Counterpunch (Belonging, #2)
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Counterpunch (Belonging #2)

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Fight like a man, or die like a slave.

Brooklyn Marshall used to be a policeman in London, with a wife and a promising future ahead of him. Then he accidentally killed a rioter whose father was a Member of Parliament and had him convicted of murder. To ease the burden on the overcrowded prison system, Brooklyn was sold into slavery rather than incarcerated. Now, he's the "M...more
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Published November 4th 2011 by Storm Moon Press (first published November 2nd 2011)
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Will the real Brooklyn Marshall please stand up?

Brooklyn Marshall had a life before, he was a husband, a cop, a boxer, he was free. That life was taken away from him, except he can still fight. He still WINS, but does it matter? Does anyone even care?

We find Brooklyn at the end of a fight, revved up and buzzing with his win. But also knowing that he needs to get ready to go service whatever John his owners have lined up for him. He doesn't care, he'll do what he has to, after all that's what he...more
4.5 stars

I am ashamed to admit this is my first Aleksandr Voinov novel and thankfully it wasn't as intimidating or confronting as I first thought it is dark and quite violent but wow Brooklyn he is one sexy hunk of a man. I love him and I was immediately drawn to him, strong and determined with such a will to succeed despite all the sh%t he has to endure, you can't help but cheer him on, he is amazingly courageous. This will not appeal to everyone, all I can say is give it a chance you might be...more
Present me with a successful, cunning business man in an expensive suit and a streetwise fighter who can barely control himself, and I'll be as fixated as a cat lurking at a mouse-hole.

"Will you punch me?" Nathaniel didn't smile, didn't mock him, but there was a tinge of humor. "Or are we done for this time?"
"That's your call", Brooklyn said close to Nathaniel's lips, noticing how they parted, ever so slightly. For all his nonchalant control, the man wanted him, and wanted him bad. Which, stran
Fucking intense. I know Aleksandr Voinov is insanely good, but it's like my brain can't remember exactly how much, and every time I read one of his books I'm amazed all over again.
It's not perfect, though, mainly because I couldn't really believe in the romance. I simply didn't see the MCs spending enough time together. That's perfectly fine, because this is more Brooklyn's story than a typical romance, but I wish there wouldn't have been those (partially unspoken) ILYs at the end: they made me...more
Rachel Haimowitz
There are not words for how much I love this book. Full disclosure: I was a beta, and it's also set in my sandbox (this story is written in the same world as Anchored and Where He Belongs). That said, Aleks wrote such a beautiful novel I'm downright jealous of how well he handled my sandbox; he built a much prettier castle than I ever did ;-p

This is classic Voinov at his finest: dark, gritty, morally ambiguous, dangerous, violent, and sexy as hell. All that plus a genuine romance! If you are a...more
Smartly-plotted. Vivid characters. Lots of thwapping.

First book I've read in this universe. Ample temptation to go off on philosophical tangents but the story is so kinetic it was much easier to allow myself to rush heedlessly to the kick-ass conclusion, pausing only briefly to bathe in all the moody alterna-London details.
Isa K.

So this is my third Voinov book in about a month and it is the only one that I think deserves the unqualified praise fangirls are fond of ... ironically it is also the only one without that mass gushing. This probably says more about my tastes than anything else, but I found this book absolutely eons ahead of other stuff I've read from Voinov. Mind you they're all varying levels of good, but this book is smart as well.

Any writer who attempts to use slavery as the setti...more
I should start by saying I'm not sure how to rate this book. And, as usual with A. Voinov's books, I can't write a proper review; too many thoughts coursing through my mind and a turmoil of emotions in my chest.

My general feeling is that the book should be longer. At least I wish it were. Brooklyn is an amazing character. He comes across with exceptional clarity and almost surgical precision. He had me at hello and he already holds that special place in my heart I reserve for the fictional char...more

This was a brutal read. Set in an alternative universe with a very layered and complicated slave society that juxtaposes the freeman one. Did I say brutal? Despite the violence I never found it gratuitous. It was there, it was a part of Brooklyn's life and he dealt with it.

Brook was a former cop and freeman who after accidentally killing a young girl was railroaded by her family and sold into slavery. An amateur boxer prior to his incarceration he is sold to a conglomerate and begins boxing...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
I would love to write something clever about this story, but I can't, because I'm floored. I want to re-read it all over again.

