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Wednesday, December 18

Review: Knock Out by Michele Mannon

Title: Knock Out
By: Michele Mannon
My Copy: Ebook on Netgalley
BookWhisperer's Rating: 

Logan Rettino never imagined she'd fall so far. Dropped by her ex on national TV, she's gone from prima ballerina to ring card girl, reduced to revving up the crowds before MMA bouts. However distasteful she finds her new job, it pays well…and she needs the money if she's ever going to rebuild her life. Promised a huge bonus if she can convince a brooding, gifted welterweight to keep fighting, she'll do whatever it takes to earn his trust.

Keane O'Shea is unbeatable in the octagon. A former marine, he fights with a ruthlessness no gym jockey can match. He knows his brutal strength is too much for the delicate ex-ballerina, regardless of how fascinating he finds Logan's tight dancer's body. But one private performance and he's drawn to her in a way he can't—or won't—resist.

As Logan discovers the heartbreaking truth that lies beneath this handsome warrior's rage, she'll need to forfeit everything she thought mattered for the one thing that matters the most: saving Keane from himself.

I have mixed feelings about this book.  On one hand, I want to love it because Logan has gotten the crappy end of the deal and is fighting to get control back into her life.  She is brave and is willing to do whatever is needed to get back on her feet, even it is to be an Octagon Girl.  Then there is Keane, who is an ex-Marine and now a MMA fighter (yum….MMA fighters…) who is struggling through some past memories of his own but is not working to get back on his feet.  In fact, he is using everything else in the world to just forget.  I would think that these two together would be able see the brokenness in each other and help each other out to overcome their problems, right?

Well, the answer is yes and no.  Yes, the concoct a plan to help each other out and Logan goes even farther to help out Keane once she realizes that she has feelings for him but Keane is just ruthless.  He acts as if she means nothing to him and rips her heart out.  I think this is why I had such a hard time connecting to Keane as a character than I did with Logan.  With Logan, I could read about her feelings; with Keane, I just read that he wanted Logan’s body 99% of the time. 

This kind of threw me off on the ending.  Keane doesn’t want Logan for this whole book and then pages before it ends things change.  It is like he is a completely different man than the man I have been reading about this whole time and this change happened in only months.  I guess I figured it would have taken longer.

This rant above is not meant to sway you from reading this book.  All in all, it was good. 

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