Hard Knox (Outsider #1)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 . . .
Why did it feel like the first quarter of the first person's life was spent fulfilling one necessary evil after another?----------
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At first, I kind of hated Charlie and though I was going to end up hating this book. But slowly, I began to like Charlie's abruptness and independence. I liked how she could take care of herself and didn't need anybody else, but that she was willing to let her best friend and family help her. Sometimes. Knox is also very independent and watching the two learn how to be independent but still rely on someone else was fascinating.
One of the things that endeared me to Charlie was that she didn't automatically believe her professor when she told her that Knox was a drug dealer. Charlie refused to accept that the sweet caring guy who took care of her when no one else would, would do that. She fought to prove Knox innocent rather than guilty. And along the way, she fell in love.
Knox can be really intense, but once you learn more about his past, you understand. He's this amazing guy that has more to him than the rumors let on. He has his faults though, too. He has a temper and has a tendency to be overprotective.
I want to see more of Charlie and Knox. I can't wait for the sequel Damaged Goods!!!