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3.50  ·  Rating details ·  334 ratings  ·  84 reviews
A boxing official dead in New York.

Interpol cop Anna Leyton meets world champ cruiser-weight Freddie La Salle in a black London cab. Both have pasts and secrets. They need each other openly but neither must reveal the truth.

A sports reporter is slain.

Organised criminals conspire to rig international gambling.

A cop in love with her number one suspect risks the fire to expre
Kindle Edition, 257 pages
Published May 18th 2011 by Gallo-Romano Media
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Audiobook: Narrator – Rebecca McKernan

As a Texan and not widely traveled, I struggled with the accents used for this audio-book. I tried slowing the speed down but it still just never did work for me. When the hero’s voice changed from Californian to French at no understandable whims, I was lost and frustrated because I really did not like the French accent. Mostly because it was so much harder for me to follow. If strong accents don’t bother you, then I think you’ll enjoy this one.

This was a bi
Apr 25, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A Mafia conspiracy. A female undercover cop. A honed and fit target suspect: sexy international sports star and playboy boxer Freddie La Salle.

British Interpol cop, Anna Leyton, spirals down into a hopeless vortex of sexual and emotional turmoil as she fights to keep her professional cool in her latest assignment. The action flies from London to Paris, California and New York but just who is deceiving who in this fast moving ride across continents?
Laz the Sailor
What a great blurb. British woman with Interpol, American boxer, Mafia, super yachts!

It just fell flat. I like British authors, but the pacing and insta-love and almost stupid behaviors really grated on me.
Frederick Brooke
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A friend recommended this book to me, knowing I like both mysteries and romances, and I am so glad she did. Anna Leyton is a Metropolitan Police Detective in London on assignment to Interpol. In the tradition of romances, she meets her man by pure chance (well, almost), competing for a London cab on one of those rainy evenings when cabs are scarce. When she shares a cab with Freddie La Salle and breathing in his male fragrance and his aura of ... something ... her life has already undergone the ...more
Diane Rapp
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Calin delivers a knockout punch!

I doubted that I’d enjoy a mystery novel about boxing but this one surprised me. Anna Leyton, the daughter of a rich boat builder, diverges from the family business and becomes a police officer liaison with Interpol. It’s a dangerous job dealing with the seedy underbelly of London, and she’s just recovering from a disastrous car chase that almost ended her career. No wonder Anna concealed her profession when she shared a taxi ride with a sexy Frenchman. Freddie is
Diana Hockley
I started this novel with high hopes, some of which were engendered by the delectable torso on the front cover! However, I found it pretty unbelievable.

The dialogue was stilted and the heroine who is supposed to be English uses words such as "gonna" and "wanna" which are distinctly Americanisms. I had the impression that English is not the writer's first language.

There was no real sense of time or space around the characters with scant imagery to set scenes and I think the investigation becomes
Javier Robayo
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fun-so-much-fun
Ana is so likeable as a woman and as a cop. The conflict in her mind between woman and cop draws you into the story, which gets infused with a healthy dose of male spice in Freddie La Salle. The chemistry is palpable, and the story flows on a level surface before plunging into the rapids leading to the climax. Ana defies every imposed expectation of her and ultimately must choose to follow her heart wherever it leads, even if that means letting go of the love of her life. Although I expected muc ...more
Wonderful romantic suspense,loved the book,started reading at night which was a mistake cause i was so glued to the book just could'nt sleep wanted to know what happens next,as soon as finished work in morning picked it up and completed the book,what a page turner the plot was held perfectly with shocking twist n turns ,loved Freddie-Anna,the epilogue was cute

Overall enjoyed the book,it kept me interested from start till end
Looking forward to read more books by Emma Calin
Duchess Nicole
Great storyline, a bit different from what I'm used to. You could definitely tell the author isn't American. The language was a bit different, and it was a little hard to understand some of the subtleties. It also seemed more of a sophisticated read than most romantic suspense that I normally come across. I'd definitely recommend this to both contemporary and romantic suspense fans.
Carrie K-Ski
I enjoy a good mystery with romance. This has it but it didn't really deliver a believable plot. The ending was very abrupt and left me unsatisfied. This copy given in exchange for an honest review.
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Just won this on First Reads! So excited... review to come!


