“Tattooed package of sin.”
That’s how Savannah Ryan would describe Declan Whitmore, the deliciously tatted and pierced fighter who holds the top spot in The Pit, Boston’s newest underground fighting organization. Declan is relentless when he sets his sights on someone, both in and out of the ring, and Savannah’s witty comebacks and tight little body have just landed her on his radar.
There are a couple of teensy problems, though. Declan just happens to be Savannah’s new boss, which normally wouldn’t have stopped her from sleeping with him, but this recently reformed bad girl is trying to go straight after heading down a dangerous path. It’s too bad that Savannah’s new road to salvation doesn’t include pit stops for hard muscles, a beautiful face, and the prettiest damn pair of green eyes she’s ever seen.
Declan’s used to getting any girl he wants, but turning over a new leaf means too much to Savannah. She’s not going to make this easy for him. Her jaded exterior has kept people out and held her secrets in for as long as she can remember, and that’s exactly how she wants it to stay. But as Declan gets glimpses of the real girl inside, vulnerable and afraid, he makes it his mission to tear down those walls and free her.
What if this tattooed package of sin is all the salvation she needs?
“What are you doing?”
“I’m getting your stuff. You’re staying with me.” He says it without pausing, without even looking at me.
I make a surprised choking/laughing sound in the back of my throat and say, “No, I am most certainly not staying with you.” I’m fully grown and have been taking care of myself since I can remember. I don’t need Declan or his handouts.
Well, except for the job. I need the job.
He sets a laundry basket on the pavement and glances at me. “It’s either that or you make room for me in your car. Your choice.”
My mouth opens, but nothing comes out at first. I think I’m struck stupid. “Why are you doing this?”
He glares at me. “Why am I refusing to leave an attractive girl alone in her car overnight? Gee, I don’t know. I must be some kind of asshole.”
Anger flares in me, and I’m thankful for the familiar emotion. Declan’s got me all mixed up, and I don’t like it. “Point made, asshole, but I’m not some stray cat you can just take in.”
A smile flirts with his lips as he nods to my pile of stuff. “Get your things, Kitten.”
- Natalia Kills, “Saturday Night”
- Lorde, “Bravado”
- Coldplay, “Paradise”
- Kitten, “Sugar”
- Lorde, “400 Lux”
- In The Valley Below, “Peaches”
- The Naked and Famous, “Young Blood”
- Florence + the Machine, “Bedroom Hymns”
- Sia, “Elastic Heart”
- Blink-182, “Stockholm Syndrome”
- Lana Del Ray, “Born to Die”
- Kings of Leon, “Wait For Me”
- Grouplove, “Let Me In”
- Atreyu, “Becoming the Bull”
- Band of Skulls, “Sweet Sour”
- Ramones, “I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend”
- Staind, “Right Here”
- Bruno Mars, “Locked Out of Heaven” *
- Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, “Aya”
- The White Stripes, “I’m Finding It Harder to Be a Gentleman”
- Evans Blue, “Cold (But I’m Still Here)”
- Stabbing Westward, “What Do I Have to Do?”
- A Day to Remember, “End of Me”
- Underoath, “A Boy Brushed Red Living In Black and White”
- Mumford & Sons, “Babel”
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
Age/Maturity Level: 18+ (contains foul language and explicit sex)
Book Length: Full-length novel at approx. 100,000 words
Stand-alone or Series: Both. First book in a new series, but each book will be an interconnected stand-alone with an HEA or HFN.
Available Formats for Review: DRM-free epub or mobi for Kindle
Release Date: September 30, 2014
Publisher: Self-published, but professionally edited and professionally formatted for ebooks
Goodreads Link: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18520167-down-and-out
Author Website: http://www.kelleyrmartin.com
Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/authorkelleyrmartin
Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/kelleyrmartin
I LOVE STORY TIME REVIEW BY LYS
When Savannah Ryan decides to change her life and ward off all men is when she meets Declan Whitmore; a hot, tatted, underground fighter who also happens to be her new boss. Try as she may, she can't help but be instantly attracted to this man. He is cocky and arrogant, but sexy as hell.
"He's really not wearing anything special - faded jeans and a plain white tee - but on him, with those tattoos covering his arms...My. God." ~Savannah
When Savannah walks into Declan's gym looking for a job, Declan knows that she will forever change his life. The quick witted playboy is unexpectedly knocked out by this feisty, smart mouthed, independent woman. Little does he know that it will not be Savannah's determination to stay away from him, but that it will be her past that will be the toughest hurdle to a overcome.
"I don't know what you're running from, but you're are safe here. You're safe with me." ~Declan
Swoon...Declan was amazing! I kept imagining this super sexy, green eyed man that would take my breath away and sweep me off my feet. Every girl should have a Declan Whitmore! He had such a way with words. He had a panty dropping quality to what he said and how he said it. He was beyond H.O.T!
"I want to earn every touch you allow me, and I want to be the cause of every stuttered breath that leaves these lips"~Declan
I loved Savannah. She was a tough chick who was determined to make it on her own no matter what obstacles were before her. I admired her will to be better. Her will to fight for what she wanted...and that was Declan. I loved the nickname Declan gave her. It was a perfect fit! Their chemistry was off the charts and the banter between them was hilarious. There were so many times I found myself laughing out loud. There were also so many times my heart raced over the sexual angst between them. Sheesh! Their story definitely included some super steamy scenes!
I truly enjoyed this book. Kelley did such a great job bringing the characters to life. It was well written, fun, sexy, and had one of the hottest, most sweetest heroes written! Declan has been added to my top ten book boyfriends! I would highly recommend this book... hands down! 4.5 Sexy Stars!!