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One Kick: A Kick Lannigan Novel

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One Kick: A Kick Lannigan Novel

One Kick: A Kick Lannigan Novel

From the author of the critically acclaimed Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell thrillers, here is a heart-stopping ride that Cheryl Strayed (author of #1 New York Times bestseller Wild) called “deeply intelligent and grippingly suspenseful…a wickedly brilliant masterpiece.”

Kick Lannigan has taught herself to be dangerous. She can pick any lock, fire any weapon, throw any knife, and aim a punch at her opponent’s trachea. She has also taught herself to be safe. So when enigmatic J

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Cami Avesque is a shy, wannabe journalist, working for the largest newspaper in Ohio. She’s stuck editing classified ads until she lands her big break. That break comes when the only female sports reporter goes on bed rest for the remainder of her pregnancy. For some reason, Cami is chosen to cover The Slam, a rugby team in Colt, Ohio. They have a chance of going all the way to the Rugby League Championship. Unfortunately, Cami has a poor track record with jocks and going all the way is one o

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LL3820

June 15, 2016 at 9:59 pm
64 of 68 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars
Unpleasant repurposing of the Gretchen/Archie plot with a twist… child molestation!, August 27, 2014
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First, let me say I am a huge Chelsea Cain fan, and I have read all and loved most of the Gretchen/Archie novels. I was very excited to read the first novel in her new series, and loved that she had what sounded like such a strong female lead. At best, the book was disappointing, at worst it was actually disturbing.
Spoilers ahead***
At first, I was disappointed by the similarities between her character Kick and Archie. Both had suffered traumatic events that made them incapable of having normal relationships. Both still harbored weird and unhealthy feelings/relationships for their ‘abuser.’ I was disappointed because Cain didn’t deviate from her standard writing MO. But by the end of the book, my disappointment had actually turned into disgust. See, Archie was a grown man who was tortured by a female serial killer who he had been having a CONSENSUAL sexual relationship with (prior to discovering she was the serial killer he had been hunting for). Archie’s weird fascination and obsession with this woman is ‘almost’ understandable- it must haunt him that he enjoyed an ongoing sexual relationship with someone who turned out to be so twisted. Plus, she actually ‘saved’ him by getting him medical attention while he was clinging to life versus completely killing him as she had done with other victims. He had to wonder, why did she save me?

Kick’s obsession with the man who had kidnapped her as a child, brain washed her, and acted as her ‘dad’ seemed, in the beginning of the book, somewhat understandable. But then somewhere along the way it really, really hit me that this man had raped her repeatedly on FILM, allowed others to rape her on FILM, and that those child porn videos of her were still living active lives out on the internet, victimizing her over and over again… and she went to see this man in prison, held his hand, and allowed him to stroke her hair affectionately over and over again… AND she gave him a kidney to save his life??? I am sorry, but I can’t buy it. Cain’s treatment of this subject feels, to me, like a whitewashing of the horror, trauma, and devastation that children really go through when molested, and that the men and women who victimize children in this way are predators, not caring father figures.

Additionally, Cain built Kick up to be this deadly machine, trained to kill people with her bare hands, but in multiple occasions in the book she was incapable of defending herself. I understand that this obsession Kick has with self protection is actually intended to be sad and show how victimized she really was, but that conflicts with the woman who goes to visit her kidnapper/abuser in prison and holds his hand..

So all in all, disappointed. I was hoping for some original material but it was only a sick re-hashing of the Gretchen/Archie story. I don’t know that I will continue to read the series and watch poor Kick victimized over and over again by everyone she encounters.

