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3.43  ·  Rating details ·  75 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Tyler Morris did not have a happy childhood. He suffered abuse at the hands of his alcoholic father, then bounced around a series of foster homes. He became unable to express his emotions or deal with his past. Then, at fifteen, at a charity boxing camp hosted by heavyweight champ Jamie Lewis, Tyler found a purpose and an outlet for his anger. Seven years later, Tyler arri ...more
ebook, 104 pages
Published June 6th 2012 by Dreamspinner Press (first published June 5th 2012)
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~✡~Dαni(ela) ♥ ♂♂ love & semi-colons~✡~
Lots of telling and summaring, but no boxing in sight; the big misunderstanding was silly, and I didn't feel the slow burn between the men despite the steamy scenes. Plus, the epilogue was a piece of work: 10+ years summed up in a paragraph. Yeah, but no.
Jun 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I don't understand nothing about boxing and for me, is not even a sport.
But, I had to read this, the blurb was very interesting, and the cover was so gorgeous I could not help myself.
This is a very nice story, the 2 main characters were terrific, if you are concern about the age difference don't be.
It didn't feel weird at all, Ty is so mature and Jamie is such a wonderful character they are great together.
The ending was so perfect, I wish all finales were as nice as this one.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it liked it

This was an enjoyable younger man/older man romance (22&36) and probably the first for me of this type that did deal with the age issues in more detail. There were some interesting power issues that went along with the age difference as well since Jamie is Tyler's trainer.

I enjoyed the rough patches these two went through and the chemistry between them really worked although there were a few times where it came across as a student/teacher crush vibe that didn't really work for me quite a
Camille Adams
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m-rom-erotica

Not one jot of showing here. This is an all authorial telling story. She simply relates everything. He said, she said, and then...the epilogue is an especially horrendous bit of summing up.

On another note, I do so wish writers would not feel the need to keep saying "the younger man". We get it. You're establishing a romance with an age difference. Duly noted. Now move on. It does not help characterisation one bit nor is identification by this means continually necessary.
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it

Tyler Morris catches a bus from NY to LA in the hope that Jamie Lewis, gym owner and boxing kingmaker, will take him on as a boxer. He has little money but sets about making Jamie see his potential, including giving him a heartfelt speech about how much boxing means to him. Tyler is 22, spent some time with Jamie when he was 15 at a boxing camp for youth identified as at risk; and never forgot what he learned there.

Jamie is a 36 year old boxing mentor. He takes on those he think can make a go o
★★★ 3 Awwwww! Stars ★★★

This was a very sweet and romantic story between Tyler, an aspiring boxer, and his trainer, Jamie.

When Ty picks up his whole life and moves to L.A. to be mentored by the man who saved his life when he was a teenager, Jamie, he is surprised to find out that he wants Jamie to be more then just his trainer. He finds himself genuinely attracted to the man when no one has really managed to turn his head before. Jamie, on the other hand, can't keep his eyes and hands off the new
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Knockout by Leora Stark
4 Stars
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Twenty two year old Tyler Morris had a horrible childhood and still wears the scars from his abusive father. He was a very angry teenager by the time that he was turned over to foster care but being sent to a boxing camp changed his life. He never forget his time training under his mentor, championship fighter Jamie Lewis, and hops a bus from New York to LA in hopes that Jamie, who is now a gym owner and boxing kingmaker, will
A very well written M/M love story featuring boxers. *wipes drool* First time read for me from Leora Stark. It will not be last. The story was short and yet it wasn't lacking. It had just enough substance to make it a solid read. The characters both same similar histories - survivors of child abuse, rough childhood making them into the men they were today - poor Tyler had the worst of it compared to Jaime.

Though Jamie, the older and more experienced of the two claimed to be possessive, he was no
Sorry. No review. I read this back in June -- and somehow I forgot to enter my thoughts. Since I didn't remember ANY of it, I assume I didn't hate it nor loving it that much. So the 'safe' 3-stars
Sep 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: m-m, kindle
I'll say this, I wanted to love it. I had high hopes, but in my opinion it did not succeed.

First off, Tyler picks up and moves from NY to LA without even knowing if Jamie will take him on. What happens when Jamie says no? Dumb move, Tyler!

Second, where the hell was the training and boxing? I wanted more of that! It's why I bought the damn book. I love reading about the ins and outs of the sport, but I got one match described--and it was short to boot. That was it.

Three, there was a whole lot o
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - I first read this when it was posted on Lit a while back. I totally fell in love with the story and the characters, so it was great to see it published. I enjoyed it just as much the second time around, even if I think there were some areas or scenes that could have been expanded to feel a little less rushed. While Ty and Jamie's story is short, it's also incredibly sweet. Their relationship builds beautifully and the ending was just perfect. I'm rating it so highly because this was ...more
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sport, romance, novella
I really liked this novella. The storyline is drawn around professional boxing and a light romance between young Tyler, with an abused childhood, and heavyweight champ Jamie Lewis. I really enjoyed this light romance between Tyler and Jamie. They were hot together.
Jun 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I loved it!!!
I really enjoyed this story. Both main characters are likeable and although its a story about boxing that isnt all there is. I really liked reading this book the epilogue however is just to short. ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
pretty sure it doesn't take 10+ hours to drive from Hollywood to LA
Jun 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Nice, surprisingly romantic story between two rough fighters.
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Dreamspinner Press: Knockout by Leora Stark 1 4 Jun 07, 2012 12:06PM  
Leora Stark is a writer of romance and erotica. She writes sometimes sweet and always dirty stories in a variety of genres. Recently stories about hot m/m and m/m/f action have been keeping her up at night. Leora lives in Toronto where she earns her keep as a professor.

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