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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
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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
Jul 16, 2011 Vio rated it really liked it
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
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
Rosa, really

Congratulate me -- I'm no longer a Voinov virgin.


(I'm also no longer a penis pump virgin. That's right, a penis pump -- but that's an entirely different discussion.)

As my first Voinov, I'm not sure how it went. Judging from what I've read and heard about Special Forces (I know, I know, I have to read it -- I swear I will) and other reviews of this book I was expecting more violence. I expected to be wincing, holding my Kindle away from me while reading it out of the corner of my eye. That didn't
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
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
Nov 19, 2012 julio rated it liked it
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.
Nov 30, 2012 Isa K. rated it it was amazing

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
Lisa *-* GiViNg It To YoU * LoCk StOcK & TwO SmOkiNg BaRrELs

4.5 Take That MotherFu#ker

Brooklyn Marshall a former cop and freeman until the accidental death of a young girl robs him of he's freedom....sold into slavery.  

"Let's dance, shall we?"

From Brooklyn's opening scene from in the ring, and his first words to he's very last.....I was hooked!!

“Get my gloves off”

“That's a 'please, sir'.”

....You fucking bastard

He's emotions are raw, frank, and completely honest.

Brooklyn has risen through the ranks of slave boxers. To Brook's owners he
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
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
Dec 23, 2012 Heller rated it it was amazing

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
Aleksandr Voinov
May 04, 2011 Aleksandr Voinov added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Advance warning - once this book's contract runs out, it goes away forever (the characters will stay around in a different story).
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,
Jul 10, 2013 Xing rated it really liked it
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)
Nov 29, 2011 ♥Laddie♥ (Lee Lee) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who's in the Bloodthirsty Bitches Club
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
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
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
Dec 02, 2011 Christina rated it really liked it
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
Oct 29, 2011 DarienMoya rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 19, 2011 Vivian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance-contemp, own
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.
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
Adrianamae, Marco's fan
Sep 21, 2014 Adrianamae, Marco's fan rated it liked it
Shelves: slaves
3.5 rating

Tortured, beaten, dehumanized, but there was still a smidgen of the human spirit that refused to die inside him -so he chose integrity. He chose it for himself. He chose it because no matter what would be the repercussions, at this moment in time, and in the ring, in THIS fight, he held the power to make a choice and nobody could take that away from him. Powerful...
Oct 29, 2011 Jenre rated it really liked it
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 focuse ...more
Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog
Jun 28, 2012 Lisa Arbitrary - AttentionIsArbitrary M/M Blog rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: m-m, boxing, sports, slavery
Shelves: m-m-romance, adult, kindle


No spoilers -- Just some quotes.

Go look this up before reading this book:

"What's my name, Ernie?"
-------------------- Muhammad Ali to Ernie Tyrell

**** I feel it is important to note that you do not need to be a boxing fan or aficionado to understand and ultimately love this book. Voinov carefully places you into this world and guides you effortlessly, so, the experience is completely full, rich and most of all, enlightening.


Walls closing in with no way to escape, is a feeling
Sep 29, 2011 Aiko rated it it was amazing
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
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Edina Rose
Nov 23, 2011 Edina Rose rated it really liked it
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
Me cuesta armar una reseña con cierta estructura gramatical; hay demasiadas ideas, pensamientos, sensaciones dando vueltas. Pero creo que puedo destacar o sacar en limpio algunas cuestiones.

Por un lado, no puedo cansarme nunca de remarcar las infinitas capas que tienen siempre las historias de Voinov, su natural e inevitable talento para ofrecer historias de múltiples aristas, que se alejan de la chatura y planicie de tantas miles que ofrece el mercado. A su vez, su capacidad natural y trabajo
Future Slayer Girl
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
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