Review: Down and Out by Kelley R. Martin

18520167Down and Out (Knockout Love #1)

Author: Kelley R. Martin

Publication Date: September 28, 2014

Publisher: Kelley R. Martin

Genre: New Adult Romance

Goodreads Synopsis:

*Don’t read this book if you don’t like snarky, dominant, tattooed men who say things like “Open your mouth, and I will,” after you tell them to shove it. And don’t read this book if you don’t like sassy, strong-willed, fiercely independent heroines who use phrases like “bossy asshole” as a term of endearment. You have been warned.*

“Tattooed package of sin.”

That’s how Savannah Ryan would describe her new boss, Declan Whitmore, the deliciously tatted and pierced fighter who holds the top spot in Boston’s newest underground fighting organization. She’d also describe him as bossy, arrogant, and—depending on what he does to piss her off that particular day—an asshole.

It’s that aloof attitude, along with Savannah’s 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. She’s not going to make this easy for him. In fact, she’s going to make it—and him—very, very hard.

Declan’s not worried, though. He’ll have Savannah come hell or high water, because if there’s one word he’d use to describe her, it’s “MINE.”


My rating: 4.5 / 5 Stars


I saw a review for Down and Out on My Tiny Obsession‘s blog last week. I loved Cristina’s review and thought it sounded like something I would love reading. It was! I absolutely loved Down and Out!

Down and Out was one of those romances that made me smile almost the entire time I was reading it. Both Savannah and Declan have cool, snarky personalities. Neither is willing to back down from what they want. Luckily, that’s each other! Their dialogue was both sweet and sexy. The way they bantered back and forth was hilarious!

This isn’t just a sweet romance, though. Both Savannah and Declan have bigger issues they are dealing with. Their problems are revealed slowly throughout the book. Savannah’s were devastating and I loved the way Declan reacted to them.

The only reason Down and Out didn’t get 5 stars from me was the ending. I couldn’t decide if I liked the way it ended. It seemed like it wrapped up too perfectly for these broken characters. But then again, maybe I’m wrong. Like I said, I can’t decide!

If you’re a NA romance fan, I would highly suggest reading Down and Out. The writing was amazing and so entertaining to read. I’m definitely going to be reading the next book when it’s released.

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