Hard Knox

Hard Knox

by Nicole Williams

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From NEW YORK TIMES and USATODAY Bestselling author Nicole Williams . . .

Knox Jagger. The name inspires resentment 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.

***Hard Knox is the first book in The Outsider Chronicles, although each book that follows will highlight different couples and each can be read as a stand-alone.***

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150334458
Publisher: Nicole Williams
Publication date: 08/12/2014
Series: The Outsider Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 396
Sales rank: 128,893
File size: 588 KB

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Hard Knox 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
csingh More than 1 year ago
I loved Hard Knox.  It's hard not to fall in love with a snarky, intelligent woman like Charlie and a man who is as broken, yet willing to take on the world and save it, like Knox.  Both are super confidant in who they are and I absolutely loved them together together.   Between the fabulous dialogues and all the action going on, I wasn't able to put this book down, and was left wanting more when it was over.  Charlie is a hoot!  I loved her attitude and while I would've have totally been okay with being locked down in a panic room until everything was over, I have to give her props for going out of her way to catch the guy after her and going about her life.  Knox was a total enigma.  He wasn't willing to share much with Charlie about his past, but slowly started opening up.  I love how we slowly got to know Knox.  I wasn't ever 100% sure what was going on with him and each little reveal had my mind racing as I tried to guess what it was that'd given him his demons.  And Knox's demons are big ones.  I love how Charlie helps him settle them once and for all. Another aspect I love about this book is how Nicole Williams incorporated an issue that is relevant to all women on college campuses today. 1 in 5 women on a campus will be sexually assaulted.  That's a statistic I read in an article about a law that was just passed stating, "Yes means yes."  It's both horrifying, terrifying, and unreal.  Many readers read as an escape from their own lives and it can be easy to forget life and people can be nasty, so kudos to Ms. Williams for doing more than talking about it.   Once again I've been blown away by Nicole William's writing.  I can't wait for the next book in this series to be available or to add this book to my bookshelves. This book is laugh out loud funny, thoughtful, intense, and even hot.  It's the complete package and all it'll take to hook you is the first chapter.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely a great read...sad subject but amazing story. I love knox and charlie. Nicole williams books are a must read...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a great read and a great topic. A little predictable, I had the stroy figured out by the 6th chapter but still a reallt great well written read. I also wish the love story was detailed a little more for the reader. Typically with a Nicole read I can "feel" the love. What can I say, I'm a hopeless romantic
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written, funny, sweet, sexy without being over-sexed, and enough suspense to keep things moving along at a good pace.  Going to read Damaged Goods next since I enjoyed this one so much by Nicole Williams.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the Crash series written by Williams. This book is right up there with that series. Bad boy with a good heart...for those who deserve and need it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love Nicole Williams books! Every one of them suck you in and wont let you go!
JenRosGar More than 1 year ago
I really enjoy Nicole William's books. She is a good author with few, if any, spelling or grammatical errors. This was a great story made even better by the fact it was a complete story in one book.  Definitely a book I would recommend!!
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Lauren2LC More than 1 year ago
I do really adore Nicole Williams and her bad boys. Here we have Charlie an inspiring journalist who has a knack and making enemies and keeps everyone an arms length away. Charlie is many things: independent, STUBBORN, a virgin and tenacious. As Charlie is trying to undercover and underage drinking story she finds herself being the victim of being roofied not once but twice. Charlie is determined to find out who is the culprit to this act as she is not the only one who has been a victim. One thing Charlie knows is to stay away from the school bad boy. So when Knox volunteers to be her savior she doesn't understand why. Knox and Charlie are the unlikely duo but to avenge these wrongs but many things are working against them like: Knox's personal demons, Charlie's stubborness, Charlie's mentor, and many more. However, thankfully she has other sources like her best friend and ex. But so many things are happenings and secrets come to the surface causing Charlie not knowing who to trust and what is the truth until it is almost too late. The one thing she does know for sure is that she feels safe with Knox but can that be enough. This book had a great balance of angst, suspense, mystery, chemistry and love. I think this will be another great series from Nicole and I can't wait to read more.
