Series: Knockout Love #1
Published by Kelley R. Martin on September 30th, 2014
Genres: Contemporary Romance
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ÔÇ£Tattooed package of sin.ÔÇØ
ThatÔÇÖs how Savannah Ryan would describe her new boss, Declan Whitmore, the deliciously tatted and pierced fighter who holds the top spot in BostonÔÇÖs newest underground fighting organization. SheÔÇÖd also describe him as bossy, arrogant, andÔÇödepending on what he does to piss her off that particular dayÔÇöan asshole.
ItÔÇÖs that aloof attitude, along with SavannahÔÇÖs witty comebacks and tight little body that land her on his radar. Unfortunately for her, Declan is relentless when he sets his sights on someone, both in and out of the ring. Unfortunately for him, this recently reformed bad girl is trying to go straight after heading down a dangerous path. SheÔÇÖs not going to make this easy for him. In fact, sheÔÇÖs going to make itÔÇöand himÔÇövery, very hard.
DeclanÔÇÖs not worried, though. HeÔÇÖll have Savannah come hell or high water, because if thereÔÇÖs one word heÔÇÖd use to describe her, itÔÇÖs ÔÇ£MINE.ÔÇØ
First offÔÇªif I could, I would (just slightly blushing) lick the cover art for this book. Can you say yum? Good choice and perfect setup for the book. Every single time I picture Declan, thatÔÇÖs what I see. Well done!
I loved the writing style in this book. If I ever gave it a go of pouring myself into printed word, this would be the same tone, style of jokes, and cadence that would come to me. Seriously, I loved the throwback ÔÇ£YouÔÇÖre killing me, Smalls.ÔÇØ Martin does a fabulous job of drawing you into the story, making you love the characters and cheer them on.
Savannah. She is one tough cookie. Her life has been far less than peaches and cream. IÔÇÖm going to put it out thereÔÇªsheÔÇÖs got balls of steel and is one tough cookie. She finds herself living in her car and down on her luck. Rather than making a living taking off her clothes, she is willing to work hard so she can pull herself up by her boot straps. I so admire this trait in a female character.┬á SheÔÇÖs not weak though she can be stubborn and hardheaded at times. ItÔÇÖs a survival trait.┬á But, from one hard head to another, thatÔÇÖs not always a bad thing. Besides, it makes cracking the nut that much sweeter.
Savannah ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt need your help.ÔÇØ Declan ÔÇ£Everybody needs help now and then. ThereÔÇÖs no shame in it.ÔÇØ
Declan.┬á Declan, oh, Declan. You sweet, gorgeous, tortured soul. His immediate draw to Savannah is unmistakable. The way he bullies his way into helping her is downright adorable. Shoot, itÔÇÖs great foreplay.┬á The head butting is so perfectly written, and come one, who canÔÇÖt like a guy that wants to do your laundry and feed you?!
Declan ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm, uh, gonna make us something to eat…ÔÇØ
Savannah ÔÇ£IÔÇÖm not hungryÔÇØ
Declan ÔÇ£I donÔÇÖt care.┬á YouÔÇÖre too skinny.┬á YouÔÇÖre gonna eatÔÇªJust do it for my sake, okay?┬á I wonÔÇÖt be able to sleep tonight if I think youÔÇÖre hungryÔÇªÔÇØ
Savannah only wants casualÔÇösex only, please. Declan wants it all and is not afraid to flip the script. SheÔÇÖs scared. SheÔÇÖs a reformed bad girl and is afraid to trust. Declan wonÔÇÖt let her.
Savannah ÔÇ£What happened to keeping things strictly physical?┬á This is more than sex.┬á A lot more.ÔÇØ
Declan ÔÇ£Yeah, about thatÔÇªIÔÇÖve decided sex isnÔÇÖt enough.┬á I want it all.┬á I want everything from you.ÔÇØ
Cue melted panties.
Of course, we have a plot twist. Will I spill the beans? Of course not! What I can say is that we get to know what makes Declan tick. SavannahÔÇÖs hard candy coating cracks when she realizes that itÔÇÖs her turn to step up. There are times when you see Declan struggle that your heart will hurt for him. Understandable for what he has experienced.
Come along for the ride and fall in love with Declan. I give a hearty ÔÇ£two thumbs upÔÇØ and 5 stars to Martin for this novel. It is the first novel in the Knockout Love series.┬á Read it and then get excited for the other books in the series. I know I am!
~Review by Loredana
(Previously posted on TBE)