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L. Elmer

June 15, 2016 at 10:45 pm
117 of 129 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
Got thorugh page 200 and just quit reading, September 2, 2014
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L. Elmer (Milwaukee, WI USA) –
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I loved the Archie/Gretchen books and was looking forward to this one, but it was really pretty bad. Kick tells the reader REPEATEDLY how she is so deadly in terms of fighting and knowing about guns. Throughout the book she’ll note how another character’s gun is wrong for her or some other type of gun would be better. She also knows how to fight, pick locks, make bombs, etc. and is quite the tough little cookie. Unfortunately, that toughness is never shown – she fights Bishop and loses, ends up unconscious (and would be dead if Bishop hadn’t saved her). Scales a house when she could have gone through the front door. I also don’t understand why Bishop needs her and her “expertise” — a lot of it just seems like common sense on how one would hide a kidnapped child. She even gets outwitted by her mother and she never explains who someone goes from child molestee until age 14 to computer genius in fewer than 10 years. I didn’t care about the mysterious Mr. Bishop who seemed like the ultimate fictitious character — handsome man with lots of money and toys and no job with a mysterious past and not findable on the Internet. Perhaps if Kick were a little smarter she would know to avoid people like that (and he did tell her he used to sell weapons — guns among them).
No thanks – I liked both Archie and Gretchen and found them to be real characters — neither of these people did I like or find believable.
PLEASE get this from a library and see if you like it before you buy it!
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Naomi Murphy

June 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm
87 of 97 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars
really bad, September 3, 2014
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I am generally willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of a good story. This book, however, is pretty much a waste. The story line was in no way reflective of how truly dark pedophelia is, and of how horribly damaged a five or six year old would be after years of abuse and captivity. This will be a series. Just give it a pass.
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Naomi @ Naomi’s Reading Palace

June 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
A fun and sizzling read, set in the world of rugby…, August 31, 2014
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4.5 Stars

To be honest, I was a little hesitant going into this book knowing it had rugby players in it. For those who don’t know, I’m an Aussie and both forms of rugby (league and union) are big down-under. I’m a bit of a sports fan and tend to enjoy watching Rugby League, having grown up around it. But I was pleasantly surprised how much I ended up enjoying Kick. I can see that there may be a few differences as this one is set in Colt, Ohio but the general gist seems to be the same. I was a little confused at first as some of Cami’s research didn’t match up, but she really didn’t understand the game, so it may have just been her trying to come to terms with the game.

I could see that Cami was the quiet type and she had closed herself off from the world. She went to work, did her job as a copy editor at the Cleveland News and Journal and returned home. She avoided eye contact and has only one friend, all due to some bad boyfriend experiences in high school and college. I kind of felt sad for her, but when she was sent on an out of the blue assignment she started to open up and I really began to like her and her naughty thoughts and amusing banter. The shy girl kept falling away and this fun girl who has an addiction to ripped bodies came out!! Wild Cami was a hoot and it was great to see her out of her shell, making friends and ogling those hot bods… Yum!

The brothers… What can I say but dayum! They are both tall, ripped sexy athletes that had Cami turning to jelly. Van is very confident and you can see he is a womaniser, but Cami can’t help checking him out and he knows he affects her. He pushes her to uncomfortable limits and she does everything she can to keep her distance. Joel, oh my, the dark broody type, and he rarely shows emotion. Cami was not sure how to handle him and he comes across a little aggressive and mean, but Cami manages to get past his walls. I enjoyed watching this relationship grow and see how nice Joel is underneath.

I loved the passion and the team bonding that the guys had. This team brings the whole community together and whether you won or lost you celebrated together. The building relationships was great to see and the transformation that Cami went through was awesome too. There was plenty of sexual tension and passion to keep you flicking the pages, but overall I REALLY enjoyed the story. Now, I know that one brother got his HEA, I hope we get a story for the other and maybe some of the other players too!

Complimentary copy provided by the Publisher, via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Mara De Guzman

June 15, 2016 at 11:34 pm
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars
Cami is not my favorite BUT Joel saved the day (and the book!), August 13, 2014
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★★★
3 Rugby Stars!
ARC provided by the publisher via Netgalley for an honest review

I’m not much for sports except as a fan of tennis and occasionally (European) football and college basketball but I’m as huge a fan of tennis as I am with sports/athlete romance. So, while Kick is all about Rugby players, I’m all for reading hot, muscled, sweaty athletes. Why not?

A journalist waiting for her big break was just handed her huge stepping stone into the industry. A shy woman who’s had terrible experiences in the past when it comes to jocks, athletes and basically any male specimen with muscles. Cami Avesque spends her time editing classified ads when a too good to pass up opportunity was given to her — be a sports female writer and cover the rugby team in Colt, Ohio, The Slam. Shoot, she has to write about the team which means she has to research and follow them around to get the whole experience. How will that work out for a muscled men sucker such as herself?