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Hazel_G More than 1 year ago
4.5 Love Drugged Stars! There’s A New Bad-Boy Book-Boyfriend In Town, And His Name Is Knox Jagger!  The Review:  Nicole Williams does it again, treating us to another fabulous read with a tough-as-nails, intelligent heroine and a sexy, brooding bad-boy with a beautiful albeit damaged heart. I loved this read, which had so many quotable paragraphs, I couldn’t just pick a handful of favorites, so I didn't pick any. I’d probably have to quote the whole book! And the dialogue was sharp and witty and plain awesome in every way. The characters were a LOT of fun to read and the story itself was smart and angsty. I am a huge fan of this authors Crush series. In fact, I go around shouting “I heart you Jude Ryder” at random moments during my day to make myself feel better when things get tough. But my boy Jude has some serious competition on the “perfect hero” category. Insert Knox Jagger here!  This was a great read from beginning to end. I loved every moment of it! Story...  Charlie Chase is a sophomore in college and with her cynical and amusing attitude, which she unleashes on the campus populace with an eye opening column with the campus paper, she’s not the school favorite and since she tries to shy away from anything trendy, popular or even remotely flighty, she’s not a boy magnet either. However, after catching the eye of the most notorious womanizer on campus, things are about to change for Charlie in a big way, especially when suddenly it looks like someone is out to drug her with the date rape drug, Rohypnol, which seems to be sweeping it’s way across campus. When she goes in search of her next big story, Charlie, who prides herself on being aware of her surroundings, somehow gets drugged. Just when she realizes her life is about to take a very dark turn, she’s saved by the most unlikely of heroes.  Knox Jagger, known to all as Hard Knox, is a mysterious, walking contradiction. With a reputation as a man-whore and a brawler and with his I-Don’t-Give-A-Damn attitude, it’s hard to separate man from myth but once seeing how much trouble Charlie’s in, he starts to open up in unexpected ways.  As they search out who's trying to harm Charlie, they form a friendship that starts with sparks and ends in fireworks. However, both of them are keeping secrets and there’s definitely a dangerous bad-guy on campus not only looking to hurt Charlie but is also finding his way through the female student body. Charlie has to figure out if it’s the devil she knows or some unseen villain wanting to add her V-Card to his notch. Characters...  Charlie has now become one of my all-time favorite heroines in this genre! I loved her quick witted, no-nonsense, snarky attitude. She didn’t take crap from anyone and she was so clear headed, it was almost unreal. She was fiercely independent, had goals, she wasn’t flighty, she didn’t appreciate fluff and her head was firmly planted in the here and now. I loved everything about her. Her trust and loyalty was refreshing and even when faced with insurmountable odds, she remained calm, trying to process the best way to achieve a better outcome. And even her “innocence” wasn’t eye-roll worthy because there was a real reason she hadn’t completed the deed. She wasn’t saving herself, she wasn’t shy, she wasn’t pained by some traumatic past. She was just Charlie and she wasn’t in a rush to get it out of the way and she wasn’t out to be intimate with just anyone. It just didn’t concern her at that point in her life and I thought that was perfect. She was who she was and she was proud of herself. And in her own way, she was out to help the world be a better place. Charlie was a wonderful, insightful character and I wish I had known myself that well at her age. Oh and I HAVE to mention how AWESOME her quoted t- shirts were! Knox was oh-so-sexy. Sure he was a self-professed man-whore. Sure he enjoyed the sordid benefits of the panty dropping the local female population generously bestowed upon him. And he helped secure his bad-boy reputation by letting his fists fly whenever he felt confronted but there was so much more lurking behind that amazingly-muscled-defined-exterior than a mindless ape. He had soul. He had heart and he had passion. He also had a traumatic