Sunday, July 6, 2014

Knockout by JC Valentine, review by Dee

Knockout by J.C. Valentine

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

From the wrong side of the tracks...

Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.

The one person she can’t forget...

Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.

Two paths collide…

After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.

WARNING **Book One in a two part story.** This book contains a mild cliffhanger ending that will be resolved in book two. The release date for book two has been moved up to July 2014. If you do not like cliffhangers, you might consider checking out my Night Calls series instead.

This book has a similar plot line to Phenomenal X... It's not exact but similar. I can only recognize some of the same turns in the plot because I read it directly after reading Phenomenal X. I'm not saying it's bad, in fact X may have made me like it even more. I love the man who doesn't commit to anyone, but who can't help but fall in love with a strong woman. A woman who holds her own and doesn't need the man to take care of her. Though I don't quite understand why Don keeps thinking she's a gold digger and hates her. My hopes are we find out more to this in book two, Tapout. However, I can't stop asking...Why doesn't Jami clear it up? He protects her from everything else. And OMG can not believe who the stalker was!! How  didn't she put it together sooner?!?! But the balls the guy has by the end!! OMG! OMG!! How did Judge not lose his shit!! JC does a great job of getting you sucked into this old friendship turned love affair. Great job of sucking you into the love of Victoria and Miles and the fear of what they went through, but the strength of getting away; The whole story and all the characters.

I give this book 4 hearts

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