*I received an ARC from Swoon Romance in exchange for an honest review.*
I was a little unsure when I first started reading Knock Love Out as I had read something similar a few weeks earlier where the main character in unhappy in her marriage and starts an affair, so I was worried it was going to follow the same format, and I wouldn’t enjoy it. I was so pleased that after reading the first few pages, I could see that I was going to be proved wrong. I really enjoyed it, and I didn’t want to put it down.
I have said before I don’t condone adultery in any way, but I could see why Lilla is unhappy with husband Adam, and why she went out looking to find what was missing from her marriage. When she meets 24-year-old Warren Cash Valentine, simple flirting turns into something more when sparks fly between the two.
I enjoyed the storyline about self-discovery, love, loss, truth, choices and consequences. It had a bit of everything drama, angst, twists and turns that kept the story interesting. I loved the humour (I laughed so many times), music references and romance. The age difference between Lilla and Cash didn’t bother me at all, mainly because it does happen, and one of my best friends is happily married to a man who is 12yrs younger than her. You know what they say, “ age is just a number ”
Lilla and Cash are great characters, and I liked the bond that they share. I could definitely feel the connection that they had. These two were good together emotionally and physically. There weren’t as many steamy scenes as I usually like, but I didn’t mind as ultimately Lilla and Cash’s relationship was built on love not lust, and I like that. It was told from both points of view, which I was really pleased about, as it was the main reason I loved Cash.
So let’s talk about Warren ‘Cash’ Valentine, at the start I didn’t think I was going to like him as he came across as cocky and full of himself, but after reading his point of view you soon realizes it’s an act, he is so not like that. I can tell you now if I had a Cash working at my local grocery (Tesco) shop. I would be very happy, and I too would change my weekly shopping to a daily shop. Wow, I loved this man, his spirit, his humour, his passion, the way he thinks, the things he says, and most of all his love for Lilla.
“Love’s greatest problem is the people who don’t understand what it’s all about. You want it all; you’re going to fail at love. You want a piece of the pie, love is going to taste fucking scrumptious. Love isn’t your puppet. You can’t pull love’s strings. Love should pull you” ~ Cash
This book had great supporting characters, I loved them all well maybe not Adam. Cash’s family and friends were what added to the humour of this book, they crazy and very funny. Special mention goes to Cash’s mum Poppy she was a sweetheart and I just loved her.
Overall I really enjoyed this debut novel from Pella Grace I like her writing style, I felt the story flowed well, and definitely pulled at my emotions. Best of all you know how I love my epilogues; well Pella knows how to write one that doesn’t disappoint. Told from Cash’s POV I loved it so much, so I had to read it twice, and it had me reaching for the tissues.
If you are looking for a contemporary romance book that is going to make you laugh, smile, and swoon then Knock Love Out doesn’t disappoint.
“I wanted Lilla to look into my eyes and find a new world. See herself through my lens. Her own truth.
“How the hell did I end up in the kitchen of a produce clerk, watching him make me a turkey sandwich? A toasted turkey sandwich. Can the man get any better”
The sadness in her bright eyes. The silence in her screaming mind. The enigma that is really quite simple. A complicated happiness.”