As previously stated I won this thanks to the Goodreads First Reads giveaway competition. Thanks also go to the author Emma Calin who was absolutely lovely and signed it for me, such a
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good fun. I could not tell if Freddie was a good guy or not. He has something hidden in his past that makes our Anna doubt him. Not a good feeling for an honest cop in love.
Working undercover Anna is used to thinking on the fly . She certainly has to do that here. A old relationship threatens her career and her life. She should have known not to sleep with someone in the police. But good friends in the right places can help a lot.
Freddie is charming, funny and seriously HOT
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written romance set in the midst of a police investigation into international fraud in sport and gambling. The heroine is a modern career woman working for Interpol trying to crack illegal match fixing and money laundering. Her life is turned upside down when a chance encounter in her private life becomes the key to her success in her current assignment as a detective and she has to make choices about her own personal satisfaction against her duty to her job. Its a fast paced book ...more
Melisa Hamling
Feb 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A steamy romance with a well thought out plot and totally likeable characters. Anna falls for Freddie La Salle. When she met him, she had no idea he was a famous boxer, but soon finds out when her department launches an investigation into illegal betting. The prime suspect? Freddie! All bets on! Or is it cuff and protect?! Anna has one heck of a dilemma, plenty of conflict, but will love cloud her judgment or will she stay on task and hold true to her obligations as a cop? A knockout passionate ...more
Barbara Mack
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This book kept me reading into the wee hours of the night. Not only is it a compelling mystery, it's also a sexy love story. The passion between Anna and Freddie is worth reading just for itself, but the Interpol/police story line was extremely interesting. Great book; just the thing for a summer read. It's well written and I was totally swept up in the world of the book. That's what reading a good book is all about, isn't it? You get to leave your life for a while and be entertained by som ...more
Georgiann Hennelly
Anna Leyton is an Interpol Police Women. She meets Freddie Lasalle a World Champion Boxer, its love at first sight, Only problem both of them are keeping secrets from the other. Freddie has the Fight of his life coming up only problem he is a suspect in a case that Anna is investigating. Only he doesn't know that Anna is a Police Officer working undercover. Can Anna keep a clear head while investigating this case and not let her love for Freddie get in the way? A very well written Romantic suspe ...more
Lynn Thompson
Jan 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Great Read! Ever believe in love at first sight? Ever meet someone that makes your heart stop and toes tingle before you even know their name? Ever wonder if love can last when based on deceit? Anna and La Salle were destined to meet, but Anna is a cop and cop instincts come first. La Salle is a world champion boxer hiding something that leaves Anna asking more questions than getting answers. Take a wild ride with Anna and La Salle. Highly Recommended.
Oct 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Is It Love Or Not

This is an entertaining read about duplicitous actions from both of these main characters. But they end up falling in love and finally finding out the truth about each other. It was a little slow in the begInning but it got exciting about two thirds through. Enjoy I did.
Zeinab Dh
Nov 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I got this in exchange of an honest review and I must say it was a nice book to read had a lot of nice things and the characters were charming and lots of action that keeps you into it a lot but was surprised by the end
F.C. Etier
May 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 30, 2011 rated it liked it
Knockout! was a pretty good book. It had some slow parts, but overall I enjoyed it. I like the fact that the book was not predictable, keeping you on the edge of your seat.
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
Very good story! There's romance, intrigue, sports, passion and deceit. Female cop gets involved with pro boxer and the heat is on! Not my usual cup of tea but I enjoyed this.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Delicious story, sexy, good details, loved it!
Tony Parsons
Nov 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
London, England. DI Anna Leyton (daughter, Metropolitan PD/Interpol) called Inspector Raymond Du Maurier (Interpol) to inquire on Freddie La Salle (billionaire playboy, World Cruiserweight Champion; WCC).
He was interested in buying a Nereus 74 (flagship yacht).
Antibes, France. Anna called Mike Leyton (father, Leyton Marine owner, prestige motor yachts) to let him know.

What tid-bit information did Pete Making (Fan-Tale magazine reporter, investigative journalist) reveal to Anna?
Why are Anna &am
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Give me romantic suspense and I am a happy camper. Emma Calin is a new author to me, and I am glad to have listened to this gem. The thing that caught me from the start is that is stars a very strong female lead. Anna Leyton is not only beautiful, but she is smart and full of energy. When she meets Freddie, the chemistry is there, but an a deeper connection is immediate felt. Many times this kind of relationship feels forced, but Calin has written the story so well that it feels believable. The ...more
Mrs D
I received this audiobook as a gift and am writing an honest review in exchange.

The premise of the story, a world champion boxer involved in a gambling conspiracy, and the Interpol detective who falls for him, then discovers she's been assigned to investigate him, is original and engaging. It has all the elements of a riveting romantic suspense, with many colourful supporting characters.
The pace of the relationship races madly ahead of the rest of the story, with declarations of love being band
Rosemary Hughes
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When fate brings two people together, no one knows what will happen. That's exactly what happens, when two people want the same taxi on a street in London. She looked at the good looking stranger and only wanted to be known as a woman, not as a Detective Inspector for Interrpol. She didn't recognize him, the world heavyweight champion for boxing. He had taken one look and he was smitten.
No matter what their personal feelings were, the cold hard reality of the world was never far away. Can she tr
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have it in audio
This is a new to me author. First I have listen from her.
This story is full of action from the first chapter. It involves Freddie and Anna.
Anna is a policewoman and Anna is in a bind she is dating Freddie but she needs to investigate him. Anna feels it’s a betrayal.
Freddie has strong feelings for Anna. He doesn’t know what to do
Freddie is a fighter a legal fighter and he loves it. But he knows he needs to stop to make a life with Anna It starts in one city and ends in anothe
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My fifth read/listen from author Emma Calin, my first that was not a short story. 228 pages, but it reads longer because of the detail woven into its depths. An enjoyable read, I'll be reading more by her after this book! Narrator Rebecca McKernan’s talented narration & Brutish accent adds greatly to the book’s enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).
Aug 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love Is Like The Eiffel Tower

One can always count on author Emma Calin for a "hot" heroine and hotter hero from whom smoke and steam arise. Gangsters, sports, and gambling are at the center of this thriller with the best of Scotland Yard, Surete, Interpol and FBI pitted against international bad guys. As narrated by Rebecca McKernan one is swept into the action as personal and corporate politics entangle themselves with fast-moving drama with a little Jane Bond thrown in.
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