**I received a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review**
Rating: A 3 out of 5 stars
Once you slap the hell out of the light heavyweight champion of the world on the night of his first loss, how do you convince him to give you an interview? That’s the dilemma Samantha Wellington finds herself in after turning down the most desirable yet foul-mouthed athlete she’s come across. Unfortunately for her, her job depends on getting his interview and this boxer’s not talking.
When Trent “The Punisher” Page is humiliated by the spunky reporter, then cornered for an interview, he does what he does best: he plays dirty. He didn’t earn his nickname for being nice, after all. If the little minx wants to know more about him, she’ll have to pay with the one thing she’s not willing to give - herself.
Her elements of surprise meet their match in his determination to succeed. With vastly different motivations, can they break down the enemy without jeopardizing themselves?
Okay, so first of all, I really liked Trent and Sam as individual characters. Their strengths and weaknesses were very well-highlighted, and it gave them a 'wholeness' of character. Trent had the whole 'I can have anything I want' persona perfected down to a notch, despite his first loss. Sam was a strong and sassy character who didn't back down from the challenges life threw at her.
However, I didn't feel their relationship. It felt as if the author was telling us everything and not showing it to us. I wanted Sam's background to be revealed slowly. You know, by making the reader feel as if something's not right, and not being dumped upon us in one singular sentence.There were only one or two moments where the author tried to keep up the mysterious element before revealing everything about her past. Though, I think that the mystery was solved the very first time the author tried to niggle the readers interest in Sam's past. Plus, I would've liked a little more detail regarding everything because it all felt rushed.
With that said, the novella is an enjoyable read if you're looking for a 'feel-good' story. I liked the way Sam went about to bribe Trent into giving an interview (no, she did not accept his suggestion right away and tried a different method - though, it should be said that there were quite a bit of interesting times *winks*). So if you want to treat yourself with a boxer, a sassy heroine and sexy moments then this is your book!!