Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Blog Tour: Hard Knox by Nicole Williams (Review + Giveaway)

Hi, everyone! I'm very happy to be part of the blog tour for Hard Knox by Nicole Williams,
which  is organized by AToMR book tours. For the full tour schedule, click here and enjoy all the stops!

Title: Hard Knox
Author: Nicole Williams
Series: The Outsider Chronicles, #1
Genre: New Adult/Adult Contemporary
Publication: Released August 12, 2014
Summary (Goodreads):
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 . . .
Hard Knox.

My Thoughts:

I love badboys. I just absolutely adore them. Because when a boy who doesn't give a flying monkey about the world falls in love, he'd do everything and anything for the one he loves, and what's hotter than that? Knox was pretty much all that, or maybe some part of it, because Knox cared about people, not what they thought of him, but people in general.

Hard Knox is told from Charlie Chases POV, a college student studying to become a journalist, who while attending a frat party to write an article on underage drinking on campus is drugged, then wakes up in the house of the badboy of Sinclair university, Knox Jagger. Soon though, her savior is suspected of selling drugs on parties and Charlie is appointed to write an article on him, and with someone hell bent on making Knox out to be the bad guy, she is more sure that he is being framed, but Knox isn't the only one targeted and if Charlie wants to come to the bottom of this, she'll have to work with the prime suspect and risk more than her well-being in the process.

Hard Knox was such a page turner! I could not stop reading it. Charlie is a snarky character who is full of wit and sarcasm and isn't taken down by a mean remark. She is independent and isn't shy to voice her thoughts to anyone and everyone, which hooked me to the book from the first page. I loved how clever her remarks were and how much they cracked me up, though I had a slight problem with her outlook on life and her fellow college students. She was stereotyping everyone, making the girls out to be naive and shallow and only caring about partying and guys, while the guys where assholes who only wanted one thing and it wasn't good grades. I don't think there was one student, aside from her roommate Harlow, that she didn't judge. Even Knox.

And gosh don't get me started on Knox. The guys just makes me want to curl into a ball and weep. His character in the start of the book is that of your typical badboy, hot, arrogant and a man whore, but as we delve deeper into the book, we get to know more about him and how he really is, which in turn changed Charlie's opinion of him. He's protective, he's got a shady past, he's passionate and he isn't afraid to end up in jail for the ones he loves. Grrrr this guy made me giggle, fan myself and laugh at his wit because he could outmatch Charlie when it come to being snarky, which actually made the book even more entertaining. There's nothing better than the MC:s arguing with each other rather than being sweet and battling their eye-lashes at each other.

Knox also made me cry. Gaaah I knew his story was going to break my heart, but I didn't expect it to just shatter the whole world. I can't imagine ever going through what he did or the guilt he harbored, it was just so much! And did I mention his protectiveness? He didn't just protect Charlie, oh no, he wouldn't be Knox if he did, there was so much more to him and his motives and personality than I thought, and I loved that surprise.

This book is an amazing read. It's full of suspense, entertaining characters and a hero so hot I melted!


Giveaway :

 Nicole is giving away a HARD KNOX Tour Giveaway. You can find it here! 

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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