Author: Kelley R. Martin
Publication Date: December 28, 2105
Publisher: Kelley R. Martin
Genre: New Adult Contemporary Romance
Declan Whitmore is used to fighting for what he wants, both in and out of the ring. His Pops used to tell him that anything worth having in life would take work. Declan thought he took the motto to heart, especially when Savannah came into his life.
With a razor-sharp tongue and intolerance for bullshit, Savannah was the complete opposite of what Declan usually went for, but he quickly realized she’s everything he didn’t know he needed. Declan, however, was everything Savannah needed to stay away from. She had a dark, troubled past and was fighting to keep her head above water. She simply didn’t have room for a beautiful, six-foot-three fighter, whose compassion and filthy mouth had the power to bring her cynical, jaded ass to its knees. But Declan wanted Savannah, so he fought for her. And he’s never lost a fight.
Declan is head over heels in love with Savannah, but the ghosts from her past haunt them both now. It puts a strain on their new relationship that neither knows how to fix, but Savannah’s determined to try. For the first time in her life she has something worth fighting for, and she’ll be damned if she loses anything else.
Come hell or high water, Declan is HERS.
4.5 / 5 Stars
I loved Kelley R. Martin’s Down and Out and was super excited to find that she had written a novella about what happens for Declan and Savannah after the end of the first book.
In Sink or Swim, Declan’s having a hard time dealing with Savannah’s past. It’s leaving Savannah frustrated — in more ways than one. She wonders if Declan will ever be able to forget her past and move on. If not, she’s afraid it will be the end for them. Savannah’s willing to try anything to get her man back with her in the here and now.
This short novella was a great follow up to Down and Out. There was a realness in the way Declan responded to Savannah’s past. Savannah’s frustration was also real and understandable. I loved the way they worked through it together.
There were a couple of reasons this hot and steamy novella wasn’t 5 stars for me. First, I felt like there was a slight spoiler for Blake and Macy’s story in book 2. Maybe I’m wrong. It just felt like something might have been given away. Second, the skip forward in time at the ending. I wanted more of what happened in between the last chapter and the epilogue. But maybe we’ll see that time period in book 2. That being said, I still really enjoyed this story and thought it was a great wrap up for Savannah and Declan’s story.