Sunday, 13 April 2014


Title: KNOCKOUT (Wayward Fighters) 
Author: J.C. Valentine
Genre: New Adult Romance

From the wrong side of the tracks...

Alyson Blake had learned early on that the only one she could depend on was herself. The only light in her life was a boy whom everyone agreed was destined for prison; but with his first kiss, he had set her soul on fire. Since the day the police dragged him away in handcuffs, she had managed to lead a quiet life, but when she attends an event fraught with mayhem, trouble resurfaces.

The one person she can’t forget...

Jamison Weston is the kind of guy dads load their shotguns for; endowed with a hot temper and a rap sheet as long as both tattooed arms. Known as “The Judge,” Jami’s hot temper, lethal fists, and cocky attitude have earned him respect and admiration both in and out of the ring. But just when he thinks he’s pummeled his past to death, Alyson Blake reenters his life.

Two paths collide…

After years of separation, Alyson is eager to reexplore the man who’s never left her thoughts, but for Jamison, she’s both the distraction he wants, but doesn’t need. As the two embark on a relationship that neither of them expected or bargained for, an outside threat closes in. When Alyson crosses the line of professionalism and takes her work home with her, her life is put in danger, leaving Jamison with no choice but to once again step in and become her protector.

About the author: 

J.C. Valentine is the alter-ego of Brandi Salazar, whose enjoyment of tales of romance spurred her to branch out and create her own.

Brandi Salazar lives in the Northwest with her husband, their wild children, and far too many pets. As a university student, she studies literature, which goes well with her dream of becoming an editor. Brandi entertains a number of hobbies including reading and photography, but her first love is writing fiction-in all its forms.


1)     Do you believe that writing is about "Inspiration and not perspiration"?
To me, inspiration is the easy part and because it can be found anywhere at any time, it is only half the battle. Perspiration is all the work that goes into writing, starting with the very first word.

2)     Which force drives you, motivates you to push yourself harder and farther?
My readers are part of my driving force. I have mentioned it before, but I aim to please. I pay attention to what they want, and I do my best to deliver. My main driving force, however, is me. Once I start down a path, I push myself hard to achieve the goals I have set. I don’t believe in quitting.

3)     Is writing your goal, passion or just a hobby?
All of the above. I have a passion for writing. I love creating new worlds and characters and putting them in uncomfortable situations. It’s a hobby in that it is as much a pastime as it is a job, and I can escape into it just as easily as reading a good book. The job part of it is where I set goals for what I want from my writing. I set deadlines for myself and I have ideas of where I ultimately want my writing to go—I would love to be traditionally published one day!

4)     What are your best and worst experiences in Publication Industry?
I’m not traditionally published, but I think that publication, whether indie or traditional, come with similar hurdles. That being said, I have no complaints. I have learned an absolute ton since publishing my first novel, and I continue to learn more every day. While some experiences can be a little daunting, like creating the perfect cover, all are rewarding in the end.

5)     Who is your ultimate guide?
I think that would be my husband. I have friends I talk to about writing in general, but my husband is the one who hears and sees all and walks me through it. He is always ready with advice and critiques when needed.

6)     Do you believe that every writer needs a "Day Job"?
I guess that depends on whether they need one. Writing is, in itself, a “Day Job.” It commands a lot of attention and dedication, but it doesn’t always pay well. If a writer has the ability to focus solely on writing, then I think that’s the only day job they need.



A girl and a guy from broken homes find solace in each other's company but they have to separate. Jami is thrown in jail and Ally have to go on with her life alone. The book was very slow, it just dragged on and on. On the plus side the events were very realistic. Good Character development but character themselves were very cliche. Misunderstood Alpha Male and Kind and Caring Damsel in Distress. One of the most annoying part was the utter ignorance of Ally. It becomes very exasperating when the characters choose to ignore common sense. I guess sometimes it's important for the progress of plot but it's so stupid.

The book has a good cliffhanger but the fact that it's a very slow read makes it difficult to complete the book or not skip the chapters. It's an average book with good writing but bad plot.

Arushi Raj

Prize:  a signed paperback and swag (US) & an ebook copy (INT)

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