Title: Sucker Punched
Author: L.K. Owen
Published Date: October 22nd 2015
Genre: Contemporary Romance
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
Caitlin Riley survived and escaped horrid abuse at the hands of her ex-boyfriend, yet she lives life looking over her shoulder. Caitlin flees England to settle in Philadelphia. Although an ocean separates them now, her thoughts are often preoccupied with memories from her past, and she has serious reservations about her future. She keeps to herself as much as possible, convinced any little slip up could lead Stephen to find her. He had vowed he’d never let her go, and she’s terrified because he always keeps his promises.
Ethan Kendricks is a hardworking Army veteran who co-owns a gym with his brother. Through his own life experience, he knows a suffering soul when he sees one. When Caitlin signs up for kickboxing classes at the gym, he realizes there is something different about her. She’s not his typical conquest; she’s nervous and timid for the most part, yet snippets of her strong personality shine through every once in a while. Ethan’s intrigued, but does he have what it takes to help her overcome her past?
Can Caitlin and Ethan work through their individual issues to give love a chance or will one of them end up sucker punched, knocked out cold before the bout even begins?
I loved Caitlin. Her story was phenomenal. She’s such a strong woman that I think many will relate to her. We all probably know someone who was abused and this gives readers a great look into how much it takes to get away. I enjoyed her interactions with Ethan and that she didn’t treat him any different when she found out he’s a wounded veteran. Caitlin fights her feelings for him, but the aha moment where she realizes that she is worthy of being loved and loving someone was beautiful to read.
I’m a sucker for a military man, probably because I married one and I know what handfuls they can be. Ethan is no exception. I love that even though he came back from the war wounded, he doesn’t let his disability get to him. I won’t lie, it was hard to read the parts where he talks about the accident and I had tears. Ethan’s strength and determination make him a wonderful character.
I wouldn’t say that the book necessarily ends on a cliffhanger, but it does leave room for the story of not just Ethan and Caitlin, but the other characters to grown and branch out. There are some questions that were not answered for me in this first book and I really hope to read the next book and see if things get resolved. Go buy the book today and get sucker punched by this fabulous author.
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