I don't watch boxing, I think I got fed up when, due to the time zone, it was the only thing on TV during the Seoul Olympic Games in 1988, but I adored the documentary When We Were Kings, about Foreman and Ali's match in Zaire, and also Sylvester Stallone's Rocky. And how can I forget Cinderella Man or Raging Bull. I am afraid I don't understand a thing about the sport,...more
If I had to choose a word to describe Counterpunch, it would be beautiful. But beauty is a general term. I'm not talking about the good-looking or the skin-deep type of beauty. I'm talking about the type that can only be witnessed after a violent event. Like the first rays of sunlight after a devastating storm , and yet that same wondrous sunlight does nothing to hide the carnage. Instead, it gives us a sense of a new beginning. That even though nothing can hide or make the past disappear, we st...more
♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee)
It's Not A Sport Unless Someone Gets Hit In The Face: The Most Vicious Fairy Tale

For a really good fairy tale you need an underdog
Meet Brooklyn. Brooklyn's a cop who, after accidentally killing a young girl, gets sold into slavery. An up and comer on the slave boxing circuit, Brooklyn vents his rage in the ring. The boxing scenes in this book are visceral and I could all but smell the blood and sweat. I could all but hear the bloodthirsty crowds and feel the frenetic energy that vibrated under t...more
This review can also be found on Book Girl of Mur-y-Castell-blog.

Imagine a modern Britain where at least two or three decades ago the politicians gave up on trying to keep up with the ever-growing prison population, chucked the fourth article of the Universal Declaration of Human rights, and started to commute life sentences into slavery. Now people are both born and condemned to it. And it’s not just in Britain, it’s all around the world.

Brooklyn Marshall was born free and worked hard to build...more
From page one you’re immersed and wrapped up in the story of Brooklyn a British ex-copper whose life has gone terribly wrong. We are back in the same universe as Rachel Haimowitz’s Where He Belongs (it's not necessary to read this first) but just when the story takes place is left vague; and we have very few clues except for an odd, casual reference to an Apple laptop which tells us that it can’t be too far in the future. In this alternate universe people can be sold into a life of slavery, owne...more
I really enjoyed this book. Brooklyn is an ex cop turned boxer who is also a slave. While on duty, Brooklyn killed a protester and was sentenced to slavery.

I just love Mr. Voinov's writing style. I was a little worried because I don't like boxing and books with slavery themes tend to get me a bit apprehensive BUT I was completely sucked in. Brooklyn is an amazingly developed character. He is a strong and tormented man who completely draws you into his world. He has no voice, no choices, no life...more
It is well know that Voinov is my go to guy when I need some dark, hard and fast paced, hot as hell, gritty perfection. He delivers every time and more often, beyond my expectations.

Counterpunch is certainly fast, hard and gritty but not quite the perfection I have come to expect.

I have read this book as a stand-alone to the series, where the modern world now embraces and enforces slavery as if it had never been abolished. Certainly makes for a fascinating if not despicable world, a brilliant...more
Nov 18, 2011 DarienMoya rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Those who want a knockout story, set in a crazy believable if impossible world

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I was excited to read this, not only for the awesmazing cover (count those abs) but because this would be my first book by Aleksandr Voinov. I had previously read a short story by him that was a part of an anthology; clearly, it was just a small slice of something big. Counterpunch had me freaking out, and I can say I was not disappointed. Mr Voinov has just become a must read author by me, I love his gritty writing s...more
Edina Rose
4.5 stars

The story of great boxer, how he got to the top and how he found love. Or the story of a free man turned slave, an ordinary man turned champion, a lonely man who found love. Brooklyn's story.

It takes place in London in the boxing (under-)world and slavery is an institution. There are born slaves and "made" slaves. Brook is one of the latter.

Typical Voynov's story, it is full of rough stuff. But strangely, it was lighter than I expected. Though there was sexual violence, it was not desc...more
Jo * Smut-Dickted *
I have no idea how Voinov does it but he always does. His books are gritty and raw and full of emotion but they never fall into angst and irritation. The characters are all well rounded with depth and, occasionally, surprise. Brook here is so engaging - and when he releases how he feels about the incident that made him a slave you get such a peek into his life. It was not as harsh as I expected and yet very painful. The way the story evolves is very satisfying and the ending just fit.

