Review: Knock Out, by Michele Mannon


Category: Adult
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Carina Press
Pages: 167


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.

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About the Author:

Author Michele Mannon is a huge fan of skinny cinnamon dolce lattes, a good book, and/or sports game on television. Michele can be found in her writer’s cave, tweeting, and spending time outdoors with her family.

KNOCK OUT is her first MMA sports romance in the series WORTH THE FIGHT, published by Carina Press.


Michele loves hearing from readers! Please visit Michele at / Tweet @MicheleMannon / Facebook Page

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I received this book from Netgalley for an honest review.

Hot MMA fighter? Check.
Hot scenes? Check.

Is it a new kind of story featuring a hot MMA fighter? No, but to be honest, I don’t really care as long as the chemistry between the characters is working and the plot is well-built.

I had a really great time reading this book. Not only the plot is entertaining, but the male character, Keane O’Shea alias Boom-Yay, won me over right away.

But Logan, the female lead character, annoyed me a little sometimes. Maybe it’s because I didn’t feel everything that the author was trying to convey, but it doesn’t mean that Logan is not loveable or anything. And it doesn’t impact on the scenes between Keane and Logan. These are hot.

Also, I think that the author played her cards well when it concerns Keane’s past. It makes him even more interesting and thrilling. Though, I think that the whole thing about Logan’s past is too downplayed and too easily resolved. It’s my opinion, of course.

The whole MMA aspect of the plot is perfectly brought without being boring or too long for neophytes. I truly enjoyed the scenes and the progression. It’s well-balanced.

In the end, I discovered an author I’ll be following closely. And I can’t wait to read more from her.

I recommend you this book if you want to meet your next book boyfriend and if you’re like me and love MMA fighters in books. 😉

Who read this one? What do you think about Boom-Yay O’Shea? Hot Stuff or not?




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