Title: Knocked Out
Author: Ty Langston
Expected Publication: August 26th, 2014
About Knocked Out:
Enter former MMA contender Evan Bates. His sudden re-appearance into the sport after a mysterious five year absence not only raises eyebrows, but also temps both in and out of the Octagon.
Can Hayley keep everything in check? Or will she be Knocked Out?
This was a very quick read, which is not always a bad thing, but it felt very rushed to me. It starts with Hayley, who is a recent Grad School graduate, who has been given a great opportunity to start the next big reality tv show - involving MMA fighters. It sounded great to me, in terms of a concept. Doing homework to find the top fighters, interviewing them, and then watching as they fight one another down to the last, victorious fighter? Sign me up! Evan, The Enigma, has been out of fighting for about five years, due to becoming the sole caretaker of his daughter, Everly, upon her birth. Everly's mom is or was a drug addict and gold digger, who only thinks about herself and never cared for Everly or Evan.
From there, the story honestly just moves very quickly with Evan losing his non-fighting job, needing to get in a quick fight to make some money - and Hayley being there to see it and know that he is one of the fighters that she needs. She has to track him down, as he does not want to be found very easily, and he's not too convinced he wants to rejoin the fighting world. Evan does become one of the contenders, however, and the story moves quickly with him fighting to stay in until the last fight. There is not much build up for each fight, and Haley and Evan also end up in bed together, which really felt like it came out of nowhere. There was also a moment – literally, a moment – where Everly’s mom makes an appearance, but then nothing really happened after that. If you are looking forward to a quick, fairly predictable read, then this one definitely moves things along very fast..
Dressed in a pair of black sweats and matching tank, she seemed underdressed as Evan wore only a pair of blue running shorts and sneakers.
“Hey.” She shouted as she caught up to him.
Annoyed, Evan took out one of his ear pods while he continued to run. “What is it?” he asked.
“Just haven’t had a chance to talk to you; wanted to see how you were doing. We’ve never formally met. I’m Hayley.”
“I know. Good to meet ya.” He told her. “So, do you usually run with contestants?” he asked.
“Only the ones I want to get to know.”
She could feel him looking at her. His blue eyes glimmered with devilish intent. “Well, this is a five mile run. Think you can hang, pretty girl?” he mocked.
Her eyes grew wide as she watched his shirtless torso. His broad shoulders already had beads of sweat running down his arms and over his six pack abs.
“I’ll keep up as best as I can.” she said on an exhale.
About Ty Langston:
As a child, multi-published author Ty Langston loved to read about dragons and knights so much that one day, her grandmother told her to "just write about them."
So she did.
From that day forward, she never left home without her pen, a notebook, and some kind of music playing in the background. Her love of reading expanded from fantasy into science fiction, and eventually into paranormal romance and erotica.
She enjoys different works from George Martin, Anne McCaffrey, Stephen King, and Jackie Collins. But some of Ty's favorite writers are from the world of TV and film: namely, Tudors creator Michael Hirst, and the late John Hughes.
Ty has a certificate in Broadcast Journalism along with a degree in Business Administration. She is single and enjoys spending time with friends and family.