past but that didn’t stop him from trying to make a difference in his own way. His generosity and care of Charlie was swoon-worthy. And I loved that though they connected instantly, it wasn’t a rushed, overnight love that shot open without time. It was a seeded, bloomed, flowered and eventually exploded when they finally came together. Their chemistry was undeniable!!! The Wrap Up:  Nicole Williams has a beautiful, fluid writing style that creates a wonderful tale of hardships in life and characters who are surviving those trials. This book was refreshing, sweet and gripping. I read it all in one sitting and I simply couldn’t put it down. From the riveting story to the compelling characters, I’m once again in awe of this author. I can’t wait for her next book in this series! NOTE: * Written for Craves the Angst Book Reviews * I was gifted a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
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Great read!
LovinLosLibros More than 1 year ago
Having really enjoyed Nicole Williams' Lost and Found series, I was psyched to find out she was writing another New Adult series. I was especially intrigued, as it is more than just your typical college romance. The college party scene is no stranger to drugging girls' drinks, so I liked that Williams incorporated this realistic element to the storyline. I also really liked how much of this story was set on a college campus. I've been craving some more college driven NA's lately! Pacing: I felt the pacing went okay. There were a few times I felt like the story was dragging a bit, but it wasn't to the point where I felt the need to put the book down and come back to it. I was engaged in the storyline and the mystery surrounding who was guilty of drugging Charlie's drinks (even though I called it from the very beginning, lol.) The pacing between Charlie and Knox worked out really well though. Their relationship developed at a good clip and I felt Williams did a good job with the build up and tension between them. Storyline: Again, I really liked that we are transported to a college campus and spend so much time there setting up the romance and storyline. Williams has created two strong characters in Charlie and Knox and I liked that Charlie is quirky and not the most beautiful, most popular girl on campus. Knox, on the other hand, is the token bad boy who gets girls panties with their numbers scribbled on them stuffed into his pockets at parties. The two couldn't be more different. Yet, he takes notice of Charlie and it's refreshing that she doesn't throw herself (or her panties!) at him like all the others do. After she is drugged and wakes up in his care, she has to wonder- is he the knight in shining armor in the story... or are his motives less than honorable? Characters: Charlie is definitely her own person. She marches to the beat of her own drum and does not let herself get dragged down by the 'elite' sorority and fraternity guys and girls. She is headstrong and a bit stubborn, which explained why some of her decisions were not the smartest, especially with someone running around dropping roofies into drinks. Knox definitely surprised me. I like that he is a bit of a mystery and we don't find out exactly what his past holds until nearly the end of the book. There is a lot more to Knox Jagger than meets the eye, that's for sure. He is known to be a huge womanizer, which is why he and Charlie's partnership is so out of place, considering the big article she wrote about still holding her V card. Charlie is blunt and is quite sarcastic, unafraid to say what's on her mind, and yet Knox rolls with the punches. I like that their friendship and trust is built first before they jump into a relationship and even after they do, that Charlie feels comfortable enough to ask Knox some really difficult questions without him going off on her. I have mad respect for the guy! I also loved Charlie's best friend Harlow. She didn't play a huge role, but I love that she has Charlie's back no matter what. She doesn't like Charlie going off to do her investigative journalism alone and I'm glad she makes her check in, so she knows she's ok. That's true friendship right there. Final Thoughts: Overall, I enjoyed the first book in Williams' Outsider Chronicles. I liked the characters, the storyline, as well as the development of both. I am looking forward to book two, Damaged Goods!
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
