. Blood type:   O positive. No pre-existing health conditions. His temperature and blood pressure were normal. Reason for ER visit:   a cut sustained from sparring.

She faced him. Thank God, he was clothed again.

"Sorry about that," he said. "I thought you’re supposed to check me out."

Did he just say check him out? "Mr. Raines, this is an ER, not a bar. I don’t check out patients. Do you mean to say check up?"

He smiled. "Yeah, check up."

"I’m going to take care of your cut, but I’m not doing a checkup. If you need one, you should go to your primary care doctor."

"I don’t like doctors. I avoid hospitals and clinics as much as possible, but my cut kept bleeding even after I showered. So here I am."

Doctors were, indeed, the last resort for macho guys who thought they were invincible. She didn’t need a vote of confidence, but a dose of tact would have been nice.

"Please sit down." She pointed at the bed.

She crossed the room to pick up a pair of latex gloves from a cabinet. She drew a deep breath as she put them on. It was unnerving. First, Nancy and Jonah both insinuated that she was hunting for a boyfriend. Only five weeks after her breakup, she was as vulnerable as a gaping wound. Their teasing didn’t help. Second, this Juggernaut man had stripped in front of her, jarring her composure.

No matter. She turned around to face him. "Well, let’s have a look at you."

"You’re too young to be a doctor." He was sitting on the bed, his feet swinging.

"Excuse me?"

"How old are you?" He was appraising her from head to toe.

Her face bloomed with heat as her blood pressure rose. How rude!

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About the Author

Vina Arno is a pen name used by Cindy Fazzi, a Philippine-born American writer who has worked as a journalist in the Philippines, Taiwan, and the United States. Her short stories have been published in the Snake Nation Review, Copperfield Review, and SN Review.

You can learn more about Vina and her dual career in this Forbes article:
"3 Career Reinvention Tips From A Reporter Turned Romance Writer."

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