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Knox “Knockout” McArthur should be on top of the world. He’s the top fighter in the country, he lives in perfect Las Vegas, and he never has a problem getting women. But, no amount of partying and women can heal the scars from his past. He could never forget Zoey.
Mila Greene is just trying to survive. Granted, her way of survival is not the most conventional, but she does what she has to to support her little sister, MacKenzie. Stripping has become a way of life for her, and she chooses to embrace it. Her worst fear, however, is that Kenz will follow in her dirty footsteps.
When these two’s worlds collide, can they heal each others’ wounds? Or are they just bound to be another scar of the past?
I was given an ARC of this book to review .... it was also my first book of Marie York's to read.
I'm generally not a fighter series fan but something about this book stood out to me before I even started reading it.
Knox is the current UFC world champ and while fame, money, and women come easily to him, outside the ring he's a quiet, down to earth guy. After winning his latest fight, three of his best friends take him to the Honey Pot, the local strip club for a night of debauchery. Strip clubs aren't Knox's thing but he humors his friends. A stripper in a school girl uniform comes onstage and there's something about her Knox can't resist. His buddies notice the attraction and request a private dance for him from the school girl. "Star" (Mila) instantly feels something for Knox after looking into his eyes and clearing seeing there's more to him than a big bad fighter. Mila has a strict 'no touch' policy when she's entertaining these men but she grabs his hands and puts them on her hips. After a half hour of them getting hot and heavy she gets up to leave but Knox tries to make her stay. She tells him in his dreams and walks out the door hoping to never see him again.
Mila goes home where she's taking care of her sixteen year old sister MacKenzie after their parents died. Up until a couple months ago things were going smoothly but now MacKenzie is being a typical bratty teenager. One afternoon when Mila goes for groceries she discovers that money was stolen from her wallet she goes to ask the cashier to hold her items but there's someone to her request ... Knox. After promising to pay him back Mila hopes that's her only interaction with him. She knows he's her weakness but she doesn't want to find out. After a private performance to pay back Knox, Mila again finds herself at the mercy of him when she's trying to bail MacKenzie out of jail.
For being a short story I thought this flowed very well. It was full of just enough background charters to keep the story fun and entertaining. The character development of both main characters was well done, giving enough background to understand why they are both so guarded. Mila is one strong ass woman, she might strip but she's not some weak, easily won over girl. Knox has a heart of gold under his fighter exterior and would clearly do anything for people he loves.
I'm excited to see where this story goes ... the cliffhanger was OMG! Are you serious!? Can't wait!!!