Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Blog Tour: Hard Knox (The Outsider Chronicles #1) by: Nicole Williams (Review and Giveaway)

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Hard Knox by Nicole Williams hosted by ATOMR Tours. For my stop I have a review and giveaway to share. Make sure you check out the rest of the stops on tour here.

Release Date: August 12, 2014
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"Knox Jagger. The name inspires resent in every male at Sinclair University, want in every female, and contempt in Charlie Chase.
Charlie can be summed up in three words: independent, independent, and independent. To Charlie, Knox epitomizes everything that’s wrong with college males: prolific one-night stands, drunken senseless fights, and a body that hints at prioritizing gym time over study time.
As an up-and-coming writer for Sinclair University’s newspaper, Charlie’s tasked with getting to the bottom of who’s been dropping little white pills into girls’ drinks at parties. In an ocean of All-American boys sporting polo shirts and innocent smiles, Knox is the obvious suspect. As evidence piles up against the bad boy of Sinclair, Charlie becomes more and more certain it isn’t Knox. But when her drink is dosed at a party and she wakes up on Knox’s couch the next morning, Charlie’s left with more questions than answers when it comes to Knox Jagger. How can Charlie ever hope to uncover the truth behind a guy so closed off he’s become . . .
Hard Knox."

My Thoughts:

This book…. This book is everything I love about New Adult and really spotlights the great things about the genre. It has a girl growing and learning that she doesn’t always know what’s best and a guy who hasn’t had it easy but still learns to come though and be a better person. It takes stereotypes and smacks them in the face. It is along the same lines of Easy by Tammara Webber and not in the “OMG this book is just a copy” way but in the “wow these both have similar themes and are awesome” way.

Charlie Chase is an independent, determined college student who is aspiring to be a groundbreaking journalist and all things show that she will get there one day. She is tenacious and doesn’t get caught up in the partying and craziness that can come along with college, actually she kind of looks down on it. Charlie is quick to judge and she does fall prey to stereotypes, but she is also willing to acknowledge that she does this and when she is wrong. I loved how strong Charlie was. When it becomes apparent someone is targeting her, she doesn’t cower but fights back. She is determined to figure out who it is and she doesn’t let fear stop her.

Along the way to help her is Knox Jagger. Knox at first look is the kind of guy who you should run away from screaming. He is the epitome of bad boy, but as usual, appearances aren’t everything and rumors are usually just that: rumors. There is a lot more to Knox than what the stereotypes and rumors would have you believe. Knox has not had an easy upbringing and he has made mistakes, but everything that has happened has made him the man he is today and that man is a great person.

Knox and Charlie together make a great pair. Things with them are not easy and they argue a lot, but it’s worth it. They are both fiercely independent and don’t need anyone else, but together they are stronger somehow and can be independent together… if that makes sense. Both are witty and sarcastic and that always makes for great dialogue and their dialogue was awesome.

I really liked that along with the relationship between Knox and Charlie, the story is also about discovering who has been slipping roofies into girls drinks and then who is targeting Charlie. I’m not going to lie, I did correctly peg who it was but I think that’s because I read a lot. I still enjoyed trying to piece it together to see if I was right. I also liked that the book showed that this does happen on college campuses and that you do need to be careful and that just because a guy seems nice, doesn’t mean he actually is. Also, I need to take a second to discuss Charlie’s professor because I hated her. She was so unprofessional and horrible that I don’t even have words.

Hard Knox is a great read and one I highly encourage New Adult fans to read. It is everything good about the genre and isn’t just a carbon copy of all the other ones out there right now. It has all the New Adult elements but is still its own engaging read. Nicole Williams has done it again and this is the reason she is an auto buy author for me.


Make sure you enter to win a signed copy of Hard Knox and a $50 amazon gift card.

About The Author:

I’m the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the CRASH series (HarperTeen, S&S UK), LOST & FOUND series, UP IN FLAMES (S&S UK), The EDEN TRILOGY, and a handful of others. I write stories about everyday kinds of people who find themselves in extraordinary kinds of situations. I tell love stories with happy endings because I believe in making the world a better place, and that’s one tiny way I can make it so. I’m one of those people who still believe in true love and soul mates, and would rather keep my head in the clouds any day over having my feet firmly on the ground. Blog | Twitter | Facebook


  1. A unique NA and not a carbon copy, that's good news to me!

  2. Oh wow, I didn't realize Hard Knox was such a powerful story. I will definitely make time to give this one a try. Thanks for the review, Teresa!

  3. I haven't heard of this one and while it does sound interesting it's not really my thing, even though that uniqueness sounds really promising. Still I'm so happy you enjoyed it. Great review, Teresa :)

  4. Charlie sounds like a MC I would really enjoy! Know sounds like I would really enjoy him! I also loved how you compared it to Easy, yet didn't... If that makes sense! HAHA I also love when the characters fit together and make a wonderful couple.
    I know I must read this one as soon as I can! I know I'm going to LOVE it!

    Amazing review!!!

  5. You have me SO excited to meet Knox and Charlie! And you definitely had me at the mention of Easy. I cannot wait to read this! Fabulous review, Wifey! *SMOOSH*

  6. The growing, learning, changing and maturing is what I love so much about NA, Teresa. Hard Knox sounds like an incredible story. And I'm so glad you loved it. :)

  7. Knox and Charlie do sound like a great couple to read about and see them growing and changin


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