I made the big mistake of reading this book in the evening…which turned into night…which turned into me reading while my husband was snoring! I kept on reading until I couldn’t blink anymore – yes, I 'm a book zombie today…and it was so worth it! I knew after reading the first couple of pages that I was going to be hooked.


This is not your typical romance novel that just happens to have a fighter as the male lead character. This is a story about an unlikely friendship that develops between a thirteen year old girl and a seventeen year old boy. Jenna, a girl from an upper class family and Kellen, a boy who lives in foster care and boxes to release his anger. The story begins in their adolescence and takes you on a journey into their lives as adults.


Jenna is nothing like her mother and sister. She is tall and awkward for her age. She’s not a great student, she would rather be doodling and being artistic. Kellen is a fabulous student who spent his high school years in advanced programs. He is gorgeous, athletic and on every girl’s radar. Jenna and Kellen are like night and day, but they have a connection that is deep and unbreakable.


Kellen quickly becomes a fixture in the Monroe household. He is like a son to the Monroes, he ends up being in an on-again off-again relationship with Laney (Jenna’s older sister) and he is Jenna’s best friend/tutor. Kellen doesn’t usually let people get too close to him. He prefers to keep certain things hidden inside of him. Jenna has the ability to see things in Kellen, she doesn’t just see the beautiful man on the outside…she sees him. Jenna and Kellen are in love with each other, but things are not easy for them and they fight their feelings. There is a lot of drama in this book, it is certainly not all rainbows and lollipops…and I wouldn’t want it any other way!


I loved the characters, they were “real” and they were flawed. There was angst, turmoil and an undeniable love. The book took me on a roller coaster of emotions and I was sad when the ride was over and I had to get off.


5 Stars


Knockout – By Tracey Ward


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