Book Review: Hard Knox

Hard Knox
Amber Malloy
(Perfect Stats, #2)
Publication date: June 16th 2020
Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Romance


Book two in the Perfect Stats series

Everything comes easy to quarterback Gavin Knox—women, football, even money. However, the only thing he truly wants but can’t win is the beauty of his dreams, Remy Bell.

A simple favor to save the girl turns into the quarterback losing his heart.

As beautiful as she is fun, Remy Bell has only one problem—a psychotic killer with political power wants her dead. Always a ‘two steps ahead’ type of gal, she plans to outrun the maniac. Marriage and a sweet life in the football star’s hometown in Canada would give her the cover she needs, but Remy doesn’t stick around long enough to find out. She travels all over the world, photographing the most beautiful and devastating events, but her now-husband’s tabloid activities lead her to the one place she should avoid…back home.

Superstar Gavin Knox wins at everything. However, once he scores the girl of his dreams, he’s suddenly in danger of losing the one thing he has always needed. Before she can slip through his fingers, he offers her a deal she can’t refuse—marry him for Canadian citizenship, which will protect her, and after five years, they can divorce. Knox is positive that she will fall head over heels in love with him, but it doesn’t happen. After six years of marriage, two playoff titles and a third on the way, Knox is forced to contend with a successful wife almost more famous than he is.

Determined to get exactly what he wants, which includes having Remy and a family, he devises a stupid scheme that puts everything he’s worked so hard for in jeopardy.

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My Review

This was such an entertaining book. It pushed me right in the middle of the action and it kept me there until the end. This is both a good and a bad thing – I will get immediately into the details.

Let me first apologize to Goddess Fish Promotions and the author for not being able to keep the deadline of my review. Many things have happened lately and I slipped little too far from my book reviewing habits. I apologize again!

Ok, “Hard Knox” tells the story of Gavin and Remi, who have been secretly married for some time now but have not had a real marriage experience. He is a famous football player and she is now a renowned photographer. Gavin decided to marry Remi so she can keep her Canadian citizenship, with the promise off a divorce in five years. Little did she expect to see a change in his intentions. Because our boy has no plans of letting her go, especially with the threats that she’s been dealing with lately.

As I was mentioning, I was pulled into the action right from the beginning, as the story stars six years after the marriage, with Gavin trying to gain Remi’s attention. As the blurb is mentioning, his plan is a dangerous one that can push Remi farther away, instead of making her fall far his charm. I really loved his determination and even if his method was childish, I see the good intentions there.

Speaking of determination, both characters are very much invested in their careers and this is something I respect as well. With all their messy personal lives, professionally speaking, they are the best versions of themselves. And give all to the jobs they have.

When it comes to the negative aspects, this way of going directly to the point in the book made me doubt a little weather this was a standalone or not. In the beginning I had no idea what the deal was between our main characters and for a god part I did not understand if these two actually had any feelings beyond sexual attraction. At some point, I felt that he was forcing himself onto fer (it was not the case, everything is consensual in this book), or at least forcing a pregnancy with the hope of it tying her to him.

Overall, I did enjoy the story and the author’s writing style. The series has received a lot of love so far from the readers and I cannot wait to read the other books by Amber Malloy.

Until next time, Happy Reading!

3.5 stars


Author Bio:

Amber Malloy dreamed of being a double agent but couldn’t pass the psyche evaluation. Crushed by despair that she couldn’t legally shoot things, Amber pursued her second career choice as pastry chef. When she’s not writing or whipping up a mean Snickers Cheesecake, she occasionally spies on her sommelier. Amber is convinced he’s faking his French accent.

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