Review: Knockout! by Emma Calin

Today I’m reviewing for your pleasure and mine Knockout by Emma Calin.  This is a good romantic read.  The story is quick-moving and very steamy.  Be sure to checkout the rest of my review after the book blurb.  I think this is the perfect book for hump day!  Yes, pun intended.  🙂

13609766Book Blurb:

Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional passion
as she fights to keep her professional cool. Who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents?

What motivates her art loving prize-bull of a lover Freddie La Salle?  The power of love and trust stands against greed and crime as conflicting forces grapple for that knockout punch.
Knockout! A romance novel with a twist of suspense that will take you on a roller coaster ride of passion, deception and love.


Anna Leyton is an Interpol cop that has a jaded past.  When she is leaving Scotland Yard, one day she is attempting to hail a cab. As she finally gets a cab an obnoxious Frenchman tried to take it from her.  When she takes a closer look she realizes he is an extremely hot guy who is clearly not only French but also American.  Before Anna knows it she is developing a report with this stranger who is very much becoming less of a stranger.  After having a drink with her handsome stranger she goes home with hopes that Freddie LaSalle will use the number she gave him.

Anna is soon assigned to a special assignment that she doesn’t realize at first is connected to Freddie, a very famous boxer.  Once the dots are connected she readily volunteers to go undercover to find the information her task force needs from Freddie and his connections.  Soon the lines get blurred for Anna.  She begins to fall for the boxer with more depth than anyone knows.  With Freddie’s upcoming fight, the mob circling, Interpol and a number of other dangers Anna’s true danger is that to her heart.  Can Anna build a relationship on the lies she’s told or will she lose both her life and her heart to an enigmatic boxer named Freddie LaSalle?

This was a very enjoyable story.  I liked the relationship between Freddie and Anna.  Though the love story is very quick it is also very steamy.  I would say that even though I loved this story the love story part moved incredibly fast.  So fast that I felt overwhelmed and it made the story a tad bit unbelievable at that moment.  Though the love story is whimsical in its quickness the suspense portion with the dangers of the mob was very well done.  Emma Calin also does a fantastic job with her descriptions of London, France and California.  The scenery almost becomes a character unto itself.  Overall, this is a very enjoyable romance story.   I would definitely trade a day in Anna’s shoes with the very hot Freddie!

17 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. emmacalin
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 03:23:11

    Thank you for taking the time to read Knockout! and for your kind words – I’m so glad you enjoyed the book. It’s the first in a series of suspense-crime-romance novels which feature female cops who always get their man ;), “The Passion Patrol” . The next is due out in early 2014 and is called “Shannon’s Law”.

    Great to feature here – looking forward to reading your future reviews on this site.
    Emma x


  2. Janice
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 05:24:10

    Sounds hot and steamy and one to read! Thanks for the review Book Maven!


  3. Mandy Baggot (@mandybaggot)
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 05:32:58

    I adored this book! It was a brilliant story and Emma’s writing is beautiful! Thanks for sharing Book Maven!


  4. Sheryl Browne (@SherylBrowne)
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 07:18:54

    Having read some of Emma’s work, I have to say I love her writing style. Fab review, Book Maven! Thanks for sharing! 🙂


  5. Linn B Halton (@LinnBHalton)
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 09:27:41

    Wow “The scenery almost becomes a character unto itself” – powerful review and this is the only Emma Calin book I have still to read. I’ve read all of hers and love the urban, gritty nature of her stories. It’s on my Kindle – all I need now is more reading time!


  6. Bonnie Trachtenberg
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 10:07:55

    I love stories that are like virtual travel tours. Sounds like a very enjoyable read! Well done, Emma and thanks for sharing, Book Maven!


  7. Melanie Robertson-King
    Nov 20, 2013 @ 16:28:54

    Knockout is on my iPad. I can’t wait to read it after this fab review.


  8. Patricia Sands
    Nov 21, 2013 @ 02:09:43

    Emma is a talented writer whose books never ever fail to satisfy and entertain!


  9. Kit
    Nov 23, 2013 @ 05:18:27

    This is a brilliant book. Emma’s one hell of a great writer and always love her books!


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