I always get very excited when I see Nicole has a new book out. I haven't read a book of hers I haven't loved yet! So you can understand why I'm so excited to be sharing my review of Hard Knox with you today!
A New Series by NYT Bestselling Author Nicole Williams
The Outsider Chronicles, #1
New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Released August 12, 2014
Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.
Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.
As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger.
How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .
I loved Hard Knox. It's hard not to fall in love with a snarky, intelligent woman like Charlie and a man who is as broken, yet willing to take on the world and save it, like Knox. Both are super confidant in who they are and I absolutely loved them together together.
Between the fabulous dialogues and all the action going on, I wasn't able to put this book down, and was left wanting more when it was over. Charlie is a hoot! I loved her attitude and while I would've have totally been okay with being locked down in a panic room until everything was over, I have to give her props for going out of her way to catch the guy after her and going about her life. Knox was a total enigma. He wasn't willing to share much with Charlie about his past, but slowly started opening up. I love how we slowly got to know Knox. I wasn't ever 100% sure what was going on with him and each little reveal had my mind racing as I tried to guess what it was that'd given him his demons. And Knox's demons are big ones. I love how Charlie helps him settle them once and for all.
Another aspect I love about this book is how Nicole Williams incorporated an issue that is relevant to all women on college campuses today. 1 in 5 women on a campus will be sexually assaulted. That's a statistic I read in an article about a law that was just passed stating, "Yes means yes." It's both horrifying, terrifying, and unreal. Many readers read as an escape from their own lives and it can be easy to forget life and people can be nasty, so kudos to Ms. Williams for doing more than talking about it.
Once again I've been blown away by Nicole William's writing. I can't wait for the next book in this series to be available or to add this book to my bookshelves. This book is laugh out loud funny, thoughtful, intense, and even hot. It's the complete package and all it'll take to hook you is the first chapter.
* A copy was provided by the author in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for them in any manner.*
About the Author:
I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground.
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