A boxer, an alpha and he’s fine. Meet Dario Caivano #book @PerriForrest


I have author Perri Forrest on the blog today as she chats about her new interracial romance novel, In The Ring. I wanted her to share a little about the characters in the book. This is what she has to say.


Name ten things about the main character in your book?

  • He’s fine. He’s a boxer. He’s guarded. He suffered loss at an early age. He is protective of those he loves. He’s an alpha male. His name is Dario Caivano. He’s never been in a committed relationship . . . until her.

Please tell the readers who are the main characters?

  • Dario Caivano. Chanel Norwood is his love interest.

What is the conflict in the story?

  • Not necessarily conflict just a paced progression toward love. Dario is guarded and has never really entertained being in a relationship and Chanel was in a relationship with another athlete previously and is not in a hurry to be in another—especially with another athlete—so she’s reluctant at first.

Which characters are you most like?

  • I’m in both characters. As always, there’s pieces of me in each character that I write. Both Dario and Chanel have characteristics of mine and how I’d be in certain situations and in dealing with certain people. If I had to choose one over the other, I’d say that Chanel is most like me in that she loves her son with her entire being and he comes first in all that she does. Intimate relationships are secondary to motherhood and goal-striving. She’s the same way.


Thank you for sharing, Perri.

Karissa Signature


Here’s more about In The Ring:

“In the Ring” introduces Dario “DC” Caivano, heavyweight champion, who is also a man with a heavy heart. It isn’t without reason, however. As a teenager, Dario witnessed the murder of someone that he loved like a brother, and it took a lot out of him. It hardened him and left little to trust. Years have passed since the horrific crime, but it hasn’t gotten Dario any closer to being a man that can love . . . or be loved. In fact, he’s his best self when he’s in the ring where he can release his aggressions, if only for twelve rounds of “play”, to escape to a world where he can repeatedly annihilate the person responsible for his cousin’s death.

But what happens when he allows himself to come up for air?

Chanel Norwood is a single parent and club owner who is something like a “Boss”. She’s fiercely independent and knows exactly what she wants out of life, and right now it isn’t to be in an intimate relationship. She’s too busy taking care of business and raising a preteen son. After a failed relationship, Chanel has sworn off men—especially athletes. In her eyes, she’s already had one too many.

But how long can you fight fate?

When Dario and Chanel are thrown together, while the attraction is there, sparks don’t immediately fly. Both of them have lives and hearts that they’re very protective of. But as time goes on, they find there’s more to guard than just emotions when their worlds collide in a way that no one ever expected.

“In the Ring” is not without its share of secrets, drama, and ah-ha moments. Overall, it’s a story of love, loss, life and paths to new beginnings.


Purchase Links:

Amazon US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071DBQD6Q/

Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B071DBQD6Q/

Amazon CA: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B071DBQD6Q/


Here’s more about Perri:

Perri Forrest is a California based author with close to twenty titles to her credit. A writer who becomes one with her characters, Perri has produced numerous outstanding titles including having reached number one in Interracial Romance, as well as African American Romance on the Amazon Best Sellers list. The fan favorite novel, Captivated was an international hit debuting at number two in Women’s Fiction for three consecutive weeks on the Amazon Best Sellers list in the United Kingdom and the United States.

Having studied psychology, Perri delves into the intrinsic elements that make her characters tick. She consistently creates strong female leads weaving in the complexities of fiction and real life. This dynamic writer, who has penned stories since a preteen, ensures that each novel is mixed with insight, passion and love. Having only professionally written for just shy of three years, Perri was nominated Best Romance Author of 2015 by Urban Books, Authors, and Writers of America (UBAWA). Perri’s was also nominated for 2016 Romance Author of the Year by African Americans on the Move Book Club (AAMBC).

An unintentional venture into blogging allowed Perri to express her raw emotion, break down her personal barriers and explore her gift of writing. Ultimately Perri’s blogs resulted in fans adoring her work and clamoring to read more. Writing quickly became her sole driving force, and her goal is to nurture the minds and hearts of the readers who trust her to feed their literary appetites.

When not creating her own captivating characters, Perri can be found enjoying a good suspense thriller. She credits the work of James Patterson and Lisa Unger as being among her favorites. She also loves playing Words with Friends, which has been a constant companion while writing the bulk of her literary works.

Social Links:

Twitter handle  https://twitter.com/PerriForrest

Facebook: https://www.faceboook.com/perriforrest

Website: http://www.perriforrest.com

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you so much for hosting me today! I sincerely appreciate the opportunity to be here on your platform, meeting new readers and answering any questions that may arise. Thanks again!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Karissa Thorpe says:

      You’re welcome, Perri.


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