Van and Joel Stelson, the brothers who own, manage and play for The Slam. Yes, that team that the shy Cami needs to cover for her newspaper assignment. But these brothers aren’t old or nasty-looking, they are good-looking and way too sexy for Cami’s hidden libido. But what happens when sexy, broody and shy get together?

I have to say, Holly S. Roberts did a fine job writing about rugby. I don’t know a single thing on what the rules are in playing that game but I enjoyed reading the fans and the celebration that happens when it’s rugby season in Colt, Ohio. The support that the fans have for their team, the love they have for their town and athletes, that’s something that I can relate to and appreciate a lot.

And Joel, *sigh* other than the essence of the sport that I felt from the words in this book, this guy is the other reason I didn’t give up on this book. I almost DNF-ed because of how the love triangle happened. I hated Van. He’s obviously a jerk and I can tolerate him but after that morning after? Uh-huh. Super a-hole. But Joel saved it, not just Cami but me from closing the book. He’s a broody guy but kind-hearted and such a perfect balance for Cami’s insecure personality. I love how he makes Cami feel beautiful and encourage her to be confident.

I’m just sad though that it’s a 3-star rating for me, I just feel like there’s too much “wild Cami” monologues that I’m comfortable with and Cami annoyed the heck out of me for the most parts. She’s not all bad, she’s ambitious, strong and she somehow matured in her way of thinking throughout the story but what stuck with me was how she’s like a 14-year old teenage girl who wants pink yesterday and yellow today. Indecisive.

Still a likeable story and if you’re a fan of love triangles and sports romance, I suggest you give this one a shot! I’m only a fan of the latter and even though the love triangle was not to my liking, I enjoyed the “feel” of Kick and well… Joel too.

Stars: 3 stars!
Recommended to: Sports romance fans .
POV: First person. Female POV.
Series: Yes but standalone.
Extra Comment: Overall, I liked this. There are just some things that didn’t work for me.

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June 15, 2016 at 11:44 pm
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars
“The problem seems to be that the man I love wants to give me to his brother, July 2, 2014
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“The problem seems to be that the man I love wants to give me to his brother.” Cami..

We meet and get to know Cami Avesque during high school where she breaks out of her “geek” personality and becomes part of the popular crowd. When she finally decides to give up her virginity to the football team’s quarterback she soon finds out that she was just another notch on the belt for him. He not only breaks her heart, but humiliates her as well by telling her that all the jocks are saying that they have slept with her. Unable to deal with the slap in the face of this she becomes a recluse again and basically just blends in and becomes a nobody to get through her last few years of high school. Unfortunately for Cami, she falls yet again for another “jock” in college and ends up in the same situation as if it was de-ja-vu. After two epic fails Cami becomes even more self conscious of her appearance, especially the size of her boobs, and basically hides who she is.

Van Stelson and his brother Joel own, play and manage a rugby team named Slam. Their father who is friends with a member of the Cleveland newspaper ask for a favor by getting the paper to run an article on his son’s team. When Skylar the original journalist is unable to go, Cami is sent in her place. This is where she meets both brothers and tries to fight the draw she has to both of them. Van has his reasons for chasing after her, and Joel has completely different thoughts about her, both wanting to get her into their arms to say the least.

I loved the spark, sass, and spunk that Holly wrote into Cami. Between Cami arguing with herself over her attraction for the Stelson brothers, and her low self esteem she comes up with some absolutely hilarious sayings. The difference between the two brothers is like night and day, and it is fun to watch how at certain times they can almost act like each other. This is a great book for any sports lover as is her first two books Play and Strike of this series. As for this one I like how she gives up insight into the game of Rugby, because I for one knew nothing about it until reading this book, but after I finished it I am tempted to watch a game myself. I will say that Mrs. Roberts actually surprised me a couple of times during the book with the way that she wrote how Joel and Van went about chasing Cami, and for the reasons behind why each one wanted to be with her. At one point she has you going no, that did not just happen. Add into the fun couple of Charlie and Stub and it makes for that much more laughter. I was glad to get the chance to read and review this book because I truly love how she portrays her sexy and strong athletes. Over all this is just a really really fun story to read and you will find yourself at then end of it well before you are ready for it to be over.

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