Book Review: Down and Out

Down and Out by Kelley R. Martin: *Don’t read this book if you don’t like snarky, dominant, tattooed men who say things like “Open your mouth, and I will,” after you tell them to shove it. And don’t read this book if you don’t like sassy, strong-willed, fiercely independent heroines who use phrases like “bossy asshole” as a term of endearment. You have been warned.*

“Tattooed package of sin.”

That’s how Savannah Ryan would describe her new boss, Declan Whitmore, the deliciously tatted and pierced fighter who holds the top spot in Boston’s newest underground fighting organization. She’d also describe him as bossy, arrogant, and—depending on what he does to piss her off that particular day—an asshole.

It’s that aloof attitude, along with Savannah’s witty comebacks and tight little body that land her on his radar. Unfortunately for her, Declan is relentless when he sets his sights on someone, both in and out of the ring. Unfortunately for him, this recently reformed bad girl is trying to go straight after heading down a dangerous path. She’s not going to make this easy for him. In fact, she’s going to make it—and him—very, very hard.

Declan’s not worried, though. He’ll have Savannah come hell or high water, because if there’s one word he’d use to describe her, it’s “MINE.”

Liza's thoughts: When I started to read Down and Out, I was a little worried. I am honestly not one for the f-bomb and descriptive words for body parts that are deemed vulgar. However, in the author’s defense she does warn the readers up front. At first, I had a little trouble, because when the author says strong characters; guess what, she means it. Now with ALL that being said, I fell in love with this book. I found myself wanting to be Savannah and falling hard for the rough and sexy bad boy, Declan. Oh my is he sexy.

So to just tell you a little about the story without giving away all the secrets that lie within the pages let’s start with a little background. You have a strong, yet weak main female character, Savannah who has nothing. She has no family, no one who cares and most of all trust no one……well not with her heart or feelings. Through circumstances, she ends up in a situation where she sees she is better than where she is in life. She ends up meeting Declan. Strong, stubborn, arrogant and one of the sexiest men she has ever seen. Due to her past, she has sworn off men and men like him are 100% off limits. However, one thing after another happens and she is left with only one place to turn, one man to trust, but at what cost???

Declan has no room for a hot chick like Savannah in his life, but in she comes. I say this in all my reviews; I do not want to give anything away. I feel you get the most out of a book by experiencing the ups and downs, twist and turns for yourself. It takes away from the feel and impact of the book for me to tell you what happens. I will tell you that this book is worth reading. I would give it a 5-heart review, but those words (the vulgar and f bomb) did take away from some of it at times and a few places that needed a little more development. HOWEVER, there were times that I can see why the author used the words, because the characters would have used nothing less. I would read another book by this author and hope she continues in the NA world :)

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