Knockout: A Hell's Belles Novel (Mass Market)
New York Times bestselling author Sarah MacLean returns with the next Hell’s Belles novel about a chaotic bluestocking and the buttoned-up detective enlisted to keep her out of trouble (spoiler: She is the trouble).
With her headful of wild curls and wilder ideas and an unabashed love of experiments and explosives, society has labeled Lady Imogen Loveless peculiar…and doesn’t know she’s one of the Hell’s Belles—a group of vigilantes operating outside the notice of most of London.
Thomas Peck is not most of London. The brilliant detective fought his way off the streets and into a promising career through sheer force of will and a keen ability to see things others miss, like the fact that Imogen isn’t peculiar…she’s pandemonium. If you ask him, she requires a keeper. When her powerful family discovers her late-night activities, they couldn’t agree more…and they know just the man for the task.
Thomas wants nothing to do with guarding Imogen. He is a grown man with a proper job and no time for the lady’s incendiary chaos, no matter how lushly it is packaged. But some assignments are too explosive to pass up, and the gruff detective is soon caught up in Imogen’s world, full of her bold smiles and burning secrets…and a fiery passion that threatens to consume them both.
A life-long romance reader, Sarah MacLean wrote her first romance novel on a dare, and never looked back. She is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of romances translated into more than twenty languages, a romance columnist, and the co-host of the weekly romance novel podcast, Fated Mates. A graduate of Smith College and Harvard University, she lives in New York City.
“Sarah MacLean is unparalleled. I will read anything she writes.” — Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Happy Place
“Sarah MacLean’s books are fierce.” — Julia Quinn, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Bridgerton series
“Sharp, sexy, action-packed, propulsive escapism at its absolute finest. We are lucky to be living and breathing in the Sarah Maclean era.” — Christina Lauren, New York Times bestselling authors of The Unhoneymooners
"MacLean is a master at threading social commentary through chapters of high stakes adventure and swoony, steamy love scenes. Quite simply no one does historical romance like her. She is not just the belle of the ball but the queen too." — Entertainment Weekly
"With KNOCKOUT, Sarah MacLean once again proves there is no one in the genre who does it quite like she does: this book is brilliant, modern, and moving. KNOCKOUT is as explosive as its plot, as compelling as its central characters. Prepare to clear your schedule: once I read the first page of Imogen and Tommy’s story, I knew nothing else would feel as good as following along with their journey to a happily ever after. The best kind of immersive romance by one of the absolute best in the game." — Kate Clayborn, Author of Georgie, All Along
"Another patriarchy smashing masterpiece...Knockout is perfection, and Sarah MacLean once again sets a new bar for what romance can be." — Adriana Herrera, USA Today bestselling author of An Island Princess Starts a Scandal
"The third entry in MacLean’s vibrant historical “Hell’s Belles” series (following Heartbreaker) is exciting and danger-filled... MacLean excels in crafting characters that know who they are and where they stand. Adding to the pleasures are the abiding friendships that make the story and the found family that spreads across London. It may be historical romance, but the throughline is as modern as today’s headlines. Series readers will be delighted, but those new to the run really should start at the beginning to enjoy how deftly MacLean is building these relationships." — Library Journal
"In the latest instantly irresistible addition to her Hell’s Belles series, the always brilliant MacLean smartly plays to her literary strengths with a delightfully unconventional heroine and a by-the-book hero whose combined efforts to see that justice is done generate plenty of sexy sparks along the way as well as a deftly constructed plot that will richly resonate with twenty-first-century romance readers." — Booklist (starred review)
"MacLean delivers big action, high heat, profound emotions, and a thoughtful critique of power and privilege in this dynamite tale sure to keep readers tearing through the pages...This sensational romance completely lives up to its title." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
"I recommend anything by Sarah MacLean." — Lisa Kleypas, New York Times bestselling author
“Everything MacLean does is perfectly on point.” — Booklist
“Romance readers can always rely on Sarah MacLean to bring the summer heat.” — Bookish
"MacLean’s characters are refreshingly progressive and the plot has a kinetic energy that increases exponentially alongside the romance and suspense." — Publishers Weekly