Genres:  Romance, Instalove, Light Suspense

Dual POVs

The Blurb:


I fell for Dylan Hart before I even laid eyes on him. No, really; I tripped over his gym bag while waiting tables at the local bar and grill, and spilled beer all over his blue jeans. Then he helped me up, and I saw who I was dealing with: a paragon of masculinity, with the physique of a Greek god, a jawline hewn from granite and baby-blue eyes a girl could get lost in for days.

I never thought a man like him would take a second look at someone like me: a klutzy grad student and part-time waitress who’d made it to 22 without so much as kissing a guy. But when he invited me back to his place for an impromptu course in self-defense, there was no mistaking the chemistry between us.


For as long as I could remember, boxing had been my sole passion. Romance had never been part of my life, and my rigorous training regimen didn’t leave much time for dating. But looking into Lana’s eyes that night, I felt something I’d never experienced before. I knew I’d regret it if I didn’t get to know her.

With Lana, I was happy for the very first time. I wanted to build a life with her. Deep down, though, I knew she deserved better. Because I’d done some things years ago that I couldn’t take back—and if she ever learned the truth, she wouldn’t be able to look at me the same way ever again.

A prizefighter squares off against demons from his past in the debut novel from young romance author Loretta Palmer. Quirky, suspenseful and sizzling with eroticism, Cold-Cocked by Love will have you on the edge of your seat right up till the happily-ever-after ending.

My Review:

Cold-Cocked by Love (Tough, Yet Tender #1)Cold-Cocked by Love by Loretta Palmer

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

My Rating 3.5 Stars!…to “Cold-Cocked By Love” Tough, Yet Tender #1 by new author Loretta Palmer.

This was my first novel by this author and I believe this was her first as well. “Cold-Cocked By Love” was a story of instalove with a bit of angst and some suspense. Our hero and heroine were quickly attracted to each other. Dylan and Lana were likable characters. Dylan has a past that feels dark and isn’t revealed until the last part of the book. Dylan is a boxer. This is what he does for a living. At least I think it is since nothing else of an occupation was mentioned where Dylan is concerned. Lana is a student/waitress. It is at her job where they meet the first time. Neither have any experience with love or dating. It was sweet watching those two experience their “firsts” together. From the start Dylan wanted to take care of Lana but would she want him when the truth of his past is revealed? He was afraid of what Lana would think of him after she found out what he did. So to protect himself he told Lana a bunch of lies. Bad idea…

When Lana first encounters Dylan, she literally falls into his arms. After she gets over the shock and embarrassment of her clumsiness, Lana finds herself mesmerized by the intensely beautiful blue eyes she is staring into. Oh wow! Sigh…. Lana doesn’t believe Dylan would ever be interested in someone like her. Lana has low self-esteem about her body.

Together, Lana and Dylan get to know each other. Unfortunately there has to be some angst and we have that in the form of distrust and secrets. What will happen to their relationship when trust is broken?

Also, Lana does not like that Dylan puts himself in danger as a boxer. But this is his livelihood; something he has aspired to from an early age. I did not like that Lana did not support him; she never attended his matches. That bothered me a little. Love is unconditional. When he really needed her; she wasn’t there.

I wanted to add there is one cute little addition to the story I found refreshing and it made me smile often. His name is Dylan Jr. and he is a lobster.

I look forward to reading the next novel,” A Step From The Edge.” This is a romance featuring a motorcycle riding, hot stepbrother bad boy. 🙂

Must add:  Beautiful Cover!

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