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Knockout by CJ Martin Release Day, Review & Giveaway

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Cover Design: Taylor Sullivan, Imagination UnCOVERED

Release Date: October 26, 2016



Is it possible to forgive the past?


From the moment I laid eyes on professional boxer Sean Savarese, I knew my life would never be the same. From his crystal clear blue eyes, to his strong muscular arms, to the dark wisps of curls that framed his beautiful face, I knew I was his for the taking. But he had secrets. Secrets I would later discover could shatter my world and break my heart.


Kristen. She was everywhere. All around me. At the gym where I trained. In my thoughts. In my dreams. And she was proving to be a distraction. A beautiful, sexy, complicated distraction. Despite my past, despite knowing I wasn’t good for her, despite my inner conscious urging me to let her go, I couldn’t walk away. So I didn’t. But would she still want me when she learns the truth about who I really am?





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Shanyn's review


4 stars


I’ve been in a bit of a book funk lately.  Nothing really capturing my attention, and then “Knockout” showed up on my kindle.  Just like a attention seeking, panty melting, book angel!  This book solved my book funk issue!  I love a good fighter book, and this one did not disappoint.  Sean is a hot alpha male boxer, and I couldn’t get enough of him.


Men like him- men too good looking for their own good- are dangerous and to be avoided at all costs.  Yes, I think, as I fan my flushed face, I must stay away from him.”


Kristen is the “girl next door” type, who doesn’t have the time for egotistical fighters, but something about Sean calls to her from the start.  So, despite not wanting anything to do with Sean, Kristen works at the gym that he will be training at, until his next big fight.  Although she tries to avoid him, it’s hard to avoid chemistry.


My panties are wet.  Wet.  That has never happened to me from just looking at a man.  Suddenly I feel a twinge of sympathy for men and how they must feel trying to hide their erections.”


Sean comes from a rough background, and Kristen does not.  Kristen lives in a world that is boring and repetitive.  She needs someone to come and bring excitement into her life, even if she doesn’t realize it.  She, of course, fights her feelings for Sean, at first.  But, the chemistry and banter, between the two characters during this time was soooooo good!!


“You’re bored with your perfect, routine life.  You’re dying for a man to come along and own you.”

“You need a man who will order for you.  Put you first.  A man who will make you scream so loud when you come that your voice goes hoarse.”

“And I want to fuck your tits, but we can’t always have what we want, now can we?”


When they finally give in to their desire, it is worth the wait!! I haven’t read  hot sex scenes like this in a while.  The chemistry is jumping off each page!  I was pulling for these two characters, and hoping the obstacles in their way wouldn’t win.  Sean and Kristen are two people from different worlds.   One has a dark secret, and I just kept hoping that once all was revealed, they would make it through.


“I love this man.  Every nerve, every cell, every fiber of my being pulses with that truth. And I’m terrified.  Terrified to utter those three simple words.  Terrified to lose him.  Terrified that we are too different and always will be.“


Putting together the chemistry, banter, and fighting world was done perfectly. I found myself ignoring house chores, so I could read instead.  Laundry and dishes had to wait until the evening, when I absolutely had to put the book down and be with my family.  The only reason I gave this book 4 stars, is for the simple fact that I wanted more……I felt like I needed more of this book.  More build up and more fighting would have made this book 5 stars!!


“I’ve always liked the ocean at night.  During the day the beach is hot, crowded, and loud, but at night it morphs into a peaceful haven.  The waves roll in, pulling and receding; each time they retract they take a small piece of earth with them, only to return it again.  A beautiful, never-ending cycle proving that in some way, however small, we are all connected.  I’ve always liked that- the idea that everything has a purpose, that everything is connected to a much greater whole.”




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About the Author


CJ Martín lives in Pennsylvania with her wonderful husband and her adorable (sometimes infuriating) dog, Albert. She is an avid reader and has been known to spend her days ignoring her responsibilities while engrossed in a good book. She enjoys traveling and yoga. Snowbound is her first book.


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