Knock Out, an all-new grumpy sunshine small town romance from Jiffy Kate, is now available in Kindle Unlimited!
I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Knock Out by Jiffy Kate
Series: Fighting for Love #4
Published by Smartypants Romance on October 20, 2022
Genres: Adult Contemporary Romance
Source: the publisher
In the blink of an eye, Willow Bernard goes from stocking shelves at the Piggly Wiggly to kicking butt at Viking MMA.
Willow Bernard has taken a lot of hits in her twenty-two years but always manages to come back swinging. Hoping to fly under the radar for a change, she relocates to Green Valley. Her strategy works until one fateful phone call initiates a series of events that shakes up her quiet existence.
Tattooed adventure-seeker Ozzi Erickson goes where the wind takes him. When he blows into Green Valley for his big brother’s wedding—and to figure out his next move—he isn’t prepared for the knock-out punch coming his way.
With Ozzi sticking around the Tennessee mountain town, his brother gives him a temporary assignment as Willow Bernard’s trainer.
His job is to teach her how to fight. But will she have the skills required to protect her heart?
‘Knock Out’ is a full-length contemporary romance and can be read as a standalone. Book #4 in the Fighting for Love series, Green Valley Chronicles, Penny Reid Book Universe.
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When I walk across the gym to the heavy bags, I see the long dark, sleek hair I’ve come to associate with Willow Bernard. She’s pulling it up off her neck and tying it into a high ponytail, making my fingers tingle.
Would the strands be as soft as they look?
Clearing my throat, I get her attention in the mirror and give her a nod. “Ready to kick some ass?”
Her eyes stay on mine for a long moment and I swear there’s something that passes between us. And not for the first time, I wonder if she’s thought about me as much as I’ve thought about her over the past few days.
Shit, last night when I walked her downstairs, I’d fought the instinct to ask her to call me when she got home so I’d know she made it safely. Which, again, is ridiculous.
“Can I ask you something?” she says, turning around to face me, her expression unreadable.
Nodding again, I grab a set of gloves and some tape and walk toward her. “You can ask me anything.” I mean it. Unlike her, I’d give her any information she wants.
I’m a goddamn open book.
I just wish I could say the same for her, but even her off-handed comments give me whiplash.
First, she told me yesterday at the Piggly Wiggly that she was around a lot of kids growing up. So, I assumed she’s part of a large family, like ours.
But then yesterday evening, when Gunnar asked about her family, she said it was just her and her mom, which made it sound like she’s an only child.
The mystery surrounding Willow Bernard keeps building.
“Do you really think I’m any good at this?”
Picking my head up, I realize how close we are—so close I can see that her brown eyes are flecked with green—and also how serious she is.
And she has really long, dark lashes.
“You’re really fucking good,” I mutter as I begin to wrap tape around her wrists.
I can see the skepticism written all over her face. “You don’t believe me.”
Shaking her head slightly, she meets my gaze again. “I’ve never been good at anything.”
The thick veil that’s always shrouding Willow lifts momentarily and I see past the hard façade. Under her hard-as-nails exterior is a girl who’s unsure of herself and looking for approval, whether she wants to admit it or not.
As a trainer, it’s my job to see those types of things and look deeper than surface level, seeking out my clients’ strengths and weaknesses.Willow’s strengths are obvious. Her natural talent and drive are hard to miss. Shit, anyone could see it. Even if they didn’t know what they were looking for, they’d see her and think, this girl’s got something special.
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I have loved this whole series and this was yet another great addition! It was a lot of fun getting to visit with all the viking brothers again, and to see yet another find his true love. I loved all the different back story that Willow had. It was definitely emotional and made a big difference in how she lived and dealt with people around her. But I also like that the authors made what happened to bring her to where she met Frankie to be not quite as extreme as it could have been. And then there was Willow’s little sister. Hazel was adorable.
Ozzi’s whole family is amazing and how they took Hazel in and made her their own, it was just perfect. While I understood Ozzi’s reasoning and what he did, I still think he was being crazy. But I guess sometimes people have to make their own mistakes just to make sure, even if they do deep down know what they should be doing. I enjoyed the bits from the bakery we still got even since this series migrated away and into its own branch. While the story was maybe a little longer than necessary, the ending was perfect, and the authors wrapped up all the stories perfectly at the end with a bit of a glance into all their futures.
Now, there are 5 brothers and so I assumed there’d be one more book in this series, but sadly, it looks as if the other brother, Viggo, has moved on to Texas. Fortunately though, the authors mentioned at the end of this that there is going to be a new series starting with him, so yay!
About the Authors
Jiffy Kate is the joint pen name for Jiff Simpson and Jenny Kate Altman. They’re co-writing besties who share a brain. They also share a love of cute boys, stiff drinks, and fun times.
Together, they’ve written over twenty stories. Their first published book, Finding Focus, was released in November 2015. Since then, they’ve continued to write what they know–southern settings full of swoony heroes and strong heroines.
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