The parall...more
How much you love this book will depend on a couple of things. Firstly, whether you like sports-themed books, and in particular the world of boxing, and whether you can buy into a world where slavery is part of society. Those of you who have read Rachel Haimowitz's book Anchored: Belonging, will recognise this world as Aleks has taken the world she created in that book and used it as a background to this book. However, this story is very different to Rachel's book. In Belonging, Rachel focused o...more
Vivian Archer
Ironic that I haven't written a review. This was my first Voinov book and first MM story--what a gateway! I discussed this thoroughly during a BOM reading and now I find it near impossible to review other than to say that this book single-handedly introduced me to a new genre.

The writing is tight, the descriptions elegant and the pace is fiercely regulated. Simply lovely. I'll try and review this again after a rereading, but this is the best I have right now.
Dee Wy
If you are looking for a sweet romance, you will not find it here. However, if you are looking for a richly plotted story that focuses on the strength of the human spirit in the face of an unkind fate, then you will be well rewarded with Brooklyn's journey.

Early on I felt Brook lacked emotion, but I came to understand that if he allowed himself to think too much, or feel too much he could well have been unable to keep going. As an owned slave, Brooklyn has few choices other than to do what he's...more
Joy (joyous reads)
Counterpunch is a novel set in an alternate universe where slavery is an acceptable trade and punishment for criminals. We meet Brooklyn, who was a former cop, charged for the murder of an MP's daughter. The world in itself is sort of hard to explain; but I keep seeing a visage of a decrepit world ruled by thugs and corrupt government officials. There were abusive slave handlers who took advantage of their ward and the punishments ranged from being caged like animals, severe beating and rape.

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First of all I must say I'm turning into a die hard Voinov fan. His ability to write strong characters, and not only strong MC's, is admirable.

When the release date for this book finally arrived, and my pre-ordered copy was ready to download, I was almost giddy with excitement (nothing can compare to hot sex and bloody fights). And now, my kindle still on, showing the last page of the book, I feel like I've just spent the last few hours living a story that only someone with the the ability to re...more
Future Slayer Girl (aka: kitten)
I am a somewhat newbie to the whole M/M erotic genre. I used to just turned away from anything that had to do with M/M, I read one story awhile back, and I felt that I was reading about a man and woman. That put me off. Although, I know that is the stereo type to most M/M relationships, for some reason it just doesn’t do it for me when I am reading about intimacy with two males. I want masculine, I want fire, I want heat, I want some dirty talk. I want two sweat, hot, delicious pieces of men get...more
I like combat sports. The rigorous domestication of the body, the training to be able to give more, take more and longer, the endless repeating until your body acts by itself, how it can liberate your mind, the smells, the sounds, the non erotic sensuality between partners, the channelling of your energy and sometimes of your rage, the intoxicating feeling of control, the distressing moments when your body can’t any more, the necessity of a moral code… All is there, not heavily pounded nor even...more

I was a bit afraid to read this book. I know WHY.

I'm not really in this slave thing.

I actually try to avoid this kind of books.

But it is Aleksandr Voinov and I had to read it anyway. Sooner or later. Besides it was not only a slave story, it was a boxer story.

The fact that this book was shortly removed from sale to be re-issued in due course reminded me of this book that was waiting it's turn on my kindle for a while already.

It is not a typical slave story, not only because it is our familia...more
❂ Endless
This is my 3rd book by Aleksandr Voinov and by now I think, I've gotten used to his gritty way of writing. Writing something different, having his own unique spin on a tale is what makes this boxer's story charming. That's one of things that attracted me to the story and held my attention all the way through to the end. I like the unpredictable twists and turns in the plot that keeps one guessing. Even some of the character traits are unexpected and non-stereotypical!

I like how this is complete...more
4.5 stars.
Those familiar with Voinov's darker style will immediately recognize his voice in this novel. Brooklyn, a former cop found guilty of killing a rioter, is sentenced to slavery for life. He no longer is married, he has no possessions beyond his clothes, and he must act on the whims of his owners. Mostly, those whims are based on boxing, and he is well on his way to champion status. But on occasion, those whims also demand him to provide sexual service to whomever he is sold to - male, fe...more
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