REVIEW: Below the Belt by Jeanette Murray


Below The Belt

First To Fight Book One

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There’s more than one way to win in the debut of the First to Fight series…

Athletic trainer Marianne Cook is ready to do whatever it takes to turn the men of the Marine Corps boxing team into fighting machines. After all, her ultimate goal is to land a job training professional athletes. But when she notices a certain hard-bodied marine trying to hide an injury, Marianne realizes that she’ll have to use covert tactics to get him talking.

First Lieutenant Brad Costa has waited years for the chance to fight for a spot on the Marine Corps boxing team, knowing he has to push twice as hard to get half as far as his younger counterparts. Brad tries to downplay his injuries to the attractive trainer who has his dreams in her hands, but Marianne isn’t buying it. Maybe it’s time to deploy some targeted flattery.

As Brad and Marianne’s attraction turns red-hot, there’s more than one person having a hard time keeping their eyes on the prize…



A sweet story of a Marine who learns what he needs in life, and of an athletic trainer who finds what she really wants. In the end, they both realize what’s important.

Marianne is a new trainer to the Marine Corps Boxing team and she’s determined to do everything she can go make sure these Marines are taken care of. She wants to prove herself by helping them. And really she’s a take-no-nonsense type of woman because she has to be–Marine men aren’t the type to believe in things an athletic trainer will say or simply because she’s a woman. She finds a way to help while also teaching. After awhile the men trust her. But the one she wants to, the one who is hurting, isn’t willing to admit his pain.

Brad Costa is fulfilling a dream. He’s wanted to win a spot on the Marine Boxing team ever since he was little. He’s fighting hard for it, bleeding for it, and will not let anything stand in his way. He won’t admit defeat, even when his body screams at him to do so. Even when the beautiful trainer starts asking questions, he’s determined to hide it. But his deferral tactics backfire tremendously because the man who tends to go solo has snagged the trainer and it gets harder and harder to admit the truth.

Brad and Marianne were two incredibly strong individuals who were very prideful and stubborn. But they were able to curve around that part of themselves to start their relationship. They distracted each other from pressing issues, and ended up exactly where they needed to be. It was a beautiful love story of one man who had enough strength to succumb to his woman in every way, and one woman who found her happily ever after.



Jeanette Murray

Jeanette also writes contemporary romance under the name Kat Murray.

Jeanette spends her days surrounded by hunky alpha male heroes…at least in her mind. In real life, she’s a one-hero kind of woman. When she’s not chasing her daughter or their lovable-but-stupid Goldendoodle around the house, she’s deep in her own fictional world, building another love story. She and her family recently settled on the outskirts of St. Louis, and they are having fun exploring their new area.

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