Knox Jagger. Confident and charming but, oh, so misunderstood. Bad boy and womanizer is the word on the street. It might have something to do with the panties girls are always tucking in his back pocket. It might have something to do with fights he's always getting into. But Knox is not those things. He's more. A bad childhood and lots of anger issues, he's beating himself up for mistakes from his past. But he's trying to do the right thing today to make up for it. Charlie Chase is the slightly over-zealous campus reporter looking for the scoop. She's judgmental of those around her and pretty darn sure that she's got things all figured out. Of course, she doesn't especially when it comes to Knox. He tells her point blank that people aren't always how they appear. Then he proves with his actions that he's different that his reputation. But, of course, there are those who make her doubt and circumstances can condemn a person. Charlie needs to figure out what's up without falling for Knox. There are a couple of quotes from Charlie that really are telling. I loved it when he looked at me that way, like there were no secrets between us--of if there were, none of them would make a difference anyway. It was the intimate and wonderful and made me feel all warm and light. I reminded myself that I shouldn't love, or even like, the way he was looking at me. (Kindle location 2758) ~~~ "How you can fit every single stereotype and yet not be the stereotype is beyond me." (Kindle Location 2917) I love some of the secondary charters and hate one of them too. Always nice when they invoke emotion. Harlow is wonderful - she's Charlies roommate. Neve, Charlies Journalism prof, has me beyond ticked off. See, I started out in college as a Journalism major. I know the drill and her prof needs to be drop kicked for her man bashing, unethical ways. This book is long - almost 400 pages but I so loved it. I wanted to savor each page. The banter between Charlie and Knox is so fun. At first, I wasn't a Charlie fan but that faded as their friendship developed. I wasn't sure what was coming and Knox shocked me a couple of times with how he responded to things. It was clear they were attracted to each other but they fought it. I enjoyed that so much. Nicole Williams is a "automatic want to read" author for me. I've loved every book of her's I've read and this one was no exception. If you're looking for something a little different in the New Adult genre, then this one is great choice.
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bhillson83 More than 1 year ago
Hard Knox was an amazing story of knowing what you want and going for it. The main heroine Charlie is a very strong female lead who cannot is very independent, sure of herself and afraid of anything ... until someone tries to put a date rape drug in her drink. In walks Knox, a mysterious enigma of the college campus - everyone wants to be his friend, but everyone is afraid of him. Who would know when he sat next to the fiery Charlie both of their lives were to change forever ~ that one encounter would build a foundation for friendship. I absolutely loved the banter between Knox and Charlie as it was very funny at times. Charlie knew how to keep Knox in line and wasn't afraid to tell him how it was. Knox on the other hand was full of piss and vinegar and constantly was challenging Charlie. The two characters had instant chemistry which was very hard to miss and Williams did a great job in developing the storyline and making the chemistry sizzle. At times Knox could show this soft, sweet side that he held hidden from everyone else. It was times like this that your heart softened for the man that they called "hard" as his outer shell hid his softer side. One of my favorite lines in the book was: "Knox held up our cuffed wrists and gave them a thoughtful look. It means I don't have to know everything about your past to know I like the person right here infront of me today."" Williams does a great job of showcasing the passion between the two characters and has the great writing style. She will suck you in with her artistic creativity and the way she writes is like a magical surprise. Williams creates heat in this erotically passionate way that will leave you tingling and wanting more .... Another great scene from the novel that showcases William's incredible talent is: "Closing the gap he'd put between us, I reached for his hand. For the first time ever, it felt cold, but it didn't take long before mine warmed his. "That this very hand is mine now is the one I might be holding when I prepare to take my last breath seventy years from now. I'm terrified that every time I look into your eyes, I see my future. I'm terrified that wen you look away, it vanishes. I'm terrified because right now, this very minute when I'm confessing all of this and you're staring at me like I'm either crazy or misguided, all I really want to do is repeat that night in your truck - the way it was supposed to go." As I pulled in a long breath, I realized what started out as a short story had turned into the long version. "I'm scared of you. And I'm scared of me. But I'm terrified of us together. And I'm terrified of why I'm terrified in the first place."" Definitely recommend Knox to be added to your To-Be-Read Shelf and give it 4 Stars!